Tour overview

Malta and Goz

Under the leadership of

Fr Brett Ward and Fr Daniel Wyman

27th May – 3rd June, 2022

“After we had reached safety, we then learned that the island was called Malta. The natives showed us unusual kindness. Since it had begun to rain and was cold, they kindled a fire and welcomed all of us round it” Acts 28. 1-2

Christianity has almost 2000 years of history in the island of Malta. It was introduced to the island by the Apostle Paul in AD60. Paul was being escorted to Rome for his trial when the ship carrying him was wrecked just off the coast in a heavy storm. The local inhabitants of the island helped the guards, St Paul and other members of the crew on board the wrecked ship, they offered them shelter and fed them until they could continue with their journey. According to local tradition, St. Paul preached the gospel to the local inhabitants who at the time where under Roman rule.

According to local tradition, Publius, the Roman Governor of Malta at the time of Saint Paul’s shipwreck, became the first Bishop of Malta following his conversion to Christianity. After ruling the Maltese Church for 31 years, Publius was transferred to the See of Athens in AD90, where he was martyred in AD 125

Fr Brett Ward & Fr Daniel Wyman

 

Included

  • Single room (limited availability) £1554
  • Scheduled flights on Air Malta from London Heathrow
  • All airport departure & passenger taxes (UK & Malta)
  • All entrance fees to the places listed in Itinerary
  • The services of an English-speaking guide
  • All sightseeing conducted in modern air-conditioned tourist coaches

Not Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry & drinks etc)

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Day 1, Friday 27th May

London to Malta
We gather at London Heathrow for our morning Air Malta flight to Luga. On arrival our guide will meet us and we shall drive to Sliema and our hotel which will be home for the next five nights stay. Time to freshen up, relax and acquaint ourselves with our new surroundings. Dinner and overnight stay in Sliema. (D,BB)

Day 2, Saturday 28th May

Mdina - Mosta - Rabat - Hagar Qim
This morning we leave our hotel and drive to Rabat where we will visit St Paul’s Grotto, the site where St Paul was held prisoner following his shipwreck. We then visit the Wignacourt museum, the Catacombs and then walk through the narrow streets of Rabat to Mdina, a walled town which was once the Roman capital of Malta and is known as the silent city. From the bastions one has a panoramic view of most of the island. Also we will visit Mdina Cathedral before breaking for lunch. In the afternoon we drive on to Mosta and visit its famous Rotunda Church built in 1833 in the form of the Roman Pantheon and which had a miraculous escape from a bomb in the Second World War. We will also visit at Hagar Qim, one of the megalithic temples of Malta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating from 3200 BC. We plan to end our day by visiting the Dingli Cliffs for sunset. Return to Sliema for overnight stay. (BB)

Day 3, Sunday 29th May

Valletta - Harbour cruise
We begin our day after breakfast and drive to St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral in Valletta to celebrate Mass. After Mass we will make our way back to Sliema and then go on a harbour cruise. Here one can see the bastions of Valletta and the Three Cities from the boat before breaking for lunch. The afternoon will be at leisure in Sliema which is a popular resort with shops and cafes. We can make our own way back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Sliema. (BB)

Day 4, Monday 30th May

Valletta
After breakfast we will be driven to Valletta where we will be free to explore this magnificent city at our leisure. The coach will be available in the late afternoon (time to be confirmed) for our return to Sliema and our hotel. Those that wish to stay on can make their own way back to Sliema independently. Overnight stay in Sliema. (BB)

Day 5, Tuesday 31st May

Mellieha, the Three Cities, St Paul’s Bay
We leave our hotel this morning for a tour of the Three Cities. We begin our day in Senglea Point to enjoy the magnificent view of the harbour. We will proceed to the town of Birgu (Vittoriosa) and walk to the Inquisitor’s Palace, the Valletta Reliquary Museum and the Church of St Lawrence, the original church built by the Knights of St John in 1530. We will continue to the Church of the Most Holy Virgin Mary in Mellieha. After a break for lunch we begin our St Paul’s Bay programme, which weather permitting, is to cross to St Paul’s Island, the traditional site of his shipwreck. Please note the order of visits today may change subject to the prevailing weather conditions. Return to Sliema for our final nights stay. (BB)

Day 6, Wednesday 1st June

Gozo
After a leisurely breakfast we drive to Cirkewwa for the half hour ferry crossing to Gozo. The charm of Gozo is apparent the moment you arrive there. Greener, more rural and smaller than Malta, life on Gozo moves at a leisurely pace. Baroque Churches and old stone farmhouses dot the countryside. A coach will be waiting to drive us to our Gozo hotel where we will check-in. The afternoon will be free to relax and explore Victoria at your leisure. Overnight stay in Gozo. (D,BB)

Day 7, Thursday 2nd June

Gozo
We will spend today exploring Gozo. We will visit the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’Pinu, visit the Rotunda of St John the Baptist, and see the natural limestone arch of the Azure Window. Visit the Citadel, Victoria, this beautiful mediaeval city, enjoy a breathtaking view of the island from the Ramparts, and visit the 17th century Cathedral. Return to our hotel in mid afternoon. The rest of the day will be free to relax. Farewell dinner and overnight stay in Gozo. (D,BB)

Day 8, Friday 3rd June

Our journey home
After breakfast we drive back to the port and take the ferry back to Malta and make our way to Malta Airport for our journey home. Please note depending on the final flight time we may leave Gozo later giving us more time to relax before travelling home.

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