Exploring The Sorrento Peninsula
Combine leisurely walks on the Sorrento Peninsula and in the Lattari Mountains and enjoy visits to the myriad of local world class sites.
This walking holiday starts in Malta and continues on Gozo. Our walks cross farmland, steep valleys, terraced fields and table-top hills and contrast the two islands.
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 21000
Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.
Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.
Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.
As you walk beside Malta’s coast what strikes you first is the colour of the sea, where shades of turquoise and deep blue fade into one another. Inland our paths cross the rocky Maltese lowlands where aromatic shrubs such as thyme, sought out by bees, make a home in the thin soil.
As Malta is small it allows us to explore easily on enjoyable scenic walks, where either the Mediterranean Sea or rural towns and villages act as the perfect backdrop.
Gozo, in contrast is greener and more rural with fewer towns and less hustle and bustle. Its farmlands produce melons, grapes, vegetables and fruit and its coastline is characterised by white washed cliffs and rocky tracks. From the hillsides you have unobstructed views of the whole Maltese Archipelago. Each day the landscape varies from green farmland with patches of yellow flowers to dramatic rocky bays.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Fly from London Gatwick / Heathrow to Malta. On arrival transfer by road to the Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa for 5 nights’ accommodation.
Transfer Time = 50m
Our first day on Malta will be a cliff top walk from Mgarr to the largest bastioned tower on Malta, St Agatha's (Red) Tower. It is worth packing basic swimming kit as there may be opportunity to enjoy a swim in Mellieha Bay at the end.
Victoria Lines to Mdina: The Victoria lines are unofficially known as the Great Wall of Malta, a line of fortifications that will mark our route to the old capital of Malta Mdina.
The morning will be spent walking along St Thomas Bay where at the end a transfer vehicle will meet us and take us to Valetta for a free afternoon of sightseeing. Should you wish to spend the whole day in Valetta this is an option that can be easily accommodated.
Buskett Gardens to Hagar Qim: Buskett Gardens is one of the few remaining woodland areas on Malta and makes for a fine start for our walk to the megalithic temple at Hagar Qim. The visitor centre is a fountain of knowledge and when you are in the temples you can see how their use comes to life.
Transfer by road and ferry to the island of Gozo for 5 nights’ accommodation at the Hotel Calypso. There should be enough time to take in a circular walk around Marsalforn in the afternoon.
Gozo awaits and we will walk to the quiet and peaceful capital of Victoria through green countryside. From Victoria we will head to the earliest inhabited village on Gozo of Xaghra where we will then continue on to finish our days walk back at the hotel.
After a short journey out to Santa Lucia we begin our days walk in the direction of the coast . The Inland Sea is our first destination and is where the Azure Window was situated before it collapsed in a storm in February 2017. You may even wish to take a short boat ride at your own expense around the base of the cliffs. . Later in the day we walk out to Ta Pinu point where there is a grand natural rock arch surrounded by blue seas which has limited tourist visitors because of its remote location. This impressive sight is a very pleasant place to spend time.
From picturesque Xlendi we follow good limestone tracks to broad cliff top paths to Mgarr which is surrounded by rich farmland and vineyards.
Our final day on Gozo will be spent exploring these three bays over the course of the day before heading back to the hotel for our final evening together.
Transfer by road and ferry to Malta airport for check-in and return flight to London Gatwick / Heathrow.
Departure dates for your selected tour
23rd Dec 2019 - 2nd Jan 2020 (10 Nights)
25th Feb 2020 - 6th Mar 2020 (10 Nights)
25th Mar 2020 - 4th Apr 2020 (10 Nights)
6th May 2020 - 16th May 2020 (10 Nights)
16th Sep 2020 - 26th Sep 2020 (10 Nights)
21st Oct 2020 - 31st Oct 2020 (10 Nights)
21st Dec 2020 - 31st Dec 2020 (10 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.
On Malta we stay in the four-star Antonine Hotel & Spa in ensuite twin bedded and single rooms.
There are two room options available one with a village view (these rooms maybe subject to noise from the street) and secondly a view of the gardens or the sea, most rooms have a combination of the both, (please note that the view of the sea is restricted from some rooms) and we are not able to specify a preference to a garden or sea view.
Rooms have balconies, minibar, cable TV, air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, a phone and a kettle (tea and coffee items not provided).
Mellieha village is perched on one of the many terrace levels carved out of the town’s rocky slopes, and overlooks the sea and Gozo and Comino. A beach is located 1 km away and is easily reached on foot. Other facilities include a bar and terrace, sun beds, an indoor pool and a spa area.
In Gozo we stay at the four-star Hotel Calypso in Marsalforn Bay on the north of the island with great views over the sea, hills or the bay.
Rooms are twin bedded and single with bath, shower and wc. Here you are also able to upgrade to a sea view room.
The hotel is located on the sea front and rooms have balconies, fridges, phones, TV and you can hire kettles from reception.
There is a ground floor bar, coffee bar, a rooftop bar and sun terrace with loungers and a small pool. Pool towels are available for a €5 deposit.
The rooms have safes and keys can be obtained from reception at €7 for 5 days with an additional €7 deposit. Please note that opting for a garden / sea view room in Malta only does not guarantee a sea view room in Gozo.
Sea view rooms are also available in Gozo, please ask our reservations team at the time of booking.
In Malta and on Gozo our walks will take us on dramatic cliff top paths, quiet country lanes and valley tracks that, in places, can be rough and stony underfoot. This Grade 4 holiday will have ascents and descents of up to 500m. The maximum altitude we reach will be 230m. The walks will generally last 3-5 hours with time to enjoy the sights along the way.
The fantastic coast of Malta and the scenic quiet valleys inland, provide excellent walks. It is not unusual for these to be rough or stony and a little steep in places. At some points, coastal paths can be quite close to the cliff edge but this should cause no problems. Our routes should take us to caves, churches, Bronze Age sites, palaces and forts. We take plenty of time to look around and generally proceed at a gentle pace. Opportunities may arise for excursions by boat.
The terrain on Gozo is similar to that of Malta, with routes taking us across patchwork fields, to hilltops, and along the coast.
We may have the opportunity to visit Malta’s capital Valletta or the Island of Comino during this tour.
Some of these holidays may coincide with the Maltese bird hunting season (September until the end of January). Hunting activity may regrettably be seen on some walks.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in Malta
The official currency in Malta is the euro.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Flights are from London Gatwick to Malta and return with British Airways.
Our departures in February and March flights are from London Heathrow with Air Malta
Travel between the airport and hotel will be by road and between centres by road and ferry.
Transfer time between the Airport and the hotel will be around 50 minutes.
From our hotel in Malta we take a short transfer to Cirkewwa Harbour. From the harbour we take the ferry over to Mgarr Harbour in Gozo, this will take around 30 minutes. Then from Mgarr Harbour we travel by road to the Calypso Hotel in Gozo, transfer time around 15 minutes.
If you are joining and leaving the holiday in Malta, it is assumed, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet the party at our hotel in Malta and leave the party at the hotel in Gozo. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Regional Flights (R2). We offer regional flight options on this holiday but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer vehicle between the airport and hotel. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
All breakfasts are taken at your hotels and are from a wide buffet selection.
Lunches are packed and brought for by yourselves. Every walker likes something different for lunch so there are plenty of bakeries and supermarkets close to our hotels in which to buy what you need. Sometimes our leader might know of a good little coffee shop to stop at for a lunch time snack.
Dinners are in the hotel.
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
Footwear As Hand Luggage
We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Malta
Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a standard UK three pin plug. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & More
Malta National Tourist Office www.visitmalta.com
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Malta
There are no compulsory immunisations required for visits to Malta.
You should however be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK, a tetanus immunisation is recommended.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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