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Wednesday 3 June 2015: Welcome Reception for Ph.D. Participants only 

This is included in the Registration fee for the PhD Seminar. 

Wednesday 3 June 2015: Three Cities Evening Tour

Price: EUR 50 (minimum number of pax 17)

Departure is 1800hrs from outside the Phoenicia Hotel main entrance. 

The tour will start with a crossing from Valletta to the Three Cities by boat, a splendid way of experiencing the Grand Harbour. Upon arrival in Vittoriosa (or Birgu, as it is better known), the tour proceeds with a walk along the streets of this city. The name ‘Vittoriosa’ derives from the vital role the city played in the Great Siege of 1565, namely the victory of the Knights of St John and the Maltese against the Ottoman forces. A monument commemorating this victory can be admired in the main square of the city.

Vittoriosa was the area first selected by the Knights to serve as headquarters of the Order, before the building of the city of Valletta. In fact, the first buildings erected by the Knights are to be found here. Practically none of these building, however, are intact as the area was heavily damaged during the Second World War. Some of the old buildings have been totally rebuilt whilst others have been restored and are nowadays residences, offices or restaurants. The evening tour ends in one of these restaurants for an exquisite dinner. 

Thursday 4 June 2015: Valletta Walking Tour & Reception

This is included in the Registration fee for the Conference.  

Friday 5 June 2015: Mdina Evening Tour & Conference Dinner          

This is included in the Registration fee. 

Departure is 1900hrs from outside the Valletta Campus. 

Mdina, the old capital city of Malta, is the Island’s most picturesque city. The tour starts with a walk through the narrow streets of this small medieval city, which allows the visitors to take in the highly ornate façades of the palazzi belonging to the most important Maltese noble families. The oldest palazzo, Palazzo Santa Sofia, dates back to the 15th century. Dominating the city is the imposing Cathedral built by the famous Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafá. The dome of this sacred building was Gafa’s masterpiece and is now considered as one of the symbols of the city.

The walk leads to the bastions, one of the highest points in the area, from where visitors can admire a panoramic view of the Island. Overlooking the whole area, it is easy to understand why the medieval soldiers used this part of the city as a look-out post in order to intervene should there be attacks in the surrounding areas.

The walk is followed by dinner in one of Mdina’s exquisite restaurants.

Saturday 6 June 2015: Gozo Full Day Tour                                                

Price: EUR 55 (minimum no of pax 17) 

Malta’s sister island, Gozo, is reached by a twenty-minute ferry crossing from Cirkewwa. Gozo offers a completely different experience to visitors, especially because of the relaxing atmosphere which dominates its countryside villages. The tour starts with a visit to the Ġgantija prehistoric temples, dating from c. 3600BC to 3200BC. The ancient builders of these imposing structures made use of huge stones which led to the name of the site. In fact, popular tradition used to assign the building of the temples to giants, in Maltese ‘ġganti’.  Close to these temples, in the same village of Xaghra, one can also visit Ta’ Kola Windmill, one of the few surviving windmills which date back to the time of the Order of St John.

The tour then proceeds to Dwejra, to admire the famous ‘Azure Window’, Fungus rock and the Inland Sea, geological formation that will definitely be of interest both to geology enthusiasts as well as to photography lovers.  Next stop is the Citadel, particular for its medieval features. Finally, the tour ends with a visit to the village of Marsalforn, popular for its beautiful waters and sea-side promenade.


Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

Hop-On Hop-Off tours are another option for participants who wish to visit the most famous landmarks and scenic spots of the Maltese Islands. The trips take place in open-top buses and four routes are currently on offer: North, South, Gozo and Malta by Night. The ticket is valid for a whole day with 44 Hop-On Hop-Off stops. Free transport is offered from the hotel to the Hop-On Hop-Off bus terminus. Tickets may be bought via the official website

(The University will not be taking bookings/payments for these Hop-On Hop-Off tours) 

Last Updated: 28 May 2015

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