Combine the laidback, wild island of Gozo with Malta's capital, the UNESCO World Heritage city of Valletta, on this 10-day adventure. Dive in the warm, clear waters of Gozo, spending surface intervals rock climbing, biking and hiking the island before uncovering Valletta's rich history and baroque architecture.
It's an easy breezy three-and-a-half hour flight to Malta, and while there are several flights throughout the day we have selected a morning flight.
Once you have passed customs, you will be met by your driver and privately transferred to the hotel. The journey involves an hour's drive to the harbour followed by a 30 minute ferry to Gozo. From there, it's only a short ten minute car journey to ThirtySeven Gozo, where you will have a rental car waiting for you for the remainder of your stay.
Once you've checked in, cool off with a refreshing dip in the pool before stretching your legs exploring the local area. Check out our dossier for some essential, and delicious, refuelling stops.
After a leisurely lie-in and breakfast, exploration is on today's agenda.
Gozo is a haven for active adventurers of any age, whether hiking around the spectacular, rugged landscapes or taking a boat out to explore the coastline for hidden sandy coves. If you're looking to pump up the adrenaline, there's also rock climbing, off-road biking, zip lining, abseiling and more.
In the afternoon head to the towering Citadel which offers incredible panoramas out to the ocean, while inside discover ancient shrines and mummified saints.
For the next few days it's time to initiate yourselves into the wonderful watery world surrounding Gozo.
The majority of diving is completed from the shore and with warm, clear waters it is a haven for learners and advanced divers alike. Add to that an interesting topography of rocks, reefs and even a Blue Hole, and it's safe to say the diving here is a real treat. When not underwater, visit the ancient Ggantija temples for a dose of culture, picnic on secret sandy beaches (revealed within our detailed dossier), or simply drive the winding country lanes past local villages and vineyards.
Today you will be privately transferred back to Malta for the next leg of your adventure in the ancient city of Valletta.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valletta is a labyrinthe of butterscotch houses, palaces and monuments linked by cobblestone lanes. You will have the next couple of days to explore the rich history and culture of this city.
Once you've settled into your hotel, take a leisurely stroll through the city. It's relatively compact and easy to navigate so you can take your time seeking out the different monuments scattered around.
Spend the next couple of days embracing your inner historian in this fascinating city, which counts everyone from the Phoenicians to the Romans as previous occupants.
For a real local's-eye-view, our concierge will share the secrets of the city, from the best time to visit Barrakka Gardens (originally created as a recreational spot for the Knights of the Order of Saint John) to a delectable restaurant in one of Valetta's oldest houses, dating to the 16th Century. For the best insight into the island's gory past take a guided tour while listening to stories of pirates, knights and invaders. Refuel on a delicious seafood lunch at the buzzing Grand Harbour, pick up souvenirs at the street market and treat yourself to chocolate on tap, literally, at the Chocolate District shop.
Sadly, it's time to leave Malta to head home. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport in good time for your flight home, landing at around lunchtime.
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.