A tour of Malta is a perfect way to discover this unique island with its exciting history borne from being at the crossroads of Western civilisations. Visit the capital of Valletta, built by the Knights of St John and discover Malta's Arabic influences in the walled city of Mdina. Explore the peaceful side of the island with its sleepy fishing villages and unspoilt beaches and visit the serene island of Gozo nearby. Malta is the perfect year-round destination with 300 days of sunshine a year.
The people of Malta are traditionally kind-hearted and friendly – a characteristic that is deeply rooted in the Maltese culture. Due to being part of the British empire for around 160 years (gaining independence in 1964), the Maltese people speak English as their second language making communication much easier. The people of Malta are renowned for their kind hospitality and are always willing to offer a helping hand meaning it is very easy to feel at home in this fascinating archipelago.
Malta’s picture-perfect landscape features majestic cliffs, crystal-clear waters and rock-cut salt pools which all offer an abundance of leisure activities. Kayak through the Blue Lagoon, hike to the edge of Dingli Cliffs, go scuba diving off the coast of Valetta or try windsurfing. Malta also has an exciting events calendar which boasts an array of local and international entertainment including concerts, theatre shows, exhibitions, village fiestas and Holy week celebrations. If you are planning a tour that is a little more laidback, Malta, particularly Gozo can be incredibly rural and peaceful. Relax on beautiful beaches, stroll from one enthralling site to another and watch the world go by from a delightful seaside restaurant.
In terms of history and culture, the monuments and sites in Malta are endless. Visit St John’s Co-Cathedral; the Knights of Malta’s main church and an extraordinary place of worship which is up there with the most important Baroque buildings in Europe. Another interesting sight is the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum which is a 5000-year-old necropolis carved from the living rock and is located underground. The Hypogeum is a unique monument, which appeared to have been an underground prehistoric burial site, originally containing the remains of about 7,000 individuals. There are also a range of museums worth visiting including the Malta at War Museum and the National Museum of Archaeology.
Featured Malta Tours
This island nation’s strategic location in the middle of the Mediterranean, just south of Sicily, has created a fascinating history. On this 8-day tour you’ll get to explore its tiny 16th-century capital, Valletta, built by the Knights of St John.
Venture to picturesque Malta to explore layers of undisturbed history and otherworldly landscapes, from its ancient architecture to buzzing fisherman's markets.Included with this holiday
Malta's history is firmly in focus on this fascinating tour, which includes trips to Valletta, famed for its Grand Harbour, and the Three Cities – built by the Knights of Malta. Prehistoric temples, relics of World War II and exploration of sister island Gozo are further options.Included with this holiday
Sail aboard Le Ponant on Tauck's popular Mediterranean cruise - a weeklong voyage to Corsica, Sicily, Malta and the Amalfi Coast, plus the islands of Lipari, Ponza, and Stromboli - and take in the Côte d'Azur, Provence and Monte-Carlo on a two-night land stay.Included with this holiday
Highlights of Malta
Malta’s capital is a beautiful 16th-century city that has been remarkably well preserved. It was built by the Knights of St John after the Great Siege of 1565 against the Ottoman Turks. Its founder decided that Valetta should be 'a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen' and its 16th-century elegance is still admired today. Not only is the full city a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it was also given the title of ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2018. Valetta is perched high and centred on two picturesque harbours, one of which is the deepest natural harbour in the Mediterranean, offering magnificent views breath-taking views over the sea. Some of the most intriguing sights include the fortress-like St. Johns Co-Cathedral with its intricate marble floor which contains two masterpieces by Caravaggio, the Palace of the Grand Masters and the Casa Rocca Piccola, which is the lived-in house of a local aristocratic family. The city is compact and easy to navigate meaning you can enjoy a relaxing stroll from one attraction to the other when exploring this lovely city.
The golden-stone Arabic walled city of Mdina was the capital city of Malta during ancient times. Perched on a hilltop, Mdina is the jewel of Malta’s crown and features exquisite architecture and peaceful narrow lanes. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of day-tripping tourists, Mdina is the perfect place to explore; perhaps visit the lovely St. Pauls Cathedral. Throughout the year, Mdina hosts a number of exciting festivals which range from music and art to food and classic cars.
The charming island of Gozo should be on everyone’s list when exploring Malta; its distinct character is very different compared to that of mainland Malta. Despite not being in the middle of the island chain, Gozo offers the perfect middle ground between busy Malta and quiet Comino. Gozo’s coastline is gorgeous with red sand beaches, sparkling blue bays, crystal-clear waters and staggeringly high cliffs. It is also home to the stunning city of Victoria and its grand Citadel as well as some of the best award-winning restaurants in Malta.
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10 days Valletta, Malta to Monte Carlo, Monaco
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