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Ancient Temples of Malta

2 Day Tour
2 Days (7/8 hours each day)

Tour Description

Day 1
Archaeology Museum (Valletta), Hagar Qim Temples, Mnajdra Temples, Visitors Centre, Marsaxlokk, Hypogeum

This two day tour includes the main temples and geological sites around Malta and Gozo.

We start our tour with a visit to the Museum of Archaeology in Valletta. This museum displays an exceptional array of artefacts from Malta's unique prehistoric periods, starting with the first evidence of human settlement in the Ghar Dalam Phase (5200BC) all the way to the Phoenicians (700BC). We then proceed with a visit to the Hagar Qim Complex which includes Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples. Before entering the temples we start at the new visitors centre where you can easily understand how these magnificent temples where built over 5000 years ago! We then proceed on to Hagar Qim Temple. This temple has the largest and heaviest megaliths out of all the temple sites around the Maltese Islands, some slabs weighing a staggering 20 tons. A 500 metre walk down to the other complex of Mnajdra which is tucked away in the hillside overlooking the tiny isle of Filfla. This site is probably the most atmospheric of all Malta’s temples. Also known as the Calendar in Stone because both during the Solstices and the Equinoxes the interior of the temple is lit up.

Our next stop will be the fishing village of Marsaxlokk for a late lunch break.

In the afternoon we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hal Saflieni Hypogeum(closed from 6th June 2016 to June 2017. During this period a visit to Ghar Dalam Cave & Museum or Tarxien Temples is included instead). This unique,ancient underground monument is 12 metres below street level. It consists of a network of passages, chambers and caves cut on three levels, similar to the interior of a megalithic temple. The most impressive part of the temple is the "Holy of Holies" and one of the most important prehistoric masterpieces known as the "Sleeping Lady" was also found here.

At this stage our tour comes to an end and we will make our way back.


Day 2
Gozo Island: Ggantija Temples & Visitor's Centre, Citadel, Calypso Cave, Xlendi Bay, Dwejra Bay, Inland Sea & Azure Window

On day two we will cross over to the island of Gozo. On arrival on the smaller island we start our tour with a visit to the Ggantija Temples and the impressive Visitor's Centre. This centre exhibits all the artefacts from Ggantija temples and Xaghra Stone Circle, Gozo's Hypogeum. The Ggantija temples stand at the end of the Xagħra plateau, facing towards the south-east and date back to 3600BC which means they are older than the pyramids of Egypt.
A drive to Calypso's Cave for the amazing view of Ramla Bay is next and then continuing along the north coast through Marsalforn, Qbajjar and Xwejni salt pans.

Our next stop is at the Citadel where we will walk around this old fortified town and stop at the Grain Silos(closed on Sundays).

After our lunch break in the pretty bay of Xlendi we continue onto Dwejra which is a natural site with spectacular views and famous landmarks including the Inland Sea, Dwejra Bay and General's Rock (Fungus Rock).

At this stage our tour comes to an end and we will make our way back to the ferry for the short 25 minute crossing back to the main island.

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