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MALTA & GOZO

Discovering the Maltese Islands - the heart of the Mediterranean.

As you walk beside Malta’s coast what strikes you is the colour of the sea, where shades of turquoise and deep blue fade into one another. The coastal paths pass clumps of golden samphire, thriving in the salty Mediterranean air. Inland the paths cross the rocky Maltese garigue where aromatic shrubs such as thyme, sought out by bees, make a home in the thin soil.

Man has made his mark with dry stone walls and small farmsteads. In the cities human history goes back millennia, to the time of the Knights Templar, St Paul and beyond. More recently, the plaque awarding the island the George Cross, and the list of sunken ships in Fort Angelo can be seen in Valletta, the Fortress City, whose Grand Harbour is indeed very grand. You may also be surprised to know that Malta claims to have some of the oldest man-made structures in the world, the Megalithic Temples.

Malta is a compact island only 17 miles long by 8 miles wide. This allows us to explore almost every inch of the island on enjoyable scenic walks, where either the Mediterranean Sea or rural towns and villages act as the perfect backdrop. This small island also has an astonishing amount of historical artefacts and monuments from all phases of history, scattered around every corner of the island and this adds great interest to every day.

Gozo, in contrast, is greener and more rural than Malta, with fewer towns and less bustle and activity. Its farmland producing melons, grapes, vegetables and fruit, the steep valleys, terraced fields and table-top hills make the island an attractive hideaway. Cottage industries produce the famous Maltese lace, most of which is actually made on Gozo.

Here the coastline is characterised by white washed cliffs and rocky tracks. From the hillsides you have unobstructed views of the Maltese Archipelago. Each day the landscape differs from green farmland with patches of yellow flowers to dramatic rocky bays.

The walking is good, and as on Malta, depending on the season, there is ample opportunity for swimming in the numerous clear water bays.

For our departures to Malta and Gozo with Chapters Experiences Holidays please click here. Chapters Experience Holidays is born of the success of our walking holidays and now encompass activities that even more closely complement the destinations we offer.




WALKING GRADES


Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Many of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walk will involve about 3 hours or walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.




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    Malta & Gozo (Grade 4)
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    19 Sep 2017
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    10
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    GRADE 4
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    London (Gatwick)
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    Malta & Gozo (Grade 4)
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    24 Oct 2017
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    10
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    Malta & Gozo (Grade 4)
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    24 Dec 2017
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    Malta & Gozo (Grade 4)
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    20 Feb 2018
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    Malta & Gozo (Grade 4)
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    28 Mar 2018
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    Malta & Gozo (Grade 4)
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    09 May 2018
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    London (Gatwick), Manchester
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    Malta & Gozo (Grade 4)
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    19 Sep 2018
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  • Itinerary
    19 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017

    Day 1 - Malta
    Fly from London Gatwick / Heathrow to Malta. On arrival transfer by road to the Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa for 5 nights’ accommodation.

    Day 2 - Malta
    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.

    Day 3 - Malta
    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.

    Day 4 - Malta
    St Thomas Bay to Marsaxlokk (Valetta): 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.

    Day 5 - Malta
    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.

    Day 6 - Gozo
    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.

    Day 7 - Gozo
    Victoria to Xaghra: 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.

    Day 8 - Gozo
    Santa Lucia, the North Coast and Marsalforn (Azure Window): After a short journey out to Santa Lucia where we begin our days walk in the direction of the coast, the Azure Window is our destination where this grand natural rock arch surrounded by blue seas is a very pleasant place to spend time. You may even wish to take a short boat ride at your own expense around the base of this impressive sight.

    Day 9 - Gozo
    Xlendi to Mgarr: From picturesque Xlendi we follow good limestone tracks to broad cliff top paths to Mgarr which is surrounded by rich farmland and vineyards.

    Day 10 - Gozo
    Qala, San Blas and Ramla Bay: 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.

    Day 11 - -
    Transfer by road and ferry to Malta airport for check-in and return flight to London Gatwick / Heathrow.


  • Accommodation
    Hotel Calypso

    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.

    Maritim Antonine Hotel and Spa

    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. 

     

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and airport transfers
    • Transfers between centres
    • Half board en-suite accommodation
    • Services of a dedicated leader
    • All local transport costs

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Contrasting walks; from historic sites and panoramic coastal views in Malta, to the green and very beautiful farmland, hills and valleys of Gozo.
    • Opportunities for swimming in the numerous idyllic bays.
    • Discover the islands' dramatic history.
    • Step back in time in Valletta.

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    It is possible to upgrade accommodation at the four-star Antonine Hotel & Spa in Mellieha to rooms with a garden or sea view. These rooms will have either a view of the gardens, the sea or a mixture of both. It may also be possible to upgrade to a room with a sea view at the Hotel Calypso for an additional supplement  - please ask our reservations team at the time of booking.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Upgrades to rooms with garden or sea view available, ask for details.
    • Arrival transfer by road (c50mins).
    • Flights Gatwick-Malta, British Airways or Heathrow-Malta, Air Malta.
    • Provisional times please ask for details.

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