ML1 Malta Tour
The Heart of the Mediterranean
Guided Valletta harbour cruise; Pre-historic temples of Hagar Qim and Ggantija, beautiful Gozo; colourful fishing village of Marsaxlokk
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Dates & Prices
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Mon 07 Oct 2019||Sat 12 Oct 2019||$1670 USD|
|Fri 17 Apr 2020||Wed 22 Apr 2020||$1670 USD|
|Mon 05 Oct 2020||Sat 10 Oct 2020||$1670 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $363 USD (number of singles limited).
On our Malta tour you'll see that, though small, Malta manages to cram just about everything a traveller could want between its borders: ancient sites dating from prehistoric through to colonial eras; a fascinating history as old as any in the Mediterranean, and one that entails subjugation under the dominion of nearly all its neighbours at different times; bustling, modern cities compact enough to be explored on foot; and first-rate beaches.
Whether you're looking to be informed, entertained or simply left alone in paradisiacal surroundings, Malta should definitely be high on your destination list.
We embark on a short sailing voyage to follow in the routes of the Knights of St. John and gaze in wonder at the majestic palace and stately parliament buildings in Valletta.
We explore Ghar Dalam, 'The Cave of Darkness', the nearby megalithic remains and some of the oldest man-made structures in the world; and we find Roman ruins to be investigated and magnificent panoramas to be admired on the island of Gozo.
Spending time mingling with the locals in colourful villages exposes us to the wholly unique culture that has evolved on this special land and our trip to the Blue Grotto, the fabled home of the Sirens, has us delving into a realm of myth and legend.
Danuta S. (Ottawa, CA)
I will cherish great memories of Malta thanks to your well-organized tour and kind, professional and efficient staff. She (Sama) always had answers on local sites, events or activities. Furthermore, because of her numerous travels, she was able to help us with information on other countries for those who were going elsewhere after Malta. I found her cultured and refined and so discussions were always at a high cultural level.
Heather F. (Huntsville, AL, US)
The ancient sites are what brought me to Malta and it was worth every bit! I would like more! Tarxien, Mnajdra, Ghar Dalam, Ta Hadrat! All of them! The transport was excellent. Drivers were very good, maintaining safe speeds, safe habits, and the buses themselves were comfortable. The drivers were also quick to open doors and assist all in getting in/out. OMG THE FOOD! I've told everyone how incredible the meals were. Quality was impeccable. Variety was excellent. I feel like we had an amazing overview of Maltese cuisine and at the same time, got to engage with chefs' about their styles, their choices. Mind you, I'm not one to usually rave about food, but Maltese dining is an art! Our tour leader was a trove of information about culture, history, language, cuisine, religion, and more. She handles a crowd of faces staring at her with aplomb. She has managed to outshine, in her modest way, almost every guide I've known! Malta is a small intimate country with wonderful things to see. Like the Caravaggio painting, you have to look at it for a while to really take it all in.
Lise S. (Fitchburg, WI, US)
The sightseeing I most enjoyed was the historical museum in Valletta. I had a very nice hotel room in a good location ant the personnel at the desk was exceptionally helpful. Our tour leader Dorothy was simply the best. She has such a great sense of humor. She is calm when under pressure. You should have seen her extra efforts when a traveler lost her bag with her passport inside. It was a great trip. A destination above my expectations.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Location: St Julian's
A 6-minute walk from both Portomaso Marina and the nearest beach, this stylish boutique hotel in a bright building with ... decor is an 8-minute walk from Dragonara Casino. Chic rooms with bold design offer flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and iPod docks, as well as minibars, and tea and coffeemakers.
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Breakfast and dinner (mostly local restaurants) daily. All sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable), and excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
Malta's Hal Saflieni Hypogeum site and tour is a popular option should you choose to extend your stay outside of our tour. We do not include it in our program as the number of visitors per day is very limited and spaces tend to sell out well before many/most of our travellers commit to our tour; as such, promising the visit in our itinerary is problematic. We suggest booking your own visit once our tour is 'guaranteed' to operate.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in spring and fall, the most popular being late spring and mid-fall when temperatures are mild, crowds thinner, and air fares lower. Spring is popular with visitors who enjoy green landscapes and wildflowers. The region has a mild Mediterranean climate with early springs, long dry summers, and autumns that are bright and warm into late October. Showers are possible in spring, rare in summer, and possible in fall, especially in November when it can also be windy.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Road travel is not particularly arduous as distances are not great. Short ferry crossings; small boat excursion to Blue Grotto.
This trip is typical of most of our European tours, which are ambitious and involve full days of travel and sightseeing. While we don't have any actual strenuous activity (ie hiking) built into the program, you will do a lot of walking on this trip. These walks will mostly be in the form of walking tours of towns and cities and short walks to dinner. Being Europe, and a hilly/mountainous area, cobbles, uneven surfaces, and slopes/stairs are common. If you are accustomed to typical "bus tours," which rely heavily on vehicular transport for all sightseeing activities, you should be aware that this tour is considerably more active.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range hotel well-located for our sightseeing program. Porter service is available (see 'inclusions') though you should be independent with your luggage. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, driver (s), local step-on guides in various locales.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader)
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