Holiday to Malta and Gozo

“An eight-day small group tour of Malta and Gozo, two Mediterranean islands that share a bounty of historic, cultural and natural attractions.”

Highlights

Malta | Gozo | Xlendi | Victoria | Ggantija | Calypso’s Cave | Dwejra | Fungus Rock | Ta Pinu Basilica | Valletta Old City | Three Cities | Grand Harbour cruise | Sliema | Hagar Qim | Mnajdra | Blue Grotto | Domus Romana | Mdina | Mosta Dome | San Anton Botanic Gardens |

Description of Holiday to Malta and Gozo

Malta might be one of the smallest countries in the world but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in character. A sun-drenched Mediterranean archipelago, Malta also boasts several truly ancient religious landmarks, and no fewer than three UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Valletta and the Neolithic temples of Ggantija.

You’ll begin with a ferry transfer to spend a few days on the tiny island of Gozo, where you’ll explore the capital, Victoria, with your tour leader. Nearby highlights include the Ggantija, which pre-dates the pyramids of Egypt; Calypso’s Cave, which some believe is mentioned in Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ and a beautiful red sand beach.

Returning to Malta itself, see the historic glories of Valletta, its architecture and natural harbours, before continuing on to the ‘Three Cities’ of Senglea, Vittoriosa and Cospicua, considered the cradle of Maltese history and full of medieval charm.

In Sliema, you will embark on a cruise through the harbor, dockyards and surrounding creeks to appreciate the scale of the fortifications built to protect the city over the centuries, and the following day there’s the option of cruising out into the Med to see the incredible Blue Grotto.

Staying in small, often family-run accommodations and eating predominantly at local restaurants too, this tour allows you to get further than skin-deep into Maltese culture. Another aspect likely to prove particularly attractive to foodies is that you will learn about the production methods behind, and of course taste Maltese bread, olive oil and wine.

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Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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Whilst many visitors to Malta never stray far from the beach, this varied trip gives a real insight into the scenic and cultural wonders the Maltese Archipelago has to offer.

We work with a local operator and have a local Tour Leader to escort us who will be able to explain all about the history and culture, as well as local life on the islands. This makes our experience that much richer than travelling independently as we’ll be able to uncover all sorts of aspects of the islands not accessible to most visitors.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. Cool Earth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Our trip benefits a wide range of people in the islands, from the small hotels we stay in, to the transport providers, restaurants and other small businesses.

Notable are local crafts such as baking, wine making and olive production that we are more than happy to support! The same goes for Sicily (for those combining the two trips). Our trips operate to a strict responsible tourism policy so that we are sure to minimise our impacts on the places we visit.

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Reviewed on 01 Apr 2019 by

A beautiful trip with enough time to visit a lot of what the island has to offer, all while having some alone time if wanted. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019 by

It's always nice to see a new place & experience the culture of that place. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2018 by

Fantastic trip that packs lots in and really gives you a feel for the region. I recommend it to anyone who wants to get to know the history and culture of Andalucia. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 May 2018 by

Meeting my fellow travellers and our leader Maria. Loved the neolithic sites too. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2018 by

Most memorable parts were... Valletta boat trip, Palatine Chapel, Mount Etna. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2018 by

Most memorable were the time in Gozo - boat trips in Gozo and Harbour cruise in Malta. Visit to farm for lunch... Excellent guide and good experience. Read full review

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