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Blessed with a warm Mediterranean climate, fascinating history and stunning coastline, Malta and Gozo are the perfect destinations to explore on foot. We can look forward to discovering these islands in more depth on this two centre walking holiday.

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Day 1-4 Gozo. On arrival into Malta, we take the short 30 minute ferry ride from Malta to the small island of Gozo. It is a tranquil haven, a greener and more rural island to Malta with many panoramic views along its dramatic coastline. Gozo is an island steeped in legend, it is thought to be the place where Greek Warrior Ulysses met the goddess queen Calypso in Homer’s Odyessy.
Our hotel for the first 3 nights is based in Marsalforn, the most popular resort on the island, and it has a small pebble and sand beach and promenade flanked by a number of bars and restaurants which are popular with visitors and locals alike!

Day 4-8 Malta. Malta is our next destination, often described as an open-air museum where scenery, history and architecture provide a jaw dropping back drop for our walks. We can retrace the footsteps of the Knights of St John, Phoenicians, Romans and the British! Our hotel is located on the Qawra peninsula, within a few minutes’ walk from a 2.5km stretch of promenade which is home to many shops, bars and restaurants.

 

Dwerja Lines Walk

Enjoy countryside views as we walk along the Dwejra Lines, a section of the Victoria Lines. These are a complex network of 19th century linear fortifications. Learn about the history of Our Lady of Itria Chapel and the legendary beginnings of Tal-Isperanza chapel. The walk passes through the quaint streets of Mosta village. Admire the magnificent Mosta Dome and the upward spiralling pattern of the dome interior. Passing through Mgarr, Bingemma, Dwerja Lines, Speranza Valley and Mosta including the Mosta dome.
Length of walk: 10km

Marfa Ridge Walk

Relish the breath taking views of bays, cliffs, and vast horizons as well as idyllic Gozo channel including the islands of Comino and Gozo. Natural habitats, geological formations and spectacular shades of marine-blues and leafy greens serve as a middle space where land and sea interact; at times in serene harmony and at times in violent conflict. The walk tails through parcels of farmland, wooded area, garigue and beaches. The path also brings forward remnants and reminders of Malta’s military legacy and its bitter struggle for survival as several fortified defensive structures are encountered enroute. Passing through Ghadira, Marfa Ridge, Ponta ta’ L-Ahrax, Dahlet ix-Xmajjar, Ir-Ramla Tat-Torrie, Armier Bay, Marfa, Paradise Bay, Ras Il-Qammiegh and the Red Tower.
Length of walk 11km

Ramla Country Walk

During the Ramla Country walk you will discover several beautiful historical sites as well as fertile valleys which make the Ramla walk unique. The Ramla Country Walk both starts and ends in Nadur heading to Wied Bingemma you will find a valley where you can watch the local farmers using traditional farming methods. As you keep walking you will arrive to an area called Ta’ Venuta where you can enjoy spectacular valley views. It was here that the French troops landed in Gozo back in 1798. As you continue the Ramla Country Walk you will finally arrive to the large and beautiful Ramla Bay. Then head up to Calypso Cave and onto Nuffara Ridge before heading back to Nadur.
Length of walk approx. 10km

Ta’ Gurdan Walk

Walking along the route we will discover how the island’s rich history, traditions and geographical features intertwine with nature and local folklore. Hiking on the cliffs we can observe the rugged coastline of the Maltese Islands, where panoramic views show how secluded valleys are found amongst the hills. Old farming methods are gradually being replaced by modern farming. Passing through the village of Gharb, Wied il-Mielah, Ghasri Vally, Ta’ Gurdan and Ta’ Pinu village and the Basilica of Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary.
Length of walk 12km

Hotel Santana

Our hotel is ideally located just minutes away from Qawra’s picturesque 2.6km promenade in St Paul’s Bay, and is only 5 minutes from the beach.

 

 

Hotel Santana - Facilities Include

Facilities include a restaurant, 2 bars (including one pool bar), roof top swimming pool, sauna and spa (additional charges), fitness room and a garden.

 

 

Hotel Santana - Rooms Include

All rooms are tastefully decorated and include air-conditioning, satellite TV, minibar, hairdryer, safe (extra charge), Wi-Fi, and a private balcony or terrace.

 

 

Hotel Calypso

This hotel commands fantastic views of the bay of Marsalforn and is based close to the small fishing harbour, but with plenty of shops and restaurants close by, there’s plenty to see and do within walking distance. Look out for the local fishermen mending their nets!

Facilities include

The hotel has 3 restaurants and a bar, as well as a wonderful rooftop sun and pool terrace, where you can soak up some rays, as we enjoy the views out over the bay and the slowly changing seascape.

Rooms include 

All the rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, ceiling fans, a balcony or terrace, television, mini-bar and safety deposit box (extra charge).

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hour

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Useful Information

Transfer Time
The transfer time from Luqa (Malta) Airport to our hotel takes approximately 2 hours, depending on weather and traffic. This transfer includes a short ferry ride (included).

Walking programme
Five guided walks are included in the programme. Your walking guide will advise you in resort of the daily programme. The walking programme is graded as Easy to Medium and you can expect to walk between 10 to 12km per day, with some ascents/descents, rough underfoot terrain and high altitudes involved.

Below are the distances for each walk, however please bear in mind these are approximate and subject to change due to local conditions

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking.

You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.

What to Wear
It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort.

Whilst we would hope for good weather during your holiday, it is of course impossible to guarantee this. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

  • Walking boots with good ankle support
  • Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
  • Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery
  • Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets
  • Shirts or t-shirts for walking in
  • Walking socks – several pairs
  • Lightweight fleece or jumper
  • Hat & gloves
  • Daysack/rucksack for walking
  • Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain
  • Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking
  • Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc
  • Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses – the sun’s strength is often multiplied in mountainous areas.

Gratuities
We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of €15.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate percentage on.

Temperature (Average Daily Maximum ºC)
19°C Nov

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
19 Nov 2018 26 Nov 2018 7 All Ages £ 959 BOOK
21 Dec 2018 28 Dec 2018 7 All Ages £ 1185 BOOK
18 Feb 2019 25 Feb 2019 7 All Ages £ 959 BOOK

What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Twin or double room for sole usef
  • Welcome drink
  • 2 guided walks in Malta
  • 2 guided walk in Gozo, including ferry transfers
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Solos Board: Breakfast daily & four dinners with drinks, on the Christmas departure this includes a Christmas Eve Gala Dinner and lunch on Christmas Day

Whats Extra:

  • Insurance see here

More to explore*:

  • Full day Malta island tour
  • Half day Gozo island tour
  • * Subject to availability

Temperature:

  • Average Daily Maximum:
    19°C Nov

Walking Notes

  • Grade: Easy to medium
  • Distance: 10 to 12km per day
  • Walking boots: Essential
  • NB: Walks may be changed due to adverse weather conditions.



 

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