Though small, Malta manages to cram just about everything a traveller could want between its borders: ancient sites dating from prehistoric through to colonial eras; a fascinating history as old as any in the Mediterranean, and one that entails subjugation under the dominion of nearly all its neighbours at different times; bustling, modern cities compact enough to be explored on foot; and first-rate beaches. Whether you're looking to be informed, entertained or simply left alone in paradisiacal surroundings, Malta should definitely be high on your destination list. We embark on a short sailing voyage to follow in the routes of the Knights of St. John; we gaze in wonder at the majestic palace and stately parliament buildings in Valletta; we explore Ghar Dalam, 'The Cave of Darkness', the nearby megalithic remains and some of the oldest man-made structures in the world; and we find Roman ruins to be investigated and magnificent panoramas to be admired on the island of Gozo. Spending time mingling with the locals in colourful villages exposes us to the wholly unique culture that has evolved on this special land and our trip to the Blue Grotto, the fabled home of the Sirens, has us delving into a realm of myth and legend.
Breakfast and dinner (local restaurants & hotels) daily; all meals while cruising. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary.
Gratuities for driver, restaurant staff, porters (if available)
Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates. (SEE UPGRADES FOR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS)
SEASONALITY AND WEATHER
ICELAND: The range of temperatures experienced on tour will be WIDE. Though there will be many comfortable, summer-like days and locales visited, Iceland, as the name suggests, can still feel very wintry if you are near the sea, in a place exposed to winds, or near an icefield. Layering is the key: windbreaks and fleece pullovers that can be donned or shed quickly and easily as conditions change during the course of the day. Light gloves and a warm hat are also recommended, along with sunscreen and sturdy walking shoes. GREENLAND: Though situated outside of the Arctic Circle, the cold currents and inland ice sheet give Greenland a true Arctic climate. The temperatures vary between plus 5 to plus 15 C (41 to 59 F ) in the summer. However generally the temperatures do not feel as cold as in Europe as the air is very dry. You must be prepared for bitterly cold winds. Fleece, windbreakers, warm hat, and gloves are essential.
TRANSPORT AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS
Land transport provided by private heated motor coach, 25-40 seats depending on ultimate group size. Many walking tours on uneven surfaces. Flight to Greenland via local carrier.
Mid-range (3*), well-located, heated, simple hotels and inns throughout. Many are smaller properties (2-3 story) and may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though some will have shower only (no tub). Porters may be available (see 'Inclusions'), though you must be prepared to manage your own luggage to and from your hotel room.
STAFF AND SUPPORT
Tour Leader in Iceland only, driver/s, local step-on guides at some locales. Local trip leader in Greenland.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader / local guide)
Tour Leader gratuities, lunches in Iceland, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international air taxes (if applicable), any excursions referenced as 'optional'.
Airport transfers for Land Only customers.
Optional trip cancellation insurance.
Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
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