The enchanting island of Malta boasts architectural elegance and an enviable subtropical climate, making it an ideal destination to enjoy Christmas. As we amble along idyllic side streets and spend Christmas Day exploring quiet waterways, you’ll have the chance to soak up the history and fascinating culture of this compact, colourful spot in the heart of the Mediterranean. We’ll discover the island’s attractive 16th century capital, Valletta, and admire the distinctively rugged coastline, carved with scenic bays and rocky coves.
6 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Malta. On arrival we transfer to the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa (5T), St Julian’s, our base for the next six nights and where we enjoy dinner this evening.
Hagar Qim - Blue Grotto
We have included a guided half-day excursion to Hagar Qim and Blue Grotto viewpoint today. The megalithic temple complex of Hagar Qim dates back to 3600-3200BC and is UNESCO World Heritage listed. At the Blue Grotto viewpoint we see the collection of sea caverns which, at certain times of the day, mirror the phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora or show a deep dark shade of blue.
Christmas Eve - Valletta
We embark on a morning tour through the bustling streets of Valletta, Malta’s attractive 16th century capital. We start with a visit to the gardens known as Upper Barracca, which offers a stunning panorama of the Grand Harbour, then on to St John’s Cathedral, adorned in riches that date back to the time of the Knights of Malta. At the Malta Experience, see an audio visual show telling the dramatic story of the island’s 7,000 year history. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure before dinner this evening.
Christmas Day - St Julian’s
The whole day is free to enjoy the festive spirit at your hotel. After a leisurely morning a seasonal Christmas Day lunch can be enjoyed, after which why not stroll along the waterfront of St Julian’s Bay, where you will be able to see an attractive array of fishing boats.
Boxing Day - St Julian’s
Another day at leisure; or join an optional guided full-day tour to the Island of Gozo - the legendary island of the Goddess Calypso and Malta’s sister island. Only a short ferry crossing away, Gozo has a character entirely of its own - it is rich in varied landscapes, natural sights and historical features, with the citadel in the chief town of Victoria dating back to Carthaginian and Roman times. This full-day excursion, including lunch, will visit the citadel in Victoria and the Bay of Xlendi. We have dinner at the hotel this evening.
Mosta - Rabat - Mdina
Enjoy an included guided half-day sightseeing tour of Mosta, Rabat and Mdina, the former capital of Malta, this morning. The walled city of Mdina has a unique atmosphere and, passing through the narrow streets, we admire the magnificent cathedral and the imposing bastions that command a magnificent view over the island. We return to the hotel before lunch, with the afternoon at leisure, or you may wish to join an optional cruise to appreciate the beauty of the Grand Harbour.
Day 7 St Julian’s - UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Situated in St Julian’s Bay overlooking the picturesque Mediterranean Sea, this city centre hotel is near popular shopping areas and other attractions, including restaurants and the casino. Standard rooms include air conditioning, hairdryer, cable and pay-TV, telephone, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and mini-bar. The hotel also offers a lift, three restaurants, two bars, spa and gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools.