Malta has temples that pre-date the pyramids at Giza and Stonehenge, some of the clearest waters in the world, and boasts a capital city that is a baroque masterpiece. Like Croatia of 20 years ago, Malta has just now become a newly discovered travel destination for the cultural enthusiast and not as a second thought. The Maltese Islands, although small in size, offers travelers a rare opportunity to see a well preserved history and exciting present day culture.
Join Go Eat Give on its inaugural tour to the Mediterranean island of Malta, accompanied by Go Eat Give founder and award-winning travel writer, Sucheta Rawal. On this trip, you will get a chance to meet locals, have village feasts, relax on the beach and stay at a UNESCO World Heritage city!
– Sail in traditional Maltese boat (Dghajsa) around the Grand Harbor like many nobility have before!
– Take a tour of the stunning St. John’s Co-Cathedral, created by the Knights of St. John.
– Participate in a patron village festival with elaborate displays, lighting, fireworks, music, and party with the locals.
– Visit the Old Capital City of Mdina, where Game of Thrones was filmed.
– Travel by boat & tuk-tuk to the island of Gozo.
– Have lunch at a family-run farm & taste fresh olive oil, cheese & wine.
– Take a cooking class with Pippa Mattei, celebrity cook, food writer and teacher, in her Maltese kitchen.
– Wine tasting at Tal-Massar vineyards.
– Taste Maltese classic dishes at local restaurants serving ftira, pizzas, qassatat and bread.
– Get behind the scenes look at the history of falconry on the islands.
– Enjoy a private boat ride through the Blue Grotto.
– Step back some 5500 years with a visit to the Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temple sites.
– Volunteer with Dream of Horses Farm.
Dates: Sept 7-15, 2019
Price: $3,628 based on double occupancy
For single, add $750
Non-refundable deposit of $250 required for reservation
Full payment due 60 days before departure
Contact Go Eat Give firstname.lastname@example.org, 678-744-8306 for more information.
- Ground in-country transportation
- 7 nights accommodation at 4-star hotels
- Daily breakfast
- Meals as mentioned
- English speaking guides
- Cultural activities
- Volunteer coordination
- Airfare to Malta
- Alcoholic and additional drinks
- Some meals
Payment and Cancellation Policy: Non refundable deposit of $250 due upon registration. Full payment must be received 60 days prior to departure. Cancellation is NOT allowed within 60 days of departure, unless Go Eat Give cancels the trip, in which case you will get the option to receive 100% refund or apply your funds towards a future trip. We encourage you to purchase travel insurance in case if you need to cancel due to unforeseen events.
Complete Itinerary (subject to change):
Day 1 (Dinner)
Private transfer from Mata International Airport to your 4-star hotel in Valletta. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage city, the glorious capital of Valletta is walking distance from museums, shops, restaurants and architectural marvels.
Check in and relax, before joining the group for a welcome dinner.
Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and depart for a guided walking tour of Valletta. Walk through the charming cobblestone streets built in the 16th century. Learn about the history of Malta at the Museum of Archaeology, and get a private look at centuries old books at the National Library of Malta. Visit the most famous landmark in Malta – St John’s Co-Cathedral, with its vaulted ceiling to floor paintings. Pay a visit to one of Malta’s finest artisans and learn about gilding.
For lunch, taste Maltese traditional pizza, called ftira, at one of he oldest bakeries in town.
Continue walking tour to Upper Barrakka Gardens, for majestic views overlooking the Grand Harbor. Ride on a dghaisa (traditional Maltese boat similar to gondola) for sweeping views of the three cities, famous filming locations, and the Mediterranean.
Watch the The Nativity of Our Lady festivities.
Day 3 (Breakfast)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and take a daypack for a full day adventure. A private boat ride through the Blue Grotto will take you through sea caverns.
Learn about the history of falconry in Malta, influenced by the Phoenicians and Arabs. You will meet the birds and their trainer.
Step back 5500 years with a visit to the Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temple sites.
Enjoy a delicious Maltese platter with wine or beer in the narrow backstreets of Rabat, for lunch.
Visit the medieval city of Mdina, admiring its Norman and Arabic architectures. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you will recognize the main gates immediately!
Return to hotel and free evening.
Day 4 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Breakfast at your hotel and checkout.
Walk around the village of Rabat and visit a family-run sheep farm. Lunch will be a farm picnic with cheese and olive tasting.
Ferry from North Malta to Gozo Island (25 minutes). Check in to your 4-star hotel and freshen up.
Dinner at a local restaurant
Day 5 (Breakfast)
After breakfast, explore the island by Tuk Tuk, visiting salt pans, citadel, Victoria Back streets and Xlendi Bay.
Stop at Mekren’s Bakery for local family-run cuisine, or venture on your own. The rest of the day is free to swim, hike, bike or relax by the pool.
Day 6 (Breakfast, Dinner)
Breakfast and checkout. Volunteer at Dreams of Horses farm sanctuary near Xaghra Village on the island of Gozo. Rescued horses are rehabilitated with great care and dedication and granted a forever loving home at the farm. These animals, in turn, provide endless opportunities for visitors and vulnerable people in helping them bring back balance and peace into their lives. Light lunch will be provided on the farm.
Ferry back to Malta and check in to your hotel.
Free evening to explore on your own.
Day 6 (Breakfast, Lunch)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Cooking class with Pippa Mattei, a known Maltese chef, author, and teacher. Lessons take place in Pippa’s spacious kitchen that looks out onto a Mediterranean garden. Learn how to prepare Maltese and Mediterranean dishes, paired with delectable Maltese wine.
No trip to Malta is complete without a visit to the picturesque Marsaxlokk fishing village. See the brightly painted fishing boats, as you dine on fresh seafood at one of the restaurants.
Day 7 (Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel and check out.
Participate in the fiest of Our Lady of Graces in the village of Zabbar.
Transfer to airport for your flight home.