Malta & Gozo Tour
9 Nights / 10 Days
2nd Oct 2023
For the first 6 nights of our holiday, we will be staying in Malta, known as Gozo's big sister. It is a small island, only 22 miles long and 12 miles wide but it has a population of 380,000. Malta is steeped in history and the Irish always get a warm welcome. You will be amazed at how inexpensive the Maltese islands are.
Gozo is an absolute gem of an island, only 9 miles long and 5 miles wide. Despite its size it has an abundance of things to do and see. The population is 37,000 and 7,000 live in its capital city Victoria. Virtually everybody can speak English and it will remind you of Ireland 50 years ago. We will be staying for the last 3 nights on this beautiful island.
We depart Dublin on our direct flight to Malta. On arrival you will be met by Frank Mackin our tour leader who will lead the group and will arrange your transfer by coach to our hotel in Qawra. We will be staying for 6 nights in the 4 star Santana Hotel Malta, which is only a few minutes’ walk from the promenade.
A free day to experience the beautiful resort of Qawra and surrounding resorts of St Pauls Bay and Buggiba. You can take a relaxing walk along the picturesque seaside promenade or the local bus station is only 200 metres away and offers a very cheap and efficient way to travel around the island. Like most seaside resorts there are numerous shops and restaurants.
After breakfast we travel by coach to the medieval hilltop city of Mdina, the old capital of Malta where our local tour guide will lead us on a walking tour through the narrow streets and admire the magnificent architecture. We then proceed to the remote Westside of the island visiting the spectacular cliffs of Dingli. Our lunchtime stop is in the picturesque fishing village of Marsallox where you have an excellent choice of restaurants. In the afternoon we travel to the old town of Mosta where we visit its famous church and admire its huge unsupported dome. It is known locally as the Miracle Church. A German bomb fell through the roof during mass and did not explode.
We have a free day of leisure.
After breakfast we head to Malta’s capital city of Valetta which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our local tour guide will walk us through this truly beautiful medieval city with its fantastic views of the Grand Harbour. We will also visit St John’s Co. Cathedral where you can admire the famous Caravaggio’s masterpiece, ‘The Beheading of St John’. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon giving you plenty of time to soak up the many charms of Valetta.
We have a free day of leisure.
At 10.30am we depart for Gozo by coach. We then catch the ferry to Gozo which takes half an hour. On arrival at Gozo we are transferred to the 4-star Hotel Calypso in the fishing village of Marsalforn. The hotel is ideally situated on the coast and you will love the natural beauty of this charming seaside village. There are numerous little craft shops and cafes to enjoy.
At 11.00 a coach will take us to Dwerja Bay on the North Gozo coast. We will then travel by coach to the Maltese Islands most famous centre for pilgrimage, the magnificent Ta Pinu Basilica. This is a very special place for the Gozitans and Maltese. Our lunchtime stop is in the picturesque seaside resort of Xlendi on the South Gozo coast. In the afternoon we visit the charming village of Xewkija which is famous for its magnificent church. Its Dome is the 4th largest in the world.
A free day to enjoy at your leisure in Marsalforn. Over the years our clients have loved the character and beauty of Gozo. There is a frequent bus service from Marsalforn to Victoria which is the capital city of Gozo. It is dominated by its imposing Citadel and has many shops and cafes plus an historic old quarter.
We say goodbye to our hosts in Gozo and travel back to Ireland for our return flight from Malta to Dublin.
Please note that our itinerary may change due to weather, traffic conditions etc. The average temperature in Malta for June is 26°C. Please note that this is our planned itinerary but sometimes due to circumstances outside our control we may have to alter it slightly.
Return direct scheduled flights Dublin to Malta
All airport taxes, charges, and transfers
Coach transfers in Malta
Return ferry crossings from Malta to Gozo (takes only 30 minutes)
6 nights Half board in Malta
3 nights Half board in Gozo
2 coach tours of Malta
1 coach tour of Gozo
Services of Frank Mackin our tour leader
Services of our local tour guide
Single Room Supplement