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As the acknowledged leading specialist tour operator to the Maltese islands, we felt it was about time that we put our 35 years of experience to these wonderful islands to good use. So we have, and we are confident that this tour of baroque churches, ancient temples and spectacular scenery as well as two Unesco World Heritage sites, will be one of our most popular additions for 2015/2016.
Fly to Malta from your chosen UK departure airport. You will be met on arrival and taken to the 4* Preluna Hotel on Sliema's seafront.
Enjoy a half day walking tour of Malta's fascinating capital Valletta. Visiting in 1830 a young Benjamin Disraeli declared Valletta 'a city of palaces built by gentlemen for gentlemen.' From the Barakka Gardens with its sweeping views of the Grand Harbour to St John's Co-Cathedral blessed with an incredibly ornate interior and the grandiose Grand Master's Palace displaying antique weaponry and suits of armour, this morning is a great introduction to the treasures that await you on this tour.
Your full day tour today starts with a visit to the Blue Grotto - an area of sea caverns on Malta's south coast with stunning views of the rugged coastline. Then visit Mosta to see its famous church with the third largest unsupported dome in Europe. Next move on to the 'silent' city of Mdina, whose quiet narrow streets, grand buildings and palaces are protected by impressive ramparts with majestic views of the surroundings.
On today's half-day excursion you'll visit Cottonera, the collective description of the fortified cities of Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Senglea which are enclosed by a massive line of fortifications built by the Knights of St John. Then visit Hagar Qim, a UNESCO World Heritage Site older than Stonehenge and home to Megalithic Temples. Today's tour also takes you through the picturesque fishing village at Marsaxlokk.
Depart in the morning for a short twenty minute ferry crossing to Malta's sister island Gozo. On arrival you'll check into the 4-star Cornucopia Hotel.
Your full day of exploration starts with a tour around Gozo's capital Victoria. Winding streets, bustling squares, ornate baroque churches and the Citadel characterise this charming city of just seven thousand inhabitants. From here it's on to see the Azure Window and 'Inland Sea' at Dwejra before taking a look around the church at Ta'Pinu - a national shrine where various miracles are said to have happened since 1883. Your last stop is at Xlendi, a delightful little seaside village hedged in by rugged cliff faces on either side.
Said to be the world's second oldest manmade religious structures, the Ggantija Temples dates back to between 3600-2500 BC. Set magnificently against a backdrop of the Maltese Islands, legend has it that a giantess built these temples single-handedly. Later on in the morning your guide will take you for a scenic stroll along the three hundred and fifty year old Salt Pans and then it's on to the fishing village of Marsalforn, where you'll have free time to explore.
Travel back to Malta arriving with plenty of time for some retail therapy in the many international shops and boutiques of Sliema. Alternatively spend the afternoon strolling along the seafront and stopping at one of the many cafes that can be found close by.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
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.
You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:
|Age in Years||Up to 64||65 - 74||75 - 85|
|Up to 10 days cover||£21||£42||£62|
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 & 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.
The maximum capacity on the boat is 35 passengers. If in the unlikely event there are not enough people booked on your 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.
This is a fully escorted tour with local guides throughout ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.
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!
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Unfortunately, we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room.
Weather can vary throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.
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