Malta – Jewel of the Mediterranean

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Date(s) - 01/10/2017 - 12/10/2017
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Travel Dates: October 1st – 12th, 2017

Featured Attractions:   Superb accommodations in Malta the Jewel of the Mediterranean and Gozo,  3 Island tour, Villages tours, Ancient temples, Knights of Malta, bakery & cheese making experience, cultural experiences, Silent City, catacombs, majestic churches, Olive Grove, Cliffs, gardens, Fishing Village, Feast Day Experience & that’s just the beginning…

An extremely unique opportunity to travel to the land of joy and honey – simply the Jewel of the Mediterranean.  We’ll take you from the mainland Malta to Gozo, visiting breathtaking attractions all the while being immersed into Maltese culture.  Arguably the best Malta itinerary that you will find in the world.  Be one of the first to experience Malta…the Maxima way.

For more information click here:  www.visitmalta.com

Itinerary & Price

Double: $4399 CDN – Tax Included 

Single: $5559 CDN – Tax Included 

$1,500 Deposit, Final payment due August 17th 

Prices subject to change based on currency fluctuation

 

10 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 6 Dinners (including a high tea experience).

Day 1-2: Sunday-Monday, October 1st – 2nd
Your closest airport to Malta (we will arrange this)

Depart your home airport for your overnight flight to a connecting European city.  Arrive in Malta by 4:00PM local time perhaps a little tired but exhilarated for what awaits.  We will be transferred to our hotel via coach.  Take some time to rest before we meet for a dinner early evening near the hotel. (D)

Accommodations:  The 5 Star Le Meridien Hotel Resort for 8 nights

 

Day 3: Tuesday, October 3rd
Valletta

Start your full day in Malta off with a bang with a visit to the capital city Valletta.  We’ll start with an orientation film called the Malta Experience followed by a tour of the Knights of Malta Infirmary/Hospital. Cap off your tour of Valletta by visiting perhaps the most significant landmark of the Knights of Malta – St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Dinner with wine this evening will be at a very special place.  (B,D)

 

Day 4: Wednesday, October 4th
Qormi – Valletta – The Three Cities

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. This afternoon, we’ll travel to what is known as the Three Cities:  Senglea, Vittoriosa, Cospicua.  Left largely unvisited, these cities are a slice of authentic life as well as a glimpse into Malta’s maritime fortunes.  The Three Cities can rightly claim to be the cradle of Maltese history, as Vittoriosa, Senglea andCospicua have provided a home and fortress to almost every people who settled on the Islands.  Here you will visit a watchtower, maritime museum, and military fort from the time of the Knights.  Dinner is on own this evening. (B,L)

 

Day 5: Thursday, October 5th
Tarxien Temples – Hypogeum – Dingli Cliffs -Rabat – Mdina

Step back in time – specifically over 5000 years ago as you visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Tarxien Temples and the Hyopgeum.  Many of the temples that exist in Malta pre-date the pyramids by up to 1000 years; one boasting to be the oldest stone structure in the world.  Consisting of halls, chambers and passages hewn out of the living rock and covering some 500m2, the Hypogeum’s rock-cut chambers are of diverse shapes and sizes.  Travel next to the awe inspiring Dingli Cliffs where you can catch a glimpse of a fourth Island, Filfla and enjoy lunch.  Make sure your camera is full charged for the magnificent views.  After lunch, we’ll travel to Rabat.

Our afternoon will have us visiting Rabat and Mdina (the Silent City).  The Arabs, during their 200 years of rule, divided the old Roman City of Melita into two:  the citadel became known as Mdina and the rest of the area as Rabat.  In Rabat we find St. Paul’s Church and Grotto as well as the St. Paul’s Catacombs.  It is here where we learn the story of a shipwrecked St. Paul in Malta.  The Catacombs of St. Paul are not themselves associated with Paul but derive their name from their proximity to St. Paul’s Church and Grotto.  We will visit the Roman Villa Museum where the mosaic pavements rank among the finest and oldest compositions from the western Mediterranean, alongside those of Pompeii and Sicily.

An authentic treat awaits you as we enter the Old City, Mdina, also known as the Silent City.  As a prelude to dinner, enjoy an aperitif on the bastions before being lead through the narrow medieval streets to our host restaurant for a delectable evening of food and wine.  You will fall in love with Mdina inasmuch as the families who continue to live here throughout their generations.  (B,L,D)

 

Day 6: Friday, October 6th
Mdina – Craft Village – Attard – Mosta – Naxxar

With Mdina fresh in your mind, we will travel to the Silent City for some self exploration.  Mdina is an entirely different experience during the day.  We will have recommendations for lunch in Mdina.  From here we will visit the Ta’ Qali Craft Village to witness Maltese artisans at work – specifically at Valletta Glass.  Next, we’ll drive a short distance to discover a beautiful garden that is located next to the Presidential Palace.  The city of Mosta is our next stop and it is here where you will discover the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady and its significant connection with World War II as well as it being the 3rd largest dome in Europe.

To cap off your day, we journey to Naxxar to Palazzo Parisio and Gardens, an 18th century palace, a treasure trove of delightful artifacts and a beloved family home.   Located in the heart of picturesque Naxxar, this stately home is a place of wonder that begs to be explored.  After some touring, bask in a High Tea experience before venturing back to the hotel and other selected drop offs.  (B, High Tea Snack-more like a meal!)

 

Day 7: Saturday, October 7th
Free Time to Explore

With some touring under your belt, today is yours to explore.  Let your Maxima Tour Director help customize your day for you.  Consider shopping, a visit to a beach, or sightseeing cruise. (B)

 

Day 8: Sunday, October 8th

A Mediterranean  tradition every Sunday morning is the return of the fisherman to sell their catch.  You will travel to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk to observe the fish market but not before having an interesting encounter while overlooking the splendid array of Maltese fishing boats.  There are plenty of vendors here also selling souvenirs.  A traditional fish lunch will be served here…of course. After lunch, we will venture back to our hotel with select drop offs.  Rest up until we leave for a dinner at a Maltese Band Club followed by a Festa Experience where you may elect to join in a procession that runs through the village streets.  This is a remarkable experience. (B,L,D)

 

Day 9: Monday, October 9th
St. Paul’s Bay – Mgarr – Mellieha – Gozo

This morning, we say goodbye to Malta as we make our way to the Island of Gozo.  Mgarr is one of the few remaining rural villages in Malta what still has a pronounced agricultural community. While in the Mgarr area, we will visit a local olive grove for wonderful lunch.  As we make our way to Gozo, we will arrive in Mellieha. We will board our ferry for Gozo and upon arrival, we will visit the Azure Window – a coastal landmark that features a bridge or table-like rock that reaches across the sea to an eroded pillar. Our host hotel is the rustic feeling Cornucopia Hotel.  When you look out from the hotel, you will see a land that is very different from the Island of Malta. A group dinner with wine is included this evening.  (B,L,D)

Accommodations:  The 4.1 Star Hotel Ta’ Cenc & Spa in Gozo for 2 nights

 

Day 10: Tuesday, October 10th
Full Day Tour in Gozo

On this day, you will discover how Gozo’s splendour. This evening, you will be treated to a delectable cooking demo at the Cornucopia Hotel. Dinner will be on our own this evening with recommendations from our Tour Director.  Consider eating in the Village Square of Xaghra.  (B,L)

 

Day 11: Wednesday, October 11th
Gozo – Comino – Gozo

Kick back and enjoy your adventure to Comino – the smallest of the inhabited islands of Malta.  After breakfast, you will leave for the harbour and board our private boat to Comino.  We will sail at 9:30am and arrive back on Gozo early late afternoon.  A picnic lunch is included on this day. Savour this evening as it will be your last on the Maltese Islands.  (B,L,D)

 

Day 12: Thursday, October 12th
Gozo – Malta – Home

After breakfast, you’ll depart the Cornucopia and island of Gozo and traverse the waters back to Malta en route to the airport.   We trust that you will leave with fond memories of unbelievable experiences.  Thank you for the opportunity to share our lovely island with you.  We truly hope to see you again.  (B)

Know Before You Go

PASSPORT  VISA INFORMATION

Malta requires a minimum of 3 months passport validity beyond the date of the expected departure from Malta.

IMPORTANT: We recommend that our clients traveling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.

DESTINATION FACTS STATS

Time Zone

Malta is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

Electricity

An adapter (which changes the physical plug) and/or converter (which changes the electric current) are necessary if you plan to use an appliance with voltage different from the standard within the country you are visiting. Due to the difference in adapters, please note, if your appliance has dual voltage you may still need an adapter for the plug. When packing your electronic items for travel, please review the converter electric current level to make sure it is the same or greater than the items you are planning on using. If you plan on utilizing or transporting a sleep apnea machine, please remember to pack an extension cord and adapter plug to ensure proper function.

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