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Malta and Gozo


Route:
  • London
  • Malta
  • Gozo
  • Malta
  • London
Tour Pace:

9 DAYS from €783pp

Tour Highlights
  • See the palaces, cathedral and gardens of Valletta, Europe's Capital of Culture 2018
  • See the 'silent' city of Mdina
  • Visit the three fortified cities of Cottonera
  • Explore the sea caverns of the Blue Grotto
  • Tours of Victoria and the ancient temples of Ggantija
  • Visit the tranquil seaside village of Xlendi

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Malta and Gozo

Malta and Gozo boast a history of remarkable intensity, brimming with baroque churches, UNESCO listed prehistoric temples and fossil-studded cliffs. Discover the magnificent Cathedral in the capital, Valletta, the ?silent? ancient walled city of Mdina and the apricot sands of Gozo?s beaches washed with turquoise waters. Stunning rugged coastlines and beautiful gardens abound throughout these sun-soaked islands.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Malta

Fly to Malta from your chosen UK departure airport. You will be met on arrival and taken to your Hotel on the seafront.

  • Dinner
2
Valletta

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.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
3
Blue Grotto, Mosta Dome & Mdina

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Cottonera & Hagar Qim

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.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
5
Malta to Gozo

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.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
6
Gozo - Victoria, Dwejra and Xlendi

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 '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.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
7
Gozo - Ggantija Temples & Marsalforn

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.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
8
Gozo to Malta

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.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
9
Malta to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

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.

Insurance

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.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp 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 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.

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; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

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.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 35. 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.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour with local guides throughout ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

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.

Personal Expenses

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!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2018 Dates
18 Oct 201826 Oct 2018€1029
15 Nov 201823 Nov 2018€895
2019 Dates
17 Jan 201925 Jan 2019€861
31 Jan 201908 Feb 2019€783
21 Feb 201901 Mar 2019€895
07 Mar 201915 Mar 2019€996
25 Apr 201903 May 2019€1119
16 May 201924 May 2019€1175
13 Jun 201921 Jun 2019€1231
11 Jul 201919 Jul 2019€1298
22 Aug 201930 Aug 2019€1309
17 Oct 201925 Oct 2019€1085
14 Nov 201922 Nov 2019€861
Travelling alone?

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.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Euro

Average Flying time

3 hours

Min/Max temperature

14 °C / 29 °C

Spoken languages

Maltese, English

When to go

Weather can vary throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Malta

What to pack
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent and hat
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
Customer Rating:
10/10
Anh Ha Tran
15th Dec 2016

both hotels are nice

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Stephen Lloyd
24th Nov 2016

I enjoyed the tour overall and the Cornucopia on Gozo was excellent!

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Joanne Morey
18th Oct 2016

The tour guides were amazing, the educational information was extremely well presented and their sense of humour outstanding

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Customer Rating:
7.5/10
John Wilkins
24th Sep 2016

Hotels were very acceptable . Food good .
Glad the Calypso hotel was used at Gozo instead of the Cornucopia as the Calypso was very good and much better located .

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Maria Gutierrez
11th Aug 2016

Our guide on this tour has been excellent and very helpful and informative. We Couldn't have asked for more.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Gillian Howell- Jones
11th Aug 2016

The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.

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Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Anthea Fielding
11th Aug 2016

Wish we'd booked a longer stay!

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Keith White
11th Aug 2016

We had an excellent rep she was very informative and enthusiastic and we enjoyed al our trips and thought the hotel in Gozo was fabulous.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Lavinia Blanche
11th Aug 2016

We have been very happy with the overall package from day one. The food at the hotels, the staff were courteous and helpful and the tour guide was very efficient, informative and caring.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Paul Jeffery
31st May 2016

I thought the tour was excellent – seeing everything I wanted to which would have been impossible travelling alone. The 2 hotels complimented each other and offered a very relaxing break.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Raymond Parrott
28th Mar 2016

excellent charming hotel on Gozo with brilliant service

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Nicola Ward
18th Oct 2015

Preluna Hotel was dated but fine in all repects. Staff very friendly and hotel and rooms very clean. We particularly enjoyed the roof top bar, lovely views and the evening entertainment which was of a very high standard. The chefs worked hard to keep the food coming and bringing out hot food on a regular basis. The food was excellent with lots of choice. The service was friendly and prompt. Everyone was so friendly and kind. We enjoyed the bar and 'happy hour' for a relaxing drink before our evening meal. Hotel is well placed for getting around. We used the ferry over to Valetta a lot.

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