MALTA & CYPRUS - 13 DAYS - $3199

Ancient temples steeped in myth and legend, azure seas and sun-kissed beaches, colourful cities with hidden laneways and marketplaces to explore… there’s a reason Malta and Cyprus are tipped as two of the Mediterranean’s rising stars. Experience them both on this incredible 13 day cultural tour. 

Discover into the rich history and architecture of UNESCO World Heritage listed Valletta; enjoy a guided tour of beautiful Birgu, one of Malta’s ancient fortified ‘Three Cities’; take a jeep safari through the colourful cities and villages of Malta’s sister island Gozo, which is long associated with Homer’s Odyssey; and enjoy two days at leisure to soak up the relaxed island lifestyle of Malta. Stay in the ancient city of Kyrenia in Cyprus, known for its horseshoe-shaped harbour and cobblestone laneways; travel to St. Hilarion Castle high located in the Kyrenian Mountains; journey along the isolated yet beautiful Karpaz Peninsula, known for its wild donkeys; visit the famous Apostolos Andreas Monastery; relax with two days at leisure in Cyprus and more! 

With return international flights, an additional flight between Malta and Cyprus, 10 nights waterfront accommodation, return airport transfers and more, this island getaway will surprise you in ways you didn’t know possible.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the natural and cultural wonders of Malta and Cyprus
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Valletta, Malta’s capital and World Heritage site
  • Visit Upper Barrakka, Saluting Battery, Auberge de Castille, and St John’s Co-Cathedral
  • Enjoy a short cruise on a traditional Maltese water taxi
  • Tour Birgu, one of Malta’s ancient fortified ‘Three Cities’
  • Enjoy a Jeep safari on Malta’s sister island of Gozo
  • Explore the gorgeous villages of Qala, Nadu and Xaghra
  • Visit the beautiful city of Victoria, capital of Gozo
  • Enjoy two days at leisure to explore the magical island of Malta
  • Stay in ancient Kyrenia, known for its horseshoe-shaped harbour and cobblestoned old town
  • Take in the best of Kyrenia and Bellapais on a guided tour
  • Soak up gorgeous views from St Hilarion Castle in the Kyrenia mountains
  • Wander the 13th century Bellapais Abbey, known as ‘the Abbey of Beautiful Peace’
  • Visit Dipkarpaz and Bogaz on the scenic Karpaz Peninsula
  • Taste regional olive oils on a visit to a local olive press
  • Admire 5th century basilica The Church of Ayios Philion
  • Visit the famous Apostolos Andreas Monastery
  • Enjoy two days at leisure to explore the beautiful Island of Cyprus

Departures:
2019
October 12*
November 2
 
2020
March 7
May 2*

Booking terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Additional optional tours available but not included. For full information about this amazing package, email us at info@stonestreets.com.au or phone 07 4687 5555 and speak to our friendly Travel Team.

Duration
13 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground. Includes some walking tours.
Transport
Private A/C Vehicles

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This evening depart Australia for Malta. Fly with award-winning airline Emirates, plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Welcome to Malta, on arrival today you will be met and transferred to your waterfront hotel accommodation in the picturesque town of Sliema, known for its numerous rocky beaches. Located on a peninsula across Marsamxett Harbour from Valletta, Sliema - which means peace, comfort - was once a quiet fishing village, yet it now ranks as one of the country’s main coastal resorts. Malta's cool crowd flocks here to eat, drink and shop and if you're looking for a base that mingles cosmopolitan sparkle with quiet backstreets, this is the perfect choice.  

Lining the coastline is a promenade known as the Sliema Front, a popular meeting place for locals during the summer season and a common area for walkers and joggers. Romantic moon strolls, barbeques and open air restaurants and cafes have made Sliema the hub of social nightlife.

Overnight: Preluna Hotel, Sliema 
Meals included: None

Today head out on a day tour of Valletta and Birgu. Malta’s capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Valletta is nothing short of an open-air museum. Throughout the years, the city has welcomed emperors, heads of state, artists and poets and is now the permanent seat at of the Maltese government. It is a living experience of Baroque architecture, a monument donated by the Knights of St John nearly five centuries ago. 

Dotted with quaint cafes and wine bars, the city is today one of Malta’s main tourist attractions. During your tour the guide will walk you around Valletta to see the following sites: Upper Barrakka, Saluting Battery, Auberge de Castille, and St John’s Co Cathedral. The group will then head down to the waterfront to board the Maltese Dghajsa (traditional water taxi) and enjoy a 30 minute harbour cruise before docking in one of Malta’s famous fortified Three Cities, Birgu. 

The Three Cities is a collective description of the three fortified cities of Birgu, Senglea and Cospicua in Malta. The oldest of the Three Cities is Birgu, which has existed since the Middle Ages. The other two cities, Senglea and Cospicua, were both founded by the Order of Saint John in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Three Cities are enclosed by the Cottonera Lines, along with several other fortifications. On arrival in Birgu, enjoy a walking tour of this ancient town, before transferring back to your hotel at the end of the day for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Preluna Hotel, Sliema 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is at leisure to explore this beautiful island at leisure. Alternatively, you can take part in an optional tour to the Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples and the Blue Grotto. 

Optional Activity - Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples & Blue Grotto - $70 AUD per person
Today’s tour will begin with a hotel pick and and transfer to the Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples (entrance to temples not included - approx. 10 euro per person), which stand on a hilltop overlooking the sea and the islet of Fifla, not more than 2km south-west of the village of Qrendi. At the bottom of the hill, only 500m away, lies another remarkable temple site, Mnajdra, found above the Southern cliffs. The surrounding landscape is typical Mediterranean scrubland - spectacular in its starkness and isolation. The next stop is the Blue Grotto, which is a number of sea caverns on the southern coast of Malta, west of the Wied iz-Żurrieq harbor. It is located right across the small uninhabited islet of Filfla. Every day from sunrise until about 1pm a unique sight can be observed here. The location of the cave, combined with the sunlight, lead to the water mirroring showing numerous shades of blue. Several caverns mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora; other caverns show a deep dark shade of blue. The Blue Grotto is a popular destination for tourists on the island of Malta. It was also used for a scene of the 2004 film Troy, starring Brad Pitt. You will have the opportunity to take a boat trip around the caves (subject to weather conditions) which is not included and costs approx. €8 per person. Afterwards transfer back to your hotel for the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Preluna Hotel, Sliema 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today head out on a Jeep safari on the nearby island of Gozo, arguably the best way to see the neighbouring island of Gozo. While on tour you will visit all the places of interest that Malta’s sister island has to offer. 

The island of Gozo has long been associated with Ogygia, the island home of the nymph Calypso in Homer's Odyssey. In that story, Calypso, possessed of great supernatural powers, and in love with Odysseus, holds him captive for a number of years, until finally releasing him to continue his journey home. 

This morning you will be collected from your hotel early and travel to the Jeep Safari Terminal from where the safari departs for the Gozo Ferry. Upon arrival in Gozo, discover the magical island of Calypso. Drive to the village of Qala and then on to Nadur, down to the red sandy beach of Ramla Bay)and then on to the very quaint village of Xagħra. From here go onto Victoria, Gozos Capital City, stopping for some free time and lunch. After lunch, set off for the popular tourist town of Marsalforn and then onwards to Dwejra, the ‘Inland Sea’. Continue to the fishing village of Xlendi and then back to the ferry terminal. You will arrive back in Malta in the early evening and transfer back to your hotel for the remainder of the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Preluna Hotel, Sliema 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Today is free at leisure to explore this beautiful island at leisure. Alternatively, you can take part in an optional tour of Mdina City.

Optional Activity - Mdina City Tour - $100 AUD per person
Approximately 10km from Valletta, Mdina is the old capital of Malta whose earliest inhabitants date back to 4000 BC. The fortified and walled town is known as the ‘Silent City’ due to its quiet and narrow streets. Commanding a magnificent view of the Island, Mdina maintained a strategic position due to its central location, the highest point on the island, and its distance from the sea. Currently only city residents are allowed to bring their cars within the city gates, which lead to the calming effect described by many visitors. Mdina is definitely a pedestrian’s paradise. 

Enjoy a guided walk through the city and visit its most famous site, the iconic St. Paul's Cathedral. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul is a Roman Catholic cathedral, dedicated to St. Paul the Apostle. The cathedral was founded in the 12th century, and according to tradition it stands on the site of where Roman governor Publius met Saint Paul following his shipwreck on Malta. The original cathedral was severely damaged in the 1693 Sicily earthquake; it was dismantled and rebuilt in the Baroque style to a design of the Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafà between 1696 and 1705. The cathedral is regarded as Gafà's masterpiece.

Overnight: Preluna Hotel, Sliema 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today transfer to the airport for your flight to Cyprus. Arrive into Larnaca Airport ,where you will be met and transferred to your hotel accommodation in the beautiful port city of Kyrenia in North Cyprus.

Located on the north coast of Cyprus, Kyrenia (Girne) has always been governed by the sea. Its natural harbour, once coveted by anyone with dreams of empire and bustling with traders and exporters, is just as popular today with visitors whose only desire is to stroll the seaside strand and hop on a boat cruise around the bay.

Experience a taste of days gone by strolling the narrow twisty lanes of the Old Town. Then climb up the honey-coloured fortifications of the Byzantine castle, gazing over the horseshoe-shaped inlet, and down to the fishing boats bobbing in the water. Afterwards, join the flocks of day-trippers and travellers taking up residence outside the former carob warehouses that now house harbourside restaurants. The waterfront is an ideal spot to ponder this ancient port’s mammoth history while looking out to sea.

Overnight: Dome Hotel, Kyrenia 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will have the opportunity to visit the ruins of St. Hilarion Castle, which was said to have inspired Walt Disney’s Snow White. Enjoy fabulous views of Kyrenia’s coastline from the top. This is followed by a visit to Bellapais village, where Lawrence Durrell wrote his famous book “Bitter Lemons of Cyprus”, an autobiographical work describing the three years (1953–1956) he spent on the island. The village itself occupies a wonderfully scenic spot on the foothills of the Five Finger Mountain range. Bellapais Abbey is regarded as a masterpiece of Gothic Art, and offers fantastic views over Kyrenia and the Mediterranean Sea beyond. After the lunch you will move to the heart of Kyrenia with its Castle and Shipwreck Museum, located in the charming old harbour.

Overnight: Dome Hotel, Kyrenia 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Today is free at leisure to explore this beautiful island at leisure. Alternatively take part in an optional tour of the capital city Nicosia.

Optional Activity: Nicosia Tour - $70 AUD per person
Being the only remaining divided capital in the world, Nicosia retains its old beauty and character, with narrow roads and a blend of cultures. This morning depart on a tour to this amazing city. Visit sites such as the Green Line, the walls of Nicosia, Samanbahçe houses, the Selimiye Mosque (St. Sophia Cathedral), the indoor Grand Bazaar (Bandabuliya) and the Great Inn (Buyuk Han) of the capital. Afterwards enjoy a local lunch then you will walk along Arasta Shopping Arcade to Lokmaci Gate, where you will cross the border and visit the southern part of the capital. Finish the day back at your hotel, where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Dome Hotel, Kyrenia 
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning set out on a guided tour of the isolated and beautiful Karpaz Peninsula, which is definitely one of the highlights of any visit to North Cyprus. The tour will begin a visit to Bogaz, a quaint fishing village, and visit an olive press, where you will be able to taste different types of olive oil produced in the region. You will then visit a 5th century basilica and church, The Church of Ayios Philion, followed by a delicious lunch. 

After lunch, continue to Rizokarpaso/Dipkarpaz village and finally on to the famous Apostolos Andreas Monastery. Along the way you will have the opportunity to see some of the numerous wild donkeys that call this area home, view local fauna and flora, and, more importantly, have the chance to swim at the beautiful Golden Beach in Karpaz (subject to weather conditions). Upon completion of the tour, return to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Dome Hotel, Kyrenia 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Today is free at leisure to explore this beautiful island at leisure.

Overnight: Dome Hotel, Kyrenia 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today transfer to Larnaca airport for your return flight to Australia. Please note: a Dubai stopover package is available for travellers who wish to break up their journey home and extend their holiday.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in Australia +1 days later.

  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER
  • 1 x additional international flight: Malta to Cyprus
  • Fly with multi-award-winning airline Emirates
  • 5 nights 4 star waterfront hotel accommodation in Malta
  • Stay in the historic coastal town of Sliema
  • 5 nights 4 star waterfront accommodation in Northern Cyprus
  • Stay adjacent to the 13th century Kyrenia Harbour and Byzantine castle of Kyrenia
  • Enjoy 13 meals including daily breakfast 
  • English speaking tour guides (days 3, 5, 8 and 10)
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Return airport transfers


After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).
 


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 2nd May 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $1800 applies.
 
Departure Dates
2019
October 12*
November 2
 
2020
March 7
May 2*
 
Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * incur a land high season surcharge of $200 per person.
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth
 


Full Service Airline(s) Used

Emirates Airlines (subject to availability).

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

 

Arrive early in Malta
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout Dates:
* 20th June 2019 – 18th July 2019
* 20th September 2019 – 13th October 2019
* 12 December 2019 – 20th January 2020
* 4th April 2020 – 25th April 2020
 
Stay behind in Cyprus
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking..
- Blackout Dates:
* 12 December 2019 – 20th January 2020
* 4th April 2020 – 25th April 2020
* 20th June 2020 – 17th July 2020
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $450 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $700 one way
Locations:
*  Dubai
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- Only an outbound (pre tour) stopover may be chosen
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not Available
- Business Class (International Sectors Only): Quote available on request
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
 


Accommodation Used

4 Star Hotel (self-rated)

- Kyrenia (Cyprus): Dome Hotel

- Sliema (Malta): Preluna Hotel

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
Not Available
 
Maximum Room Capacity
3 People (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability. 
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or Double Bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.
 


Minimum group size 10, maximum group size 48 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Day 4: Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples & Blue Grotto - $115 AUD per person
Day 6: Ancient Mdina City Tour - $100 AUD per person
Day 9: Nicosia City Tour - $70 AUD per person
Please note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions.
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability) 
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
 


- Visa fees and requirements (A visa is not required if travelling to Malta or Cyprus on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Optional gratuities/tipping.
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.
 


TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Malta:
Malta has a Mediterranean climate according to the Köppen climate classification with very mild winters and warm to hot summers. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry. Malta lies within the subtropical zone, being at 35ºN latitude.
 
Cyprus:
Cyprus has a subtropical climate - Mediterranean and semi-arid type (in the north-eastern part of island) with very mild winters (on the coast) and warm to hot summers. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. Tipping is optional at your own discretion.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved.  If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.
 

A tourist visa is not required if travelling to Cyprus or Malta on an Australian passport.
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such a journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.
 


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.
 


Voluntary Changes

This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

 

·       1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·       Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·       If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
Duration
13 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground. Includes some walking tours.
Transport
Private A/C Vehicles
Price
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