Enjoy one of Europe's highly regarded Baroque Music Festivals
Discover Malta’s extraordinary history ranging over a remarkable six thousand year period
Encounter the Knights of Malta in all their magnificence
See one of Caravaggio’s greatest paintings, ‘The Beheading of St John the Baptist’
Includes a day spent on Gozo
We stay in arguably Valletta’s best hotel, The Phoenicia
Sitting in the centre of the Mediterranean, Malta’s small scale belies the number and range of truly fascinating sites, monuments and artistic treasures to be found on the island. The Malta Tourism Authority has long been active in promoting cultural visits and it recently devised a truly innovative Winter Festival based in Valletta, devoted to Baroque Music across two centuries. Now growing into maturity, the Festival has established itself as a serious ‘player’ on the international music scene and singers, musicians and orchestras of the highest calibre are regular participants. Performances take place in a series of splendid seventeenth and eighteenth century historic buildings including the Manoel Theatre and some of the city’s finest churches. Thus, we have no hesitation in recommending this visit to all those who would like to combine truly remarkable music with some gently paced visits – all in the soft light and winter warmth of the southern Mediterranean.
Full details of each concert and recital will be available shortly. Transfers to and from all the performances will be provided for participants. In support of this musical feast, we shall also include a number of gently paced visits designed to introduce you to Malta’s history. Its antiquity should not be doubted as the island has Europe’s most remarkable group of monuments from the pre-classical world, many of them literally awe-inspiring. The Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans all knew Malta and appreciated its logistical worth. This strategic importance continued throughout medieval times as both Christianity and Islam developed a keen interest in keeping Malta within their respective spheres of influence.
The Habsburg Emperor, Charles V, gave Malta to the homeless Knights of St John as a permanent base, hoping they would secure the island against Ottoman attack and this military role became the island’s principal function. Napoleon expelled the Knights and following his defeat, the British took control. Thus the island once again became an important staging post as more recent “Imperial” strategies developed. This helps explain the long and friendly links between Malta and Britain, leavened by Malta’s geographical proximity both to North Africa and to Italy. Indeed, this mixing of Mediterranean cultures with British norms makes Malta particularly attractive.
We shall spend five nights in Valletta at the very comfortable 5* Phoenicia. It is perfectly placed for our explorations of this historic walled city and the wider island.
Day by day
- Price: £TBC per person
- Single Supplement: £ (Double Room for Sole Use)
- Tour Manager: James Hill
5 nights with breakfast at the 5* Hotel Phoenicia
Upgrades Harbour View
Outward: KM101 Depart London Heathrow (T4) 1050, arrive Malta 1500
Return: KM102 Depart Malta 1705, arrive London Heathrow (T4) 1930
2 dinners & 6 lunches with wine, water & coffee, all local transfers, entry fees & gratuities, services of Glorianne Mizzi & Tour Manager James Hill
Travel to/from Heathrow, 4 dinners
We do expect a reasonable level of fitness. For full details see our frequently asked questions.