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An unusual tour of Malta



 4 days – 3 nights

The Maltese archipelago lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean, 93 km south of Sicily and 288 km north of Africa. The archipelago consists of three islands: Gozo and Comino with a total population of over 400,000 inhabitants occupying an area of 316 square kilometers making it one of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries. Valletta, the capital of Malta, is also the smallest capital in the European Unions. Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative centre. Gozo  is the second largest island and is more rural, characterised by fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture. Comino, the smallest of the trio, has one hotel and is largely uninhabited.
Malta’s location as a naval base has given it great strategic importance throughout history, and a succession of powers including the Phoenicians, Romans, Moorish, Normans, Aragonese, Habsburg Spain, Kinghts of St. John, French and the British ruled the islands. Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and became a republic in 1974.
Megaliths, medieval dungeons and Calypso’s Cave – The Maltese Islands are positively mythic. The narrow meandering streets of their towns and villages lead to the main square, which is invariably dominated by the huge baroque church. As the countryside is dotted with medieval towers, wayside chapels and the oldest known human structures in the world, the Islands have rightly been described as an open-air museum.
The Maltese Islands have three sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List: the City of Valletta, the Megalithic Temples and Hal Saflieni Hypogeum.
Valletta is inextricably linked to the history of the military and charitable Order of St John of Jerusalem. Built after the Great Siege of 1565 and named after Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette, this fortified city has hundreds of monuments, all within a relatively small space, making it one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.
Caravaggio painted at least seven works during his 15-month stay on these islands, and two of his most notable works, The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Jerome Writing are on display in the Oratory of the Conventual Church of St. John.
With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do.

ITINERARY & PROGRAM

 Day 1: Welcome in Malta – St Julian’s
Arrival at Luqa International Airport.
Meet & greet with your driver and English speaking guide and transfer by private deluxe Mercedes to The Westing Dragonara Resort located in the lively area of St Julian’s. On your way to the hotel you will enjoy a scenic drive along Sliema and Balluta Bay. Check-in and accommodation at the hotel. Balance of the day at leaisure to discover the area on your own.

Day 2: Hagar Qim , Limestone Heritage – Marsaxlokk – Mdina
Breakfast at the hotel.  Meet your English speaking guide for your day excursion to the south of the island. We commence our tour with a visit to an insight of Maltese history. Bringing old and new together we enjoy an extensive feature within a modernized quarry that explains one of Malta’s foremost trades of quarrying and stone decoration always using the limestone that gives its name to this spectacle called ‘The Limestone Heritage’. We proceed by a visit to the most complex and elaborated temples of Hagar Qim, Malta’s foremost prehistoric site, which were excavated for the first time in 1839. These temples stand on a hilltop where one can admire the breathtaking view of the sea and the islet of Filfla.
Lunch in the idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk to admire the waterfront lined with luzzus painted in traditional colours that add colour to this serene bay once site of landings by both the Turkish and French troops during Malta’s heroic past.
After lunch we tour past varied agricultural land and vineyards up to the central part of Malta that is dominated by the ancient citadel of Mdina. On passing through the narrow streets of Mdina, the ’Silent City’, we will admire the imposing bastions that command a magnificent view of most of the island. On leaving Mdina through the ‘Greek Gate’ we’ll drive back to the hotel, passing by the  impressive dome of Mosta’s parish church.
Return to the hotel and Balance of the day at leisure.

Day 3: Gozo
Breakfast at the hotel.  Meet your English speaking guide for your day Tour to Malta’s sister island of Gozo. After a twenty-minute ferry crossing, on setting foot in Gozo you will notice that although both islands are similar in history and development Gozo has a character entirely of its own. Gozo, which is a three hilled island, is greener and more picturesque than Malta. During this excursion, we visit the Temples of Ggantija, the citadel in Victoria, the bay of Xlendi, and the Azur Window at Dwejra. The day includes a visit at the first agri-tourism complex on the Maltese Islands. This estate offers an experience with a difference where our guests will be in touch with nature and tradition, enjoying typical food, wines and liqueurs with a difference. At the estate you are being immersed in the typical Gozitan country-side, surrounded by the natural and calm environment with breathtaking views. The estate is situated in the picturesque Marsalforn Valley between Victoria and Marsalforn Bay. The estate includes a fruit garden, an olive grove with about 1500 olive trees, an orange grove, and over 10 hectares of vineyards. It enjoys the panoramic views of the Gozo Citadel and the surrounding hills and villages. The experience will  also demonstrate how to taste olive oil, how to recognize real extra virgin olive oil and what are the characteristics of real cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.Return to the hotel and Balance of the day at leisure.

Day 4: Valletta – The Three cities Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea – Departure
Breakfast at the hotel.  Check out.  Meet your English speaking guide for your last day in Malta, visiting Valletta, the Capital of the island. Our guided tour through the bustling streets will first allow you to view the Barracca Gardens that command a breathtaking panorama of the Grand Harbour and then to St John’s Co-Cathedral, adorned in riches that date back to the Knights of Malta including the world famous Caravaggio painting that is on display in the Oratory of this Cathedral. We also visit the Church Museum that is adorned with Flemish tapestries. After we will also view from the outside the Grand Master’s Palace and other buildings of historical importance.
On your way to the hotel, you will also have an orientation tour of the historical area known as the three cities: Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea.
Arrival at the airport and end of services.

FEATURES

General info: “An unusual tour of Malta” is an escorted trip. It is a private tour both for individual travellers and groups available on request all year round.  It is designed to create a good comfort and let participants enjoy Malta at best. Accommodation provided is first-class, strategically located. Transportation is top quality. Your localguide is qualified, pleasant and with a long experience in the field.

Departures & Prices: available all year-round, upon request

Flights: we generally recommend that our travellers to arrive one day before the trip starts in order to get their bearings and ease in to the new surroundings.

Travel Services: we would be happy to assist travellers in case of any further services: from airport transfers to pre-post nights in Sicily.

Reservation & Payment: a deposit of 30% per person is required at the time of reservation. At that moment a signed contract is required to hold your reservation. Final payment of the tour is due 60 days prior to departure.

Book this tour OR ask for a customized proposal info@isolabella.it

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