During the First World War, Malta played a big part in assisting the recovery of the soldiers. From 1915, Malta and its sister island Gozo housed in hospitals and convalescent depots over 135,000 sick and wounded. These men and women came from Gallipoli and Salonika. You will find traces of the First World War scattered over the island, with remaining structures such as Australia Hall. With dedicated museums that provide further information on both World Wars, Malta albeit small, has encountered a massive and colourful history.
Day 1: Arrival transfer to hotel
Day 2: Half day tour of Malta’s medieval city of Mdina
Day 3: Anzac Day and full day sightseeing tour
Day 4: Full day Gozo tour
Day 5: Free day at leisure
Day 6: Valletta full day tour
Day 7: Marsaxlokk market and blue grotto half day tour
Day 8: Transfer to the airport for departure flight
Full Itinerary (Click here)
Malta Anzac Day Tour
DAY 1 MONDAY, 23 APRIL 2018 ARRIVE MALTA
On arrival in Malta you will be met by a local representative from Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours who will transfer you to you accommodation.
Overnight at Victoria Hotel (or similar) – 7 nights
DAY 2 TUESDAY, 24 APRIL 2018 MDINA HALF DAY SHARED TOUR
A half day tour of Malta’s medieval city of Mdina, Malta’s former capital is a fantastic way to explore this beautiful city. The narrow, winding streets, dating back to the Arab period, lead to the imposing bastions, commanding a panoramic view of the islands. On the way there, you will discover different styles of architecture, including the medieval Siculo-Norman palaces, and other baroque buildings of great historical importance. Time stands still in this ‘Silent City’ which is a film-maker’s paradise. Leaving Mdina through Greek’s Gate, we proceed to the cliffs at Dingli. The tour ends with a visit to the San Anton botanical gardens situated near the Presidential Palace, which you will be able to admire from outside. (B)
DAY 3 WEDNESDAY, 25 APRIL 2018 ANZAC DAY & SIGHTSEEING FULL DAY PRIVATE TOUR
Our tour will start with a visit to the Pieta Cemetery, an important cemetery for those commemorating World War I. The Cemetery commemorates 1303 Commonwealth casualties from the First World War and every year the Australian High Commission commemorates Anzac Day in memory of those whose lives were lost (please note details of the commemoration will only be released around February 2018). From here we will visit the 3 cities, starting at Cospicua where we will see the No1 Dock – the dry docks used during different wars since the 1800s and a further stop where we will have a vantage point of Senglea, the harbor area which was an anchorage point for the troop ships, battleships of the various wars. We will be able to see the German and Turkish Prisoner of War Camps/sites in the area. A walk along Vittoriosa onto the ramparts to view the creeks, which are the berthing places of the Royal Navy and lead to a visit to Fort St Angelo. This was the British Mediterranean Fleet Base, the largest fleet in the world at the time. We will then visit Fort Rinella built in 1878 by the British, the most technologically advanced war machine of its day. Powered by coal-fired steam driven hydraulics, its monstrous 100-ton gun could load and fire in just six minutes, sending a one-ton shell up to a distance of eight miles to pierce no less than 21 inches (65cm) of ship armour! After our visit here, we will then drive to Pembroke where we will be able to see the areas of the Military and Naval cemeteries for World War I and II as well as the Military barracks including the outside of Australia Hall. Entrance fees to Fort Rinella and Fort St Angelo are included. (B)
DAY 4 THURSDAY, 26 APRIL 2018 FULL DAY SHARED GOZO TOUR
After a short twenty-minute ferry crossing you will reach Mgarr harbour, which immediately sets the pace to Gozo’s unique atmosphere. Your guide will lead you around the Megalithic temples of Ggantija, the oldest free-standing monuments in the world, pre-dating the Pyramids of Egypt. This will be followed by visits to the medieval citadel in Victoria, the fjord-like bay at Xlendi and the famous views at Dwejra. Gozo is well-known for its crafts, particularly handmade lace and knitted garments. Visitors cannot fail to be impressed by the island’s lush countryside, its serene atmosphere and how different it is from the larger island of Malta. Ferry tickets and entrance to Ggantija Temples are included. (B)
DAY 5 FRIDAY, 27 APRIL 2018 FREE DAY
Today is free at leisure. (B)
DAY 6 SATURDAY, 28 APRIL 2018 VALLETTA FULL DAY PRIVATE TOUR
This morning your guide will meet you at your accommodation for your full day private tour. A guided full day tour through the vibrant streets of Valletta will allow you to discover the beauty and charm of the fortified city built by the Knights in 1566. The Order of St. John ruled over the islands for 268 years and left a unique cultural legacy of which Valletta is the prime example. During our full day tour of Valletta, we will visit in particular the Saluting Battery, which occupies a strategic position from where it commands views of the Grand Harbour, an important artillery platform following a view from the Upper Barracca Gardens above with stunning views. We will also visit the War Museum, which is entirely dedicated to Malta’s role in World War Two (1940-43). It combines a modern multisensory museum at ground level along with a breath-taking visit into a vast underground wartime air raid shelter located under the museum. It also includes the viewing of the classic documentary about Malta – the ‘Malta G.C.’ movie made in 1942. Our next stop will be a visit to the Lascaris War rooms, located 400 feet under the Upper Barracca Garden and a visit to the Fortifications Interpretation Centre. Entrance fees to Saluting Battery, War Museum & Lascaris War rooms are included today. (B)
DAY 7 SUNDAY, 29 APRIL 2018 MARSAXLOKK MARKET AND BLUE GROTTO HALF DAY SHARED TOUR
The idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk with its colourful luzzus and unique character make the unrivalled setting for the local market. This is the perfect place to spend a Sunday morning (can also be arranged on private tour for any other day), where you can rub your shoulders with the locals as you browse through the various stalls. We continue our tour with a visit to the Blue Grotto (weather permitting) and the nearby caves. Admire the whole expanse of the blue Mediterranean and the islet of Filfla. Later our guide will help you explore one of Malta’s unspoilt villages. From the main square, the hub of the village with its parish church and band club, you will be led through a maze of winding narrow streets that all have a story to be told. (B)
Please note that if you would like to do the Blue Grotto boat ride you will need to pay €8.00 direct on the day (weather permitting).
DAY 8 MONDAY, 30 APRIL 2018 DEPARTURE
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
Your Tour Includes (Click here)
Malta Anzac Day Tour
- Private return airport transfers
- 7 nights’ accommodation at Victoria Hotel or similar with breakfast included
- Shared and private tours as indicated on the itinerary
- Entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
- English speaking local guides
- Transportation on air-conditioned vehicles
Services not included:
- Meals and beverages not specifically identified in the itinerary
- Entrances not specifically identified in the itinerary
- Any other personal expenses
- Travel insurance (mandatory for travel)
- Any necessary passport and visa fees
- Tips to local service personal such as local guides, waiters and bellboys
Malta Anzac Day Tour
HOW TO BOOK: Contact our reservations team on 1300 880 340 or click enquiry button below and leave your details. Deposit is $1000 per person.
*Per person, twin share, land only. Single supplement on request.
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Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. In addition, your Historian may alter the sites visited on each day to suit local conditions.