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MALTA AND SICILY To find out more visit Malta and Sicily: A History of Two Islands 10 nights from £1069^ Including optional travel insurance or a reduction of £54 if not required § Your tour includes l l 10 nights in hotels 20 meals: 10 breakfasts and 10 dinners There are over 200 islands in the Mediterranean, but there is a particular and ancient bond between two of them. Join us on this special tour as you explore that bond and discover the fascinating heritage of Malta, an island country and home of the Knights of St John, and Sicily ­ the Mediterranean's largest island with its cultural wealth and ancient past. Excursions and visits Visit Mosta and Mdina Tour of Valletta Tour of Gozo Visit the Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk fishing village Visit to Ta Qali crafts village and San Anton Gardens Visit Mount Etna visitor centre Explore Taormina and its Greek theatre Tour of Enna Discover Syracuse and Ortygia Use of audio headsets on selected guided tours l l l l l l l l l l Sicily Ta' Pinu Basilica Dwerja Agrigento Mount Etna Taormina Syracuse San Giovanni la Punta GOZO Victoria Xlendi Piazza Armerina Ortygia Plus all this... Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required§ Return flights and transfers Saga tour manager Porterage at hotels. l l l l nights in hotel St Paul's Bay San Anton Gardens Valletta Marsaxlokk Malta Mosta Mdina Ta Qali Blue Grotto Sicily's Valley of the Temples ACTIVITY LEVEL Day 1: UK-Malta. Fly to Malta and travel to the locally rated 4-star Urban Valley Resort. This newly refurbished hotel is set within the Wied Ghollieqa Nature Reserve, six kilometres from Valletta. D Day 2: Mosta and Mdina. A half-day included visit takes you to Mosta to see the Church of St Marija Assunta, whose unsupported dome is one of the world's largest. At the ancient walled city of Mdina, stroll the ancient streets lined with palaces and see the 17th-century cathedral. B, D Day 3: Valletta. Visit Malta's capital, Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a half-day tour. This European Capital of Culture for 2018 was built by the Knights of St John from 1566, while subordinate to Sicily. See St John's Cathedral and Upper Barrakka Gardens with their splendid harbour views, or perhaps take a harbour cruise. B, D Day 4: St Paul's Bay. This morning you will enjoy a half-day visit to Ta Qali Crafts Village and then San Anton Gardens Join an optional afternoon excursion exploring Malta's limestone heritage, with an olive oil tasting. B, D Day 5: Malta-Gozo. Travel by ferry to the island of Gozo, Malta's `sister' island, for a full-day excursion. First colonised by Sicilians, this small rural island provides a tranquil contrast to busy Malta. See the capital of Victoria, visit the pilgrimage centre of the Ta' Pinu Basilica, and visit Dwerja point where the rock formation known as the Azure Window once stood, before it was destroyed by a 2017 storm. B, D Day 6: Malta. Visit Malta's famous Blue Grotto with caves renowned for their startlingly blue waters. You'll also visit Marsaxlokk fishing village with its delightful harbour and colourful Maltese boats known as `luzzu'. B, D Day 7: Malta-Sicily. Conclude your Malta stay as you travel to the airport for your flight to Sicily. Transfer to the locally rated 4-star Hotel Panoramic in the centre of Giardini Naxos. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Catania. B, D "The Grand Harbour cruise in Malta and cable car ride up Mount Etna in Sicily are terrific. The archaeology, Greek temples, Roman mosaics and amphitheatres are magnificent and unforgettable!" Richard, Wokingham SAVE £300 ^on Mar 9, 2019 departure when you book by Jan 31, 2019 Day 8: Mount Etna and Taormina. Visit Mount Etna's Rifugio Sapienze visitor centre and see frozen lava flows, then pause for a wine tasting and snacks before continuing to Taormina with its outstanding ancient Greek theatre, the second largest in Sicily. B, D Day 9: Giardini Naxos Today is at leisure. Alternatively, perhaps join an optional excursion to the historic city of Enna, to see the ruins of Rocca di Cerere, a temple to Demeter, and the cathedral. You'll also visit the remains of Lombardy Castle and the octagonal Tower of Federico. B, D Day 10: Syracuse and Ortygia. Syracuse once rivalled Athens as the greatest city of the Greek world. Visit its historic centre on the island of Ortygia with its Greek theatre, Roman amphitheatre and 5th century Greek temple now incorporated into the baroque cathedral. B, D Day 11: Sicily-UK. Travel to the airport at Catania for your return flight back to the UK. B SAVE an additional £50 Prices from: Mar 9, 2019 Apr 16 May 14 Sep 3 Single Supplement : from £229 on all advertised prices when you book by Jan 31, 2019 1369 1069 1389 1419 1419 Malta and Sicily: A History of Two Islands. Holiday code: CT402. All prices are £s per person based on two people sharing, including savings as advertised and are subject to availability. § Optional travel insurance: A reduction of £54 applies if you do not need the optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights. We are unable to include the environmental contribution tax for Malta: this has to be paid by guests. Getting You There Prices are based on British Airways or easyJet from Gatwick dependent on date of departure. Ask about our great value upgrades to Club Europe or Business Class. l To book, please visit your Travel Agent 197