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Malta and Gozo 7 Day

Join us for an seven-day journey throughout the Maltese archipelago combining a wonderful wealth of biblical, medieval and cultural history. The islands held happy memories for the late Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh and we can see why. We visit the classical sights, stunning scenic spots and enjoy the experience of getting to know the locals. Our four-star hotel is in a wonderful location close to the promenade of Sliema with a roof-top pool.

St. Paul was the first Christian to set foot on Malta and it changed the course of the nation’s history. Today Malta has the highest ratio of baptised Roman Catholics to population in the world. With more than 366 churches, and many times that number of chapels, spread around the Maltese archipelago, the islands are an open museum of the Christian faith. This cultural and historical pilgrimage gives you the opportunity to follow in St. Paul’s footsteps both physically and spiritually. The Apostle’s unplanned visit to Malta, on his way from The Holy Land to Rome, would forever change this Island Nation into an enduring beacon of Christian faith.

The legacy of the Knights of St. Johns rule of Malta is abundantly visible throughout the Islands, in their military engineering and architectural feats such as the forts, bastions, watch towers, aqueducts, churches and cathedrals. The charm of Gozo is apparent the moment you arrive there. Its greener, more rural and smaller than Malta. Gozo is steeped in myth, mentioned as the legendary Calypso’s Isle in Homer’s Odyssey. However, there’s more, Gozo comes complete with historical sites, forts and amazing panoramas.

Itinerary

  1. Travel to Malta

    Meet your group leader and check-in for your direct flight from London to Malta. On arrival, meet your Local Guide and transfer to your hotel in Sliema for a six-night stay. Evening prayer and initial gathering will take place in the hotel before dinner.

  2. Treasures of Valletta

    Meet your local guide and begin the day with the newly restored Grand Master’s Palace, the first building constructed by the Knights of St John. We continue to the stunning St. John’s Cathedral boasting some of the most beautiful works by Mattia Preti and Caravaggio including The Beheading of St. John. After some time for lunch (at own cost) we visit the Sacra Infermeria, which was the main hospital and medical facility in Malta built in the 16th century. Our final call of the day is the Malta Experience, which is an audio-visual show that tells the dramatic story of the islands’ 7000 year history. Situated in a purpose-built panoramic auditorium, the show lasts for 45 minutes.

  3. The Silent City, Rabat & Mosta Dome

    Your tour today will discover the town of Rabat and St Paul’s Grotto which is where St Paul is said to have stayed when he arrived on the island in 60 AD. Leaving Rabat you will proceed to Malta’s first capital city and also a colonial settlement of Imperial Rome.  Based in the centre of the island, Mdina is also known as ‘The Silent City’. Its mix of medieval and baroque architecture, its fortification walls and its location on high grounds make it one of the most enchanting places on the island. During your walk in the silent city, you will pass by the Mdina co-Cathedral and the imposing bastions that will allow you to admire a panoramic view of most of the island. From Mdina you will proceed to visit one of Malta’s wine estates, Meridiana, to enjoy a tasting of 4 wines accompanied by a Maltese platter (light Lunch).

    We then continue to the Mosta Dome.  This is the third largest unsupported Dome in the world and the third largest church in Europe.  On 9 April 1942 during a Luftwaffe air raid a 50Kg bomb bounced off the floor and fell among a congregation of 300 people celebrating early evening mass.  This was perceived by the congregation to be a miracle. Dinner in the hotel.

  4. Gozo

    The name Gozo means ‘joy’ and you will see the charm of Gozo from the moment you arrive from the scenic ferry ride. Life is leisurely and is influenced by the agricultural seasons. You will visit the prehistoric Temple of Ggantija (Place of Giants), containing two Neolithic temples from 7,000 years ago, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu and the Cittadella Visitor Centre to better appreciate the millenarian history and evolution of Citadella. Time permitting, we also visit Xlendy Bay a seside resort located on Gozo’s Southwest coast. Lunch at own cost and dinner in the hotel.

  5. St Paul's Catacombs and Meet the Locals

    This morning we drive to Bugibba to enjoy a beautiful view (and photo opportunity) of St Paul’s island, also known as Selmunett. Acts of the Apostles tell how Paul was shipwrecked on his way to Rome to face charges. We then continue to Rabat well known for its series of catacombs, called the Catacomb of St. Paul and of St. Agatha. These were the places where in Roman times the inhabitants used to bury their dead and where Christians met in secret to worship before Christianity was made the official religion of the Roman Empire. Today we also learn about the more traditional way of Maltese life.

    Visit the southeastern village of Mqabba known for its limestone Malta’s only natural resource.

    After visit an old hospital from the 16th century now used as a community centre where local beekeepers and cheesemakers will tell you about this cottage industry with the chance to sample some. The name Malta comes from meli meaning honey! Lunch at own cost and dinner in the hotel.

  6. Valetta & the Sovereign Order of Malta

    This morning, we have the opportunity to attend a lecture at the Maltese Association of the Sovereign Order of Malta. We then continue to explore Valletta on foot by visiting the Upper Barrakka Gardens. The gardens offer some of the best views on the island. A beautifully curated garden with seasonal flowers and plenty of spaces to sit and enjoy the area. We witness the Saluting Battery cannon fire at noon before taking a typical ‘fregatina’ (water taxi) for a tour of the famous harbour creeks.  (subject to weather conditions).  Some free time for a late lunch (at own cost) and dinner in the hotel.

  7. Holy Trinity Church and the Blue Grotto

    This morning we join the local congregation at the Holy Trinity Church for Sunday Eucharist (10am). We then travel to the famous Blue Grotto, an un-spoilt beauty spot and geological curiosity, consisting of a natural arch and a deep-sea cave in the rockface of the surrounding cliffs. The colours of the crystal-clear waters here vary from turquoise to deep blue. We continue to the airport for our direct flight back to the UK.

Essential Information

Included 

The tour includes daily breakfast and evening meals. A tasting of 4 wines accompanied by a Maltese platter is also included.

Touring is by air-conditioned coach and we will be accompanied by our tour guide who will look after the formalities of hotel check-ins, etc.

All entrance fees are included as well as gratuities; these will be disbursed locally to those who help us on our journey.

Optional excursions 

Blue Grotto boat cruise – weather depending and bookable locally. Your Maltese Local guide will advise if this is possible on the day and payments can be made direct. All other excursions are included.

Included extras

  • Hotel porterage
  • Personal audio guiding system
  • All entrance fees
  • Services of a knowledgeable Local Guide on each island

Meals: all breakfasts, all evening meals and one wine tasting are included. The wine tasting is accompanied with snacks and samples that also constitutes a light lunch. Breakfasts and evening meals will be an extensive buffet in the hotel.

Your journey

Flight times are subject to change and confirmed with your final paperwork

Your hotels

SLIEMA: VICTORIA HOTEL (4*) - Six-night stay

The Victoria is a charming Boutique hotel just a five-minute walk from the seaside promenade and half a mile from Sliema’s large shopping centre. The lobby offers a warm welcome a fireplace and Chesterfield sofas.

Hotel facilities: the hotels Copperfield's Restaurant offers dishes from Mediterranean cuisine and North African cuisine and the Penny Black Bar serves English teas and refreshing cocktails. The top two floors are given over to a luxury spa with a well-equipped gym, indoor pool and rooftop pool.

Your hotel room:

all feature Victorian or Mediterranean décor and soft furnishings and have air-conditioning/heating, flat screen TV, fridge, safe, tea & coffee making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Hotel bathrooms: the smart tiled bathrooms come with a bath with shower and are equipped with hairdryer, complimentary toiletries and ample towels for both your room and the pool.

Eco Contribution Tax is payable by each guest upon arrival at the hotel. Eco Contribution Tax is 50 cents per person per night with a maximum of €5.00 per adult. Rates are subject to increase.

Practical information

Entry requirements

British Citizen and EU Citizen Passport holders can currently enter Malta freely with no restrictions or other documentation required. Stays within the EU can be up to 90 days (can be spread over multiple visits) within any 180-day period.

Please note your passport must be valid for six months after your return from Malta.

Full details of entry requirements and any required vaccinations will be detailed in your final paperwork 14 days before departure.

For the latest and most up to date travel advice including entry requirements please consult the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office travel advice website.

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Health & wellbeing

For travel within the EU you should ensure that you have the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is free of charge.  You can apply for the GHIC card by calling 0191 218 1999 or applying on line at…

www.nhs.uk/ghic

The level of cover offered by the GHIC card varies by country visited and is only applicable in state-run health facilities. In some countries coverage may just be a partial contribution.

Adequate insurance cover will be required for all hospital emergencies and doctors’ visits.

Climate

In October the minimum to maximum temperature range will be 18 - 25 degrees. In November the minimum to maximum temperature range will be 14 - 20 degrees. Coastal winds can reduce the temperature and evening thunderstorms can be a possibility.

Clothing

Dress is cool and casual throughout your time in Malta in the summer with layers for cooler temperatures in the autumn and spring. You may wish to take one or two smarter items for the evenings. Casual clothing is recommended in the day-time with evenings being smart/casual. As this tour requires a certain amount of gentle walking and guided tours, we suggest you take a pair of lined shoes. It is advisable to bring a couple of warmer items for the evenings. Ladies will also need a shawl if wearing sleeveless garments to enter churches.

Mobility

There is a certain amount of walking (and stairs) involved on a daily basis on this holiday so please make sure you pack comfy footwear for this so that you are prepared. Your Local Guides will keep you updated on a daily basis with what to expect the following day. If you are finding it difficult to keep up, then please make sure you tell your Local Guide and Group Leader who can help you to find places to rest and relax and then you can re-join the group at a later stage.

Some streets in towns and villages that you will visit will be cobbled. We suggest you take a pair of comfortable shoes with good grips or trainers. For your guided walking tours  you must be prepared to be on your feet for up to 90 minutes without the need to sit down and walk two to three flights of stairs unaided.

The McCabe Educational Trust

The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on some of our pilgrimages. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.

McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £20 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.

Travel insurance

Ensuring that your holidays are appropriately protected is one of our main priorities. That’s why we have specifically chosen Holiday Extras as our *preferred travel insurance provider to ensure that you are protected before and whilst you are travelling. Holiday Extras offer McCabe Travel guests favourable rates for single trip, multi-trip and annual policies.

For more information or to obtain a quote click below for their website

https://www.holidayextras.com/travel-insurance

Or call them on 0800 083 3551 to speak to a friendly advisor.

Please quote AG628 upon calling to receive the best rates

Full financial security

All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.

AITO Quality Statement

McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.

You can read McCabe reviews on the AITO website here

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