Why I love Malta
“Malta is packed with interest, yet is laid-back and easy. There are boat trips, beautiful towns, periwinkle sea, friendly people and soul-feeding views, and you can go from swimming in glinting sea to a clifftop prehistoric site, to a harbourside restaurant, all in the space of a few hours. Combine sightseeing and beaches on Malta with a relaxing stay on Gozo, with its hillocks, small villages and carved-out coast,...” Read More
Top experiences in Malta
Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour
Following a morning, afternoon or evening pickup from your Rome hotel, set off into the city’s historic heart with your private guide. Travelling by golf buggy, explore with ease and see more of Rome in three hours than you ever could on foot!During your sightseeing tour, zoom along the bustling streets and see the Eternal City in a unique way. Visit famous landmarks and hidden gems such as Aventine Hill — home to the Priory of the Knights of Malta, the city's rose garden and a fragrant orange grove — and Caelian Hill, site of the beautiful house and gardens of Villa Celimontana. Spin through ancient squares including Piazza Barberini and Piazza Colonna — named after the marble column of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius — and Piazza Venezia. Along the way, take in the baroque Trevi Fountain, and the ancient basilicas of Santo Stefano Rotondo and Santi Giovanni e Paolo. With a private guide to navigate your route, enjoy the freedom to hit the highlights you most want to see. After approximately three hours exploring the sites of Rome, return to your hotel to conclude your tour.
Full-Day Quad Tour of Gozo
Start tour full-day quad tour with pickup from your hotel on Malta or the neighboring island of Gozo. After a transfer to the starting point and a safety briefing, snap on your helmet and hop aboard your own quad bike, which you can drive yourself or ride as a passenger. Your guide leads your group over rugged trails to Gozo's hidden charms, with plenty of photo ops along the way.Highlights include Qala Belvedere, the Simar Valley, Ramla Valley, Calypso Cave, Victoria, Marsalforn, and The Salt Pans. Ride through the Ghasri Valley to Dwejra Bay visiting the Inland Sea and Fungus Rock, the Quarries, Ta' Pinu Sanctuary, Kercem Heights, Xlendi Bay, and more.Your guide makes several stops so you have a break from driving, along with the opportunity for food tasting and shopping. The tour also includes a 3-course lunch of soup or pasta, fish, chicken or pork, accompanied by a soft drink, juice, water, tea or coffee with dessert.Afterwards, if you are residing in Malta, you will be able to enjoy a 20-minute powerboat ride to visit caves at the sister island of Comino on your way back to Malta (weather permitting). For residents in Gozo, transport will be provided back to your accommodation by means of a jeep.
Gozo Day Trip from Malta Including Ggantija Temples
Start the day with a pickup from your hotel in Malta (selected hotels only), then travel with your guide in an air-conditioned coach to the port. Step aboard a ferry for your trip to the neighboring island of Gozo, a verdant and unspoiled island that is often referred to as Malta’s little sister.Upon arrival in Gozo, journey south to Xagħra by coach. Hop off to see the UNESCO-listed Ġgantija Temples. Dating back to between 3600 BC and 3200 BC, these two megalithic monuments are among the oldest in the world, predating Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.Take a look around the site and learn about the history of the temples, which many researchers believe were dedicated to the Great Earth Mother, a goddess of fertility. Marvel at the size of the giant limestone blocks, which would have been hoisted into places without the use of machinery. Next, follow your guide to Xlendi Bay, a scenic inlet surrounded by cliffs. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the crystal water’s edge, then continue on to Victoria, Gozo’s laid-back capital.In between sightseeing, stop at a local restaurant for lunch and munch on light Mediterranean fare accompanied by a glass of wine. In Victoria, enter the historical citadel that sits imposingly on a hilltop and is enclosed with sturdy stone walls. Catch your return ferry to the main island in late afternoon. Your tour concludes with a drop-off back at the hotel.
Panoramic Electric Bike Tour of Rome
Choose a tour time, then meet your guide and hop on your electric bike in central Rome. While designed like an ordinary bicycle, your electric bike has a small motor to take the effort out of cycling up steep hills. Standard bikes are also available.Through your 12-mile (18-kilometer) ride, follow your guide on a route away from the chaotic traffic, and take in sights such as the thermal Baths of Trajan, Rome Pantheon and the quirky Piazza of the Knights of Malta and Garden of Oranges at Aventine Hill.Cycle through the alleyways of Trastevere to the Basilica of Santa Maria, and admire city squares such as Piazza Navona and Piazza della Bocca della Verità — home to the curious Mouth of Truth carving. Stop for a coffee or gelato (own expense) before your ride continues through the Jewish quarter and along the 15th-century Via dei Coronari, one of the most attractive Rome streets. Pass Roman temples, the remains of the Theatre of Pompey at Largo di Torre Argentina square and Parc Adriano for a glimpse of Castel Sant'Angelo (aka the Mausoleum of Hadrian).Climb Palatine Hill and listen as your guide describes Circus Maximus, the chariot-racing circuit of Ancient Rome. Gaze out over the Roman Forum from Capitoline Hill, and ogle panoramas of Rome and the mountainous landscape beyond it from the top of Janiculum Hill.After five hours exploring Rome’s hills, follow your guide back to the start point to conclude your tour.Please note: Sights may be visited in a different order to the itinerary described above.
Segway Tour of Ancient Rome with Optional Skip-the-Line Colosseum Entry
Meet your tour guide and a small group of others in front of the Colosseum for an exciting glide through Italy's capital city. After an easy initial training session (most guests feel comfortable in minutes regardless of prior Segway experience), it's time to set off through the streets and see the city's most iconic sites — each synced to a custom multi-media presentation that plays on iPods you're provided with. Enjoy breathtaking views over Circus Maximus and imagine yourself cheering on chariot races. Marvel at breathtaking panoramas as you cruise above the Caracalla Baths and Palatine Hill, and savor a spectacular vista of St. Peter's Basilica from the lesser-known Orange Tree Garden -- with its bitter orange trees and towering umbrella pines. Discover a keyhole view of St. Peter's dome at the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta and admire the intriguing man-like Mouth of Truth at the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Next, it's on to the Roman Forum, where you'll roll past ancient columns, archways, and temples before continuing on to Capitoline Hill, home to a piazza Michelangelo designed. With ample energy to spare, you'll circle back to your final stop — the Colosseum — for a glide around its perimeter and the perfect photo op, since the best views of this ancient amphitheater are from outside. Not ready to go home? Pre-purchase an upgraded ticket with exclusive skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill at your leisure. Tickets are good for up to one year, or 48-hours once validated.
Rome Segway Full Day Tour
Join your tour leader in central Rome and enjoy an orientation session on your two-wheeled, electric, self-balancing Segway. You’ll also receive an iPod with an audio-visual overview of each stop, giving you interesting lowdowns on each sight as you go.Once you’re comfortable on your Segway, follow your tour leader to Capitoline Hill, one of the original Seven Hills of Rome, to gaze down at the sites of ancient Rome. Then, glide past the Roman Forum, noting its crumbled buildings and learning about its history via your audio commentary. Pass Palentine Hill and see Circus Maximus, once the site of chariot races. Continue to the Colosseum and take photos of the exterior of this vast arena that once rang with the noise of bloody gladiatorial contests. As well as other sights, you’ll also visit Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta to enjoy an unforgettable keyhole view of St Peter's Basilica, have a rest in the beautiful Rose Garden admiring one of the most suggestive view of Rome.At around 1pm, enjoy a leisurely break for lunch at a local restaurant. Feast on typical Italian dishes such as bruschetta and pizza, all washed down with a complimentary glass of wine, mineral water and an espresso. See the Itinerary for a sample menu.Afterward, set off into the streets of Rome’s beautiful historical center. See the Spanish Steps, Church of Sant’Ignazio and Campo de’ Fiori, and ride to Piazza Navona to gaze at Bernini’s sublime Fountain of the Four Rivers. Other highpoints include taking in stunning vistas over St Peter’s from a viewpoint, and a visit to the baroque Trevi Fountain to cast your good-luck coin.When the time comes, ride back to the starting point where your tour concludes.Please note: the order of the activities, as described above, are subject to change on the day of your tour.