Date(s) - 28/09/2014 - 09/10/2014
Travel Dates: September 28 – October 9th, 2014
Featured Attractions: Superb accommodations in Malta 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, Dingli Cliffs, Gardens, Fishing Village, Feast Day Experience, Roman Salt Pans & that’s just the beginning…
An extremely unique opportunity to travel with 17 people 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.
Intinerary & Price
$4879 Double* *Includes roundtrip airfare to Malta via Frankfurt, Germany and sedan transfer from home to Toronto Airport and back (within 100kms).
10 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 6 Dinners (plus a high tea experience) are included on this tour.
Day 1: Sunday, September 28th – Monday, September 29th
Toronto – Franfurt – Malta Or Your closest airport to Malta (we will arrange this)
Travel via sedan to Pearson International where you will meet other travellers for our early evening, overnight flight on Luftansa en route to Frankfurt. Upon arrival in Frankfurt, we will have just over an hour to connect to our flight to Malta. We arrive in Malta by 12:30 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 at the hotel. (D)
Day 3: Tuesday, September 30th
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. Enjoy lunch on own in beautiful Victoria Square by one of Malta’s oldest coffee shops. You can choose from a variety of offerings here. We’ll visit gardens with a spectacular view of the Grand Harbour as well as learn about the auberges of the Knights and architecture of Valletta. 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 1st
Qormi – Valletta – The Three Cities
After breakfast, we will travel to a traditional Maltese village to learn about village life as well as grab a sneak peak at a traditional bakery. Qormi pronounced as “oormi” is known for its vast number of bakeries. Next, we’ll travel back to Valletta to continue with our village experience en route to our cooking class to make Ftira, a traditional maltese bread/sandwich. Be sure to pay attention because you’ll be eating your creation! 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 2nd
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 3rd
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 4th
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. Tonight is the famous Notte Bianca arts festival in Valletta. Should you wish to attend, your Tour Director will make arrangements for you. (B)
Day 8: Sunday, October 5th
Marsaxlokk – Maltese Feast Day Experience
A 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 6th
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. The typical rural landscape with terraced fields hosts a variety of interesting features that make this locality unique. While in the Mgarr area, we will visit a local olive grove for an explanation and wonderful lunch. As we make our way to Gozo, we will arrive in Mellieha whose’s name is likely to have been derived from the Greek word “Melleca” meaning honey. Remains of the prehistory, a red painted Tower and the sheltered church courtyard will give a historic dimension to the tour combined with breath taking views overlying the rocky shore. 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. You will wonder if you are in Tuscany or perhaps Rio – the views are spectacular. A group dinner with wine is included this evening. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Tuesday, October 7th
Full Day Tour in Gozo
On this day, you will discover how Gozo’s splendour. The production of sea salt has a long tradition in Gozo and the saltpans found near Marsalforn are still used today. You will arrive after breakfast to watch the salt being collected as it glistens under the sun. You then travel to a local farm to learn of Gozitan dairy production. A traditional Gozitan platter will be be served for lunch prior to our visit to the Citadel in the capital city of Victoria. Our afternoon will have us witnessing Maltese cheese making and a visit to a winery or vineyard for a taste of the Island. 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 8th
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. This evening, you will be treated to a delectable cooking demo at the Cornucopia Hotel. Savour this evening as it will be your last on the Maltese Islands. (B, L, D)
Day 12: Thursday, October 9th
Gozo – Malta – Frankfurt – Toronto
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
Malta is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
An adaptor (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. Please note, if your appliance has dual voltage you may still need an adaptor 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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Cornucopia Hotel in Gozo
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Corinthia St. George’s Bay Hotel
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