Malta Discovery Tour
Explore ancient temples, sea cliffs and the Knights Templar city of Valletta
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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. We also make a visit to Gozo, Malta’s smaller, rural and more scenic neighbour.
• Valleta, UNESCO World Heritage City.
• The medieval towns of Mdina and Rabat
• Gozo and Mosta Dome, one of the biggest church domes in Europe
- Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
- Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ leader
- Full day excursions with all essential transport in resort
- ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
In 2019, we are moving back to the 4-star Solana Hotel, which has been completely refurbished and updated with an additional floor. This hotel is located in Mellieha village, 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.
|The hotel has 165 ensuite rooms and are all of excellent standard. Each room is decorated in a modern-contemporary style and has individually-controlled central heating and air-conditioning, satellite TV, tea and coffee making, mini-bar , hairdryer, telephone and Wi-Fi.|
Solana’s rooftop pool offers impeccable views of the sea and Malta’s sister islands, with a pleasant outside seating area. There is also an indoor pool (heated October - May).
Guided Walking holidays at the Solana Hotel are on a half-board basis and includes breakfast and your evening meal.
Our Self Guided holidays are on a bed & breakfast basis with an option for HB.
Breakfast is available at the Bellini 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.
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.
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.
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; or just relax in the bar area and speak to your fellow guests about your day.
During your Discovery Tour you'll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your HF Holidays' leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.
For maximum flexibility, admissions are not included; Please allow up to €100 per person for entrances (there may be concessionary and group discounts which may reduce this price). Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
Day 1: Arrival Day
Day 2: Malta's Southern Coast
Our day starts at Buskett Gardens, once used by the Knights as a hunting ground. The nearby Verdala Palace is now the summer residence of the President of Malta. From here we continue to Dingli Cliffs, the highest point in Malta and Misrah Ghar il-Kbir, a prehistoric site best known for its 'cart ruts'. After lunch at Ghar Lapsi, we continue to Hagar Qim and Mnajdra temple sites, before rounding our day off at the Blue Grotto, with the possibility of a boat trip.
Day 3: Valletta - Malta's Capital
Our first stop is Mosta Dome, where we can see the Rotunda - a huge round church with the third largest unsupported dome in the world. Then it’s on to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Valletta where we enjoy a guided tour. After lunch we are free to explore at leisure.
Day 4: Rabat & Mdina
We begin our day at the restored Ghajn Znuber Tower, originally a farmhouse that was fortified in the 19th century and last used during the Second World War as a lookout post. We continue to the Victoria Lines, fortifications that run along the natural line of the cliffs, originally built to protect Malta from invaders. We will spend the afternoon in Rabat and its twin city Mdina.
Day 5: Free Day
On our 7 night holidays we allow one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore independently.
Day 6: Gozo - Malta's sister island
No visit to Malta is complete without also seeing the smaller sister island of Gozo. We will visit the church at Xagra as well as the Ta Kola windmill and the Ggantija prehistoric temples. After lunch looking out from the old fishing village of Xlendi we continue to Dwerja Bay and Ta Pinu Basilica, ending the day in Victoria, the capital of Gozo.
Day 7: South East Malta
Our day begins with a visit to to the Hypogeum and Tarxien temples. After a picnic lunch beside the Mediterranean we take a short ride along the coast to the colourful harbour of Marsaxlokk.
Day 8: Departure Day
In the Evenings
The friendly atmosphere of our Discovery Tour continues into the evening. We’ll enjoy a leisurely meal and then you may also like to listen to local musicians, relax with a book in a quiet lounge or enjoy a drink at the bar. On one evening during the week, we’ll take a coach trip to enjoy an evening stroll and a drink in Mellieha Village.
Only 20minutes away from Malta by ferry, Gozo is about one third of Malta’s 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. There are many historical sites to visit on Gozo, including: Ggantija temple site, Xewkija Church and Victoria, the capital of 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 Cirkewwa.
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. Valletta can be reached from Mellieha by local bus.
Did you Know?
The small island has 365 churches, one for every day of the year.
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.
‘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 45 minutes to the Pergola Hotel & Spa.
‘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:
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
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Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £17 per night
- Allow approximately €100 for sightseeing
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person