Treasures of the Mediterranean: Malta & Sicily

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  • Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    9 days
    From: $ 2,179 $ 242 / day
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    Overview

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    • Valletta City Tour (half-day)
    • Taormina Cooking Class and Food Market Tour (Small Group)

    Short Description

    Spend 8 nights in Malta & Sicily! Dive deeper into these regions with stays in Valletta and Taormina. 

    Begin your trip in Valletta, Malta. Known as the first planned city in Europe, Valletta has a rich history. It is also the capital of Malta, and an important cultural hub! Stroll along the stunning Grand Harbour, one of the nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Malta. There are many museums, palaces, and churches waiting to be discovered! Your time here also includes a half-day city tour.

    Hop on a flight to Catania, pick up your rental car, and drive to Taormina! The drive will take approximately one hour. Check into your hotel and begin to explore! Taormina sits at the top of a hill on the East Coast of Sicily. This beautiful area also has a rich history, making it a wonderful compliment to Valletta! Be sure to check out the Teatro Antico di Taormina, Isola Bella, and Mount Etna. A highlight of your time here will be a food market tour and cooking class! Get your hands involved by picking your produce and making a delicious Sicilian meal! Take your newly acquired knowledge home to share with your friends and family after an incredible 8 nights!

    Style Self-guided tour
    See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
    Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
    Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
    Lodging Level Value (3*)
    Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
    Start City Valletta
    End City Italy

    Destinations

    Italy Malta

    Attractions & Cities Visited

    Taormina

    Activities & Interests

    Culture

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    Itinerary

    Day 1 Welcome to Valletta!

    Upon arrival in Malta, you'll be transferred to your hotel in Valletta! Check in, drop your bags, and begin exploring! 

    Day 2 Valletta

    After a good night's rest and a rejuvenating breakfast, grab your camera and get ready to seize the day! Today, explore every inch of Valletta on an included half-day city tour. Spend the rest of your day sightseeing and re-visiting your favorite sights from the tour. Be sure to check out Saint John's Co-Cathedral and the magnificent Grandmaster's Palace. Stroll the narrow stone streets of the city and find a cute restaurant for dinner!

    Day 3 Valletta

    Enjoy breakfast, then head to the lovely Upper Barrakka Gardens. Nestled on the highest point of Valletta, these picture-perfect gardens encircle part of the city's old fortifications! Stroll through vibrant flower beds, trickling fountains, and rows of impressive archways. The gardens are known for their stunning views of the Grand Harbor, so have your camera ready!

    These peaceful gardens are not only beautiful - they are also filled with history. Just below the gardens, you'll find old military cannons that are fired every day at noon during a traditional ceremony.

    After a lovely morning in the gardens, head to Valletta Waterfront, a local hot-spot for off-the-beaten path dining! Colorful shops, renowned restaurants, and gorgeous views? Yes, please.

    Day 4 Valletta

    Spend your final day in Valletta however you wish! Stroll by the Grand Harbor and take in wonderful Mediterranean views as you sip local wine. Treat yourself to once-in-a-lifetime meals at renowned restaurants and taste the freshness of Maltese cuisine!

    Day 5 Valletta - Taormina

    Today, you'll be transferred to the Malta Airport for your flight to Taormina! Upon arrival, you'll pick up your rental car and head to your hotel. Check in and begin to explore Sicily!

    Day 6 Taormina

    Today, take a food market tour and cooking class! Spend the rest of the day at leisure as you continue to discover Taormina!

    Day 7 Taormina

    Today, you may wish to visit some of the top attractions in the region!

    If you're feeling adventurous, consider hiking some of the trails leading to the summit of Mount Etna! Isola Bella is a great beach spot to relax at, and be sure to visit the nature reserve there, too! Piazza IX Aprile is the central plaza in the city and a very popular sightseeing spot! Whatever you choose, it's sure to be a great day.

    Day 8 Taormina

    Today is the final day of your trip! Take this opportunity to shop for souvenirs, visit any last sights on your list, and bask in the glory of the beautiful setting. Find a delicious looking restaurant for dinner to celebrate a successful trip!

    Day 9 Depart Italy

    Make your way to the Catania Airport today in time for your flight home!

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    Had my first (and last!) group tour

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    Had my first (and last!) group tour.

    Pros:
    Comfortable coach, very friendly tour guide.

    Cons:
    The hotels were consistently poor quality with either faulty AC/Heating units and iffy shower facilities (very few had hot water).

    There were an alarming number of “mandatory” stops where we were made to be quiet and pay attention to a merchant showing how they made their wares, then a sales pitch to try to get us to buy things. There was a hefty amount of shaming from the tour guide if we bought items from somewhere else.

    The included meals were often very rushed and no matter that the fault lied within the poor quality service of the restaurants chosen ahead of time by the travel agency, we were still hurried and “shamed” if we didn’t eat super fast once the meal arrived.

    Very, very little free time to explore some of the sights. This was my own fault as I should have researched more about the speed of these trips.

    One day was almost nothing but travel in the coach, from morning to night, and it definitely effected the health and well-being of many in the tour group.

    I guess I’m glad I experienced it once but I’ll go back to just solo trips from here on out.
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    Would prefer a travel GVV international phone number contact.

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    Appreciated response by email on the following day of contact. Do need an international phone number to solve problems on a personal level.

    This was a trip of a lifetime!

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    This was a trip of a lifetime and GVV made it easy. From flights and rental cars to accommodations, everything was taken care of and went smoothly. Following the guidance of GVV with tips and suggestions is definitely the way to go. Outstanding job GVV! Can’t wait to book our next trip.
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    I have shared this deal with so many people since purchasing it. It is really an unheard of value. From the JetBlue round-trip flights to the three nights at Virgin hotels in Las Vegas we were very taken care of.
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    Excellent services, made our trip memorable

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    All the hotels and the travel arrangements were great. We had no issues at all with any of the services. Very accommodating and helpful. Trip was very well rounded
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    This company keeps amazing me. The company personnel will keep you up to date via MYTRIP. The company gives you value and good accommodations for a decent price.
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    Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

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