Malta Through Millennia.
There is a surprisingly deep heritage to the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta. Our itinerary reveals its important World Heritage sites, from Stone Age temples to the Knights of St. John; a varied past spanning more than 5000 years.
Dates & Prices:
08 – 15 April 2018. Only £1255
09 – 16 October 2018. Only £1295
Reserve your place early for a best price guarantee. Single supplement £160.
- 4-star hotel by the sea.
- Six dinners with unlimited wine, soft drinks and water. Plus one included lunch.
- Unhurried daily programme of included excursions.
- World Heritage sites from history and prehistory.
- Accompanied by a specialist tour director and a local Maltese guide.
- Flexible flight arrangements.
- 100% TTA financial guarantee.
Flights and Extended Stays
Flights are added on a personal basis rather than included in the tour price. This gives you complete freedom to choose your preferred departure airport, flight times, length of stay, airline etc. We will be pleased to quote and book flights for you, and any extended stays, or you can book your own if you prefer. Flights booked with us are fully ATOL protected and can be available from as little as £100 return.
How To Book
Reservations & Enquiries: To reserve your place or enquire further simply fill in the booking form, or call us on (UK) 0121 444 1854. There is no commitment and no payment at this stage; reservations are purely provisional until we have confirmed availability and proceeded with booking and payment.
Booking & Payment: Once you have checked availability and reserved your place, we will require your full details and a deposit of £250 per person to secure your booking. This can be done with a credit/debit card over the telephone (0121-444-1854) or by sending us a completed booking form and cheque. To print a booking form click here.
See our booking conditions for further details.
All Hidden History’s tours include a host of fully guided excursions and interesting talks to create an enriching travel experience. They also include some luxury and leisure by choosing great hotels and keeping the itineraries fairly relaxed and varied. More about What to Expect…
Departure TimeDeparts 08 April 2018 and 09 October 2018
Day 1: UK/Malta
Met on your arrival in Malta and transferred to your hotel. Dinner will be available and your tour director will be on hand to help with any questions.
Day 2: Stone Age Malta:
We begin our exploration of this charming Mediterranean island with an introduction to its world-class prehistory. There will be a lecture by your tour director and visits to the Neolithic temples at Hagar Qim and Mnajdra. Dating from some 5000 years ago, these fascinating structures reveal much about early human society and beliefs. We also visit Ghar Dalam, a cave containing the bones of an extraordinary range of animals from Ice Age times.
Day 3: Valletta:
Built by the Knights of St John around 1570, the capital of Malta is now a World Heritage site with beautifully coherent Baroque architecture and a friendly Maltese feel. Our walking tour takes in the Cathedral, famous for Caravaggio’s ‘Beheading of St John’, the Grand Master’s Palace and, of course, the National Archaeological Museum, which focuses on the extraordinary prehistory of Malta. We also enjoy fantastic views of the famous Grand Harbour.
Day 4: Gozo:
A short boat ride brings us to the island of Gozo, with a character and beauty all of its own. We visit the island’s citadel in Victoria, which offers panoramic views from its fortifications and houses the island’s interesting little archaeology museum. At Gigantija, we see the massive monoliths that give this Neolithic temple its name, and which are older even than Stonehenge. Lunch is included today in one of the island’s restaurants, and there will be time to enjoy one of the lovely coastal bays of Gozo before returning to your hotel.
Day 5: The Hypogeum & Tarxien:
The underground burial complex known as the Hypogeum is one of the archaeological highlights of Malta, a mysterious collective tomb for the Neolithic community which built the stone temples. Our visits today explore the connection between temples and tombs by seeing both the Hypogeum and its associated temple at nearby Tarxien.
Day 6: Mdina, Rabat & Clapham Junction Cart Ruts:
Mdina is Malta’s medieval gem, the former capital of the island before Valletta and now a tiny city of winding alleys and noble palaces. It was also the capital of the island in Roman times, and below present street level there are remains dating back to even earlier times. We visit St Paul’s early Christian catacombs and the excavated Roman house in Rabat, before heading off to see the best examples of Malta’s enigmatic cart ruts at ‘Clapham Junction’. There will be an optional folk show with dinner this evening instead of the hotel dinner.
Day 7: The Three Cities:
Across the Grand Harbour from Valletta a series of inlets and promontories formed the first centre of activity for the Knights of St John when they took control of Malta in 1530. Centred around Galley Creek, the area became known as the ‘Three Cities’, and this morning we explore its history and architecture on a walking tour through its narrow, hidden streets.
Day 8: Departure:
You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your flight home, or why not stay longer and make the most of your time in Malta – feel free to ask us for information and ideas.
Please note that the itinerary may be subject to change or re-ordering according to the weather or other circumstances beyond our control.
Small Island, Big Heritage: The magnificent harbours and central Mediterranean location of Malta have attracted seafarers, traders and imperialists throughout history, resulting in a lively legacy of influences. The Islands are most readily associated with the Knights of the Order of St John, who ruled here between the 16th and 18th centuries AD, but there is a deeper heritage to Malta which includes a remarkable prehistoric fluorescence – the Neolithic temple culture of around 3000 BC
Map & Virtual Tour
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One of the great things about Malta is that its small size means you can reach everywhere easily from a single hotel-base. So we have chosen the perfect location and picked out its best 4-star hotel. And with a genuine Neolithic temple in its grounds, this hotel could not be more appropriate.
Please note that we sometimes have to change hotels for reasons beyond our control. However, we always choose hotels of a similar standard, designed to give you a little luxury and leisure alongside your cultural enrichment.
Tel: +356 2355 2355
This excellent 400-room, 4-star hotel occupies a prime position on the seafront at Bugibba with panoramic views of St Paul’s Bay, its own landscaped grounds, a choice of swimming pools and bars, and even its own beach. The generous rooms are bright and welcoming, the majority with a balcony or terrace, and fitted with all the facilities one expects from an excellent 4-star hotel. One of Malta’s top hotels.
Flexibility: Rather than reserve group seats on a particular flight, we keep your flight options open to give you greater choice of price, departure airport, flight times, cabin class, use of air miles etc. Once we have confirmed the availability of the tour, you can choose either to book your flights with us or to make your own travel arrangements. Before booking any flights of your own please ensure we have confirmed the availability of the tour, as our tours are subject to minimum and maximum numbers of participants.
Airports & Airlines: A wide choice of scheduled, charter and low cost airlines regularly fly direct to Malta from a large number of UK airports. These include: British Airways from Gatwick; Air Malta from Gatwick, Heathrow, Bristol and Birmingham; EasyJet, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson and Ryanair from a range of regional airports.
Airfares: Ask us for a quote. Use the reservation/enquires form of call us on 0121 444 1854.
ATOL Protection: If you book your flights with us you will be ATOL protected, which means that you will not lose your money or be stranded abroad if we or the airline go out of business. If you book your own flights they may not be ATOL protected, even if you book direct with the airline or through an online search facility.