Christmas in Malta
- Experience the magic of Christmas in Malta on this guided group holiday.
- Stay 7 nights in the seaside village of St. Paul's Bay.
- Visit the island’s ancient capital on a full day tour of the medieval city of Mdina.
- Enjoy a scenic boat ride through the historical harbours of the 3 cities: Vittoriosa, Senglea & Cospicua.
- Explore the island of Gozo on a full day trip including a visit to the famous ‘inland sea’ at Dwejra.
- Unwind with plenty of free time to relax at the beach or explore on your own with tips from your expert guide.
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Your Guided Group Holiday to Malta
Celebrate Christmas with us on the beautiful Island of Malta and discover the country’s culture, cuisine, language and landscape on this 7-night group holiday. Beyond the beautiful beaches and stunning coastline, Malta’s colourful history and influences from its Mediterranean neighbours have resulted in a treasure trove of historic sites. We’ll visit the fascinating capital Valletta, medieval Mdina, the Three Cities and the nearby island of Gozo. On guided day trips, we’ll marvel at the beautiful ‘Inland Sea’ at Dwejra, the Citadel in Victoria and the prehistoric Ggantija Temples. In Malta, Christmas is traditionally celebrated on the 24th December; we’ll enjoy a Christmas buffet dinner and live music at our hotel. We’ll have plenty of days at leisure to explore Malta; our guide will be delighted to offer recommendations. Make it a memorable Christmas with a difference and discover the unique charm of the tiny island of Malta.
Activity Level: Leisurely
Travel to Malta
Arrive in Malta and Transfer to Hotel
On arrival in Malta, we meet with our local guide before transferring to our hotel in St Paul's Bay.
Guided Tour of Mdina
Today we set off for a full day excursion to the fortified city of Mdina, in the central part of Malta. Known as the Silent City, due to its massive medieval walls and shady streets, it is rich in architecture and atmosphere. Leaving Mdina through the Greek’s Gate, we stop at the Christian catacombs of St Paul in Rabat where we explore this archaeological site with its extensive system of underground galleries and tombs. We then continue to the cliffs at Dingli where we enjoy panoramic views, before stopping for lunch.
Lunch is included today at a local restaurant.
After lunch, we set off to visit the San Anton botanical gardens and take the opportunity to view the exterior of the Presidential Palace. We take some time to experience the crafts centre at Ta’Quail. Afterwards, we take in the beauty of Mosta, home to one of Europe’s largest and most impressive domes.
After a fascinating day of sightseeing, we transfer back to our hotel for a restful evening, and soak up the atmosphere.
Guided Tour of Valletta & The Malta Experience
We set off with our expert local guide to discover some of the highlights of Malta’s vibrant capital city, Valletta. Our half day guided tour begins at the Upper Barracca Gardens, where we experience our first breath-taking view of the Grand Harbour. Next, we visit St John’s Co-Cathedral and uncover incomparable treasures, including its beautiful marble inlaid floor, Flemish tapestries and, not least, the Caravaggio masterpieces which can be viewed in the Oratory.
Our guided tour continues as we walk past the famous Grand Masters’ Palace and St. George’s Square, before stopping at the Malta Experience where we enjoy the audiovisual show that depicts Malta throughout the ages.
Enjoy free time for lunch (not included).
After lunch there will be free time in the bustling seaside town of Sliema, to explore its seafront promenade, cafes and shops, before transferring back to our hotel in the afternoon.
Our evening is at leisure, to relax and take in the Mediterranean atmosphere.
We have a full free day to explore our surroundings and relax at our hotel on Christmas Eve. Our local representative will be pleased to offer recommendations for sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment options in the area.
Relax and Enjoy time at Leisure
Today is a day of leisure to relax and explore our surroundings. Christmas day, time to relax or go for a walk and take in the last day of leisure before returning home. * Please note shops are closed due to Christmas day.
Guided excursion to Gozo & Ggantija Temples
Let’s see more, on a full day guided tour to the island of Gozo. After a short ferry crossing, we fall in love with Mgarr harbour as we take some photos of the colourful boats resting on its blue waters. We continue to the Megalithic temples of Ggantija, the oldest free-standing monuments in the world. Next, we uncover Gozo’s medieval capital Victoria, followed by the fjord-like bay at Xlendi and the inland sea at Dwejra.
We enjoy lunch (included) at a local restaurant, followed by free time to shop for local crafts, including handmade lace and knitted garments, or sit at a pavement café and soak up Gozo’s serene atmosphere.
Later in the afternoon we transfer back to our hotel, where the rest of our evening is at leisure and to further explore our surroundings.
Discover the The Three Cities
Half Day Guided Excursion to Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea
Let’s discover more of Malta, as we set off for the Grand Harbour area where we’ll get our first glance at Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea, known as the Three Cities.
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for our walking tour of Vittoriosa. Our expert guide will take us through the narrow, perfectly preserved streets, along the Fort St Angelo and out to the Vittoriosa waterfront.
We experience a traditional harbour boat cruise on a “Dghajsa”. With cameras ready, we can create everlasting memories from wonderful sights as we cruise past the colourful harbour creeks.
After our boat tour, we visit Senglea Garden, situated at the tip of the peninsula. From this point we enjoy picturesque views of the Grand Harbour, an unmissable experience.
For the rest of the afternoon, we are free to explore independently or do a spot of last minute shopping.
Let’s enjoy a final evening in the company of new friends, and reflect on our memorable holiday in Malta and Gozo.
Today, we bid a fond farewell to Malta as we transfer to the airport for our homeward flight.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.