Malta off the beaten track excursions in English


The Maltese islands include the main islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino. The islands lie at the cross-roads of the Mediterranean and are filled with history and colour.

Beyond Malta’s most visited cultural and UNESCO World Heritage Sites is another Malta waiting to be discovered off the beaten track…

The following are a some of the most popular off the beaten track guided excursions we offer in English, with English speaking licensed guides, unless stated otherwise.

These off the beaten track guided excursions run on fixed days of the week, either every week or every other week, at the quoted prices for individuals wishing to join other individuals also visiting the Maltese islands. Quoted prices include return transport with fixed pick up and drop off points, English speaking professional licensed guides and entrances to the sites mentioned. Lunch and return ferry tickets are also included in the price where specifically stated. The pick-up times for excursions depend on your preferred pick up point and will be confirmed when you tell us where you will be staying.

Please see other pages for main stream scheduled guided excursions with guides speaking in EnglishFrench, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

Alternatively if you are travelling with family or friends, or organising a group, private tours can be customised to your requirements.

Contact us at V. Tabone Travel should you require any further information or to request a reservation.

 

 

Uniquely Malta

Malta off the beaten track guided hike with an English speaking guide, including return transport

Wednesday afternoon (every other week in 2020):

March 04 & 18   –   April 01, 15 & 29   –   May 13 & 27   –   June 10 & 24

July 08 &  22   –   August 05 & 19   –   September 02, 16 & 30

October 14 & 28   –   November 11 & 25   –   December 09

April to September: you will be picked up by the excursion transport from one of the fixed pick up points between 17:00hrs and 18:00hrs depending on where you are staying

March & October to December: you will be picked up by the excursion transport from one of the fixed pick up points between 14:30hrs and 15:30hrs depending on where you are staying

Duration (approximately): 3 hours

Euro 25.00 per person

Ghajn Tuffieha Bay (11)Discover Malta’s food, culture, beaches and scenery all rolled into one.

With only the population of a medium sized British city, Malta possesses an abundance of unique sights and experiences that is startling. This little nation has its own culture, language, cuisine, history and topography that sets it apart from its neighbours.

It is not easy to understand how Malta ticks but it is well worth the effort to dig deeper than visiting the usual tourist sights. Despite having seen upward of thirty occupying nations passing over it, the country has maintained aspects of a free-spirited island culture that continues to entice visitors to its shores. From the love of food and family, to the devotion to their long Christian faith, the Maltese are lovers of life and are steadfastly patriotic. It is also true that few nations in the world have seen their very geography influenced so greatly by history than Malta. From the intriguing Victoria lines which span the breadth of the north of Malta to the imposing fortifications of Grand Harbour or indeed the deforestation that arose from empires building mighty naval fleets.

If you wish to see Malta’s amazing uniqueness, this is the perfect choice to help you unpeel the many layers that make up this entirely unique Mediterranean nation.

We will visit:

  • Is-Serkin Pastizzeria in Rabat where you can taste our traditional “Pastizz tal-pizzelli u pastizz tar-rikotta” (a Maltese pea cake and a cheese cake, included in the price)
  • the Chapel of Our Lady in Bingemma
  • the Victoria Lines at Fort Bingemma
  • the Ghajn Tuffieha Bay sandy beach
  • Ghajn Mixkuka Tower at Ghajn Tuffieha Bay to enjoy a spectacular sunset

Please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

 

 

 

Off the beaten track hike

Malta off the beaten track guided hike with an English speaking guide, including return transport

Wednesday afternoon (every other week in 2020):

March 11 & 25   –   April 08 & 22   –   May 06 & 20   –   June 03 & 17

July 01, 15 &  29   –   August 12 & 26   –   September 09 & 23

October 07 & 21   –   November 04 & 18   –   December 02

April to September: you will be picked up by the excursion transport from one of the fixed pick up points between 17:00hrs and 18:00hrs depending on where you are staying

March & October to December: you will be picked up by the excursion transport from one of the fixed pick up points between 14:30hrs and 15:30hrs depending on where you are staying

Duration (approximately): 3 hours

Euro 25.00 per person

Fomm Ir-Rih (12)This off the beaten track hike allows you to discover the eye-popping Mediterranean scenery, in some of the most stunning and isolated scenic spots in Malta. This hike is ideal for the adventurous explorer.

It’s surprising but true that there are stunningly beautiful places in Malta that are so remote that few people know of them.  There are isolated, unspoilt stretches of cliff-lined coastline which are discovered and explored only by the most intrepid of visitors. While this is a shame on one hand, it has allowed for the sites to remain spectacular in their virgin form allowing those few who venture to see them to gain a greater reward.

If this appeals to you then this is the tour for you. Led by avid hiking guides, who themselves have a passion for the Maltese countryside, you will experience the very best that the Maltese countryside has to offer from the spectacular Bahrija cliffs, remote and dazzling saltpans, cliff top high crags and bays including the unspoiled bay of “Fomm ir-Rih” (Mouth of the wind), to building sized boulders sitting precariously on hillsides or sitting on the flat clifftops. It truly seems like a land of giants or an otherworldly set straight out of a science-fiction movie. Additionally, like everything else in Malta, it is impossible to separate history from the countryside, so we will visit the excavated “Wardija ta’ San Gorg” site, a former Bronze Age Fortified Settlement overlooking the spectacular Dingli Cliffs. Come and experience it all with us.

Important: this is a physically demanding hike, please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes suitable for rough terrain which may be slippery when wet.

 

 

 

Three Cities & Tarxien Temples 

Malta off the beaten track guided excursion with an English speaking guide, including return transport and entrance tickets

Thursday afternoon (every week from 04 June to 29 October 2020, 12 & 26 November and 10 December 2020)

Pick-up by the excursion transport from one of the fixed pick up points  (depending on where you are staying) will be between: 14:30hrs and 15:30hrs

Duration (approximately): 3 hours

Euro 28.00 per person

The_Grand_Harbour_20 (1)Take a step into our colourful and ancient past while visiting a megalithic temple followed by a tour of the Three Cities area, a historical journey through time!

It is said that Malta has more history per square kilometre than any place in the world. Well the Three Cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua can claim the same per square metre. It is staggering just how much there is to see in this area which lies at the heart of Malta.

We will drive through the city of Cospicua before reaching Vittoriosa, the site of the Great Siege, which saw one of the most pivotal battles fought in the history of the Mediterranean and many claim one of the most miraculous. As we walk around Vittoriosa and the Senglea Promenade, the Three Cities and your imagination will come alive with images of this battle. The crowning glory of the Three Cities is undoubtedly Fort St. Angelo, the monstrous sized fort at the head of the Vittoriosa peninsula. The fort juts out deep into Grand Harbour offering 360 degree views of Valletta, the Three Cities and the finest deep water harbour in the Mediterranean, if not the world, the Grand Harbour.

Nearby is the UNESCO World Heritage Listed site of the Tarxien Temples, which is one of the many megalithic temples of Malta. Older than the Pyramids in Egypt, the Tarxien Temples date back to 3100 BC and consist of three separate but connected temples which are the most intricately decorated of any of the megalithic temples of Malta. If you love ancient history or if you want to tell your friends you’ve been to one of the oldest free standing human structures on earth, you will want to visit the Tarxien Temples.

 

 

 

Secrets of Malta

Malta off the beaten track guided excursion with an English speaking guide, including return transport

Sunday morning (every other week in 2020):

May 10 & 24   –   June 07 & 21   –   July 05 &  19   –   August 02, 16 & 30

September 13 & 27   –   October 11 & 25   –   November 08 & 22   –   December 06

Pick-up by the excursion transport from one of the fixed pick up points  (depending on where you are staying) will be between: 09:00hrs and 09:45hrs

Duration (approximately): 3 hours

Euro 25.00 per person

Ghar Lapsi (6)Discover amazing places, hidden to the crowds. Immerse yourself in the serene nature of Malta and explore the secret places that few people know about!

It is surprising but true, there are stunningly beautiful places in Malta that are so remote that few people, even the Maltese themselves, know of them. There are isolated, unspoilt stretches of land which are discovered and explored only by the most intrepid of visitors. While this is a shame on one hand, it has allowed for the sites to remain spectacular in their virgin form allowing those few who venture to see them to gain a greater reward.

We will visit:

  • the natural pool at Ghar Lapsi
  • the Maqluba sinkhole in Qrendi
  • the Xaqqa natural valley in Siggiewi

 

 

 

Truly Malta

Malta off the beaten track guided excursion with an English speaking guide, including return transport

Sunday afternoon (every other week in 2020):

June 14 & 28   –   July 12 &  26   –   August 09 & 23

September 06 & 20   –   October 04 & 18

Pick-up by the excursion transport from one of the fixed pick up points  (depending on where you are staying) will be between: 14:30hrs and 15:30hrs

Duration (approximately): 3 hours

Euro 25.00 per person

Pastizzi - Cheese Cakes (1)Try our food, view our architecture, meet our people, experience our faith, visit our industry and history in order to better comprehend the true Malta.

If you consider yourself more a traveller, rather than just a tourist, you probably would like to discover more than just the attractions which every tourist sees on their visit to Malta. Malta is a country that prides it self on being laid back and hassle free. Its long and event-filled history means that its culture and faith have been intertwined as has the nation’s politics, architecture and geography. Indeed, in Malta it’s very hard to ever separate these elements completely and that is what makes such a rich tapestry for visitors to discover. Even Malta’s history and industry have been interwoven with its geography, evidenced by the beautiful salt pans that line parts of its coastline.

From this tour you can see Malta the way the Maltese see it, while giving you context by drawing together its elements so that you will finish your trip with a better idea of what makes Malta tick. Why are some of the balconies in Malta made of wood and enclosed while others are open and made of stone or iron? Why is Maltese bread hard on the outside and soft in the inside? See the way that history has impacted the Maltese countryside, especially its coastline. Discover the architectural gems that lay at the heart of many a Maltese village and so much more.

We will visit:

  • Is-Serkin Pastizzeria in Rabat where you can taste our traditional “Pastizz tal-pizzelli u pastizz tar-rikotta” (a Maltese pea cake and a cheese cake, included in the price)
  • a typical Maltese village core in Attard
  • the Roman Catholic Wied Speranza Chapel in Mosta
  • the Salini salt pans in Burmarrad (salt production was one of Malta’s first industries)
  • the typical Maltese bay of Qawra

Please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

 

 

 

NOTES AND CONDITIONS

  1. Certain activities can be cancelled or postponed if the weather conditions affect the safety of the client. Should an activity be cancelled or postponed we will reasonably endeavour to provide an alternative date or activity or refund.
  2. Activities will take place only when a minimum number of clients have booked. Should the minimum number not be reached then activity will be cancelled. Clients must present the ticket (hard or soft copy) to be able to attend the activity.
  3. Certain activities can be physically demanding, we leave it to the client’s discretion to choose the right activity. We cannot be held responsible for any damages or injuries sustained as a result of physically demanding activities.
  4. We cannot be held responsible for any damage or/and loss of valuables during an activity.
  5. We will endeavour to follow the itinerary as per our promotional material. Should this not be possible due to circumstances outside our control then we have the right to alter the said itinerary without offering compensation.
  6. Please be aware that by attending our events or activities, you consent to your voice, name and/or likeness being used in film, video and/or photos for marketing or promotional purposes, including but not limited to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, on the our websites and other printed or filmed material. You are not eligible for any form of compensation including but not limited to commissions, royalties, or product discounts. Should you object to this you may at any point opt out by sending us an email.
  7. The minimum age to attend an activity is 18 years. Clients under 18 years are only allowed to join an activity when accompanied by a supervising adult.
  8. Children under the age of 7 years are free when accompanying a paying adult/s on our activities. Clients aged 7 years and over will pay regular prices.
  9. We offers various pick-up points in St.Paul’s Bay, Bugibba, Pembroke, St.Julian’s, Sliema, Gzira, Msida & Valletta. The pick-up service and drop-off service is approximately one hour each. The time on this ticket shows the pick-up time and the approximate drop-off time. Please allow 15 minutes from the indicated pick-up times.
  10. Our pick-up and drop-off points are fixed. A client can choose another of our drop-off points on the way back.
  11. During the excursion the Professional Tour Guide/Representative will provide various meeting times and locations, depending on the activity. It is the responsibility of the client to be punctual. In case the client is not present at the meeting time and location as advised, it is presumed that the client has opted to leave the excursion. The group will not wait for the client and will continue with their planned itinerary. Clients who leave the excursion have to make their own arrangements for return.
  12. We act only as agents and cannot be held responsible for any damages, loss, accident, delay or irregularity, injury to persons or property whatsoever or however caused, arising out of or in connection with any excursion or tour. Our liability for any claim whatsoever is only limited to the price of the excursion ticket.
  13. When entering churches, ladies are kindly requested to cover their shoulders, and not to wear shorts or skirts that are too short. Gentlemen are asked not to wear shorts that are too short.
  14. Personal belongings: Please make sure not to forget anything in our transport. In spite of the staff’s efforts, no guarantees can be given to recover them.
  15. All prices are inclusive of local taxes.