Guided Walking & Sightseeing on Malta

Wonders of Malta

Code: MWLCL

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Coastal
  • History

Level

  • Easier
  • Easy
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Difficulty indicator

Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £689.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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In the middle of the Mediterranean Sea lies a cluster of islands. The largest of these is Malta, modest in size but boasting a wealth of historic sites. This bustling, colourful and cheerful island offers a great insight to the past. Malta also has dramatic coastal walking and idyllic rural inland paths that are never too far from the sun kissed sea. 

Holiday highlights

  • Gentle walking at a leisurely pace through dramatic coastal scenery
  • Rich history including Neolithic temples and churches built by the Knights of St John, historic Valletta and Mdina
  • Year round sunshine - ideal for a relaxed spring or autumn break

Price includes

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day plus 1 full sightseeing day
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • The services of experienced  HF Holidays' leaders
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 night's accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal

 

 

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Accommodation

Malta Solana Hotel 300x200The friendly 4-star Solana Hotel is situated in the centre of Mellieha village, one of Malta's few traditional villages, away from the hustle and bustle of the main resorts. Its central location means shops and amenities are close by, making it an ideal base for exploring Malta. This hotel has been selected as 'Best Value' as it is considered value for money without compromising on comfort.

 

Gold & Silver accommodation 60pxHF Holidays Europe Partner Hotel Awards 2016
Gold Award for Great Hotel Staff
Silver Award for Overall Hotel.

Your room

The Solana Hotel has 81 en-suite bedrooms each with a balcony or terrace. The modern, spacious rooms are comfortable and have a relaxing feel to them.

All bedrooms have a hairdryer, safe (small extra charge), telephone, fridge, satellite television, air conditioning/heating, WiFi (small extra charge).

Malta Solana Hotel Room

Facilities

Malta Solana Hotel Pool The Solana Hotel has a range of facilities where you can indulge yourself after a day out. Enjoy the indoor heated pool and spa pool or take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool with good views of Mellieha bay. There is also a spa offering a wide range of treatments (payable locally). 

Dining

Our holidays at Solana Hotel are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast
Breakfast is served in the Tosca Restaurant and is a self-service buffet. You can choose from a selection of cereals, fruit juice, yoghurt, fruit, cold cooked meat and cheese, eggs, sausages, bacon, tomatoes.

Drinks
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wines and spirits.

Lunch (payable locally)
There are several shops and bakeries in Mellieha village, where you can buy ingredients to make your picnic lunch. It may also be possible to eat in a café during the day; your leaders will advise you of all the options.
Evening meal
A buffet style evening meal is served in the Bellini restaurant on five evenings, where you can choose from a good selection of international and local dishes, There is usually antipasta, salads and soup for starters, followed by a selection of hot savoury meals. Desserts tend to be pies and pastries, followed by tea and coffee. On the other two evenings you will eat in the Tosca restaurant, where it is table service. Here you will be served a three course meal with choices available at each course. The hotel does cater for most dietary requirements; we advise you to discuss your requirements with the restaurant staff on arrival. Jugs of tap water are served at dinner.
 
Malta Solana Hotel Dining

Your evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's activities. On most evenings there will be some kind of entertainment: an excursion to Mdina to see it by moonlight - the effect is amazing; listening to a local speaker on the human history of the Maltese people or relaxing in the hotel bar, where you will find live entertainment on some evenings.

Alternatively, take a stroll around Mellieha and visit one of the local bars, or relax with a drink and chat to your fellow guests. Your leader will inform you of what options are available.

Itinerary

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  • Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort
  • Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable

HF Holidays walks level 1 easierEasier Walks: 5 to 7 miles (8-11km) with up to 700ft (210m) of ascent in a day.

 

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easyHarder Walks: 7 to 9 miles (11-14.5km) with up to 1,400ft (420m) of ascent in a day.

 

Combine visits to some of Malta's best historic sites with walks on the island's dramatic rocky coast.  We'll walk on the sandy beaches of Golden Bay and the breathtaking Dingli Cliffs, taking in pre-historic temples and pretty fishing harbours.  A Sightseeing day in the capital Valletta with a local guide will introduce you to the city's magnificent location and wealth of historic buildings. Our leaders will offer a choice of two walks on each walking day.

On your free day enjoy a short scenic ferry trip to Gozo, where you may wish to take a tour of an agricultural estate with a food and wine tasting, followed by a land train sightseeing trip back to the hotel.


Day 1: Arrival day

The journey to the hotel in Mellieha is by minibus. Time permitting, your leaders will explain more about the walks on the first evening. Should this not be possible we’ll meet after breakfast on the first morning of your stay.


Day 2: Northern peninsula

These walks explore the northern tip of Malta, from the older part of Mellieha village and onto rocky open ground to contour around the northern coastline with fine views of Gozo and Comino.

Easier Walk: 5 miles (8km) with up to 500ft (150m) of ascent
Harder Walk: 7 miles (11km) with up to 900ft (270m) of ascent


Day 3: Valletta - sightseeing excursion

The World Heritage City of Valletta merits a great deal of exploration and this sightseeing day will introduce you to the key sights. Our tour starts with a walking tour around the city with a blue badge guide, stopping at Upper Barrakka Gardens with panoramic views over the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities, and concluding with a visit to St John’s Co-Cathedral. There is then free time for you to explore Valletta before a not-to-be-missed harbour cruise.


Day 4: Dingli Cliffs to Blue Grotto or Mdina

Today’s visit is to the Dingli Cliffs, the highest point on Malta. We walk through Buskett Gardens (once the hunting ground of the Grand Masters) towards the Dingli Cliffs. Close to the cliffs we see the remains of Ghar-il-Kbir cave dwellings and a series of distinctive prehistoric cart ruts. This visit will be enhanced by a local guide who was brought up in the area. The afternoon is spent sightseeing with the option of (a) visiting 4th century catacombs, the museum of Roman Antiquities and soaking up the atmosphere in the Silent City of Mdina or (b) visiting the temple complex of Hagar Qim, which can be seen before descending to Wied iz-Zurrieq where there is the option of a boat trip to the Blue Grotto in good weather.

Easier Walk: 5 miles (8km) with up to 300ft (90m) of ascent
Harder Walk: 9 miles (14.5km) with up to 900ft (270m) of ascent


Day 5: Free day

Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest.


Day 6: Marsascala and Marsaxlokk

These walks link two traditional Maltese fishing villages on the southeastern corner of the island. We start at Marsascala harbour from where we follow the coast past a series of deep-cut bays and promontories. A delightful spot for lunch and swimming is reached before we continue along the shore through the ‘sculpture park’ of Peter’s Pool. There is an option to continue on to Delimara Point to stand only 200 miles north of Africa. We walk to Marsaxlokk, with its profusion of colourful fishing boats bobbing in the harbour, and a quayside market.

Easier Walk: 7 miles (11km) with up to 400ft (120m) of ascent
Harder Walk: 9 miles (14.5km) with up to 900ft (270m) of ascent


Day 7: Ancient city to sandy bays

From the ancient city of Mdina – the original capital of Malta – we descend into the fertile Qleigha Valley and a series of manmade reservoirs called the Chadwick Lakes. There is time to view the wayside chapel and the honeycomb of ancient tombs beneath the Victorian Line fortifications along the escarpment ridge. After the Bingemma Gap we make our way mainly by coastal paths to Golden Bay where there will be time for a swim.

Easier Walk: 6 miles (9.5km) with up to 600ft (180m) of ascent
Harder Walk: 8 miles (13km) with up to 900ft (270m) of ascent


Day 8: Departure day

or transfer day for guests holidaying on Gozo.


Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and every evening your leaders will talk to you about the next day’s walks.

Two-centre

Make the most of your European holiday by visiting two resorts. Why not visit both Maltese Islands during your holiday?

Mgarr harbour and Grand Hotel

Malta & Gozo - 14nts

Combine a week on Malta with a week on the neighbouring island of Gozo. Gozo is smaller and more peaceful with stunning coastal landscapes. Our 4-star hotel occupies a commanding position with views back across the straits to Malta. 

With flight & transfers: from £1,349

Without flights & transfers: from £1,199

 

To book any of our Two-Centre holidays call our Reservations Team on 0345 470 7558

Christmas 2017

Malta Pergola Hotel 300x200The 4-star Pergola Hotel is located in a quieter part of Mellieha Village, which is one of Malta's few traditional villages, away from the hustle and bustle of the main resorts and make it an ideal base for exploring Malta. The local shops and amenities are just a few minutes walk away and this hotel has been selected as 'Best Value' as it is considered value for money without compromising on comfort.

 

 

 

Your room

This hotel has 30 comfortable en-suite bedrooms with balcony or terrace and all overlook a central courtyard with pool and small seating area.  All the bedrooms have a small fridge, telephone, TV, air conditioning, room safe (local cost), Wi-Fi, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.

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Malta Pergola Hotel Room

Facilities

Malta Solana Hotel Pool The Pergola Hotel has two outdoor swimming pools and one heating indoor pool.  There is a small bar in the reception area which serves coffee and some snacks during the day as well as a bar/lounge area just outside the Bonaventura Restaurant.  This is another smaller bar, cleverly built into a small cave area which overlooks one of the outside swimming pools and this area has amazing views down into Mellieha Bay and across to Gozo island. There is a gym and a wellness centre where a variety of treatments can be booked at an extra cost. 

Dining

Holidays at the Pergola Hotel are on a half-board basis and includes breakfast and your evening meal.

Breakfast
Breakfast is available at the Bonaventura Restaurant and is a self-service buffet.  There is a selection of cereals, fruit juices, breads, pastries and cakes, as well as a hot selection, cold meat and cheese, and fruit.

Drinks
There is a well stocked bar offering a variety of pre-dinner drinks, wines, beers and local spirits including an interesting prickly pear liqueur.

Lunch (payable locally)
There are several shops and local supermarkets, a short walk away, in Mellieha Village, where you can buy the ingredients to make your picnic lunch.  There will be opportunities to eat in a local café during the day and our leaders will advise you of all the options and directions to the nearest shops.s.

Evening meal
A buffet style evening meal is served to our guests in the Bonaventura Restaurant, five times a week. There is a good selection of international dishes as well as fish and local meals, as well as antipasta dishes and salads as starters. Desserts will be followed by tea and coffee. On the other two evenings, we will be dining at the Valle Al Fresco, a rooftop dining experience with a splendid view. This will be a served 3-course meal which pre-selected choices.

The hotel does cater for most dietary requirements but we would advise you to speak to our reservation staff and also ensure that you speak to our hotel staff on arrival to avoid disappointment.  

Malta Pergola Hotel Dining

Your evenings

The friendly atmosphere of your holiday continues into the evening.  Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's activities.  On some evenings, there will be some kind of entertainment; an excursion to Mdina to see it by moonlight - the effect is amazing; listen to a local speaker on the human history of the Maltese people or just relax in the bar area and speak to your fellow guests about your day.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
30 Sep 2017 MWLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Malta - Without Flights 7 £689.00 Book Now
7 Oct 2017 MWLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Malta
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AIR MALTA

  • Depart: 7 Oct 2017, 10:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Oct 2017, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

AIR MALTA

  • Depart: 14 Oct 2017, 5:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Oct 2017, 7:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £789.00 Book Now
7 Oct 2017 MWLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Malta
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 7 Oct 2017, 6:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Oct 2017, 10:40 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 14 Oct 2017, 11:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Oct 2017, 1:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £829.00 Book Now
7 Oct 2017 MWLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Malta - Without Flights 7 £689.00 Book Now
14 Oct 2017 MWLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Malta
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AIR MALTA

  • Depart: 14 Oct 2017, 10:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Oct 2017, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

AIR MALTA

  • Depart: 21 Oct 2017, 5:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Oct 2017, 7:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £789.00 Book Now
14 Oct 2017 MWLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Malta - Without Flights 7 £689.00 Book Now
21 Dec 2017 MWLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Malta
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AIR MALTA

  • Depart: 21 Dec 2017, 11:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Dec 2017, 3:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

AIR MALTA

  • Depart: 28 Dec 2017, 4:55 p.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Dec 2017, 7:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £949.00 Book Now
21 Dec 2017 MWLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Malta - Without Flights 7 £749.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £14 per night
  • Allow €20 for sightseeing
  • All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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