The island of Malta has a long history, reflected in its prehistoric temples, some of the oldest stone buildings in the world, its Roman catacombs, medieval towns and the extraordinary architectural and artistic legacy of the Knights of St John (the Knights of Malta). Great Britain formally acquired possession of Malta in 1814 and ruled until the island's independence in 1964.
The British legacy can still be seen in its red-letter boxes, phone booths and its use of the English language. However, the island remains thoroughly Maltese and has its own distinct cultural identity. With more than 300 sunny days a year and surrounded by clear blue waters, some of the cleanest in the Mediterranean, it will take centre stage in 2018 when Valletta will be one of the European Capitals of Culture.
This holiday includes the main sights of the island, together with a visit to neighbouring Gozo, where there is an included lunch overlooking Comino island. During your stay, you will have a chance to sample the local Maltese cuisine in two restaurants and the farewell dinner will be in a magnificent Palace.