Malta Discovery Tour
WONDERS OF MALTA
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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, a UNESCO Heritage City
• Blue Grotto boat trip
• 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
The 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.
|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.|
|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.|
Holidays at the Pergola Hotel are on a half-board basis and includes breakfast and your evening meal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Malta's Southern Coast
Buskett Gardens, Verdala Palace, Dingli Cliffs and Misrah Ghar il-Kbir, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra temple and the Blue Grotto
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.
Valletta - Malta's Capital
Mosta Dome, Valletta and Sliema
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 take a ferry to Sliema where we are free to explore at leisure.
Rabat & Mdina
Ghajn Znuber Tower, the Victoria and Dwejra Lines, Rabat and 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. This will include a visit to the Dwejra Lines section of the fortifications. We will spend the afternoon in Rabat and its twin city Mdina.
Gozo - Malta's sister island
Churches at Xewkija and Xagra, Ta Kola windmill and the Ggantija temples, Dwerja Bay and Ta Pinu Basilica and Victoria
No visit to Malta is complete without also seeing the smaller sister island of Gozo. We will visit the churches at Xewkija and 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.
South East Malta
Hypogeum and Tarxien temples, the Ghar Dalam Cave and the colourful harbour of Marsaxlokk
Our day begins with a visit to to the Hypogeum and Tarxien temples and the Ghar Dalam Cave. After a picnic lunch beside the Mediterranean we take a short ride along the coast to the colourful harbour of Marsaxlokk.
All transport relevant to the itinerary is included in the price of your holiday, but for flexibility we do not include entrances. Please allow around €100 per person for entrance fees.
Discovery holidays involve active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet. Optional short walks of approximately 2½ miles may be included to allow you to stretch your legs and see the best of the local scenery.
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.
Rob studied geography and town planning which has given him a lifetime interest in people and places. He has spent time in both Menorca and Malta, leading walking holidays and visiting archaeological and historic sites, areas of natural beauty and towns and villages - and sampling the local cuisine!
Rob looks forward to sharing his knowledge of Malta and Menorca with you. Both islands are relatively small but are wonderful places to visit, as all parts can be reached in a relatively short time, providing ample opportunity to discover fascinating places of interest.
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