June 7: Departure from USA, arrival in Malta the next day.
June 8: Check into the Phoenicia Hotel, located within walking distance of Valletta’s re-designed city gate. Optional evening orientation includes walking through the streets of historic Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Dinner at the hotel.
June 9: Experience Sunday in Valletta. Browse the stalls in the Sunday Market. Attend Mass in Maltese at St. John’s Co-Cathedral, and marvel at the famous floor made up of hundreds of marble memorial slabs. Visit the Archeological Museum, the Palace and Armories of the Grand Master, the War Museum and the Sacra Infermia. Enjoy a cappuccino in front of the National Library, where HMML microfilmed the Archives of the Knights of Malta. Catch up on culture at Saint James Bastion. Dinner at a restaurant in Valletta.
June 10: Rabat/Mdina. Visit the National Archives of Malta, where HMML is digitizing the records of the law courts of the Knights; the Cathedral in Mdina; the Cathedral Museum; St. Paul’s Grotto and the Wignacort Museum. Lunch in Mdina inside the bastions of the city. In the afternoon, tour the Roman catacombs and the Roman house. Stop by Tal ‘Qali craft village on the way back to the San Anton Gardens and the hotel.
June 11: Tour Malta’s pre-historic temples: Tarxien, Ħaġar Qim (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Mnajdra. View the cave of Ghar Dalam, with its fascinating collection of prehistoric Maltese minifauna. Drive around Dingli cliffs and experience Malta’s southern landscape. Visit the Hypogeum, a unique underground temple that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch and dinner provided en route.
June 12: Morning stop at the National Library, then visit with representatives of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta at their embassy at St. John’s Cavalier. Travel to picturesque Birgu for lunch and then enjoy a free afternoon exploring the Three Cities. Dinner on your own.
June 13: Transfer to Radisson Hotel and Spa on Golden Bay. Along the way, see St. Paul’s Bay. Golden Bay provides hiking, diving, swimming, and other sporting activities along Malta’s northern shore. Lunch and dinner at the hotel.
June 14: Travel by bus and ferry to Gozo, the second largest island in the Maltese archipelago. Visit the cities of Rabat/Victoria, and see the National Archives, the Prison Museum, and the Archeological Museum. Enjoy a walk through the Ggantija Temples and Calypso’s Cave. Shop traditional Gozitan handicrafts. Lunch in Gozo. Return to Radisson Hotel for farewell dinner.
June 15: Departure for USA.
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