The number 1 reason why you will visit Malta is its history. Even today its 16th century palaces, bastions and fortifications are truly impressive structures. Our central location in the Mediterranean has given rise to a unique flair in our culture. You will notice influence from all over Europe & the Mediterranean.
1) Valletta & its secrets
Our guided tour through the bustling streets of Valletta will first allow you to view the Barrakka Gardens that command a breathtaking panorama of the Grand Harbour and then to the St. John’s Co-Cathedral.
Adorned in riches that date back to the times of the Knights of Malta, including the world famous Caravaggio painting that is on display in the Oratory of this Cathedral.
We also visit the Church Museum that is adorned with Flemish tapestries. After, we will also be visiting the Grand Master’s Palace amoungst other buildings of historical importance.
Lastly we stop at the Malta Experience, a multi vision show that depicts Malta’s history throughout the ages.
2) Mdina the Silent City
On passing through the narrow streets of Mdina, the ‘silent city’, we will admire the the imposing bastions that command a magnificent view of most of the island.
On leaving Mdina through the ‘Greek Gate’ we stop at the Catacombs before proceeding to the cliffs at Dingli.
After lunch visits to the botanic gardens of San Anton and the impressive dome of Mosta’s parish church.
3) Three Cities Tours
Discover the historical area known as the three cities: Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea.
A drive past Cospicua will bring us to Vittoriosa where we walk through the various narrow streets shaded by many historic buildings and churches.
From the old quay we take a typical harbour ‘fregatina’ for a tour of the famous harbour creeks.
In Senglea we have a look from the beautiful ‘vedette’ placed in the centre of the Grand Harbour.
4) Harbour Cruise
On boarding our pleasure boat we sail to visit the natural ports of Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour whose natural creeks make this port one of the most beautiful in Europe.
The views of the fortifications from the seaward side are unique and a treasure for photographers.
After the cruise you will be given free time to stroll along one of Malta’s main shopping centre with its cafes and shops to meet all tastes.
Return transfer from Sliema at 1800hrs.
5) Gozo Experience
Tour to Malta’s sister island of Gozo. Its only a twenty-minute crossing.
On setting foot in Gozo you will notice that although both islands are similar in history and development. Gozo has a character entirely of its own.
Gozo, which is a three hilled island, is greener and more picturesque that Malta.
During this excursion, we visit the (previously) Azure Window at Dwejra, the citadel in Victoria, the bay of Xlendi, and we will also stop at a spectacular cultural experience where Gozo’s history throughout the centuries is brought back to life!
Free time for shopping will also be given – Gozo is renowned for its woollen goods and handmade lace.
6) Hagar Qim & Local Lifestyle
Explore one of Malta’s few unspoilt villages in the south of the island.
Together with our guide you will be led to a Maltese Pjazza along winding narrow streets where progress did not leave its mark.
We proceed about 2km south-west from the village of Qrendi to visit the most complex and elaborate temples of Hagar Qim,
Malta’s foremost prehistoric sites, were excavated for the first time in 1839. This temples stand on a hilltop where one can admire the breathtaking view of the sea and the islet of Fifla.
Leaving Hagar Qim we proceed to Wied iz-Zurrieq’ where there will be the possibility to take a boat trip that will take you to admire Blue Grotto renowned for its azure sea. (Boat fee is not included – weather permitting).
After Lunch we tour past varied agricultural land and vineyards up to the idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk.
Admire the waterfront lined with Luzzus painted in traditional colours that add vibrancy to this serene bay which was once site of landings by both the Turkish and French troops during Malta’s heroic past.
Time will be given to browse around the well known local market held daily in this village.
Our day comes to an end when you will be guided through the cave of Ghar Dalam, one of the first habitants of these islands. (Lunch included in the price of the tour)
7) Blue Grotto & flee Market
Excursion to the south of the island. We commence our tour with a visit to the Blue Grotto and the other grottoes from close by. (Boat price not included – weather permitting).
Lastly we will visit the main fishing village off Marsaxlokk whose waterfront is lined with ‘Luzzus’ painted in traditional reds, blues and yellows that add colour to this peaceful bay once the site of the first Turkish landing during the Great Siege of 1565 where you will be given free time to spend browsing around the local market stalls.
8) The Village Festa
(every sunday from june to september)
Between June and September every village in Malta holds its main event of the year – the village festa.
It is a mixture of folklore and religion and is held in honour of the patron saint of the village.
This tour includes a guided explanation of the parish church which is especially decorated for this annual event. Then we offer you to match the climax of this festa, when the statue of the patron saint, which has been carried in procession during the evening will be brought back to the church.
The statue is accompanied by the village band while aerial fireworks are let off, thus bringing to an end the week-long festivities. The village streets are decorated with banners, fairy lights and statues.
It is an event not to be missed.
9) Cooking & Culture in Valletta
This hands on cooking workshop dives into the fascinating history that connects Malta to the Mediterranean and how that connection persists to this day. Upon entering our doors you will be greeted by our chefs with a tasting of hand made Maltese antipasti and a glass of local (methode champenoise) sparkling wine. Once all participants have arrived we will share the stories created by local people through the ages to explain the island’s historic connection with the sea as well as our knowledge of how to best source sustainable, fresh sea food.