Guided Walking on Gozo, Maltese Islands



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From £749.00 - 7 nights


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Holiday overview

Gozo Guest Booklet 2018

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, including the inland sea, peppered with historic sites such as the hidden cave of Calypso, from Homer’s Odyssey, can be discovered on this tiny island.  

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

In pictures...


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


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


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

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.
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.


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 600ft (180m) 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

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: 10 miles (15km) 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: 8 miles (13km) 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 400ft (120m) of ascent

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

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: 7 miles (11km) with 400ft (120m) of ascent

Harder walk: 8 miles (13km) with 800ft (240m) 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 a sightseeing day in Malta's Capital City, Valletta.

Day 6: Xlendi Bay and Fungus Rock

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 once stood the dramatic sea-arch known as the Azure Window. Sadly, due to a combination of sea erosion and high winds, the Azure Window collapsed in March 2017. If time and weather permit, a boat trip can be taken from the Inland Sea through a tunnel in the rock out to view the nearby cliffs and Fungus Rock. 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 1,200ft (400m) 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 800ft (240m) 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Air Malta plane



Driving to usFerry

‘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 £23.00.
  • Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £85 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

 Coach heading to Glen Coe


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 Book
6 Oct 2018 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo - Without Flights 7 £749.00 Book Now
6 Oct 2018 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 6 Oct 2018, 10:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 6 Oct 2018, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 13 Oct 2018, 5:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Oct 2018, 7:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £949.00 Book Now
13 Oct 2018 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 13 Oct 2018, 10:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Oct 2018, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 20 Oct 2018, 5:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 20 Oct 2018, 7:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £949.00 Book Now
13 Oct 2018 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo - Without Flights 7 £749.00 Book Now
13 Oct 2018 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 13 Oct 2018, 6:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Oct 2018, 10:40 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 20 Oct 2018, 11:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 20 Oct 2018, 1:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £989.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2018 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 27 Dec 2018, 11:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 27 Dec 2018, 3:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 3 Jan 2019, 4:55 p.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Jan 2019, 7:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,149.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2018 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 27 Dec 2018, 7:45 a.m.
  • Arrive: 27 Dec 2018, 12:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Malta Luqa

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 3 Jan 2019, 12:55 p.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Jan 2019, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Malta Luqa
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,239.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2018 GZLCL - Guided Walking Gozo - Without Flights 7 £899.00 Book Now

Prices are per person


  • Double room for sole occupancy: £15 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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