Malta

Includes 7 excursions

Tour Highlights

Blessed with a warm, sunny climate year-round and friendly, hospitable people (nearly all of whom speak English), the charming island of Malta has been a favourite vacation spot of the British for many years.
Located in the heart of the Mediterranean off the coast of Sicily, Malta has played host to a great many cultures - Roman, Greek, Arab and of course British, all leaving their mark on its historic monuments, architecture and ancient sites. There are many areas for you to explore on your own, and there is an extremely efficient and inexpensive bus system that traverses the island, which makes exploring easy and fun. There are many attractions, including the picturesque harbour, the narrow shopping streets of Sliema, the casino and colourful craft markets.

We stay at the First Class Dolmen Hotel, a seaside resort hotel located right on the promenade overlooking the Bay of St. Paul. The small town of Buggiba is just a few minutes walk from the hotel and offers a variety of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. The local bus terminal is also a short walk away, and local buses go to St. Julian's and Sliema (16 km. from Buggiba) on a regular basis. The Dolmen's facilities include comfortable lounges, restaurants, coffee shop / wine bar, indoor pool, sauna, gym, tennis courts, casino and an outdoor pool surrounded by sunning terraces.

Daytime activities include exercise classes, quizzes, bingo and other games. For evening entertainment there is live music 4 nights a week.

The comfortable guestrooms are all seaview and contemporary in design with air conditioning and heating, direct dial phone, satellite TV, mini bar and safe (small charge applies). The private bathroom has a tub, shower and hairdryer.

*** Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Tentative Itinerary

A morning orientation stroll in the area around our resort as well as the town of Buggiba.
We enjoy a cruise around the Grand Harbour with beautiful views of Valetta.
On our orientation tour of the capital Valetta, we begin with a viewing of The Malta Experience - a delightful movie featuring the highlights of the island. We will then visit The Upper Barracca Gardens and St. John’s Cathedral.
We enjoy more sightseeing in Valetta as we visit the Grand Master’s Palace, the Armoury, the National Archaeological Museum and more.
Mdina and Rabat: A half day tour to the old Medieval walled silent city of Mdina, and the catacombs in Rabat.
We visit the unique Rotunda of Mosta Church before heading to spectacular Ghajn Tuffieha Bay.
A visit to Malta’s largest and most picturesque fishing village. See the vividly painted luzzo (fishing boats) bobbing in the clear blue waters of the harbour. Very symbolic of Malta is the eye of Osiris painted on the bow of the boats to ward off evil at sea. Have a coffee by the harbour while enjoying the unhurried lifestyle of the village.
A full day tour to the island of Gozo, Malta’s sister island, which has barely changed in hundreds of years. We will see small farms, churches, a cathedral and the citadel. Lunch is included today.
featuring special Maltese foods, folklore dancers and music.

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