On this 10-day itinerary, introduce the family to diving at some of the best sites in the Mediterranean, while above water hike, bike and kayak as you explore the island's pastoral landscapes, magnificent coastline, secret beaches and fascinating historical landmarks.
There are several flights to Malta every day, so we've booked you in on a leisurely late morning flight to avoid any teen or tot (or both) tantrums.
Once you've cleared customs and collected your luggage, your driver will meet you in arrivals and privately transfer you to the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz. The scenic journey should take around one hour and forty minutes.
Set on the outskirts of a traditional village on the west side of the island, the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz is one of our favourite family-friendly hotels boasting indoor and outdoor pools, squash and tennis courts and a spa… basically, more than enough to keep all ages entertained.
Spend the afternoon exploring your local surroundings, we have organised a rental car for the duration of your stay which will be waiting at the hotel.
Today, get your bearings of the island. At just eight miles long and four miles wide, Gozo is easy to navigate.
Set out by car, bike or foot to explore the island's landscapes, discovering secret beaches and harbours and cooling off in the clear, turquoise waters (insider tip: take snorkelling gear, you never know what you'll come across). We can also arrange for you to take a boat out for the day to explore Gozo's magnificent coastline. In the evening there are several restaurants at the hotel that will cater to every palate on the spectrum, or check out our detailed dossier for the best restaurants across the island.
For the next few days introduce the family to a whole new world as they venture underwater for their PADI Open Water course.
Gozo's clear, calm warm waters (with visibility usually in excess of 40 metres) provide the ideal conditions for learning to dive, with the added bonus that most dives are accessible from shore meaning diving couldn't be easier. Pair that with some fascinating sites (think: wartime wrecks, reefs and dramatic rock formations such as the Blue Hole) and we're confident the whole family will be hooked for life.
Today, hit the road to uncover Gozo's Horrible Histories past (think: pirates, invaders, knights and even a cameo in Game of Thrones).
Gozo is home to a wealth of fascinating historical sites, including the Ggantija temples which are believed to be the oldest stone structures in the world - pre-dating the Pyramids and Stonehenge. The towering Citadel (visible from almost anywhere on the island) is also well worth a visit for its incredible views, bustling markets and rich history.
Today it's time to hit the waves again as you explore the north side of the island by sea kayak.
While we can also arrange for you paddle to the neighbouring island of Comino, we recommend venturing to the quieter, uncrowded northern coast of Gozo, discovering hidden rocky bays and beaches while learning about the island's swashbuckling, pirate-packed past, stopping along the way to refuel on a delicious picnic lunch before heading back to your hotel for the evening.
Fuel up on a hearty breakfast because today you'll be exploring Gozo's scenic landscapes by bike.
Led by a local expert, you'll cycle through Gozo's scenic countryside, down winding lanes to discover traditional villages and historic landmarks and along rugged sea cliffs with panoramic views over the coastline. Your guide can avoid any arduous hills for a more relaxing day, or to wear out any over-energised adolescents, build up a sweat with more technical routes.
Sadly, it's time to leave Gozo and go home today.
Spend the morning relaxing at the hotel or take a final explore of the area. If you haven't already visited Dwejra Bay, it's well worth a gander and only a 35 minute walk - or five minute drive - away from the hotel.
In the late afternoon you will be picked up by your driver and transferred to the airport in plenty of time for your flight home.
If you would like to book the exact itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.
If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.
If you are looking for something extra special and would like to add business or first class flights, stay in top room categories at some of the most luxurious hotels we work with, and add more activities and guiding.