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Highlights of Malta tour

Highlights of Malta

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
6 days
From: $ 1,474 $ 246 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • See some of your favorite GoT filming sites in person and learn about their authentic history!
  • Enter the gates of Mdina and step through the gate of King's Landing, where Catelyn and Ser Rodrik Cassel rode to investigate the attack on Bran.
  • Set off for Gozo, where Daenerys and Drogo's wedding scene was filmed.
  • Relive the fight between Jaime Lannister and Ned Stark in Pjazza Mesquita!
  • Visit the breathtaking San Anton Palace and its gardens, which appeared in Season One.

Short Description

Head south of the Wall to make your fantasy trip a reality! Embark on an epic 5, 6, or 7-night expedition to the stunning archipelago of Malta. Stay in Valetta, Malta's modern-day capital, then venture out to be instantly transported to Westeros. Experience iconic Game of Thrones filming locations with included tours such as a visit to the Mdina city gate which was featured as the King's Landing gate and an excursion to Gozo, where the Azure Window once stood. Once the tours are complete, map out your own exploration activities to soak up the dazzling views and scout out real-life locations you recognize from the show!

Order of the tours may change based on departure day, but all will be included.


Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Valletta
End City Valletta

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Malta (MLA)
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • 5 nights in Valletta at La Falconeria Hotel, or similar
  • Valletta City Tour (half-day)
  • Mdina Tour, including lunch (full-day)
  • Gozo Tour, including lunch (full-day)
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Malta!

Touch down on the amazing island nation of Malta. Off the coast between North Africa and Sicily, Malta is dotted with fantastic beaches, dreamy coastlines, fortresses, megalithic temples, and more!

Transfer to hotel

Day 2: Valletta

Take the day to explore the stunning capital city of Valletta. Known for its museums, palaces, and grand churches, be sure to bring your camera to capture this city that seems to glow in the sunlight, radiating warmth and history down every narrow stone street.

Valletta City Tour (half-day)

Discover the beauty and charm of the fortified city built by the Knights of St. John in 1566 - the capital of Malta, Valletta. The Order of St. John ruled over the islands for 268 years and left a unique cultural legacy of which Valletta is the prime example. Take in the beautiful views over the Grand Harbor from the Upper Barrakka Gardens before heading out to visit St. John's Co-Cathedral. Admire Flemish tapestries, the church museum, Caravaggio masterpieces in the Oratory, and the beautiful marble inlaid floors.

Going down Republic Street, walk past the Grand Master's Palace and the recently restored St. George's Square before enjoying an audio-visual show of Malta's history.

Day 3: Valletta

Enter the fortified city of Mdina today on a full-day tour. This city sits in the center of the island of Malta and was once the capital of the nation during the medieval period. Enjoy the wonders this city has to offer from subterranean, winding catacombs to towering, colorful cathedrals.

Mdina Tour, including lunch (full-day)

Stand in awe before the amazing fortified city of Mdina, Malta's capital in medieval times. Enter the city through the Mdina Gate, which was filmed as the gate of King's Landing in the popular television show, Game of Thrones. It was through these gates Catelyn and Ser Rodrik Cassel ride through the gates of Mdina (or King's Landing) to investigate the attack on Bran. Once inside the city, you will visit another well-known location for a thrilling scene - Pjazza Mesquita where the fight between Jaime Lannister and Ned Stark took place.

Continue on to explore the winding streets, imposing bastions, and enjoy beautiful views of the island. Learn about Siculo-Norman palaces, baroque buildings, the Greeks' Gate, and early Christian Catacombs in Rabat. Enjoy lunch after seeing the cliffs at Dingli, then continue on the visit the San Anton botanical gardens near the Presidential Palace. Relax and shop through the crafts center at Ta' Qali before stopping at one of Europe's largest dome, the majestic Rotunda of Mosta.

Day 4: Valletta

Leave the main island of Malta for one of the larger of the 21 surrounding islands that make up Malta's archipelago. Explore Gozo, where rural hiking paths run along the country side, Ggantija Temple ruins are strewn about historical sites, beaches stretch for miles and scuba-diving can be found at multiple sites.

Gozo Tour including lunch (full-day)

Take a 20-minute ferry ride to Malta's sister island, Gozo. While both islands are similar in history, Gozo has more hills and has rolling green landscapes in its favor. During this excursion, visit the site where the Azure Window once stood before its collapse at Dwejra. Fans of the wildly popular show, Game of Thrones, will enjoy a tour of the location where the scene of Daenerys and Drogo's wedding was shot in the first season. The area was transformed for the screen by covering the ground in mesh and covering it with sand to create a desert-like environment.

After the stop, you'll also see the citadel in Victoria, the bay of Xlendi, and more. You'll also have free time for shopping - Gozo is renown for its woolen goods and handmade lace.

Day 5: Valletta

Today is your last full day in Malta. You could rent a boat to explore some of the other islands nearby in the archipelago like Comino, which has stunning beaches, or explore the beautiful gardens, museums, and shopping districts to bring a piece of Malta home with you.

Day 6: Depart Malta

Make sure you've got all of your souvenirs before heading off to the airport to catch your flight home!

Transfer to Malta Airport (MLA)

Fly home!

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Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

La Falconeria

Unwind in the chic La Falconeria in the Valletta region of Malta. With beautiful views, a subterranean pool, an on-site bar, and a gym the guests are welcome to use. Those staying with the Falconeria have access to the 24-hour front desk and car rentals provided by the hotel.

Rooms are comfortable and stylish, some with views of either the city or the sea. They feature a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, a safe, ironing facilities, coffee or tea making facilities, a hair dryer, and private bathrooms complete with toiletries, slippers, and bathrobes. The National Museum of Fine Arts and the Upper Barrakka Gardens is just 1,300 feet from the hotel, and the Malta International Airport is a little over 3 miles away.

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