Malta - Valletta City Break
5 Nights from 25th to 30th March 2016
Malta - the Jewel of the Mediterranean - is a fabulously diverse island off the coast of Sicily. For this City Break you will stay in the Capital City of Valletta.
Valletta owes its existence to the Knights of St John, who planned the city as a refuge to care for injured soldiers and pilgrims during the Crusades in the 16th century. Until the arrival of the Knights, Mount Sceberras, on which Valletta stands, lying between two natural harbours, was an arid tongue of land.
Dominating Palace Square, the Grand Master's Palace has always been the house of government in Malta, first by the knights, then the British and now hosts the President’s office. When parliament is not in session you can visit the palace for free, and there is an awful lot to see in here.
The Co-Cathedral of St John is nothing short of a gem and quite simply a must for any tourist. Described as the first complete example of high Baroque anywhere, it epitomises the spiritual and military role of its patrons.
Commissioned by the Grand Master, Caravaggio's Beheading of St John was made in 1608 for the chapel of the Co-Cathedral. It is the largest work the artist ever painted (12 feet x 17 feet) and the only one he ever signed. This painting is described as his all-time masterpiece. The painting depicts the moment in Biblical history where St John is beheaded by King Herod to satisfy the blood lust of the seductive dancer, Salome. The scene is the courtyard of a prison and the grisly murder is observed by two other prisoners looking through a grille, while a young woman and an old crone stand ready to take the severed head and put it on the waiting platter. The blood flowing from St John's neck drips towards the bottom of the frame and in its red stream, Caravaggio signed his name.
To help you begin your holiday as soon as possibe and so you can arrive stress-free, we have even included Private Airport Transfers in Malta.
We have also included a FREE tour of Valletta and the Malta Experience:
Valletta & the Malta Experience Tour
Our guided tour through the busting streets of Valletta will first allow you to view the Barracca Gardens that command a breathtaking panorama of the Grand Harbor and then to St. John's Co-Cathedral, adorned in riches that date back to the times of the Knights of Malta, including the world famous Caravaggio painting that is on display in the Oratory of this Cathedral.
We also visit the Church Museum that is adorned with Flemish tapestries. Afterward, we will also be visiting the Grand Master's Palace and other buildings of historical importance.
Lastly we stop at the Malta Experience, a multi-vision show that depicts Malta's history throughout the ages.
The advertised price is subject to availability and is based on flights from London Airports. The cost of flights from other UK airports could vary and this will be reflected in the final price. There are limited places available for these dates and in the event that there are no longer places available at the mentioned hotels, alternative hotels of an equal or higher standard will be offered. Airport transfers are in a private car and will drop-off as near as possible to your hotel as traffic is limited in Valletta.