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New Year Break in Gozo

Malta's pretty sister
 

Mark the New Year with a self-guided single-centre walking holiday in Gozo. Explore panoramic clifftop paths, visit traditional villages and discover a wealth of architectural treasures. Includes a sumptuous New Year’s Eve dinner and free bus pass for unlimited travel.

New Year Break in Gozo. 4 nights
New Year Break in Gozo. 4 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A New Year walking break on Gozo

Gozo is as unhurried an island as you can imagine, a bucolic place where old traditions are cherished and the pastoral way of life is rooted firmly in home, family and church. Myriad paths criss-cross the island's terraced slopes which rise to narrow fingers of tableland, capped by Italianate churches and honey-coloured stone villages, and never far from the sea, the fertile farmland tumbles towards dramatic cliffs interspersed by idyllic bays.
We have chosen a fantastic hotel on the southern coast of Gozo, overlooking the port of Mgarr, and we suggest a number of walks for your stay on the island, some accessed using your free pass for the excellent local bus service. On New Year's Eve, the hotel hosts a Grand Banquet, befitting its name, followed by live entertainment.
 
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Walking & more

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. There's no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested walking routes as the mood takes you.
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  • An introduction
    Gozo may be quite small, but the variety of walking is surprising and we suggest a range of walks exploring different parts of the island, which you can complement with sightseeing and visits.

    Getting around this English-speaking island from your base, the small southern port of Mgarr, is easy – Gozo's local transport network is excellent and you are just a few minutes by bus from Victoria, Gozo's principal town, where you can connect with other bus services. To make life easy, we include a free bus pass for unlimited travel during your stay so you can go sightseeing or access any of the walks at your leisure.

    Please note: on New Year's Day a restricted service runs with no buses operating between noon and 4pm.
  • Choice of routes: 8km to 14km

    Cliffs of Ta Cenc: 13.5km, 5hrs
    Setting out from the door of your hotel, you descend through terraces to a rocky shoreline overlooked by a Napoleonic fort. Weaving through tidal salt pans, you then pass idyllic Mgarr ix Xini Bay, before continuing to the spectacular white limestone cliffs of Ta Cenc. Return to the hotel by bus.

    The 'inland sea': 13km, 5hrs
    This beautiful walk starts and ends with a bus journey, and follows scenic country lanes before descending to the emerald ‘inland sea’. The return leg ascends above the ‘sea’ before crossing unspoiled terraced countryside beneath a prehistoric hill fort.

    The Roman salt pans: 10.5km, 4hrs
    Having reached the starting point of the walk by bus, you wind across open countryside to reach a small seaside resort, from where you head along the honey-coloured, rocky foreshore into which a plethora of salt pans – in use since Roman times – have been carved. You finish with a section through a stream valley to the pretty town of Ghasri, from where you catch a bus back to your hotel.

    Ridges & rock formation: 9.5km, 3.5hrs; longer option 13km, 5hrs
    Starting and ending in the town of Nadur, this route explores the fertile valley below it; a section of coastline dotted with strange rock formations; and a hidden cove framed by orange sandstone cliffs and accessible only on foot.

    Qala circuit: 14km, 5.5hrs; shorter option 9km, 3.5hrs
    Trails wind across the farmland surrounding sleepy Qala and along the coast, rewarding you with views across the sea to the island of Comino and its aptly named Blue Lagoon. There are options to shorten this walk, should you prefer.
    Ta Cenc
    Qala circuit
  • Victoria & the Ggantija Temples

    Victoria Town trail: 3km, 1hr
    To ring the changes, you may like to take the bus to spend a day in Victoria, which is everything you would expect of the island’s main town – there are ornate churches, a medieval citadel, museums of archaeology and folklore, and plenty of eateries. We provide notes for a town trail taking in the main sights as well as exploring the old-fashioned back streets where you may be lucky to glimpse workers making lace.

    Ggantija Temples
    Not to be missed is the temple complex just outside the village of Xaghra. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most important archaeological sites on the archipelago and is impressive in that it predates Stonehenge by some 500 years. (Closed 24, 25 & 31 Dec, 1 Jan, and Good Friday.)
    Grand Hotel dining
  • Celebrate with a special dinner
    The highlight of the break is, of course, New Year's Eve, when we include a sumptuous celebratory banquet in the hotel's Il-Migiarro restaurant, with the emphasis on traditional, regional dishes and seafood. Afterwards, enjoy the entertainment in the hotel, or wander down to the lively harbour to mingle with other revellers.
    Explore Victoria
 

Accommodation

Except for New Year's Eve itself, your stay is on a bed-and-breakfast basis, leaving you free to dine out at one of the restaurants in the harbour - or in the hotel.
Grand Hotel
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 28 December 2019 - 04 January 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    28 - 31 Dec 2019 £445 £90
    3rd & 4th person discount -£40
    Single traveller supplement £80

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Price includes: taxi Malta airport to Cirkewwa (1h), boat Cirkewwa to Mgarr (0h25) and taxi Mgarr to hotel (0h15) on arrival day, and back the same route on departure day

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Grand Hotel, Mgarr (B&B) Double room Single room
    28 Dec - 04 Jan 2020 £44 £64
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Malta (the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time are both flexible)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via another airport. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Malta International Ryanair 
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    Belfast Intl. - Malta International easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Belfast Intl.- Malta International jet2 
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    Birmingham - Malta International Air Malta,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Bournemouth - Malta International Ryanair 
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    Bristol - Malta International Air Malta,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Cardiff - Malta International Air Malta,  Ryanair 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Malta International jet2,  Ryanair 
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    Edinburgh - Malta International Ryanair 
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    Exeter - Malta International Ryanair 
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    Glasgow - Malta International British Airways,  jet2 
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    Glasgow Prestwick - Malta International Ryanair 
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    Leeds Bradford - Malta International jet2,  Ryanair 
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    Gatwick - Malta International Air Malta,  British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
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    Heathrow - Malta International Air Malta 
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    Luton - Malta International Ryanair 
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    London Southend - Malta International Air Malta,  easyJet 
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    Stansted - Malta International jet2,  Ryanair 
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    Manchester - Malta International Air Malta,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Malta International easyJet,  jet2 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via another airport. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 1 celebratory dinner
    4 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • bus pass
  • return ferry/taxi from Malta airport
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Malta and Gozo, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official languages are Maltese and English. The currency is the Euro. Maltese time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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