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
• All essential transport in resort
• The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ leader
• ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
• 7 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
• Half Board – continental breakfast and evening buffet meal
The friendly 4-star Solana Hotel is situated in the centre of Mellieha village, one of Malta's few traditional villages, away from the hustle and bustle of the main resorts. Its central location means shops and amenities are close by, making it an ideal base for exploring Malta. This hotel has been selected as 'Best Value' as it is considered value for money without compromising on comfort.
HF Holidays Europe Partner Hotel Awards 2016
Gold Award for Great Hotel Staff
Silver Award for Overall Hotel.
|The Solana Hotel has 81 en-suite bedrooms each with a balcony or terrace. The modern, spacious rooms are comfortable and have a relaxing feel to them.
|The Solana Hotel has a range of facilities where you can indulge yourself after a day out. Enjoy the indoor heated pool and spa pool or take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool with good views of Mellieha bay.
There is also a spa offering a wide range of treatments (payable locally).
Our holidays at Solana Hotel are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
Breakfast is served in the Tosca Restaurant and is a self-service buffet. You can choose from a selection of cereals, fruit juice, yoghurt, fruit, cold cooked meat and cheese, eggs, sausages, bacon, tomatoes.
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wines and spirits.
Lunch (payable locally)
There are several shops and bakeries in Mellieha village, where you can buy ingredients to make your picnic lunch. It may also be possible to eat in a café during the day; your leaders will advise you of all the options.
A buffet style evening meal is served in the Bellini restaurant on five evenings, where you can choose from a good selection of international and local dishes, There is usually antipasta, salads and soup for starters, followed by a selection of hot savoury meals. Desserts tend to be pies and pastries, followed by tea and coffee. On the other two evenings you will eat in the Tosca restaurant, where it is table service. Here you will be served a three course meal with choices available at each course. The hotel does cater for most dietary requirements; we advise you to discuss your requirements with the restaurant staff on arrival. Jugs of tap water are served at dinner.
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 activities. On most evenings there will be some kind of entertainment: an excursion to Mdina to see it by moonlight - the effect is amazing; listening to a local speaker on the human history of the Maltese people or relaxing in the hotel bar, where you will find live entertainment on some evenings.
Alternatively, take a stroll around Mellieha and visit one of the local bars, or relax with a drink and chat to your fellow guests. Your leader will inform you of what options are available.
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.
Our first stop is Mosta Dam, 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 for free to explore at leisure.
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 and Dwerja 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.
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
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 €70 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 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
|10 Feb 2018||
MWLEL - Discovery Tour Malta
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
|10 Feb 2018||MWLEL - Discovery Tour Malta - Without Flight||7||£659.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £17 per night
- Allow approximately €70 for sightseeing
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person