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Secrets of Malta Walking

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Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
W07ML
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
New Walking Holidays

The largest of the Maltese islands, there is so much to explore in Malta with has a rich and varied history; the Maltese islands have played host to the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Knights of St John, Napoleanic and the British Empires whose influeces can be seen all over the island. The awe inspiring architecture is clearly evident, especially in the UNESCO world heritage site of Valletta, Malta's capital city. With so many rich and colourful traditions and excellent gastronomy, there is plenty to tantalise your tastebuds.

Based just outside Valletta in St Julian's, this holiday is perfectly flexible, use your 7 day bus pass to reach the start of the walks and take the bus back at the end and you can explore the best that Malta has to offer. We have suggested a 7 day itinerary for you, however you can take it at your own pace and walk where and when you want each day. Walk around Malta's 'fish tail' where the watch towers along the coast are evident of its history and where there are stunning views across to Gozo and Comino. Take time to enjoy nature at the Majjistral Nature Park and vist ancient tombs and relics along the way.

Being only 27km long and 14.5km wide you'll see planty of breathtaking sea views in Malta, with dramatic sandstone cliffs, time worn salt pans and perfect fishing villages where the traditional and colourful Luzzo boats can be seen bobbing around in the bays. Enjoy the sites of the capital Valletta, the smallest capital in Europe and recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's full of narrow streets, impressive architecture, fountains and ancient city walls, however if you need a rest, there are plenty of cafes, restaurant and bars in which to stop and watch the world go by.

Highlights

  • Excellent coastal walking with spectacular views over dramatic coastlines, beautiful beaches and azure Mediterranean waters.
  • Discover the fascinating and historic UNESCO World Heritage city of Valletta with awe inspiring architecture.
  • Explore ecologically diverse nature parks, woodlands and the ancient Punic tombs of Malta.

Key information

  • 7 nights single centre accommodation
  • 6 days centre-based walking
  • Walk as little or as much as you like
  • Low altitude throughout
  • Self-guided holiday.
  • Countries visited: Malta

What's included

  • 7 nights single-centre accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • 7 day bus ticket for walking transfers

What's not included

  • Transfers (if booking Land Only)
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) - compulsory single supplement
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

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6

Days of Walking & Trekking
Day by day breakdown
Day 215.0km/9.5miles
Day 38.5km/5.5miles
Day 48.5km/5.5miles
Day 511.0km/7.0miles
Day 615.0km/9.5miles
Day 715.0km/9.5miles

Itinerary

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  • Day 1

    Arrival in Malta

    Arrive at your hotel in the quieter area of St Julian's

  • Day 2

    Malta's 'fish tail'

    Discover Malta's 'fish tail' with breath taking cliffs beautiful beaches and stunning views to Comino and Gozo.

    A shorter optional walk is also available.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Xemxija Trail to Majjistral Park

    Explore Malta's ancient relics and Punic tombs, pass a 1,000-year-old carob tree and continue to the ecologically diverse Majjistral Nature Park.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Xemxija Hill, Mistra and Selmun

    Excellent views of Mistra Bay, Xemxija and St. Pauls Bay following the coast line to Selmun.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Valletta

    An impressive coastal walk of Malta's capital city with UNESCO World Heritage site status, with stunning views of its surrounding natural harbours

    A shorter optional walk is also available.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Rabat area

    Explore the area of Rabat, one of Malta's oldest settlements and the walled city of Mdina. Head towards the coast with dramatic cliffs.

    A shorter optional walk is also available.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Marsascala to Marsaxlokk Bay

    Dramatic sandstone cliffs and magnificent sea views between the two fishing towns of Marsascala and Marsaxlokk Bay, famous for its Sunday Fish Market!

    A shorter optional walk is also available.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Leave Malta

    Depart St Julian's

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Malta

There are no specific health risks.

Is this trip for you?

The walking is suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit and healthy, enjoys the occasional weekend walk and can walk 2-5 hrs per day.

The terrain is moderate with some small hills and the walking is often along ancient roads and old farm tracks. There are some steep descents to the coast and the occasional rough, stony section.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. You are provided with route notes for each day, which begin with an overview of the walk and advice on lunch, followed by detailed instructions. The route notes contain a 24 hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotel is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Secrets of Malta Walking

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This single centre holiday is based in the queiter side of St Julian's just 350m away from the front at Balluta Bay and you will find your hotel tucked away in a quiet, narrow alley. A modern and contemporary hotel with striking decor, it's rooftop infinity pool is a perfect place to relax after a days walking. Your stay here is on a B&B basis as there are so many excellent restaurants nearby for you to find the best spot for dinner. Valletta is also just a short taxi ride away should you wish to spend an evening in the capital.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]