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3 Day Tour - Glimpse of Malta & Gozo

Type: Multi Day Guided Tours
€115.00
DEPARTS EVERY
FRI & SAT
Ideal if you are visiting for a long weekend break. This 3 day itinerary includes Gozo Island, Blue Grotto, Marsaxlokk, Mdina Medieval City, Rabat and San Anton Gardens
OVERALL RATING :
3 Day Tour - Glimpse of Malta & Gozo
  • Guaranteed scheduled departures
  • Accompanied by English speaking Licensed Tourist Guide
  • Pick up/Drop off included
  • Includes entrance fees, ferry fare to/from Gozo Island, lunch and more
  • FREE cancellation if you are prevented from travelling to Malta due to a COVID 19 issue

Available

Tours depart every week, starting on Friday or Saturday

Times

Different start times for each tour depending on pick up location. Details will be provided on the Service Voucher.
Tours starting on Friday will end on Sunday and tours starting on Saturday will end on Monday

Please Note! The order in which you will do the itinerary may change to how it is listed below


Tour 1: Mdina Medieval City, Rabat & San Anton Gardens
(Duration is 4/5 hours depending on pick up/drop off location)

The tour will take us back in time to medieval Malta, the Roman period and the very heart of Christianity. We will start with a visit to Rabat. Here we will make our way through the narrow streets to the centre which is dominated by the imposing St. Paul's Church which overlooks the piazza. Rabat can claim the origins of Maltese Christianity. It was here in AD60 that the Apostle St Paul is said to have stayed after being shipwrecked on the Islands. During our visit to Rabat, we will include an internal visit of the impressive St. Paul's catacombs.

Our final stop includes the ancient city of Mdina. Mdina is built on a plateau in the centre of the island, the city's old Baroque buildings, Cathedral and magnificent bastion walls dominate the rural skyline. Mdina, once the capital of Malta until the modern city of Valletta was built had many names including Melite (Roman occupation), Medina (Arabic occupation), Citta Notabile (Knights of St. John) and Citta Vecchia (after Valletta was built). Today it is also referred to as the Silent City since it inspires tranquillity at any time of the day or night. The only way to really experience and enjoy this city is on foot, explore the quaint alleys, narrow streets, ancient buildings and magnificent far-reaching views from the high bastion walls.

The final stop during this tour is San Anton Gardens. These magnificent gardens are located in the grounds of San Anton Palace – today the official residence of the President of Malta. Probably the best known of our public gardens, San Anton Gardens were first laid out by Grand Master Antoine de Paule between 1623 and 1636. You can wander along paths and terraces which are lined with enormous trees, hedges, flower beds and old stone pots full of plants to any of five ponds with ducks, fountains and water lilies. Here one also finds the largest orchard on the Island with more than 800 orange trees and other citrus trees.

At this stage, our tour comes to an end and we make our way back.


Tour 2: Blue Grotto & Marsaxlokk Fishing Village
(Duration is 5/6 hours depending on pick up/drop off location)

This popular Sunday morning tour focuses on the south of the island and we start with a visit to the beautiful Wied iz-Zurrieq, famous for the magnificent Blue Grotto. This tiny hamlet sits in a valley and has a very picturesque harbour. The grotto and neighbouring system of sea caves are home to brilliant phosphorescent marine life and you can explore these stunning sites on the 25-minute boat trip which explores the incredible beauty of this natural wonder, it really is a must-do. The boat trip is optional and you should allow €8 for adults and €4 for children if you would like to do it. Tour participants that do not want to join the boat trip can grab a drink and enjoy the beautiful scenery or browse around the small outlets.

We then continue to our next stop, en route we will pass some interesting locations until we reach the pretty fishing village of Marsaxlokk. The fishing community still thrives today, in fact, most residents are still actively involved. Other typical characteristics of Marsaxlokk include the low lying buildings which line the picturesque waterfront and the colourful traditional fishing boats called the "luzzu", hundreds of them fill the bay. On Sunday, a 'locals' market expands the whole of the waterfront and this market attracts many locals, this is a fabulous opportunity for you to mix and mingle with them.  If markets are not your thing, you can visit one of the many outlets and try something typical of this locality.

At this stage, our tour comes to an end and we make our way back.


Tour 3: Gozo Island
(Duration is 8/9 hours depending on pick up/drop off location)

We transfer to the Cirkewwa terminal located in the north of Malta to board our ferry for a short ferry crossing to the island of Gozo. During the crossing, you will pass the smaller island of Comino and you will notice the top of the high rugged cliffs stands the Santa Maria Fort which was used during the movie 'Count of Monte Cristo' (filmed 2002). Our ferry crossing lasts only 25 minutes and on arrival, we join the guide and tour transport for our tour of Gozo.

You will immediately notice that Gozo is much greener and has certain characteristics making it different from the larger island of Malta. We start our tour with a visit to the shrine of Ta'Pinu (dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu). This important church is set in a stunning location, on the edge of a ridge in open countryside and provides beautiful views of the surrounding area. The church is also linked to a number of 'miracles' that you will discover during your visit.

We continue to our next stop and the area known as 'Dewjra'. Here you will see three interesting geological sites including Dwejra Bay and the Inland Sea which is a lagoon of seawater that has access to the open sea through a small arch-like tunnel. You can take a small boat trip around the inland sea and through the tunnel (the cost of the boat trip is not included in the tour rate, allow €4 per person if you would like to do this and if time allows). Another of Dwejra's geological delights is the Admiral's Rock or as it is better known, Fungus Rock. A special plant is said to grow here which has various medical cures for conditions such as dysentery, bleeding and impotence.

Just before our lunch break, we will visit the Ta’ Dbiegi Crafts Village where you can view local handmade pottery, mouth-blown glass, Gozo lace and silver filigree. This shortstop is ideal if you want to pick up a souvenir or just a short rest stop before you settle down for lunch.

After lunch in the main city which is locally called Rabat but you are likely to know it as Victoria, we will take a short walk through this busy little city to join a trackless train for a short trip up the steep hill to the fortified Cittadella. The Cittadella is a small walled city within the city of Victoria, only a small number of families still live within the walls. This historical fortified city has recently undergone major restoration works and you can visit the new visitors centre, explore quaint alleys or stroll around the walls enjoying amazing views of the island from the high bastions.

The final part of our tour of Gozo will take us through some of the villages, en route we will stop at the Qala Belvedere. This stop gives you an amazing scenic view of the landscape cascading down to the coast and in the distance the smallest island of Comino and the larger island of Malta...all in one photo.

At this stage, our tour is coming to an end and we will make our way back to the ferry for our return to Malta and transport you back to the drop off point.
 

Additional Information

Tour Type
You will be joining tours that operate on a weekly schedule. The number of passengers may change on a daily basis, on some tours there may be only 10 passengers, others may have up to 45 passengers. 
Transport Type
Air-conditioned van or coach
What is Included
Pick up and drop off, accompanied by a *licensed tourist guide, **ferry fare to/from Gozo Island, trackless train trip, lunch during the Gozo Island tour and entrance into St. Paul's Catacombs.

*Two of these tours are offered in various languages, therefore your tour guide may deliver commentary in another language besides English.

**Children aged 3 or 4 years pay for the ferry fare on the day of the tour, the charge is only €1.15
Blue Grotto Info
The optional Blue Grotto boat trip is not included in the tour rate. Allow €8/adults, €4/children which is to paid direct to the boat operators.

Access to join the boat trip is down a steepish hill. Whilst this is not a problem for most people electric cabs are available to take you up and down the road, if required, these are available at a cost of €1 per person each way. 
Getting in and out of the boats is similar to stepping in and out of a bathtub, boat staff are on hand to assist.

Boat trips operate subject to suitable weather conditions.
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The date you select is the start date of your 3 day tour
Prices
€115.00 Adult
€81.00 Child (12yrs and under)
Total €0.00
Price Includes
Pick up and drop off, accompanied by a licensed tourist guide, *ferry fare to/from Gozo Island, trackless train trip, lunch during the Gozo Island tour, and entrance fee into St. Paul's Catacombs.

Not Included
The optional Blue Grotto boat trip is not included in the tour rate. Allow €8/adults, €4/children which is to be paid directly to the boat operators.

*Children aged 3 or 4 years pay for the ferry fare on the day of the tour, the charge is only €1.15