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Sunday 8 October 2017: Optional Gozo Full-Day Tour

Price: EUR 55 per person(min. 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, formerly the site of the famous ‘Azure Window’ that collapsed into the sea without trace on 8 March 2017. Here, one may also see the 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. 

 

Sunday 8 October 2017 (Evening)

18:00-20:00 Ice-breaker Session: Welcome Drink and Quiz 

Included in Registration Fee for participants. (including transport) 

Accompanying Persons: EUR 20 per person. (including transport) 

 

Monday 9 October 2017

19:30 Optional Conference Dinner: Walking Tour of Valletta & Dinner

Price: EUR 45 per person. (min. no. of pax: 17) 

The tour consists of a walk through the streets of Valletta, embellished with spectacular Baroque façades which date back to the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Built by the Order of St John after the Great Siege of 1565, the city was intended to serve as headquarters for the Order and new capital of the country. In fact, it is still the main administrative centre of the Island, home to the Maltese Parliament and the Offices of the President and the Prime Minister. 

The walk proceeds to the Barrakka Gardens, the ideal spot for all photography enthusiasts as it offers a commanding view of the whole Grand Harbour. The view spans from the industrial area of Corradino and Marsa to the Knights’ fortifications of the Three Cities (Senglea, Vittoriosa and Cospicua) and the breakwater built during the British era. Such a view highlights some of the most significant developments in the history of the Maltese people.

The walk is followed by dinner at the Valletta Waterfront, originally built as warehouses by the Order of St John and recently converted into a colourful dining and leisure area.  

 

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