Multi Day Tours

3 Day Ancient Temples of Malta
3 Days (7/8 hours each day)

Archeaology Musem star attraction is the enigmatic “Sleeping Lady”

Tour Description

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

This three 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 stop at the new visitors centre where you can easily understand how these magnificent temples where built over 5000 years ago! We then continue with a tour of 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. Also forming part of this temple complex are the Mnajdra Temples some 500 metres down from Hagar Qim and overlooking the tiny isle of Filfla. This site is probably the most atmospheric of all Malta’s temples. One of these temples is also known as the Calendar in Stone because in both the Solstices and the Equinoxes 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, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. 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
Cart Ruts, Dingli Cliffs, Skorba, Ta' Hagrat, Mgarr, Ghar Dalam & Tarxien

During this tour we will visit central Malta and the west coast.

Our tour starts at the mysterious and puzzling cart ruts. These are hundreds of pairs of cart ruts criss-crossing each other, go off the top of cliffs, across bays and underwater. Most archaeologists believe they date to the Bronze Age period (2000BC) but to this day these tracks are a mystery of Maltese history. The largest area with cart ruts is known as 'Clapham Junction'. Our next stop are the amazing Dingli Cliffs. These are situated on the west coast of Malta and the different strata layers can eaily be seen here. Being the highest point of the island, you can enjoy fantastic views not only of the island of Filfla but also of a large part of the east coast of Malta.

We continue to the next sites of Skorba and Ta' Hagrat. Skorba was excavated in the 1960s and it is one of the most informative sites. This later excavation allowed the use of modern methods of dating and analysis. Structures found on site cover from Ghar Dalam phase (5200BC) to the Ggantija phase (3600BC). However the importance of this site does not lie in the actual remains but rather in what was garnered from their excavation. Next is the Ta' Hagrat Temples. These are amongs the most ancient religious sites on Earth. The larger Ta' Hagrat temple dates from Ggantija Phase (3600BC) whilst the smaller one dates to the Saflieni Phase (3300BC). An impressive scale model of a temple was found here (5cm x 3.5cm).

We will stop for lunch in the small village of Mgarr before continuing with our tour.

The second half of the tour will include visits to Ghar Dalam and Tarxien Temples. Our first visit is to the ancient Tarxien Temples. Tarxien was the first temple site to be excavated scientifically and it offers a unique collection of circa. 3000 BC sanctuaries. Stone idols and tablets, domestic animals carved in relief, altars and screens decorated with spiral designs and other patterns, oracular chambers and riches enhance the attractions of these temples.

Our final site is Ghar Dalam. The Ghar Dalam Cave is a highly important site as it was here that the earliest evidence of human settlement on Malta, some 7,000 years ago, was discovered. This huge cavern is 144 metres deep, but only the first 80 metres are accessible. The lowermost layers date back to the Pleistocene Age (180,00 years ago) and to the end of the last Ice Age (16,000 years ago) and contained the fossilised bones of dwarf elephants, hippopotami, red deer, bear, fox, wolf, micro-mammals and birds.

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

Day 3
Gozo Island: Ggantija Temples & Visitor's Centre, Citadel, Calypso's Cave, Xlendi Bay, Dwejra Bay, Inland Sea

We start our tour to Gozo with a pleasant 25 minute ferry crossing. The charm of Gozo is apparent the moment you arrive there. Greener, more rural and smaller than Malta. Our tour is a combination of scenic spots, historical sites, local culture and food.

We feature most of the main highlights during our tour. The first stop is at Ggantija temples, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered to be amongst the oldest free standing megalithic monuments in the world dating back over 5500 years. The adjoining visitor's centre boasts artefacts from the temple site and also from the Xaghra Circle (4100BC), studies of samples and results from which are still emerging.

A scenic drive will pass through quaint sleepy villages that characterise Gozo's unique charm. The drive also highlights the north coast. A brief stop at the Calypso Cave Belvedere, offers magnificent views over the red sands of Ramla Bay and the lush fertile valley which leads down to it. The drive takes us to Xwejni bay with its salt pans and the natural feature of Qolla l-Bajda.

We continue on to one of the most photographed sites on Gozo, Dwejra. This is a site of ecological and geological importance. The General's Rock and Inland Sea will be pointed out. One can take an optional boat trip out to the different caves (optional and operates weather permitting).

We proceed to Xlendi Bay for a lunch break. Xlendi is a very picturesque colourful bay, with a small sandy beach and restaurants lining the waterfront.

After lunch we will visit one of Gozo's most prominent sites, 'The Citadel', This small fortified town dominates the heights above Victoria, Gozo's capital. This site has been inhabited since the Bronze Age period. Walking through this historical gem one can admire the medieval layout with interesting features and some excellent examples of domestic medieval architecture, blending with buildings of the Knights of St John. Once at the top, a stunning panorama of the whole island and even Malta's northern coast enfolds.

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

The 3 day ANCIENT TEMPLES OF MALTA tour is not available during July & August due to the intense heat.

Prices & Details:

Prices are based on the group size and are not per person. The size of transport is provided based on the number of passengers in your party.

2024 Tour Prices
Includes private transport with driver and guiding services:
eur1,425 for 1 to 3 passengers
eur1,927 for 3 to 6 passengers
eur2,400 for 7 to 9 passengers
eur2,873 for 10 to 12 passengers
eur3,343 for 13 to 16 passengers
Contact me for a larger group of 17 to 50+

LOW Season Discounts
If you are visiting between December 1 and 22 or January 5 and March 7 a discount is available on this tour.

For 2025/26 rates and bookings send an enquiry via the How to Book/Make an Enquiry form below.

Not Included
Hypogeum - This site requires an advanced reservation. Tickets range from eur20 to eur35 per person. Details will be provided.

Other entrance fees - To save unnecessary time-wasting and queuing we can include your entrance fees. Allow eur44 per person for Archaeology Museum, Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples, Skorba Temples, Ta'Hagrat Temples, Tarxien Temples, Ghar Dalam and Ggantija Temples.

Ferry - Malta/Gozo/Malta, allow eur4.65 or eur15 per person depending on which ferry we have to take.

The cost of lunch is not included in the tour rate, however free time for a lunch break will be allocated.

How to Book
To book, click on How to Book/Make an Enquiry below, complete the form and send. I normally reply within 48 hours confirming my availability.

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