Published on July 1, 2014
Day 3 – 24 th August 2014 MARSAXLOKK, GHAR DALAM, VERDALA PALACE & BUSKETT GARDENS (Full Day tour, 8 hrs) Departure from Marina Hotel in Sliema at 09.00 Today we visit Marsaxlokk , a small, picturesque harbour where the brightly coloured fishing boats ride at anchor and where the wives of the fishermen knot nylon string bags for the tourists. A short distance from the village is the archaeological site of Tas-Silg, where the remains of late Neolithic megalithic buildings have been found here, greatly modified by Punic and Byzantine structures. Here too are the only remains of a mosque to be found on the island. We also visit a real natural gem, the cave of Ghar Dalam where fossilized bones of animals have been discovered in caves as well as two human molars, believed to be those of Neanderthal man. The day continues on the western coast of Malta with the possibility of visiting the Blu Grotto (weather permitting - optional visit) and the rocky coast aroundWied iz-Zurrieq. We stop for a group photo at a height of 250 meters near the village of Dingli with its outstanding Dingli Cliffs nearby and at the Verdala Palace with its Buskett Gardens ( Possible visit included - not guranteed), the official summer residence of the President of Malta . Evening and dinner on your own. Day 4 – 25 th August 2014 GOZO ISLAND & WINE TASTING AT TAL MASSAR WINERY (Full Day tour, 8 hrs) Departure from Marina Hotel in Sliema at 07.30 am. Today we’ll visit the idyllic island of Gozo with a pleasant 25 minute ferry crossing from Malta. Gozo is the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago. Compared to its southeastern neighbour, Gozo is more rural and popular for its scenic hills, which are featured on its coat of arms. Gozo covers 67 square kilometres (26 sq mi), approximately the same area as Manhattam. The history of Gozo is strongly coupled with the history of Malta, since Gozo has been governed by Malta throughout history, with the brief exception of a period of autonomy granted to Gozo by Napoleon after his conquest of Malta, between 28 October 1798 and 5 September 1800. You'll visit the capital, VIctoria, with its enchanting citadel, the fortified part of the island and the varied scenic spots of this beautiful, yet unspoilt gem of an island. The tour will also include a visit to the popular Massar Winery for a wine tasting accompanied by local specialties. Evening and dinner on your own.