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Christmas & New Year in Malta

From £2,599
Duration 11 Days
Departures from: Dec 2024 - Dec 2024
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From £2,599
Duration 11 Days
Departures from: Dec 2024 - Dec 2024
Tour Overview

There is so much to discover on the small island of Malta, which boasts a mild climate, even during the winter months. On this festive break which takes in both Christmas and New Year, you'll delve into its fascinating history and admire its natural wonders. Explore cities built and fortified by the Knights of St John, take a cruise around Valletta's Grand Harbour, discover the famous Mosta church and admire the beauty of the Blue Grotto caves. You can also choose to spend a day on Malta's sister island, Gozo before in the New Year at a sparkling gala dinner back at the hotel.

  • festive tour Festive
  • meals included tour Half Board

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • Return flights
  • 10 nights half-board in a 4-star hotel
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 21 included meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 Christmas lunch, 10 dinners, including New Year's Eve gala dinner
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Three Cities & harbour cruise
  • Valletta tour & its magnificent St Johns Co-Cathedral
  • Mosta and its Spectacular domed roof
  • Discover the medieval walled town of Mdina
  • Visit the St. Paul's Catacombs
  • Admire the Blue Grotto & Marsaxlokk fishing village
  • Behold the Ghar Dalam cave with its bones of prehistoric animals
  • Visit the Hagar Qim Temples


Day 1 UK - Malta

Today, you will fly to Malta. On arrival we'll transfer you to your hotel and let you settle in and get ready for dinner this evening where you can get to know your travelling companions. Meals included: D

Day 2 Christmas Eve, Three Cities & Harbour Cruise

Today's included excursion takes us to Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea. Collectively known as the Three Cities, all were built and fortified by the Knights of St John and offer a fascinating insight into Malta's history. Sit back and relax as we drive through Cospicua to Vittoriosa, whose waterfront is home to the former Palace of the General of the Galleys and the Order of St John's Treasury. Next, take in spectacular views in Senglea, which sits on a promontory jutting out into the Grand Harbour. We'll end the day with a cruise around Valletta's Grand Harbour to Sliema, where there's free time for some shopping.
Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Christmas Day, St Paul's Bay

It's Christmas Day, so enjoy a relaxing morning at the hotel. Later, we'll gather for a festive Christmas lunch with all the trimmings and you can spend the rest of the day as you please, either enjoying the hotel's facilities or perhaps you'll head out for a stroll with your travelling companions. Dinner is served back at the hotel this evening.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Boxing Day, St Paul's Bay - at leisure

You can choose to spend today at your hotel or enjoy exploring more of Malta. Alternatively, you can join our optional excursion to Malta's sister island Gozo, which we'll reach by a short ferry crossing. You'll notice that Gozo is much greener than Malta and has certain differing characteristics. On arrival, we will be met by a Local Guide and start our tour that includes a visit to shrine of Ta' Pinu. This important church is set in a stunning location on the edge of a ridge in open countryside, and provides beautiful views of the surrounding area. Another stop is the area known as 'Dwejra'. Here, you'll explore interesting geological sites including Dwejra Bay and the Inland Sea – a lagoon of seawater accessible to the open sea via a small tunnel through the cliff. There will be a short walk through the busy little city of Victoria, known locally as Rabat and the Cittadellla - a small walled city within the city, where only a small number of families still live. Upon return to the ferry port of Gozo, we will pass through some small villages, and if time allows, stop at Qala Belvedere where there is an amazing scenic view of the landscape cascading down to the coast, with the smallest island of Comino in the distance. Our tour will then head back to the ferry for our return to Malta and transfer back to the hotel.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Valletta

Malta's capital Valletta is all ours to explore on today's included tour. Highlights include the Upper Barrakka Gardens from where you can take in impressive views over the famous Grand Harbour, and a visit to the St John’s Co-Cathedral with its magnificent decorations dating back to the time of the Knights as well as the oratory to view the famous Caravaggio masterpiece; «The Beheading of St. John». We will then have some free time for a stroll in the capital centre. Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Mosta, Ta' Qali Crafts Village, Mdina & Rabat

We'll explore the centre of the island today on an included excursion which begins in Mosta village. The church here boasts a spectacular dome modelled on Rome's Pantheon, and it became famous during the Second World War when a bomb crashed through the dome but miraculously failed to explode. Inside you can see the damage caused and even view a replica of the 200kg bomb. Next, is a stop at Ta’ Qali Crafts Village located in the former RAF wartime airfield. and is a very popular tourist attraction in Malta. Here, different kinds of crafts and beautiful artefacts are created by local experts. You can watch the craftsmen blowing and forming glass, visit the goldsmiths filigree to see their beautiful jewellery and have a look at the beautiful sculptures and lace.
We will then head to the medieval walled town of Mdina, where we'll stroll through its narrow-cobbled streets lined with honey-hued stone buildings as well as the adjacent town of Rabat where you will be able to visit the St. Paul’s Catacombs, home to most prominent features of Malta’s early Christianity archaeology.

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Blue Grotto & Marsaxlokk

Today's included excursion will take us to the south of Malta. Here, we'll see the famous Blue Grotto, a natural cave system surrounded by azure waters. There's time to take an optional boat ride through the caves before we head to the pretty fishing village of Marsaxlokk for a stroll. The afternoon will be dedicated to the visit of Ghar Dalam cave with the bones of prehistoric animals that lived in the archipelago more than 170 000 years ago, as well as the Hagar Qim Temples. It is in this site that several statues were found. These were the rounded figurines that represent the goddess of fertility.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 St Paul's Bay

A day to do as you please. Rest, relax and enjoy the many facilities of your hotel, or go out and explore more of this beautiful island

Meals included: B,D

Day 9 New Year's Eve St Pauls Bay

It's New Year Eve, and time to get ready to celebrate with your fellow travellers at a fabulous New Years Eve gala dinner this evening.

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 New Year's Day, St Paul's Bay

It's New Year's Day, so enjoy a relaxed day at your hotel starting with a celebratory New Years Day brunch.

Meals included: B,D

Day 11 Malta - UK

We'll transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK today.

Meals included: B

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

AX Odycy Hotel

Welcome to Odycy, a new, world-class destination in Qawra, overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean Sea. Located near the town of Bugibba, where you can find different shops of all kinds, as well as St. Pauls Bay, originally a fishing village where it is believed that St. Paul’s shipwreck had occurred. Whilst walking along the promenade here you can get a very clear view of the beautiful St Paul’s Islands. Qawra itself is a more modern town, but very close to the AX ODYCY are the Salina Salt Pans built by the Grand Master La Vallette of the Knights of St. John during their rule over Malta. The AX Odycy Hotel is known to be one destination with endless possibilities, offering many rooms each with various amenities including a minibar, bath & shower products, daily housekeeping, free Wi-Fi, central air conditioning and more. ODYCY is also home to some interesting food and beverage outlets. With exquisite dining and laid-back seaside restaurants there is something on the menu for everyone. And there is also their panoramic Lido which spans the entire length of the property.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Malta - Gozo Full Day Optional Excursion

Malta - Gozo Full Day Optional Excursion

An optional excursion to the pretty green island of Gozo, just a short ferry ride away. After stepping ashore on Gozo, we will explore some of the island's highlights. We will visit the shrine of Ta'Pinu, a church set amid beautiful countryside, and Dwejra, where an inland lagoon of saltwater is linked to the sea by a small arch-like tunnel, before we continue to Admiral's Rock. Better known as Fungus Rock, a unique plant with medicinal properties is said to have once grown here. Around lunch time, there's a chance to shop for local handicrafts at a crafts village before the tour continues to the medieval city of Victoria. Here we will explore on foot and visit the Cittadella, a walled city within the city, which has recently been restored. You'll enjoy breath taking views across the island from the city walls here. Finally, we'll make a stop at the Qala Belvedere to take photos of some more incredible view towards the coast, with the islands of Malta and Comino in the distance.
An optional excursion to the pretty green island of Gozo, just a short ferry ride away. After stepping ashore on Gozo, we will explore some of the island's highlights. We will visi...

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