Guided Walking on Gozo, Maltese Islands

Timeless Gozo

Code: GZLCL

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Value
  • Winter sun

Level

  • Easier
  • Easy
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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

Gozo Festive Guest Booklet

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This guided walking holiday explores the dramatic coastline and peaceful interior of the island of Gozo.

Rural Gozo is the perfect escape away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life or alternatively it makes the perfect destination to relax after combining the cultural delights of Malta. This serene island though is not lacking in its own dramatic treasures. A splendid mixture of visually spectacular landscapes such as the Azure window and the peppered historic sites such as the hidden cave of Calypso, from Homer’s Odyssey, can all be discovered on this tiny island.  

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 Camino and enjoy a walk to the stunning Blue Lagoon
  • Visit the citadel in Victoria with its commanding views to all corners of the island
  • Makes a great combination with Malta for a fascinating fortnight on the Maltese Islands

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

 

 

Accommodation

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.

Bedrooms

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 shower or bath, air conditioning, TV, telephone, mini-bar and hairdryer.

 

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Facilities

The hotel has a range of facilities to enjoy after a day’s walking, including a lounge bar, games room and mini cinema.

There is also an outdoor swimming pool, sauna, spa pool and gymnasium.

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Food

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 serves 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.

The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits

Picnic lunch: 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.

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Evening

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: listen to a local speaker on the history of Gozo; 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.

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Itinerary

Gozo Festive Guest Booklet

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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: 4 to 7 miles (6.5-11km) on stony inland and coastal paths. Up to 700ft (210m) of ascent in a day.

 

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easyHarder Walks: 6 to 10 miles (9.5-16km) 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

Today we explore the cliffs along the south coast of Gozo. Here you’ll find precipitous cliffs and deep-cut fjords, rocky headlands and little urbanisation. From Xlendi we enjoy a common route inland to the Gozo capital Victoria, where there should be time for sightseeing. Despite its austere façade the cathedral boasts an elaborate interior including a tromp l’oeil dome painted by Antonio Manuele, commissioned because of the lack of funds to build a real dome.

Easier walk: 5 miles (8km) with up to 500ft (150m) of ascent

Harder walk: 9 miles (14.5km) with up to 1,000ft (300m) of ascent


Day 3: Ta Pinu and sculpted cliffs

The Church of Pilgrimage at Ta Pinu starts the day, after which we visit the interesting Folklore Museum in Gharb. From here the north coast offers some spectacular cliff scenery. Heading eastwards there are some beautiful ‘wind sculptures’ to admire as well as quaint fishermen’s storerooms, formed in the softer rock of the higher cliffs, on our way to Marsalforn or Victoria.

Easier walk: 6 miles (9.5km) with up to 400ft (120m) of ascent

Harder walk: 10 miles (16km) with up to 800ft (240m) of ascent

During the autumn season, depending on sea conditions, walks on the island of Comino may be substituted. These walks feature a boat ride to the Blue Lagoon and coastal caves.

Easier walk: 4 miles (6.5km) with ascent of 400ft (120m)

Harder walk: 6 miles (9.5km) with ascent of 500ft (150m)


Day 4: Ramla Bay via Ggantija Temples

We’ll walk to the Rotunda Church at Xewkija then ascend to the village of Xaghra, where there will be the opportunity to visit the village and Ggantija Temples, reputed to be the oldest freestanding structures in the world, which have been standing on this plateau for over 5,000 years. A guide will accompany us through the temple complex to give us an insight into the island. Both walks then visit Calypso Cave where Ulysses was held captive by the enchanting Calypso for seven years. We then visit Ramla Bay, the longest sandy beach on Gozo, before our return to Mgarr.

Easier walk: 6 miles (9.5km) with 400ft (120m) of ascent

Harder walk: 8 miles (13km) with 500ft (150m) 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. Some options for your free day may include:

Visit an agricultural estate to hear how traditional farming is carried out. Food and wine tasting is included in the tour.

Catch one of the many ferries and buses to spend the day sightseeing in Valletta, Malta’s capital.


Local information website: For information on Gozo please visit www.gozo.gov.mt


 Day 6: Xlendi Bay, Fungus Rock and the Azure Window

A combination of man’s burrowing and gigantic sea erosion has shaped the landscape of today’s walks. On the  Harder Walk, we’ll descend by cliff paths to Xlendi before a spectacular ascent of the cliffs to the west leads to Dwerja Point. Both walks visit Dwerja Point where you’ll find the dramatic sea-arch carved by nature and known as the Azure Window. If time and weather permit, a boat trip can be taken from the Inland Sea out to view  the Azure Window from a different angle. Both walks continue on into Victoria, the island’s capital, for  well-earned refreshments.

Easier walk: 6 miles (9.5km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent

Harder walk: 10 miles (16km) with 1,000ft (300m) of ascent


 Day 7: Rocky strand to secluded coves

Today’s walks offer extensive views over the straits to Comino and Malta. Our groups traverse a delightful flat rock shore and then enjoy charming coves, verdant gardens and wonderful wild flowers. The harder walk descends to the secluded San Blas Bay for the opportunity of a midday swim. The easier group stays high and lunches in local gardens. Continuing, both groups make their way through the outskirts of Nadur, arriving at one of the most stunning viewpoints on Gozo.

Easier walk: 7 miles (11km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent

Harder walk: 10 miles (16km) with 1,400ft (420m) of ascent


 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.

For festive breaks itineraries will differ to allow guests to enjoy the festivities.

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 characterize 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.

Shops & facilities: Mgarr is a tiny settlement. There is a supermarket 200m from the hotel and an ATM in the new ferry terminal. There is a local bar near the hotel.

Travel

 

‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow, Manchester and Newcastle flights to Malta airport. Onward travel to Gozo is by ferry.

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.

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

 

‘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 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 £20.00.

-          Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £80.00 per single taxi journey, including ferry crossing?

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 under any circumstance. 

 

 

Two centre holidays - Malta and Gozo

The transfer between the Hotel Solana, Malta and the Grand Hotel, Gozo is a direct transfer. You will be met at the Hotel Solana 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.

Reviews

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11 Nov 2016, 6:50 a.m.

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We have enjoyed our hf holidays immensely.

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David was an excellent leader
9 Nov 2016, 1:22 p.m.

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Easy to book online

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The leaders were excellent but the hotel was a disapointment
29 Mar 2016, 10:52 a.m.

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Administration of the holiday excellent.

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I very much enjoyed the holiday and the quality of our guides - it is good when there is all round knowledge of the place and its flora and fauna!
22 Mar 2016, 5:07 p.m.

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Excellent as usual

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Interesting well organised holiday
18 Mar 2016, 7:46 a.m.

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Hotels friendly. Leaders very good.
15 Mar 2016, 1:52 p.m.

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Caring and professional leaders.

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Lovely hotel and an unspoilt island
12 Mar 2016, 1:02 p.m.

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Just brilliant!

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The hotel was superb - all the HF guests had sea views. Food really good (just the service was slow sometimes) and long hotel pool (though a bit cold at the time of year, late Feb-early March, to stay in long!). Walks varied and interesting. Much more to see on the island than I'd expected - and everything built in the lovely soft golden limestone. Leaders excellent - couldn't have asked for a better week.
8 Mar 2016, 7:11 p.m.

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Sociable

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Excellent hotel and two very good leaders who were caring about guest welfare and holiday enjoyment.
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Always good company and itinerary, keep them coming! Great

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Good venue for a weeks walking, hotel good and transport easy. Probably better than Malta. Great

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
25 Feb 2017 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AIR MALTA

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

Flight - Return

AIR MALTA

  • Depart: 4 Mar 2017, 4:55 p.m.
  • Arrive: 4 Mar 2017, 7:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £839.00 Book Now
25 Feb 2017 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo - Without Flights 7 £689.00 Book Now
4 Mar 2017 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AIR MALTA

  • Depart: 4 Mar 2017, 11:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 4 Mar 2017, 3:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

AIR MALTA

  • Depart: 11 Mar 2017, 4:55 p.m.
  • Arrive: 11 Mar 2017, 7:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £839.00 Book Now
4 Mar 2017 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo - Without Flights 7 £689.00 Book Now
11 Mar 2017 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 11 Mar 2017, 2:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 11 Mar 2017, 7:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 18 Mar 2017, 7:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 18 Mar 2017, 10:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £879.00 Book Now
11 Mar 2017 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AIR MALTA

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

Flight - Return

AIR MALTA

  • Depart: 18 Mar 2017, 4:55 p.m.
  • Arrive: 18 Mar 2017, 7:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £839.00 Book Now
11 Mar 2017 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo - Without Flights 7 £689.00 Book Now
18 Mar 2017 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 18 Mar 2017, 2:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 18 Mar 2017, 7:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 25 Mar 2017, 7:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 25 Mar 2017, 10:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £879.00 Book Now
18 Mar 2017 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo - Without Flights 7 £689.00 Book Now
7 Oct 2017 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo
(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 £839.00 Book Now
7 Oct 2017 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 7 Oct 2017, 2:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 7 Oct 2017, 7:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 14 Oct 2017, 7:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Oct 2017, 10:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £879.00 Book Now
7 Oct 2017 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo - Without Flights 7 £689.00 Book Now
14 Oct 2017 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo
(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 £839.00 Book Now
14 Oct 2017 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo - Without Flights 7 £689.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £13 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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