Day 1 -20 Sept Arrival in Malta
- Welcome to Malta. After collecting your baggage, a representative will greet you and then privately transfer you to your host accommodations
- Check into Marriott Malta – Hotel
- The Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa is located within the bustling, cosmopolitan neighborhood of St. Julian’s, offering plenty of entertainment and tranquility located along the seafront promenade. The newly €30M refurbished hotel, combines luxurious charm and the relaxed feel of a Mediterranean spa, with well-appointed premium category rooms and luxury suites.
- Group Arrival Dinner – Pepperoncino
- 07:00PM: After Check-in you will enjoy a group dinner at a local Maltese restaurant including Local Maltese wines and traditional Maltese – Mediterranean Cuisine.
- Pepperoncino has been delivering a fantastic culinary experience for over 10 years and has established itself as a warm and cozy restaurant situated in one of the most prominent and touristic areas in Malta – Balluta Bay, St. Julian’s. Combining great service and stunning views with a delicious and artistic food selection, the restaurant has managed to convey an interesting and varied blend of Maltese, Sicilian, Italian and international cuisines.
- Overnight: Marriott Malta – Hotel
Day 2 – 21 Sept Valletta Architectural Highlights – Half Day walking Tour
- Since its creation, the city has witnessed a number of rebuilding projects, yet those have not compromised the harmony between the dramatic topography and the Hippodamian grid. The fabric of the city includes a compact ensemble of 320 monuments that encapsulate every aspect of the civil, religious, artistic, and military functions of its illustrious founders.
- These include the 16th century buildings relating to the founding of the Renaissance city, such as the cathedral of St John, the Palace of the Grand Master, the Auberge de Castile et Léon, the Auberge de Provence, the Auberge d’Italie, the Auberge d’Aragon and the Infirmary of the Order and the churches of Our Lady of Victory, St Catherine and il Gesù, as well as the improvements attributed to the military engineers and architects of the 18th century such as the Auberge de Bavière, the Church of the Shipwreck of St Paul, the Library and the Manoel Theatre. Enjoy as you meander though this UNESCO gem.
- Overnight: Marriott Malta – Hotel, Breakfast
Day 3 – 22 Sept Conference Day & Farmers to Nobility
- 9:00AM – Today will be your first conference session located on the meeting and conference area of the Marriott Hotel. Morning Tea & Coffee, bottled water, stand up Lunch, note pads, pens and mints, Wi-Fi in meeting space, Flip Charts, screen, and projector will all be provided.
- 12:30PM – 6:00PM – Nobility to Farmers
- This afternoon you will learn about the Nobility of the Island lived in the Medieval Period within the first Capital City of the Island. Bustling with both Christian and Jews Mdina was flourishing in trade and commerce during the 14th Century prior to the Spanish Inquisition. Later you will meet several artisans and Farmers where you will learn, see, and taste the Fruits of their Labour.
- Mdina the Silent City – You will feel the power as you enter the Old Capital City of Mdina and fall in love with it inasmuch as the families who continue to live here. It’s Malta’s only medieval city with a range of architecture that includes Norman and Arabic features. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you will recognize the main gates immediately.
- Rabat Village with War Shelters – The Arabs, during their 200 years of rule, divided the old Roman City of Melita into two: the citadel became known as Mdina and the rest of the area as Rabat. In Rabat we find St. Paul’s Church and Grotto, catacombs, and World War II war shelters. We’ll be peeking into these war shelters that are in the village square.
- Farmers Lunch Experience – Direct from the farmers and straight to your plate. Enjoy a wonderful farmer’s lunch coupled by an exploration of a farm. You’ll be in one of the most rural areas of Malta – in your own little oasis to enjoy a delectable array or food products and local wine.
- Overnight: Marriott Malta – Hotel Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4 –23 Sept Conference Day & Three Cities
- 9:00AM – Today will be your first Seminar session located on the meeting and conference area of the Marriott Hotel. Morning Tea & Coffee, bottled water, stand up Lunch, note pads, pens and mints, Wi-Fi in meeting space, Flip Charts, screen, and projector will all be provided.
- 12:30PM – 6:00PM – 3 Cities & Prehistoric Malta
- The Three Cities lie across the Grand Harbour. It was here where the Knights of St. John settled when they arrived in 1530 and made Birgu Malta’s capital city. The formal or original names of the cities are Birgu, Bormla and Isla and their modern names Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea. There is a treasure trove of history found in each of them which will be explored today.
- The Inquisitor’s Palace – Situated in the heart of Vittoriosa, is one of the very few surviving palaces of its kind which, in the early modern period could be found all over Europe and South America. Many of these palaces simply succumbed to the ravages of time or were victims of the anti-reactionary power unleashed by the French Revolution. Fortunately, the Maltese Inquisitor’s Palace, throughout its five centuries of history, always hosted high-ranking officials representing the main powers on the island, who therefore ensured its survival.
- Birgu or Cittá Vittoriosa – is one of the oldest city on the Island, and it played an important role in the Siege of Malta in 1565. 2,633 people inhabit the 0.5 km2 city located on the south side of the Grand Harbour. Birgu was once a main city and has a long history of military and maritime activities. Birgu’s position in the Grand harbour was of great importance and several military leaders wanted to take over the city; Yet, no one did more for the city than the Knights of St. John, who arrived in Malta in 1530 and made Birgu the capital of Malta.
- Hagar Qim Temples – Step back some 5500 years with a visit to the Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temple sites. The temples were excavated in 1839 and are thought to have been built to worship a type of fertility goddess. To put their age into perspective – they are around 1000 years older than the pyramids at Giza and Stonehenge. Who knew!?
- Overnight: Marriott Malta – Hotel Breakfast
Day 5 – 24 Sept Day at Sea – Malta to Gozo
- Exclusive private cruise only for you on Malta’s largest open plan and most comfortable day sailing catamaran. Sail in the direction of the Crystal Lagoon Bay, Comino’s most beautiful Bay because of the crystal-clear water. The bay is surrounded by over 50m high cliffs which host various accessible caves, a good swim away awaits you is the Blue Lagoon. Other locations will be incorporated based on weather and the group’s preference. Finish your day in Gozo and be transferred to your accommodations.
- Check into Kempinski Hotel – Gozo
- Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz is located close to the iconic ‘Dwejra Bay’ on Malta’s idyllic sister island Gozo, providing the highest levels of service, comfort and style for travellers seeking privacy and recreation. Set amidst 30,000 sq m of semi-tropical gardens, the hotel features 140 elegant rustic rooms and suites as well as a range of distinctive dining venues for all occasions and tastes. Its authentic Ayurveda Centre is one of the largest in the Mediterranean offering a variety of therapies and cures and, at Kempinski The Spa, a wide choice of wellness treatments is available.
- Overnight : Kempinski Hotel, Breakfast
Day 6 –25 Sept Gozo Island Experiences
- Gozo is Malta’s sister island, and we liken it as “our” Sicily. The island is much more rural and boasts unbelievable and quaint villages. Inhabited for thousands of years, it shows evidence of historic immigration and rule by the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Sicilians, French and British, among others. It’s known for its Neolithic Ġgantija Temple ruins, rural hiking paths, beaches and scuba-diving sites. We are positive you’ll fall in love with Gozo.
- The Xwejni Salt Pans – The production of sea salt has a long tradition in Gozo and the saltpans found near Marsalforn are still used today. Here you will learn of the traditional sea salt harvesting procedures are still used today.
- Wied il-Mielaħ – Explore one of Malta natural wonders. The valley of Wied il-Mielaħ is rich in flora and a lovely place to walk especially in the autumn and spring. The way down the valley is like a botanical display of vegetation typical of the Mediterranean. Yellow rather than green is the primary colour here especially from late autumn until spring, when many fields bloom with the small yellow flower of the Cape Sorrel.
- Marsalforn – is an attractive seaside small fishing village on the northside of Gozo. Many locals and Maltese have their summer houses since long who prefer to come here for the peacefulness of the location. It has become a popular seaside resort. Spend some free time walking around with the locals, or enjoying a delicious lunch (on own) at one of the many restaurants along the promenade.
- Victoria & The Citadel – Venture to the capital of Gozo for a leisurely walk through the village streets as we witness local people in their daily life. The Citadel or Citadella is an area known to have been first fortified during the Bronze Age and later developed by the Phoenicians and continues development until, by Roman times, it had become a complex Acropolis. Up until the 18th Century, it was the only fortified refuge against attack for the inhabitants of the island.
- Ggantija Temples – Malta is so small, yet its history is massive. No visit to Gozo is complete without being a part of a remarkable history with a visit to the oldest freestanding structure in the world – the Ggantija Temples. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is 1000 years older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids at Giza.
- Overnight : Kempinski Hotel, Breakfast
Day 7 – 26 Sept Conference Day & Day of Leisure
- 9:00AM – Today will be your first conference session located on the meeting and conference area of the Kempinski Hotel. Morning Tea & Coffee, bottled water, stand up Lunch, note pads, pens and mints, Wi-Fi in meeting space, Flip Charts, screen, and projector will all be provided.
- 7:00PM – This evening we will celebrate with a farewell dinner. Ta’ Frenċ has been a haven for discerning diners in the Maltese islands for well over thirty years. Internationally renowned for its exceptional food, sophisticated ambience and excellent wine cellar, the restaurant is a hidden gem.
- Overnight : Kempinski Hotel, Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8 – 27 Sept Departure Day
- You will make your way back from Gozo to Malta on the ferry, take in the sights of Comino and views of the islands on the journey.
- Today you depart our lovely islands. We trust that the Malta has lived up to your expectations and even exceeded them.
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