"Malta’s capital city Valletta will be the European Capital of Culture 2018"
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located hotels:
- ~ 4 nights: Le Meridien, Malta
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Wine with dinners
- Assistance of a professional local guide(s)
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Catholic Priest available for Spiritual Direction
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s)
You'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Later, your guide will speak about St. Paul and Christianity in the Maltese Islands. Attend Mass at a local church before dinner at your hotel.
Malta - The Three Cities - Valletta
After breakfast at your hotel, depart for a full-day guided excursion to the Three Cities of Vittoriosa, Cospicua & Senglea, where in 1530 the Knights of St. John settled on the east coast in the creeks of Grand Harbor. See the Miraculous statue of Jesus Christ the Redeemer in the Oratory of the Basilica dedicated to the birth of the Virgin Mary in Senglea. Later, take a typical harbor boat tour from Vittoriosa across the Grand Harbor to Valletta and see its waterfront. See St. Johns Co-Cathedral and Museum in Valletta, and visit the oratory which houses the famous Caravaggio paintings. Dinner and overnight.
Malta - Mellieha - Gozo
After breakfast at your hotel, depart for a full day’s guided excursion Gozo, a sister island of Malta. Here you’ll visit the Mellieha Sanctuary of Our Lady, a Marian Shrine. The sanctuary was blessed by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Malta in 1990. The Sanctuary enjoys a picturesque view of the Valley of Our Lady, Mellieha Bay, Comino and Gozo. Later see Munxar Parish Church, a Baroque style building dedicated to St. Paul, the Bozo Cathedral of the Assumption, and St. George’s Basilica, known as the golden church of the “marble basilica” of Gozo. The relics of St. Clement rests in the Baroque alter in the side chapel of St. Lazarus, one of 11 side chapels within the Basilica. Later, visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’Pinu, Malta’s most important pilgrimage site. The narrow rooms on either side of the alter are full of testaments of the local belief in the intercession of Our Lady. Later, return by ferry to Malta, and enjoy dinner and overnight at your hotel
Malta - St. Paul’s Bay - Mosta - Mdina - Rabat
After breakfast at your hotel, for a full day’s guided touring. See St. Paul’s Bay by boat, the Church of the Assumption of our Lady, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Museum in Mdina, the medieval walled city, the Bastions, St. Paul’s Catacombs, and St. Paul’s Grotto. St. Paul’s Grotto is said to be the place where St. Paul took refuge and prayed for three months while trying to convert the Maltese to Christianity following his shipwreck around 60 AD. Pope John Paul prayed in the grotto during his visit in 1990.
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to the airport for return flights home*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious holidays, national days, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of visits or the missing of certain visit. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, however, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of places to be visited.