Ultimate Sicily & Malta

Malta
9 nights private tour

Drowning in Baroque charm you will experience a unique cultural and culinary tour like no other. Staying in stunning boutique hotels you will be best placed to dive straight into thrilling explorations in this stunning corner of Sicily and the beautiful island of Malta. Taking you to the key historical sites and the Roman villas of Sicily and the fascinating cities of Valletta and Mdina in Malta where you will embark on guided tours and the foodie delights.

Ultimate Sicily and Malta
At a glance
  • Delve into the finest bespoke tours of stunning Melilli gardens, ancient Catania, and the fascinating Villa del Tellaro in Southeast Sicily 

  • Be blown away by the abundance of Roman cultural gems in a unique walking tour of Ragusa

  • Lose yourself in boutique luxury hotels, with stunning views and Michelin fine dining 

  • Embrace the fascinating and rich history of Valletta, with exclusive private tour of the Upper Fort St Angelo and St Johns Co-Cathedral with a private Caravaggio viewing

Journey highlights
  • Delve into the finest bespoke tours of stunning Melilli gardens, ancient Catania, and the fascinating Villa del Tellaro in Southeast Sicily 

  • Be blown away by the abundance of Roman cultural gems in a unique walking tour of Ragusa

  • Lose yourself in boutique luxury hotels, with stunning views and Michelin fine dining 

  • Embrace the fascinating and rich history of Valletta, with exclusive private tour of the Upper Fort St Angelo and St Johns Co-Cathedral with a private Caravaggio viewing

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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Sicily enjoys a blissful Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm springs and autumns. Even February, the coolest month, has average temperatures of 13°C, which means that any time of year is suitable.

If you want to go sightseeing around the island’s legendary historic and natural sites, October–November and March–June are reliably warm, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 26°C. July and August are blessed with glorious sunshine, and average temperatures of around 28°C. Whatever the season, Verdura’s beach will never get crowded.

Malta enjoys a glorious Mediterranean climate, with mild winters, warm spring and autumns with hotter summer months. Even February, the coolest month, has average temperatures of 13°C, which means that any time of year is suitable.

Malta is an exciting island to visit any time of year, with October–November and March–June being reliably warm with most attractions being open all year round, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 26°C. July and August are hotter with plenty of sunshine, and average temperatures of around 28°C.  May to September are fantastic months to visit Malta as the local festas ramp up and there is plenty to see and do throughout Valletta, Gozo and the surrounding villages.

Itinerary

Day 1-3

Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Burst into an abundance of charm and sophistication from the off at the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, a stunning neo-classical hotel situated in beautiful Taormina.With the Greek Amphitheatre just steps away from the hotel, you are close to the action, but with the tranquil atmosphere of the hotel and gardens, it’s easy to escape. After an evening of sublime cuisine with magical panoramic views of Mount Etna and the Bay of Taormina you will be well rested to start your explorations the following day. 
 
The following morning you will meet your expert art historian guide and set out on a truly fascinating and exclusive walking tour through the upper town of Taormina, with gorgeous cliff views overlooking the Ionian Sea. You will be delighted to visit the celebrated Teatro Greco, the Greek theatre of Taormina, a celebration of history on a large scale in the company of a prominent expert Sicilian astronomer. A unique and rare experience where you will be introduced to the fascinating topic of archeoastronomy, the connection between Sicilian archaeology and astronomy. A truly memorable and unique experience.
 
The next day you will embark on a walking tour of Catania, the ancient port city on Sicily's east coast. This exceptional visit will be guided by the Director and Curator of the library, a very competent and compassionate host full of wisdom and passion for this building, leading you through its striking beauty and amazing collection of ancient books and prints.
Accommodation: Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo ( 2 nights )
Day 3-6

Ragusa and the south, Sicily, Italy

En-route to your next hotel in Noto you will visit the private garden of a Sicilian marquis in the countryside of Melilli, boasting plant specimens from all over the world. After strolling in the garden and learning about the family, enjoy an elegant aperitivo at leisure. From one stunning hotel to another, you will be staying at the luxurious Il San Corrado di Noto, once the ancient farmhouse owned by Prince Nicolac the idyllic property has been lovingly restored into the ultimate luxury hotel.
 
After breakfast you will meet your local guide to visit the fascinating Villa del Tellaro. They will take you on an in-depth tour taking in the history of this unique villa and mosaic art. Return to your hotel to cool off in one of the sublime pools and enjoy another relaxed evening at your leisure making the most of the first-class facilities here.
 
Feeling rested you will meet your expert historian guide for a truly unique walking tour of Ragusa where you will visit the Saint George’s gate, Piazza Pola and the church of San Giuseppe and finally the church of San Giorgio. Indulge in a unique opportunity to visit an ancient watermill located in the middle of a canyon in Ragusa. Followed by a delicious tasting of local specialties made with the flours produced in the watermill inside a charming cave. This is an exceptional day out and one that will stay with you forever. 
 
The icing on the cake for the whole trip is the exclusive opportunity to enjoy a gourmet farewell dinner at an elegant palace in Noto. You will be taken on an exclusive tour of the palace along with a viewing of the private apartments. After this exceptional tour you will attend a buffet aperitif on one of the palace’s terraces with live Baroque music and a gourmet candlelit dinner in one of the nobile’s halls with more divine live music. The perfect way to end your tour in this very special corner of Sicily before your ferry to the beautiful island of Malta the following day.
Accommodation: Il San Corrado di Noto ( 3 nights )
Day 6-8

Malta

Arrive in Malta and travel through the narrow, cobbled street of Valletta to the exquisite Iniala Harbour House hotel, your boutique luxury hotel for the next four nights, overlooking Malta's stunning Grand Harbour. Once you have had time to settle into the hotel, we recommend you head to the Bridge Bar for a sundowner in the very best of atmospheres. A super start to the evening before you head to the Iniala’s two Michelin starred restaurant ION The Harbour, for a mind-blowing tasting menu.  
 
The next morning meet your expert guide at the hotel and enjoy a pleasant walk along the harbour edge to the Upper Barrakka Gardens. Here the story is set for your day ahead, understanding the rich history and culture of Valletta with its many rulers and the prominent Knights of St John. Make your way down to the harbour’s edge where your private Dghajsa (boat) will be waiting for you ready to transfer you to the city of Vittoriosa in the Three Cities. This is where a very exclusive experience awaits you as you visit the Upper Fort St Angelo for a private visit to the home of Knight Resident Fra. John Critien. Your private tour will be led by Fra. John himself, full of charm and character, he will let you in on the fascinating insights, stories and history of the Fort as he proudly shows you around the grounds of his home.
  
After lunch you will beat the crowds and enjoy a private afterhours guided tour at the spellbinding St John’s Co-Cathedral which was built by the Order of St John and dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. Bursting with Baroque architecture, the interior of the church is considered to be one of the finest examples of high Baroque architecture in Europe. Your guide will highlight the fascinating history, before taking you to an exclusive viewing of the famous Caravaggio paintings: The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist and the Saint Jerome Writing. 
 
Following your fascinating day, your evening will not disappoint. Be ready to be wowed as you indulge in a divine evening of exquisite surrounds and delectable food as you enjoy dinner in a private palazzino in the city of Cospicua in the Three Cities. Here you will be graced with the company of a traditional instrumental artisan, Francesco Sultana. His hobby is in creating traditional Maltese instruments such as the Maltese bagpipe which is made from a whole goat. You'll love hearing his story and the fascinating history behind these instruments, as well as the unique music he creates, wonderfully complimenting your evening meal.
Accommodation: Iniala Harbour House Hotel ( 2 nights )
Day 8-9

Malta

After another glorious breakfast you will be ready for an action-packed day as you discover the beautiful island of Gozo. Meeting your private speedboat at the jetty you will be whizzed across the open blue seas to Gozo. Once on shore you will be joined by your guide who will take you on an exhilarating quad bike adventure to explore the island. You will get the chance to discover Gozo’s natural wonders taking you along quiet roads and tracks as you stop at the many beauty spots as you go. One of the main highlights is Wied il-Mielah, a stunning limestone natural arch that spans the crystal-clear piercing blue sea. Your quad bike adventure will also take you past the famous Xwejni Salt Pans, where the production of sea salt has a long tradition in Gozo and the saltpans found near Marsalforn are still used today.
 
Next you will stop for a sublime alfresco picnic lunch, in a secluded setting whether on the beach, meadow or prime beauty spot you will be wowed by this very special experience. A beautiful spread handmade by the incredible Ana will be glistening before you, offering a collection of handmade delicacies crafted to your tastes. You will then take in the striking coastline of Dwejra Bay. Just off the sheer cliffs of Western Gozo lies ‘Fungus Rock’, some 60 metres high. You will also have the opportunity to explore the Inland Sea, a beautiful calm sea lake connected to the open Mediterranean Sea by a natural cave that forms narrow straight tunnels through the cliffs that have been chiselled by the natural elements. The special light creates piecing blue water that shines in the shadows of the dramatic cliffs. Your private speedboat will then return you to back to Valletta, with time to relax back at the hotel.
 
Another Michelin starred delight await you this evening at Under Grain, here you will devour an exceptional tasting menu, located at the luxury boutique hotel, Rosselli. Classic dishes have been reinvented into contemporary works of art, introducing the combination of new ingredients with farm to table meats and the freshest of fish. Under Grain's aim is to see you leave the restaurant with a sense of satisfaction, and the realisation that a classic dinner is still possible in today’s world of cuisine.
Accommodation: Iniala Harbour House Hotel ( 1 night )
Day 9-10

Malta

Get set for a day of Maltese cuisine and rural delicacies as we take you off the beaten path to understand the culture and food of rural Malta, meeting a host of charming characters along the way.
 
Your private transfer will take you into the countryside to a bijou olive farm that has been lovingly created and attributed to the Maltese rural tourism project. Starting with a fun hands-on experience as you learn how to make the famous Maltese snack, pastizzi. Hot, flaky savoury pastries traditionally filled with either ricotta or curried mushy peas. With the king of pastizzi himself, master baker Gilinu who has been making these delicious snacks for a lifetime, will take you through this century’s old creation, with many tastings to be had whilst you are there. 
 
Whilst your creations are being baked it will give you a chance you explore this little oasis as you wander through the olive grove and grounds, where you may also get the chance to chat with the owner and farmer, Charlie as you understand his vision for the farm and enhancing the local produce of the area. With your pastizzi freshly baked you can enjoy a delicious rustic farmer’s lunch in a quiet spot on the farm, sampling an array of produce direct from the farmers and straight to your plate, paired with local wine and coffee. After lunch you will be taken to one of the most respected vineyards on the island, Ta’ Betta, for a private tasting of their fabulous fine wines. Ta’ Betta Wine Estate comprises of 4 hectares of terraced land situated 200 metres above sea-level, with the medieval town of Mdina as a backdrop. With 15,000 vines planted on site and around 200 olive trees and other fruit trees, all nestled amongst indigenous Maltese flora, this is a wonderful way to while away the afternoon. 
 
You now have an exceptional and unique evening experience ahead of you. Buckle up and enjoy the ride as you are taken by classic car from your hotel to the medieval old city of Mdina. You will feel the power as you enter the old capital city and fall in love with it in as much as the many noble families who continue to live here. If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you will recognize the main gates immediately. As night falls you will be stunned by the stillness that engulfs this ‘silent city’ and get swept away with the history and families that have resided here for generations. You will get the rare chance to visit a private palace, with just a couple of knocks on the door, you'll enter to find more than just a home. This rare and exclusive opportunity will have you meet a family member who will share their most prized possessions and the stories linked to them.
 
Leaving the private palace, you will be greeted and taken in style to your Michelin dining experience at the Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux hotel, nestled in the ancient city walls of Mdina with far reaching views over Malta. The tasting menu at De Mondion is absolutely stunning with impeccable service to match and is consistently rated amongst the top restaurants in Malta. Set atop Mdina's centuries-old bastions you will get to enjoy breath-taking views as you savour every aspect of this fine dining experience. Returning to Valletta you will enjoy your final night before you depart the following day. 
 
Today will see the end of this ultimate itinerary, as you bid farewell to Malta and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. 
Accommodation: Iniala Harbour House Hotel ( 1 night )
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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When to visit

  • J
  • F
  • M
  • A
  • M
  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

Sicily enjoys a blissful Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm springs and autumns. Even February, the coolest month, has average temperatures of 13°C, which means that any time of year is suitable.

If you want to go sightseeing around the island’s legendary historic and natural sites, October–November and March–June are reliably warm, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 26°C. July and August are blessed with glorious sunshine, and average temperatures of around 28°C. Whatever the season, Verdura’s beach will never get crowded.

Malta enjoys a glorious Mediterranean climate, with mild winters, warm spring and autumns with hotter summer months. Even February, the coolest month, has average temperatures of 13°C, which means that any time of year is suitable.

Malta is an exciting island to visit any time of year, with October–November and March–June being reliably warm with most attractions being open all year round, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 26°C. July and August are hotter with plenty of sunshine, and average temperatures of around 28°C.  May to September are fantastic months to visit Malta as the local festas ramp up and there is plenty to see and do throughout Valletta, Gozo and the surrounding villages.

Ultimate Sicily & Malta
Ultimate Sicily & Malta

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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Why Scott Dunn?

At Scott Dunn, we live and breathe travel. An insatiable appetite to discover the world runs through everything we do. We relish the planning and revel in the detail. We know it’s the smallest touches that make the biggest difference, and we stop at nothing to make every trip not only exceptional but totally unique.

  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind