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Gozo and Ggantija Temples Full-Day Excursion from Malta

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Valletta, Malta
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8 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 1 more

Overview

The island of Gozo is renowned for its ancient ruins and picturesque scenery, and its proximity to Malta means you can visit on a day trip. This full-day tour from Valletta includes a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Ggantija Temples, a ride on the Marsalforn train, and a delicious buffet dinner, as well as hotel pickup and round-trip ferries between the islands.
  • Full-day tour of Gozo from Valletta, including Ggantija Temples
  • Marvel at the ancient Ggantija Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy views of Marsalforn Bay and the Salt Pans on a trackless train ride
  • Visit the island capital of Victoria and enjoy dinner in Rabat
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, round-trip transport, and dinner
Your tour starts with pickup from your Valletta hotel and a short transfer to the port to board your ferry. Enjoy the views as you glide across the Mediterranean and after an around 30-minute cruise, arrive on the island of Gozo. Transfer to a bus to explore the island, starting with the star attraction – the UNESCO-listed Ggantija temples. As you marvel at the megalithic temples, hear how they were erected during the Neolithic Age, more than 5,550 years ago. Not only are they older than the Egyptian Pyramids and England’s Stonehenge, but they are the second-oldest religious structures in the world, after Gobekli Tepe in Turkey.

Continue to Marsalforn, where you’ll board the trackless train for a fun ride along the coast. Along the way, enjoy magnificent views of Marsalforn Bay, Qbajjar Bay, and Xwejni Bay, and spot landmarks such as the Salt Pans and Salvatur Statue.

Back in the bus, make a stop at the Gozo Craft Centre, where you’ll have chance to admire local handicrafts, purchase some unique souvenirs, or sample some typical Maltese food. Then, head to the island capital, Victoria, pausing along the way to admire views of the Inland Sea and Dwejra Bay.

In Victoria, follow your guide on a short walking tour, taking in attractions such as the Cittadella and Gozo Cathedral, then enjoy free time for sightseeing or shopping independently.

Finally, head to Rabat and finish the day with a delicious buffet dinner at a local restaurant, before catching the ferry back to Malta. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel in the evening.

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Reviews by Viator travellers
The guide was friendly and...
John P. B
, May 2018
The guide was friendly and informative. The restaurant chosen for lunch was below average for selection and taste. It seemed like the tour was behind schedule and we didn't spend that much time at some of the places.
This tour has the makings to be...
blacklabrador
, Apr 2018
This tour has the makings to be great, unfortunately it wasn't. We got off to a poor start by being picked up 20 minutes late, not a massive amount I agree, but you could sense a little hostility from the other people waiting on the bus as if it was our fault we were late. The Ferry crossing across from Malta to Gozo was fine, however we then had to transfer to a coach based on Gozo. Sadly, this coach was extremely old and not in a cute, classic kind of way and the seat I sat on was broken, meaning it felt like I was sitting in a rocking chair, and every time the coach accelerated or braked I had to cling on for fear of toppling forward or backwards. The Ggantija Temples were interesting enough, as was the excursion to the sadly now collapsed Azure Window, But the trip took another downward turn when, for some unexplained reason,we stopped for 45 minutes at a glorified gift shop. The guide then proceeded to grab a microphone and goad and cajole us into buying items that can be bought at every other souvenir shop in Malta for a lot less money. Why this stop was deemed to be worthy of 5 minutes, let alone 45 staggered more than a few of us on the trip, and the vast majority ended up sitting back on a hot coach for half an hour waiting for a couple of people who seemed to need the whole 45 minute stop to stock up on souvenirs. By this time, it was well past 3pm, and we were told our next stop would be for lunch in Victoria. Sadly, because of the ridiculous amount of time spent at the souvenir shop we were told we only had 1 hour 15 minutes to eat lunch and look around Victoria, a great shame as I would have liked to have visited the Citadel and explore the streets without the mild indigestion gained from having to bolt our lunch. Next up was a trackless train ride to visit the salt pans on Gozos Northern coast. Again, a nice enough idea, however it was so windy that the trackless train had its opaque plastic sides down, meaning we observed the fleeting salt pans rather like you would observe your neighbours garden, through a heavy net curtain. The trackless train didn't even stop and let us out so we might take a picture or two, it was a quick rush job up and down the coast and it was all over in about 15 frustrating minutes. And to crown an already disappointing day, as we arrived to board the ferry back to the main Malta Island, the ticket gates shut with half out group unable to catch the same ferry, meaning those that got through had to sit on the coach on the Malta side and wait for 45 minutes for those of us that could not board and had to wait the 45 minutes for the next ferry. A simple request from our guide asking if all 49 people would be able to board would have alleviated this problem, or better still a brief knowledge of the ferry timetable so that we arrived at the terminal with time enough to board as 1 group. My advice to perspective purchasers of this tour would be to avoid it at all costs. If you are able to, you can do a Hop on Hop off tour of Gozo, which I feel would be a lot better, as you can set your own timetable, and save a bit of money as well.
We got a late start with too many...
Maureen D
, Dec 2017
We got a late start with too many pick-ups so some times were shortened but it was such a lovely day and, though I am 80 years old, I can really move so got to see a lot and read up on areas before the tour. I fell in love with Malta, will be back and am hearing the same thing from other friends who were with me or traveled there in the past few years. I will give the place more time on my next visit. The included lunch was very good best meal I had on Malta.
Those in charge for this tour was...
Margie
, Dec 2017
Those in charge for this tour was very helpful and kept us in contact until our tour day. The ferry connection and the bus tour was wonderful. The sites we visited was awesome and the lunch was great. Thank you. Marjorie
This tour was very disappointing...
Stephen B
, Nov 2017
This tour was very disappointing. The group was just too large with 55 people. The guide could not really keep everyone engaged and in fact at the first stop a significant proportion of the group just did not know where to go and the guide had to restart the talk when we finally caught up. The guide did not explain the itinerary of the day and did not really explain what to expect at each stop. It was not helped by the fact that the guides first language was not English and her accent was very difficult to understand. When we arrived at each stop we did not fully understand what there was to see or do and were just given a short deadline to be back at the bus. The visit to the Gozo craft centre was a stop at a small tourist shop and to our surprise the guide took the microphone and stood behind the counter promoting the jewellery on offer. There were times that the bus driver on Malta was driving with one hand while talking on his mobile phone. We were expecting Gozo to be an interesting island with some unique features, but the lasting impression was not good. This tour was not the quality of tour which I expect from Viator and was not worth the money
tour guide very good as living on gozo...
steven c
, Nov 2017
tour guide very good as living on gozo .Dinner was good set up by Sandra
We loved this tour! Taken Sep 2016...
Geoffrey T
, Oct 2017
We loved this tour! Taken Sep 2016. All of Gozo was so beautiful. The temples were really interesting with fabulous views. The little train tour around the salt pans with the amazing scenery was great fun and we absolutely loved Rabat. We were lucky enough to sea the Azure Window, sadly now lost and our guide made a late stop to view the Blue Lagoon. This is a great trip, not to be missed!
We saw so much on this tour and the...
Amanda S
, Sep 2017
We saw so much on this tour and the guide was organized and knowledgeable. I certainly recommend this tour for anyone regardless of age.
For the most part an enjoyable trip...
Hannu M
, Feb 2017
For the most part an enjoyable trip, packing a number of good spots into one excursion. I'd drop the trackless train part as it didn't add much and spend more time in e.g. Victoria instead, but as said, for the most part it was enjoyable. Communications before the trip should be better though. Instructions said pick up at the hotel so we waited at the hotel but in reality the pick up point was at a nearby bus stop. Not far away but we almost missed the trip waiting where we were instructed to!
I rated this as okay. This was the...
Brian B
, Nov 2016
I rated this as okay. This was the second time I have done this trip . The first was great,but we only had about 30 people so was much easier for the guide to control. This time we had 50 in the group. It was too many. Everything took too long. Getting off the coach,walking to places. This meant everything was rushed. We never really had much time in many places to really take all the information in. Lunch was a self service affair this time. Food was okay, but again we only had 45 minutes to enjoy a 3 course lunch so all again rushed. BUT my biggest problem was on our journey home. We were supposed to be dropped off at our hotel. Because we were staying in Valletta, the coach was too big to enter the city, which I totally understand. But they knew how many people would be returning to Valletta. They picked up 16 people in total so would drop off 16. But the guide was unsure how we would get back. He was waiting to hear from office as to what the situation was. Eventually he said we would meet up with a smaller minibus which would take us the remainder of the journey. Great... except 16 people , but just 15 seats. This meant one elderly lady had to sit on a strangers lap, with no seat beat which was a bit worrying as several roads were very bumpy!!. Would not recommend this trip.

Product code: 11888P12

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