Islands of Antiquity for Solo Travellers

Resort: Islands of Antiquity for Solo Travellers
Operator: Saga
Destination: Malta
Price From: £1099.00

Discover Malta on this three-centre tour and enjoy the company of other solo travellers

Discover the rich and turbulent history of Malta, Gozo and Comino, which together have the greatest density of historic sites of any country on earth. Our island-hopping tour will reveal 5,000-year-old Neolithic temples, dramatic natural wonders, the architectural splendours of the Knights of St John and heroic tales from World War II.

Including…

10 nights in hotels

23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 10 dinners

Free bar on selected nights

  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Saga tour manager
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at all hotels and on all ferry crossings

Excursions and visits

  • Valletta walking tour
  • National Museum of Archaeology and the Armoury
  • Guided tour of Roman Domus and Ghar Dalam
  • Guided tour of Mosta and Mdina
  • Guided tour of Victoria and visit to the cathedral and Folklore Museum
  • Guided walk along coastal salt pans
  • Visit to Ta’Pinu sanctuary and the Azure Window
  • Visit to Ggantija Temples
  • Visit to the Rotunda in Xewkija

Use of audio headsets on selected guided tours.

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Sliema

Fly to Malta and travel to Sliema for four nights, on half-board basis, at the locally rated 4-star Diplomat Hotel (3Q). Enjoy the free bar which serves local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks between 7pm and 11pm. D

Day 2
Tarxien and Ghar Dalam

An included tour of the UNESCO-listed Tarxien Temples and the prehistoric site of Ghar Dalam awaits you this morning. B, D

Day 3
Valletta

This morning, look forward to a full-day tour of historic Valletta. Walk in the footsteps of the Knights of St John with a visit to the impressive Co-Cathedral and Archaeology Museum. Pause for lunch at a restaurant of your choice then visit the Lascaris War Rooms and The Malta Experience, where you’ll learn about the island’s long and turbulent history. B, D

Day 4
Sliema

Depending on your departure date, you’ll have the choice to either join an optional cruise to the island of Comino and swim in the Blue Lagoon, or an optional Grand Harbour cruise followed by a drive to visit the fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Alternatively, you may like to simply relax at your hotel and enjoy a stroll along the seafront promenade. B, D

Optional excursions

Comino Island |Full day

Join the two hour ferry journey to the lovely island of Comino, a bird and nature reserve which is just three-and-a-half square kilometres. Take a dip in the clear, sparkling waters of the Blue Lagoon – boats are not allowed into the inner waters, so it is a safe environment for swimming, snorkelling and diving – like a vast swimming pool!

Please note: Ferries to Comino run intermittently between October and February, so this excursion is only offered from May-September. The Grand Harbour cruise is offered in the winter months.

Grand Harbour cruise |One Hour

Sit back and relax during a leisurely cruise around Valletta’s harbour and absorb the fascinating sights and vibrant atmosphere of this beautiful city. You’ll explore the creeks and fortifications around the harbour, while a detailed commentary reveals the history of Valletta and the Three Cities. You’ll also stop at the fishing village of Marsaxlokk where colourful boats bob in the harbour and fishermen still mend their own nets.

Please note: This excursion runs between November and February.

Day 5
Malta to Gozo

Spend the morning at leisure or perhaps join an optional excursion to the ancient temples of Hagar Qim and afterwards enjoy a photo stop at the cliffs above the Blue Grotto caverns to see intense colour of the water beneath them. This afternoon, catch the ferry to Gozo for a three-night, half-board stay at the 4-star Calypso Hotel (3Q). Situated at the water’s edge overlooking Marsalforn Bay, the hotel is a stone’s throw from the shores of the Mediterranean.B, D

Optional excursions

Hagar Qim |half day

Visit the megalithic temple complex built between 3600-3200 BC, making it older than the pyramids of Egypt! Afterwards, enjoy a photo stop on the cliff paths above the Blue Grotto caverns to see the attractive rock arches and intense colour of the water beneath them.

Day 6
Gozo

Your first day in Gozo is spent enjoying an included excursion to the capital, Victoria. Here you’ll visit the historic Citadel whose hilltop position affords stunning views of the lush countryside and the Gordan Lighthouse. Before lunch at leisure in Victoria, you’ll also be able to visit Period House within one of the finest surviving houses in the Citadel, and the cathedral. Later, enjoy an included visit to the majestic Rotunda Church in Xewkija before returning to Marsalforn for a guided walk along the coastal salt pans. Dating from 1740, they are still in use today, producing several tons of sea salt every year. B, D

Day 7
Gozo

This morning you’ll head out on an included full-day tour of Gozo, starting with Ta’Pinu, Malta’s national shrine. Marvel at the wonderful serenity of this basilica which houses almost 2,000 individually carved sculptures. Next you’ll stop at the Azure Window, a striking natural arch in the coastal rock you may recognise from films such as Clash of the Titans and The Count of Monte Cristo . A spot of shopping awaits you at Fontana Cottage, where you can see lace and delicate filigree jewellery being produced, before lunch at leisure in Xlendi. Finally visit the amazing Ggantija Temples, which dates back 5,000 years! B, D

Day 8
Gozo-Malta

Return by ferry to Malta where you’ll stay at the locally rated 4-star Salini Resort (4Q) in St Paul’s Bay. Enjoy a final three nights at your hotel on an all-inclusive basis, including a free bar serving local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from 11am to 11pm. B, L, D

Day 9
Mosta and Mdina

Begin your half-day included excursion with a drive through Mosta in the centre of the island. Here you can catch a glimpse of the Church of St Mary, thanks to its vast dome which is one of the largest in the world! Your trip continues to Mdina, a beautiful city of honey-coloured stone, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the late 17th-century Mdina Cathedral. The city has traditionally been home to the wealthiest islanders, which explains the array of grand buildings found here. Right outside the city is the suburb of Rabat where you’ll find the impressive St Paul’s Catacombs. B, L, D

Day 10
St Paul’s Bay

After your action-packed few days, you’ll have a final day to spend as you please. You might like to join one last optional excursion to the old fortified city of Vittoriosa, one of the most bombed places during the Second World War. B, L, D

Optional excursions

Times of Malta |Half day

Learn more about the brave islanders and their defenders during the Blitz with a visit to the Malta at War Museum and visit Fort Rinella, home since the Second World War to the Armstrong 100-ton gun, the world’s largest cannon.

Day 11
Malta to UK

Travel to the airport for your return flight back to the UK. B

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