Taste of Malta
Taste Your Way through Malta
October 15-25, 2019
Experience the culinary jewels of the Mediteranean 9 night & 10 day
delectableand exclusive food culture experience!
Bar-none, this is the most complete Malta culinary tour ever to be experienced!
Malta, only 90 km south of Sicily, is a top Mediterranean travel destination. Although it produces some of the same agricultural products as Italy, Malta, a small and independent Mediterranean country, has a uniqueness all its own due to the rich history and numerous settlers to this tiny island.
We will be covering a good part of Malta and Gozo Islands including, but not limited to; Valletta, Mdina, The Three Cities, Mosta, Sliema, Marsaxlokk, Xlendi and Victoria!
Our Taste of Malta tour is not your typical food & wine excursion, but rather an “off the beaten path” immersion in Mediterranean food culture! This is an exclusive tour available to just 18 people and is like travelling with friends.
Most meals as well as hotel accommodations, ground transportation, and private touring are included. Note that moderate walking ability is required, up to 2 hours at a time.
Read on for all the details and a full itinerary of this delectable tour!
This tour is provided in conjunction with Exclusively Malta, subsidiary of Maxima Tours
Tico Licence: #50018105, #50021759 (wholesale).
*We require a 10 person minimum to guarantee this departure.
This 10-day/9-night tour includes:
- Airport transfers in Malta
- 4 Night accommodation at La Falconeria Hotel in Valletta
- 2 Night accommodation at Cescas Hotel on the island of Gozo
- 3 nights in Malta at The Victoria Hotel in Sliema or equivillant
- 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners, and 1 High Tea included
- 1 Food Tour with 6 Tastings (included in the lunch count above)
- 1 High-Tea in a Palace
- 1 formal cooking class and 1 cooking demonstration
- Winery tour
- Olive oil tasting experience
- All taxes, meal gratuities, and gratuities for local guides and coach driver
- All guided tours with local, English-speaking guides
- Your host for the duration of the tour is Natalina Bombino Campagnolo, accomplished Italian-Canadian cooking instructor and owner of Natalina’s Kitchen, who has visited Malta many times and/or a local, English speaking guide
- Transfers to and Return International Air from your main departure airport in North America
- Optional medical or cancellation insurance
- Meals and attractions not included in the itinerary
When you book a tour and travel with Natalina, you get exclusive access to her private Facebook group with travel tips, information and more on experiencing Italy’s culinary gems!
Price per person
- Double accommodation (two people/room): $5,439 CAD
- Single accommodation (one person/room): $6,249 CAD
- limited single rooms
- 10 required to guarantee this departure
Payment & Refund Dates
A deposit of $1,500 CAD is required to secure your place on the tour.
The deposit is fully refundable up until 90 days before departure, at which time, the balance is due and payable.
Ready to experience Malta like a local?
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner HT = High Tea
DAY 1 – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15
Depart from your home airport for your overnight flight to Malta with a connection in Europe.
DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16
Arrive in Malta (D)
Arrive at Malta International Airport and be transferred to your host hotel in Valletta, the 4 Star, La Falconeria, 4 nights.
Rest up or explore our first host city for the next 4 nights, the beautiful city of Valletta! It is right outside your door and it was the European Capital of Culture in 2018.
We will meet this evening for a Welcome Dinner, sampling many Maltese dishes with wine.
DAY 3 – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
Walking Food & Culture Tour of Valletta with tastings (B,L)
Bongu! This morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then meet your local guide for a food & culture walking tour of Valletta. We will learn about Malta’s history, plus past & present food culture. With 6 stops, we will enjoy a taste of local food specialities and with 2 stops a taste of history and culture including a visit to the famous St. John’s Co-Cathedral!
Our grand finale of the day will be a tour of the unassuming St. John’s Co-Cathedral – the Church of the Knights of Malta. Inside we will discover a treasure trove of magnificent art and the opulence of the vaulted ceilings and tombstone flooring. It is here that perhaps the most famous work of art of famed artist Caravaggio is displayed – “The Beheading of St. John the Baptist” – which is his only signed piece in
You will enjoy some free time on your own before we gather to venture back to the hotel to relax before enjoying Dinner and evening on your own.
DAY 4 – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
Zejtun,Hagar Qim Temples, Mdina (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will depart by luxury coach for a full-day of adventures.
Our first stop will have us witness the age-old craft of Lace-Making.
As we head to the famous Hagar-Qim Temples we will enjoy some lovely scenery and maybe a stop or two to take some photos!
Lunch today will be prepared for us in a demonstration style experience where we will learn a few Maltese food specialities.
After lunch we will tour the Medieval city of Mdina by foot… any Game of Thrones Fans out there? The Arabs, during their 200 years of rule, divided the old Roman City of Melita into two: the citadel became known as Mdina and the rest of the area as Rabat. In Mdina, the Noble and Silent City, you will be amazed with its winding roads, gorgeous palaces and the view!
We even have a special, visit to a private palace!
We will head back to the hotel to rest up for a unique dinner experience.
Is it a home or a restaurant? You will only find out when we visit this unique dining establishment!
DAY 5 – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
The Three Cities and Central Malta (B,HT)
Enjoy a free morning in Valletta on this, our last full day in this location. Shopping, hotel amenities or just people watching, you decide! A great morning to sleep in. An early lunch is recommended today.
Early afternoon we will cross the Grand Harbour by traditional boat, see the famous Mosta Domed Church and visit Palazzo Parisio Palace.
In the village of Mosta we will discover the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady and its significant connection with World War II. It is here that a German bomb dropped through the rotunda unexploded as parishioners prayed. Based on the Pantheon in Rome, the rotunda or dome is the 3rd largest unsupported dome in Europe and the 9th largest in the world.
Next onto the Palace…as you will see, the British left their mark on Malta and dining is no exception! We will end the after noon, dining like Royalty, at the Palace with a traditional high tea!
Evening and dinner on your own!
DAY 6 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
Northern Malta and Gozo Arrival (B,L,D)
We’ll check out of our Valletta hotel and begin to head North before arriving on Gozo Island where we will spend 2 nights.
Enjoy a rustic food experience by sampling the famous Maltese bread (you will call it famous too after the first bite), visiting a sheep farm for cheese and finally dining in a private olive grove for a farmer’s lunch with wine.
From Northern Malta, we take the 25 minute ferry to Gozo to discover what Malta’s sister island has in store for us!
Arrive at Cesca Boutique Hotel where we will be spending 2 nights.
Enjoy dinner at the water’s edge in the village of Xlendi this evening.
DAY 7 – MONDAY, OCTOBER 21
A Day with the Chef (B,L)
Today is all about appreciating local agriculture with a farm visit and shopping stops to include a fish monger, butcher and more.
Take a break from shopping with a visit to a vineyard to taste some of the best Gozitan wine.
Then it’s into our chef’s studio kitchen to whip up a great meal from our day’s pickings – that’s right, you’ll be doing the food prep and cooking!
Evening and dinner on own.
DAY 8 – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22
Free Morning and Return to Malta (B,D)
Take your time this morning to enjoy the hotel and or head out for a day of self exploration in the “capital” of Gozo, Victoria.
In Victoria you will find the old citadel perched up high with 360 views of the island and the village centre which is great for photos and lunch on own.
The Cidadel or Citadella of Victoria is an area known to have been first fortified during the Bronze Age and later developed by the Phoenicians with continued development until, by Roman times, it had become a complex Acropolis. Up until the 18th Century, it was the only fortified refuge against attack for the inhabitants of the island.
Arrive back in Malta late afternoon and check into the Victoria Hotel, located in the village of Sliema, for 3 nights. (or equivilant hotel)
Included dinner a short walk away from the hotel.
DAY 9 – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23
Southern Malta (B)
Today we’ll be enjoying some activity through a gorgeous countryside walk in and around the Marsaskala area.
The village of Marsaxlokk is Malta’s main fishing village. Enjoy beautiful vistas of the harbour and fishing boats. You’ll have time to enjoy a wonderful seafood lunch here on own.
Evening and dinner on own.
DAY 10 – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
Free Day to Explore (B,D)
Have anything else on your list to cross off in Malta? Well this is your day, the possibilities are endless and our friends at Exclusively Malta can help arrange any optional excursions! (extra cost may apply)
Consider exploring the Sliema area with a walk along the strand/boardwalk which extends to St. Julians and Gzira villages. Sliema is a great shopping hub too! Valletta is a short water taxi away should you wish to venture back into the capital.
Gather this evening for an included light dinner with drinks as we say Grazie and farewell to the lovely Maltese Islands.
DAY 11 – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
Depart for Home (B)