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Historical Malta

  • UK
  • Malta
  • UK
Tour Pace:

8 DAYS from £723pp

Tour Highlights
  • The palaces, cathedral and gardens of Valletta, Malta's historic capital city
  • Explore the 'silent' city of Mdina
  • Walking tour in the Three Fortified Cities of Cottonera
  • Witness the megalithic temples of Ggantija
  • Tour of Gozo's capital Victoria, the 'Inland Sea' of Dwejra and the seaside resort of Xlendi

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Historical Malta

Malta and Gozo are brimming with baroque churches, prehistoric temples and breath-taking waterfront vistas. Discover Valletta's magnificent Cathedral, the 'silent' walled city of Mdina and the apricot sands of Gozo's beaches.

Tour Itinerary

UK to Malta

Depart London on a scheduled flight to Malta Airport. Upon arrival meet your guides and transfer to your hotel on the Sliema seafront.


Discover Malta's magnetic charm on a morning tour of the fortified city of Valletta. Boasting some of the most opulent churches and palaces in Europe, Valletta's quaint narrow streets exude a timeless ambience, and effortlessly transport you back to a bygone era. Soak in extraordinary scenery from the Upper Barrakka Gardens, delighting in breath-taking panoramas of the Grand Harbour, before continuing to the richly ornamented St John's Co-Cathedral in which Caraviggio's masterpiece, 'The beheading of John the Baptist' is lavishly displayed.

  • Breakfast
Rabat, Mdina and Mosta

Today's full day of exploration begins at the renowned Rotunda Church of Mosta, whose famed unsupported dome is the third largest in Europe. Later, protected by impressive city ramparts, the quiet streets of Mdina, lined with ornate buildings and palaces, are characteristic of this picturesque silent city. Dominating a landscape of narrow avenues, uncover the prominent baroque facade and towering bell towers of St Paul's Cathedral, before visiting an extensive complex of underground tombs at St Paul's Catacombs; these mystifying discoveries are considered to be the earliest archaeological indication of Christianity in Malta.

  • Breakfast

Enjoy a day at leisure today or embark on an optional excursion to the small fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Framed by a harbour teeming with brightly coloured boats, browse the vibrant market stalls and feast your eyes upon a plethora of local goods including fresh fish, honey and wine.

  • Breakfast

Discover Victoria's imposing citadel, winding streets and bustling market squares on a full-day tour of Malta's sister island, Gozo. From the capital city, travel towards the 'Inland Sea' of Dwejra to admire its breath-taking coastal formations and crystal-clear waters, before visiting the megalithic limestone temples of Ggantija; translating as the 'Place of Giants', according to local legend, this remarkable temple was constructed single-handedly by a giantress between the years of 3600-2500BC. En route to the seaside resort of Xlendi, enjoy an opportunity to shop for authentic handmade lace and knitwear items, which have long since characterised Gozo's craft trade

  • Breakfast
Three Cities and Harbour Cruise

Collectively named Cottonera, explore the three fortified cities of Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea, founded by the Knights of Malta in the 16th and 17th centuries. Begin this morning's walking tour in the oldest city of Vittoriosa, where the majestic former Palace of the General of the Galleys & Order of St John's Treasury can be seen from its affluent waterfront. Next, from the verge of Senglea point, delight in spectacular views of the Grand Harbour before cruising upon its azure waters. Step ashore for the chance to wander around an assortment of local shops before returning to your hotel.

  • Breakfast

Following a day at leisure, you may choose to embark on an optional excursion this evening. Bathed in a golden hue, explore some of Malta's most iconic landmarks, whose floodlit appearances present an entirely different display at night. Alternatively, immerse yourself in an energetic Maltese celebration, feasting on a delectable 4 course meal, followed by a traditional evening of folklore dance.

  • Breakfast
Malta to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information


A visa is not required for your entry into Malta and Gozo. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.


We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight is to Malta Airport with Air Malta (KM), departing from London Heathrow, Terminal 4. IMPORTANT: Flight times/numbers are for guidance only and are subject to change. Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 20kg of hold luggage. Hand luggage: One piece not exceeding 5Kg and with maximum total dimensions not exceeding 113cm (50 cm x 45cm x 18cm). Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Currency Information

The currency in Malta and Gozo is the Euro. You can exchange your currency before you travel, or whilst you are in Malta and Gozo. Cash machine will be available throughout your tour for you to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100-£200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2021 Dates
11 Nov 202118 Nov 2021SOLD OUT
2022 Dates
03 Mar 202210 Mar 2022£804.00
09 Jun 202216 Jun 2022£1068.00
18 Aug 202225 Aug 2022£1264.00
08 Sep 202215 Sep 2022£1137.00
13 Oct 202220 Oct 2022£1034.00
10 Nov 202217 Nov 2022£919.00
2023 Dates
16 Feb 202323 Feb 2023£723.00
02 Mar 202309 Mar 2023£838.00
20 Apr 202327 Apr 2023£1034.00
11 May 202318 May 2023£1114.00
08 Jun 202315 Jun 2023£1114.00
06 Jul 202313 Jul 2023£1229.00
17 Aug 202324 Aug 2023£1344.00
07 Sep 202314 Sep 2023£1229.00
12 Oct 202319 Oct 2023£1080.00
09 Nov 202316 Nov 2023£953.00

What to expect

Fact File


Average Flying time

3 hours

Min/Max temperature

14 °C / 29 °C

Spoken languages

Maltese, English

When to go

Weather can vary throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.


What to pack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Ruck sack
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Swimwear
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitiser
  • Personal toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Travel plug adaptor
Tour Map
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