Gozo Guided Walking Holiday

Walk to secluded bays, the Inland Sea, Blue Lagoon and Calypso's Cave

Code: GZLCL

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Activity types:

  • Coastal

Level

  • 1
  • 2
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £699.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Gozo Guest Booklet 2018

Enjoy a mixture of spectacular landscapes with walks on dramatic coastal paths. Explore the island's secluded coves and rocky headlands and discover the intriguing Inland Sea. Ramble around the capitol Victoria, and the ancient temples of Ggantja. This guided walking holiday is set to thrill history buffs and culture vultures with gentler strolls among stunning scenery.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy stunning coastal views from all corners of the island, as well as Gozo’s attractive green interior
  • Sail with an expert guide to the tiny island of Comino and enjoy a walk to the stunning Blue Lagoon
  • Visit the citadel in Victoria with its commanding views to all corners of the island, immersed in Medieval influence
  • Makes a great combination with Malta for a fascinating fortnight on the Maltese Islands
  • Discover the ancient temples of Ggantija, which predate the Pyramids of Giza, and Calypso's Cave, where Ulysses was held captive

Price includes

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leader
  • ‘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

Grand Hotel in Gozo, Maltese Islands

The charming 4-star Grand Hotel with its comfortable accommodation, and friendly efficient service, occupies a commanding location overlooking Mgarr harbour and has views across the straits to Comino and Malta. This hotel has been selected as 'Best Value' as it is considered value for money without compromising on comfort.

 

Your room

The hotel has 93 en-suite bedrooms, many of which have a balcony with either sea views over Mgarr Harbour or the open countryside.

All bedrooms have:
  • En-suite bathroom with bath with shower 
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Mini-bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Free Wi-Fi
Grand Hotel bedroom

Facilities

Grand Hotel swimming pool The hotel has a range of facilities to enjoy after a day's walking, including a:
  • Lounge bar
  • Games room
  • Mini cinema
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gymnasium
  • NEW indoor pool

Dining

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

Breakfast
There is an extensive selection of hot and cold options for breakfast from a self-select buffet.

Evening meal
The Grand Hotel has a buffet dinner, comprising a choice of soup, antipasti/salad dishes, plus hot pasta. Main courses always include a choice of meat or fish, plus hot vegetables. The sweet course is usually fresh fruit/fruit salad or gateau. There will be a vegetarian option if requested; we recommend that you discuss any special dietary requirements with the restaurant manager or chef.
Drinks
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Lunch (payable locally)
You can buy picnic lunches from the hotel (order the evening before). Alternatively you can buy ingredients from the supermarket in the village or eat in a café during the walks; your leaders will advise you of all the options.
Grand 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 walks.

On most evenings there will be some kind of entertainment: watch a film in the hotel's own cinema: relax in the hotel with a drink and chat with your fellow guests.

Your leader will inform you of what options are available.

Itinerary

Gozo Guided Walking Holiday

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.

Please note:  The Festive itinerary for this destination will be the same but in a different order according to local transport and holiday variances.



HF Holidays walks level 1 easierEasier Walks: 4 to 7 miles (6.5-11km) on stony inland and coastal paths. Up to 800ft (240m) of ascent in a day. HF Holidays walks grade 2 easyHarder Walks: 8 to 10 miles (13-16km) on stony inland and coastal paths. Up to 1,400ft (420m) of ascent in a day.

Day 1: Arrival day

The journey to our hotel in Mgarr is by minibus and ferry. Time permitting your leaders will explain 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: Xlendi, Victoria and the southern coast

Option 1: Xlendi & Victoria

Visit Victoria Cathedral, Gozo, with HF Holidays

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

The walk in a nutshell: We start our walk with a short walk to the coast path, then head north taking in dramatic views of the cliffs. We then make for the delightful resort of Xlendi before turning inland to the island's capital, Victoria.

Don't miss: Victoria's cathedral is an imposing building with an elaborate and unique interior.

Option 2: The Southern Coast to Xlendi

Walk to Mgarr ix-Xini, Gozo, with HF Holidays

Distance: 10 miles (15km)

Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: We walk from our hotel and cross scenic countryside towards the inlet of Mgarr-ix-Xini. We then walk along the coastal path through one of Gozo's most remote areas taking in spectacular clifftop views. On reaching Xlendi, we then follow in the other party's footsteps to Victoria.

Don't miss: Mgarr-ix-Xini is the perfect location for a picturesque coffee stop.


Day 3: Ta Pinu and sculpted cliffs

Option 1: Ta Pinu, Scultped cliffs & Marsalforn

Walk to Qbajjar, Gozo, with HF Holidays

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our day begins at the sanctuary church of Ta Pinu with time to explore. We'll then head to the coast via the village of Gharb and its folk museum. On reaching the coast we'll see the beautiful inlet of Ghar il Qamh, fascinating saltpans and weather-sculpted cliffs. We finish at Marsalforn with refreshments.

Don't miss: The fishermen's sheds cut into the cliff face.

Option 2: Marsalforn via Hekka Point

Walk to Gharb, Gozo, with HF Holidays

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

The walk in a nutshell: We too start with a visit to Ta Pinu, but then begin walking uphill to Ta Ghammer with its stations of the cross. We then head for Hekka Point via the village of Gharb. We'll then follow the other party to Marsalforn via the saltpans and cliffs.

Don't miss: The village of Gharb has a spectacular basilica built between the 17th and 18th centuries.


Day 4: Ramla Bay via Ggantija Temples

Option 1: Mgarr to Ramla Bay

Visit Mgarr, Gozo, with HF Holidays

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walking from our hotel we head inland to the village of Xewkija with its Rotunda church. From here we head to the Ggantija Temples before walking past Calypso's Cave and onto Ramla Bay - the longest sandy bay on Gozo.

Don't miss: The 5,000 year old Ggantija Temples will be brought to life by a local interest guide. 

Option 2: Ggantija Temples & Ramla Bay

Visit the Ggantija Temples, Gozo, with HF Holidays

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: We start from our hotel and walk along the coast to Mgarr-ix-Xini. We then take a steep ascent inland into a dry valley and on to the village of Xewkija, before following the other party's route on to Ramla Bay.

Don't miss: Calypso's Cave is the mythical location where Calypso kept an enchanted Odysseus for seven years - our visit will hopefully be a little shorter.


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. Some options for your free day may include a sightseeing day in Malta's Capital City, Valletta.


Day 6: Xlendi Bay and Fungus Rock

Option 1: Fungus Rock & the Inland Sea

Visit Xlendi, Gozo, with HF Holidays

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

The walk in a nutshell: The day starts with a gradual descent to see Fungus Rock - prominently guarding the entrance to Dwerjra Bay and onto Dwerjra Point where we can see the site of the collapsed Azure Window sea arch. We then circle the Inland Sea before heading for some sightseeing in Victoria.

Don't miss: There's opportunity to take a boat ride through the caves into the open sea.

Option 2: Xlendi Cliffs & Dwerjra Bay

Walk to Dwerjra Bay, Gozo, with HF Holidays

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (420m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our walk starts at the village of Sannat and follows a dramatic coast path to the resort of Xlendi. After a spectacular ascent to the cliff tops we'll walk on to Wardija Point and then follow the route of the other party all the way to Victoria. 

Don't miss: There's time to look inside the 17th Century Dwerjra Tower - one of only four surviving coastal watchtowers on Gozo.


Day 7: Rocky strand to secluded coves

Option 1: Qala, Strands and Nadur

See Gozo's beautiful wild flowers with HF Holidays

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

The walk in a nutshell:  We start our day at Qala for great views of the strait to Comino and Malta. We then walk through open countryside to the small harbour of Dahlet Qorrot, before taking lunch at the lovely San Blas gardens. We finish our walk by walking a fertile valley to Nadur, and back to our hotel.

Don't miss: We'll look out for beautiful wildflowers and verdant gardens on our way to San Blas.

Option 2: Strait, Strands and Coves

Walk along San Blas Bay, Gozo, with HF Holidays

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

The walk in a nutshell: We walk in the remote north-east corner of the island, walking the coastline for fantastic views of Comino and Malta. We'll visit San Blas Bay, before picking up the route back to the hotel via Nadur.

Don't miss: San Blas Bay is a wonderfully secluded spot, reached by a relatively steep descent. The bay is perfect for a rest stop and a mid-walk swim.


Day 8: Departure day


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?

Church on Malta

Malta & Gozo - 14nts

Combine a week on Gozo with a week on Malta. The island's rich history can be discovered on our walks and sightseeing visits. Discover ancient Mdina and the fascinating capital Valletta, and enjoy a selection of stunning coastal walks.

With flight & transfers from: from £1,549

Without flights & transfers from: from £1,349

 

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

Local area

Gozo lies 20 minutes away from Malta by ferry, is about one third of its size and has a character quite distinct from its neighbouring island. It is more rural, with an extensive farming community and the countryside is greener and more scenic. Controls over building developments enabled Gozo to keep its rural charm. Flat-topped hills and intensely cultivated fields characterise the landscape whilst the coast has rugged cliffs, steep valleys and beautiful inlets. Baroque churches and old stone farmhouses dot the countryside. The islands also come complete with historical sites, forts and amazing panoramas, as well as one of the archipelago’s best-preserved prehistoric temples, Ggantija. The strong religious beliefs of the Maltese people are evident in the numerous churches and other religious attractions are also abundant on the island.

Comino

Named after the cumin seed that once flourished in the Maltese islands, Comino is noted for its tranquility and isolation. It has a permanent population of only four residents. One priest and one policeman commute from the nearby island of Gozo, to render their services to the local population and summertime visitors. Today, Comino is a bird sanctuary and nature reserve and can be reached by boat from Mgarr.

Malta

The largest Maltese island, Malta has a rich history. Most notably, the Capital City of Valletta, which is a fortified city, sitting on a peninsula between two natural harbours. The city was founded by the Order of St. John and named after their Grand Master, John de Vallette. When the Order left the islands in the late 18th Century, the French occupied Valletta, this was followed by British rule in the 19th Century. The city has many interesting and historic sites to visit, including churches, museums, and you can even take a harbor cruise, to see Valletta from a different vantage point. In 1980 it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site, and in 2018, Valletta is the European Capital of Culture. Malta can be explored by ferry from Mgarr, the local bus services on the island are very extensive.

Did you know?

Victoria is the name given in 1897 by the British government on the occasion of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

Travel

We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

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‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow and Manchester flights to Malta airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 2 hours to the Grand Hotel, including the scenic ferry crossing between Malta and Gozo.

 

 

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‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:

  • We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Malta airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £23.50.
  • Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £90 per single taxi journey?

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach

 

Two centre holidays - Malta and Gozo

The transfer between the Pergola Hotel, Malta and the Grand Hotel, Gozo is a direct transfer. You will be met at the Pergola Hotel and taken by coach to the ferry port. A short ferry journey will take you to Gozo where you will be met by another coach and taken to the Grand Hotel.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
27 Dec 2018 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: Newcastle International)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 27 Dec 2018, 3 p.m.
  • Arrive: 27 Dec 2018, 7:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Newcastle International
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 3 Jan 2019, 8:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Jan 2019, 11:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: Newcastle International
7 £1,389.00 £1,389.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2018 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £899.00 £899.00 Book Now
23 Feb 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £749.00 £749.00 Book Now
2 Mar 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 2 Mar 2019, 2:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Mar 2019, 7:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 9 Mar 2019, 7:55 p.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Mar 2019, 10:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,009.00 £959.00 Europe Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
2 Mar 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £749.00 £699.00 Europe Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
2 Mar 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: Newcastle International)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 2 Mar 2019, 3 p.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Mar 2019, 7:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Newcastle International
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 9 Mar 2019, 8:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Mar 2019, 11:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: Newcastle International
7 £1,189.00 £1,139.00 Europe Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
2 Mar 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 2 Mar 2019, 11:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Mar 2019, 3:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

AIR MALTA

  • Depart: 9 Mar 2019, 4:55 p.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Mar 2019, 7:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £949.00 £899.00 Europe Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
9 Mar 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £749.00 £749.00 Book Now
16 Mar 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £749.00 £749.00 Book Now
28 Sep 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £799.00 £799.00 Book Now
28 Sep 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 28 Sep 2019, 10:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Sep 2019, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

AIR MALTA

  • Depart: 5 Oct 2019, 5:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Oct 2019, 7:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £999.00 £999.00 Book Now
28 Sep 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 28 Sep 2019, 6:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Sep 2019, 10:40 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 5 Oct 2019, 11:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Oct 2019, 1:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,059.00 £1,059.00 Book Now
28 Sep 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: Newcastle International)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 28 Sep 2019, 3 p.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Sep 2019, 7:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Newcastle International
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 5 Oct 2019, 8:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Oct 2019, 11:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: Newcastle International
7 £1,239.00 £1,239.00 Book Now
5 Oct 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 5 Oct 2019, 10:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Oct 2019, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

AIR MALTA

  • Depart: 12 Oct 2019, 5:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Oct 2019, 7:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £999.00 £999.00 Book Now
5 Oct 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £799.00 £799.00 Book Now
5 Oct 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: Newcastle International)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 5 Oct 2019, 3 p.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Oct 2019, 7:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Newcastle International
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 12 Oct 2019, 8:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Oct 2019, 11:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: Newcastle International
7 £1,239.00 £1,239.00 Book Now
5 Oct 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 5 Oct 2019, 6:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Oct 2019, 10:40 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 12 Oct 2019, 11:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Oct 2019, 1:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,059.00 £1,059.00 Book Now
12 Oct 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

AIR MALTA

  • Depart: 12 Oct 2019, 10:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Oct 2019, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

AIR MALTA

  • Depart: 19 Oct 2019, 5:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 19 Oct 2019, 7:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £999.00 £999.00 Book Now
12 Oct 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 12 Oct 2019, 6:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Oct 2019, 10:40 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 19 Oct 2019, 11:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 19 Oct 2019, 1:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,059.00 £1,059.00 Book Now
12 Oct 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: Newcastle International)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 12 Oct 2019, 3 p.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Oct 2019, 7:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Newcastle International
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 19 Oct 2019, 8:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 19 Oct 2019, 11:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: Newcastle International
7 £1,239.00 £1,239.00 Book Now
12 Oct 2019 GZLCL - Gozo Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £799.00 £799.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £16 per night
  • All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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