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Historical Malta with Malta

8 Day Escorted Tour With 4 Day Extension

Malta, Europe
Easygoing Pace

Extend your stay in historic Malta with this 3-night add-on. Explore more of Malta's fascinating history in Valletta, go shopping in Sliema's many boutiques or simply relax, the choice is yours.

2021 Dossier

2022 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Spend an extra 3 nights in Malta
  • The palaces, cathedral and gardens of Valletta, Malta's historic capital city
  • Explore the 'silent' city of Mdina
  • Walking tour in the Three Fortified Cities of Cottonera
  • Witness the megalithic temples of Ggantija
  • Tour of Gozo's capital Victoria, the 'Inland Sea' of Dwejra and the seaside resort of Xlendi
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Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Malta

Depart London on a scheduled flight to Malta Airport. Upon arrival meet your guides and transfer to your hotel on the Sliema seafront.

Day 2
Valletta

Breakfast

Discover Malta's magnetic charm on a morning tour of the fortified city of Valletta. Boasting some of the most opulent churches and palaces in Europe, Valletta's quaint narrow streets exude a timeless ambience, and effortlessly transport you back to a bygone era. Soak in extraordinary scenery from the Upper Barrakka Gardens, delighting in breath-taking panoramas of the Grand Harbour, before continuing to the richly ornamented St John's Co-Cathedral in which Caraviggio's masterpiece, 'The beheading of John the Baptist' is lavishly displayed.

Day 3
Rabat, Mdina and Mosta

Breakfast

Today's full day of exploration begins at the renowned Rotunda Church of Mosta, whose famed unsupported dome is the third largest in Europe. Later, protected by impressive city ramparts, the quiet streets of Mdina, lined with ornate buildings and palaces, are characteristic of this picturesque silent city. Dominating a landscape of narrow avenues, uncover the prominent baroque facade and towering bell towers of St Paul's Cathedral, before visiting an extensive complex of underground tombs at St Paul's Catacombs; these mystifying discoveries are considered to be the earliest archaeological indication of Christianity in Malta.

Day 4
Malta

Breakfast

Enjoy a day at leisure today or embark on an optional excursion to the small fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Framed by a harbour teeming with brightly coloured boats, browse the vibrant market stalls and feast your eyes upon a plethora of local goods including fresh fish, honey and wine.

Day 5
Gozo

Breakfast

Discover Victoria's imposing citadel, winding streets and bustling market squares on a full-day tour of Malta's sister island, Gozo. From the capital city, travel towards the 'Inland Sea' of Dwejra to admire its breath-taking coastal formations and crystal-clear waters, before visiting the megalithic limestone temples of Ggantija; translating as the 'Place of Giants', according to local legend, this remarkable temple was constructed single-handedly by a giantress between the years of 3600-2500BC. En route to the seaside resort of Xlendi, enjoy an opportunity to shop for authentic handmade lace and knitwear items, which have long since characterised Gozo's craft trade

Day 6
Three Cities and Harbour Cruise

Breakfast

Collectively named Cottonera, explore the three fortified cities of Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea, founded by the Knights of Malta in the 16th and 17th centuries. Begin this morning's walking tour in the oldest city of Vittoriosa, where the majestic former Palace of the General of the Galleys & Order of St John's Treasury can be seen from its affluent waterfront. Next, from the verge of Senglea point, delight in spectacular views of the Grand Harbour before cruising upon its azure waters. Step ashore for the chance to wander around an assortment of local shops before returning to your hotel.

Day 7
Malta

Breakfast

Following a day at leisure, you may choose to embark on an optional excursion this evening. Bathed in a golden hue, explore some of Malta's most iconic landmarks, whose floodlit appearances present an entirely different display at night. Alternatively, immerse yourself in an energetic Maltese celebration, feasting on a delectable 4 course meal, followed by a traditional evening of folklore dance.

Day 8
Malta to the UK

Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.

Day 9
Malta

Enjoy an extended stay in Malta visiting this dynamic islands architectural and cultural wonders, from the Manoel Theatre in Valletta or see the Knights of St. John defended Christendom.

Day 10
Malta

This day is yours to spend at leisure.

Day 11
Malta

This day is yours to spend at leisure.

Day 12
Malta to the UK

Today you will leave Malta and head back to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Grand Hotel Excelsior

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
February 2023
from £928
1 Date
16th Feb - 26th Feb
£928
March 2023
from £1,028
1 Date
2nd Mar - 12th Mar
£1,028
April 2023
from £1,278
1 Date
20th Apr - 30th Apr
£1,278
May 2023
from £1,358
1 Date
11th May - 21st May
£1,358
June 2023
from £1,358
1 Date
8th Jun - 18th Jun
£1,358
July 2023
from £1,448
1 Date
6th Jul - 16th Jul
£1,448
August 2023
from £1,558
1 Date
17th Aug - 27th Aug
£1,558
September 2023
from £1,458
1 Date
7th Sep - 17th Sep
£1,458
October 2023
from £1,328
1 Date
12th Oct - 22nd Oct
£1,328
November 2023
from £1,158
1 Date
9th Nov - 19th Nov
£1,158

Preluna Hotel and Spa

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
February 2023
from £778
1 Date
16th Feb - 26th Feb
£778
March 2023
from £898
1 Date
2nd Mar - 12th Mar
£898
April 2023
from £1,078
1 Date
20th Apr - 30th Apr
£1,078
May 2023
from £1,168
1 Date
11th May - 21st May
£1,168
June 2023
from £1,168
1 Date
8th Jun - 18th Jun
£1,168
July 2023
from £1,268
1 Date
6th Jul - 16th Jul
£1,268
August 2023
from £1,398
1 Date
17th Aug - 27th Aug
£1,398
September 2023
from £1,298
1 Date
7th Sep - 17th Sep
£1,298
October 2023
from £1,138
1 Date
12th Oct - 22nd Oct
£1,138
November 2023
from £1,008
1 Date
9th Nov - 19th Nov
£1,008

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Preluna Hotel and Spa
3 nights
Sliema, Malta
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Grand Hotel Excelsior
3 nights
Valletta, Malta
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Important Information

A visa is not required for your entry into Malta and Gozo. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your flight is to Malta Airport with Air Malta (KM), departing from London Heathrow, Terminal 4. IMPORTANT: Flight times/numbers are for guidance only and are subject to change. Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 20kg of hold luggage. Hand luggage: One piece not exceeding 5Kg and with maximum total dimensions not exceeding 113cm (50 cm x 45cm x 18cm). Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

The main tour is a fully escorted with local guides throughout ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. Accommodation and transfers are included for the Historic Malta extension but there is no guide so your time will be free.

The currency in Malta and Gozo is the Euro. You can exchange your currency before you travel, or whilst you are in Malta and Gozo. Cash machine will be available throughout your tour for you to withdraw money in the local currency.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100-£200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!