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Escorted Walking Tours

Rural and Historic Paths of Malta

  • UK
  • Qawra
  • Valletta
  • Marfa Ridge
  • Girgenti
  • Victoria Lines
  • M'Scala
  • Qawra
  • UK

8 DAYS from £679pp

Tour Highlights
  • Observe the historic sites and Baroque architecture of Valletta on a walking tour
  • Enjoy uninterrupted sea views and ancient fortifications on the Marfa Ridge trail
  • Uncover the mysterious cart ruts and crater hole of Girgenti
  • Follow the long defensive wall of Victoria Lines past spectacular bays and villages
  • Discover hidden sights on walks through the Maltese countryside

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Rural and Historic Paths of Malta

Uncover one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world on delightful walks through the Mediterranean island of Malta. With the relaxed resort of Qawra as your base, explore ornate palaces and imposing forts, follow coastal routes along elevated ridges and discover charming villages and wartime ruins on five gloriously scenic trails.

This is an All Inclusive Walking Holiday with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner available. Full day walks will include a packed lunch. Drinks will be available at your hotel.

Walking Tour Itinerary

UK to Qawra

Depart London on your scheduled, direct flight to Malta. On arrival, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel, re-joining your group later tonight for a welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
Valletta - Average 4 hours of walking including breaks, covering 3 km

Embark on a walking tour of the fortified 16th-century city of Valletta, a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site founded by the Knights of St John. After a brief introduction to the city's history and growth, discover its magnificent Baroque architecture, stopping to admire St John's Co-Cathedral, the Auberge de Castille, and the Church of St Paul's Shipwreck, then visiting St. George's Square to view the opulent Grand Master's Palace. As you wander through the city, your guide will point out the new Parliament Building, the ruins of the Royal Opera House, and historic sites such as the Great Siege Monument, The Siege Bell Memorial, and Fort St. Elmo. Continue through lively Piazza Regina, then stroll around the idyllic Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens and hear about Valletta's role as the 2018 European Capital of Culture as you gaze down over the Grand Harbour.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
Marfa Ridge Country Walk - Average 4.5 hours of walking including breaks, covering 11 km

Follow a countryside trail along Marfa Ridge, enjoying uninterrupted views of the bay from your elevated pathway as you pass farmland, wooded outcrops and golden cliffs. Starting at the island's largest sandy beach, Mellieha Bay, walk towards the summit of the ridge where the imposing Red Tower is located. Explore this age-old fortification, last used as a gun post in WW2, and soak in sweeping views from its rooftop before continuing along the ridge to the solitary Immaculate Conception Chapel and onward to the White Tower. Your route leads uphill to picturesque Paradise Bay and winds down to terraced fields hanging off the cliff's edge. Take in views of the Mediterranean as your trail returns to the Red Tower where you will transfer back to your hotel.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
Girgenti Country Walk - Average 4.5-5 hours of walking including breaks, covering 12.5km

Today's country walk through Girgenti takes you to areas of lush greenery and historical sites, starting at the woodland gardens of Buskett. Enjoy time at leisure to wander along winding paths through this botanical haven, then set out on your walking trail. Pass the prehistoric Clapham Junction cart ruts, gouged into the rocky wayside, and the unique cave settlement of Ghar il-Kbir which was inhabited right into the 1830s. Continue to the villages of Siggiewi and Qrendi, dotted with elegant churches, chapels and a charming town square, before you finally arrive at the crater hole of Il-Maqluba, a geological feature surrounded by enduring legends and folklore.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
Victoria Lines - Average 2-3 hours of walking including breaks, covering 8km

The Victoria Lines, a long, defensive wall that stretches 12km through Malta's interior, are an excellent way to view both the peaceful coastline of western Malta and the lively resort towns to the east. From your starting point in Madliena, walk down a rugged pathway and across a bridge, passing the village of Gharghur. Walking alongside the Lines, you'll come across Il Widna (Maltese for "the Ear"), pre-WW2 buildings used as sound radars to alert Maltese soldiers to aeroplanes leaving nearby Sicily. The trail takes you past a series of historic, rock-cut cart ruts before finishing at perhaps the most spectacular scenic location on the island of Malta - Fomm Ir-Rih Bay, which boasts a long, unspoilt stretch of beach.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
M'Scala to M'Xlokk Tas Silg Walk - Average 3-4 hours of walking including breaks, covering 10km

Experience a different aspect of rural Malta as today's route leads you alongside the island's eastern coastline. Starting from the parish church of Marsaskala, walk along the promenade and witness colourful, traditional 'luzzu' boats, fishing trawlers and local fishermen mending their nets. Pass the immense 17th century St Thomas Tower, built to guard the entrance to the bay, then continue along the coast of idyllic St Thomas Bay. Numerous points of interest lie along your path, including the ruins of coastal batteries, lighthouses, Fort Delimara and picture-perfect views of Marsaxlokk Bay on one side and Delimara Bay on the other. Your route ends in the charming fishing village of Marsaxlokk, where you will be transferred back to Valletta.

  • Breakfast & Dinner

Explore the sights of Qawra at your own pace with a full day at leisure before re-joining your group later tonight for a farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
Malta to the UK or extension

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast

Included in your Walking Tour

In addition to wonderfully scenic walking trails, we've included a number of features with your comfort, convenience and safety in mind:

All walks and treks are led by a knowledgeable, local, English-speaking guide and accompanied by a back marker, with well-timed rest stops and picnic breaks factored into all itineraries.
While we can never guarantee weather conditions, departure dates have been carefully selected in order to avoid extreme weather conditions, such as severe heat, cold or rain.
Enjoy comfortable, hand-picked accommodation with all meals provided; packed meals may be provided for long walks and treks.
Baggage is always transported to your next hotel or lodging with porterage included.
A wide selection of extensions is available at the end of your tour, giving you time to relax and unwind or explore your destination further.
Once you've booked your tour, a comprehensive dossier will be sent to you with a more detailed day-by-day itinerary, flight details, visa requirements and helpful information on what to pack.

Important Information


A visa is not required for your trip to Malta. 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 £49pp 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.

Flight Information

Your flight is to Malta with Air Malta (KM), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. Each passenger is entitled to 20kg of hold luggage and one piece of hand luggage 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. Check-in should be at least 2 hours before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

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;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

During this walking holiday, walks will average 3 to 4 hours daily. Some walks will be through rural countryside following narrow trails made up of dirt or stone tracks with small inclines and declines. Whilst other walks will be through towns and villages. This holiday requires a reasonable level of fitness. If you are in any doubt as to the tours suitability, please speak to your GP as soon as possible as this is a physical holiday.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 20. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date, then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Currency Information

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

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any meals where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Tipping for your driver and guide will be at your discretion. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however, it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
2019 Dates
26 Apr 201903 May 2019£899.00Please call to book
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20 Sep 201927 Sep 2019£999.00Book Now
18 Oct 201925 Oct 2019£949.00Book Now
01 Nov 201908 Nov 2019£799.00Book Now
15 Nov 201922 Nov 2019£699.00Book Now
2020 Dates
17 Jan 202024 Jan 2020£679.00Book Now
07 Feb 202014 Feb 2020£749.00Book Now
13 Mar 202020 Mar 2020£829.00Book Now
24 Apr 202001 May 2020£899.00Book Now
08 May 202015 May 2020£959.00Book Now
12 Jun 202019 Jun 2020£999.00Book Now
18 Sep 202025 Sep 2020£1049.00Book Now
23 Oct 202030 Oct 2020£949.00Book Now
06 Nov 202013 Nov 2020£799.00Book Now
20 Nov 202027 Nov 2020£699.00Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation and entry fees to all sights.
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners and All-Inclusive when at your hotel
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Itinerary changes:

Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving/ walking times.

What to expect

Fact File


Average Flying time

3 hours

Min/Max temperature

13 °C / 27 °C

Spoken languages

Maltese, English

When to go

Weather can vary throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate ch


What to pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Camera
  • Electric plug converter
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Rucksack
  • Torch
  • Suitable Clothing
Tour Map
Rural and Historic Paths of Malta Route Map
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