WWII Malta

Malta
4 nights private tour from $5,700

Let us take you to discover the rich history, the locations and the stories of Malta’s great involvement in WWII. With expert guides you will discover how Malta was key to the success of WWII, visiting the many sites discovering hidden war headquarters, the great War Museums, Fort St Angelo, the National Library and the many stories that showcase the resilience if Malta through this important period in time.

WW11 Malta
At a glance
  • Soak up the expert knowledge from your private guide as they take you to the heart of Malta to discover the part it played in WWII 

  • Dive into Valletta to experience the hub of this nation with a gun salute at the Saluting Battery, the Lascaris War Rooms and private tour of the National Library of Malta  

  • Cross the Grand Harbour to The Three Cities and Fort St Angelo, to discover the importance of its involvement in WWII 

  • Immerse yourself in the fascinating exhibits at the Malta War Museum, The Cottonera Lines, RAF Ta Kali and the Malta Aviation Museum 

Journey highlights
  • Soak up the expert knowledge from your private guide as they take you to the heart of Malta to discover the part it played in WWII 

  • Dive into Valletta to experience the hub of this nation with a gun salute at the Saluting Battery, the Lascaris War Rooms and private tour of the National Library of Malta  

  • Cross the Grand Harbour to The Three Cities and Fort St Angelo, to discover the importance of its involvement in WWII 

  • Immerse yourself in the fascinating exhibits at the Malta War Museum, The Cottonera Lines, RAF Ta Kali and the Malta Aviation Museum 

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

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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 1-2

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Let us take you on a thrilling few days to soak up the WWII history of Malta. To kick your World War explorations off, you will be greeted at the airport by your private transfer, a World War II era vehicle, sit back and enjoy your journey to Valletta, as the driver and owner takes you to your hotel. Trundle through the streets of Valletta, arriving at the Domus Zamittello where you will be staying for the next four nights, a beautifully restored 17th century palazzo in the centre of Valletta. A prime location to head out and discover the fantastic atmosphere of Valletta discovering its many restaurants and bars. Once settled in you can enjoy an evening meal at your leisure. 

Accommodation: Domus Zamittello ( 1 night )
Day 2-3

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After a delicious breakfast get set for a full day of WWII explorations in the capital city, Valletta.  The day after Mussolini declared war in 1940, Italian bombers attacked Valletta and its harbours. Today you will experience direct evidence of the siege and hear harrowing stories of resilience of its people. Start off your Valletta experience with a bang! The Saluting Battery is located on one of the best vantage points overlooking the Grand Harbour. Brace yourself for a gun firing salute to commemorate your welcome to Malta and in particular Valletta! What better way to start your tour? 
 
Next your private guide will take you to the Lascaris War Rooms, where you will be taken through an underground complex of tunnels and chambers that housed the War Headquarters from where the defence of Malta was conducted during the Second World War. Enjoy a fascinating insight into each of these rooms, from where not only the air defence of Malta was coordinated, but also some of the greatest battles fought in the Mediterranean during the war. Followed by lunch at the Kings Own Band Club restaurant, in the King’s former residence when the Prince of Wales became King, the oldest band club in Valletta where you will enjoy relaxed dining in this magnificent setting.
  
After lunch you will be taken on a private guided tour of the National Library of Malta. Enjoy this National Treasure accompanied by the National Library Librarian as they walk you through the abundance of history here along with some very key items from WWII. Your guide will be proud to show you around this fascinating building bursting with history and talk you through the remarkable items related to World War II. You will then be taken to the National War Museum to take a good look around the many superb collections housed there. Two halls are dedicated to Malta’s important role in WW I, the Inter-War Period and Malta’s historical role in the Second World War. 
Accommodation: Domus Zamittello ( 1 night )
Day 3-4

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Today you will be guided through the Harbour Cities of World War II. Your traditional Maltese boat will be waiting for you at the Old Custom House, ready to take you over the Grand Harbour to the city of Vittoriosa in the Three Cities. The main harbour city that played a significant role on in World War II. There is a treasure trove of history found in each of them which will be explored today. Lose yourself in the fascinating history of Fort St Angelo as you tour this incredible fort that dominates and overlooks the Grand Harbour. During the past thousand years, whoever gained control of Fort St Angelo could effectively rule the Maltese Islands. The fort was garrisoned by the British from 1800 to 1979, at times being classified as a stone frigate known as HMS Egmont or later HMS St Angelo. The fort suffered considerable damage during World War II, but it was later restored. Today, Fort St Angelo offers spectacular panoramic views of the Grand Harbour and its surrounding fortified towns.  
 
Afterwards you will move on to explore the Malta War Museum, housed in an 18th century army barracks which served as a police station and air raid precautions centre during the war. You will get the chance to explore the museum and soak up the fascinating history all around you. You will then have time to choose a spot for lunch, your guide can give you some recommendations of where you can eat in the Three Cities. 
 
After lunch you will go on a brilliant tour of the Cottonera Lines to explore the underground tunnels and hidden gate. You will get to join the founder of the Malta Underground, Marc Zimmerman as he highlights the often-unnoticeable features that make this area of the Cottonera even more interesting, along with the walls of the fortifications and the hidden gate. A truly fascinating visit and to gain all the insights from the founder himself. 
Take the rest of the day to explore as you wish, return to the hotel or choose one of the many wonderful restaurants in Valletta for a relaxed dinner. 
Accommodation: Domus Zamittello ( 1 night )
Day 4-5

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After another delicious breakfast you can spend the morning as you wish before your next fascinating tour after lunch, as you discover central Malta’s role in WWII, starting at the RAF Ta Kali and Malta Aviation Museum. A living and working museum exhibiting a collection of around 18 aircraft, aircraft engines, airfield equipment, uniforms and model aircraft. Royal Air Force Ta Kali was a Royal Air Force fighter operation base, which started life in 1940 as a diversion airstrip for the main operating bases such as RAF Luqa. You will get to explore the base and Aviation Museum. Among its prime exhibits are a World War II Hawker Hurricane which was recovered from the seabed in 1995 and completely restored to working condition.
 
Following your time here you will be taken to the Mosta Dome to unearth a very interesting story on a few fronts! Modelled after the Pantheon in Rome, it is the 3rd largest unsupported dome in the world behind St. Peter`s in Rome and St. Paul`s in London. However, the most interesting part of its existence is something that happened on April 9th, 1942 when a German bomb was dropped on it and pierced the dome with parishioners in attendance. It did not explode. According to the locals, it was a miracle! 
 
Next you are in for a real treat as you visit a private home to discover one of the most remarkable WWII collections in Malta. Beyond the very impressive collection the owner is also recognised locally as an authority on World War II and partakes in research, authoring and lecturing on the subject. You will have many interesting discussions over his artefacts on display, unearthing facts relating to this era in history.
   
Spend your final night digesting everything you have experienced during your time in Malta and enjoy a final meal in one of its many fine restaurants.  
The following day you will be transferred to the airport ready for your onward journey. 
Accommodation: Domus Zamittello ( 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

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Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

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.

WWII Malta
WWII 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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  • 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
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