Limitless Malta

Malta
4 nights private tour from $28,400

Prepare to be wowed as you sink into the hidden magic of Malta on this exclusive itinerary laced in luxury with a delicious selection of exclusive private experiences. Embrace the fascinating history resonating from the Knights of St John, the shimmering Grand Harbour, taking in the beautiful architecture of Valletta that drips in Baroque charm. Deserving of its accolade as a foodie city you will be blown away by the high level of cuisine with Michelin starred highlights and rural delicacies.

Limitless Malta
At a glance
  • Lose yourself in bespoke luxury at the Iniala Harbour Hotel, with stunning Grand Harbour views and rooftop 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  

  • Try your hand at Pastizzi making with a farmers lunch full of rural delicacies and wine tastings at Ta’ Betta word class winery  

  • Immerse yourself in the ‘silent city’ of Mdina at night with a private palace visit and fine dining 

Journey highlights
  • Lose yourself in bespoke luxury at the Iniala Harbour Hotel, with stunning Grand Harbour views and rooftop 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  

  • Try your hand at Pastizzi making with a farmers lunch full of rural delicacies and wine tastings at Ta’ Betta word class winery  

  • Immerse yourself in the ‘silent city’ of Mdina at night with a private palace visit and fine dining 

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

Malta

Plunge into this utterly divine itinerary from the off as you are greeted in style with a private chauffeur service from the plane, what better way to start your trip. From the plane you will receive a seamless guided service through the airport and a relaxing private transfer to the hotel. Just sit back and relax! 
As you drive through the narrow, cobbled streets of Valletta, take in the vast Grand Harbour views as you turn the corner and arrive at the exquisite Iniala Harbour House hotel, your boutique luxury hotel for the next four nights. Spread over four beautiful townhouses with several ancient vaults, sitting proud on the prestigious street of Saint Barbara Bastions, the hotel overlooks Malta's stunning Grand Harbour. You will be staying in the Presidential Penthouse Suite, boasting a balcony with secluded plunge pool, as well as a large terrace with a dipping pool overlooking the harbor, offering the height of luxury.  
 
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, epitomising the definition of coolness. Here you can soak up the buzz of Valletta with its live jazz on a Friday night, as people gather on the steps with only cushions and a great glass (or bottle) of vino to take it all in.  A super start to the evening before you head to Iniala’s two Michelin starred restaurant ION The Harbour, for a mind-blowing tasting menu. Situated on the rooftop commandeering the evening harbor views, be mesmerized by the ambience, the first class and friendly service, the food to the wine pairing, everything has been seamlessly integrated to provide an elevated dining experience that will surprise and delight each of your senses. 
Accommodation: Iniala Harbour House Hotel ( 1 night )
Day 2-3

Malta

Start the day with a delicious breakfast with the sun shining bright over the rooftop terrace and harbor, ready for your first full day taking in the very best that Valletta has to offer.
 
Meet your expert guide at the hotel and enjoy a pleasant walk along the harbor edge to the Upper Barrakka Gardens, with stunning views over the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities beyond. 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 harbor’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, the main harbor city where the Knights settled when arriving in Malta in 1530. 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. Not only will you get to explore the grounds and private chapel, but you will be treated to exceptional views of the Grand Harbour with some additional surprises just for you. This is a very special guided tour. 
 
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 this delightful 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, gold leaf décor and crammed full of fascinating history from top to bottom, 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, the nine niche chapels and the marble floor which is made up of an entire series of tombs, housing about 400 Knights and officers of the Order, 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. The home, created over 10 years ago by a British couple, consists of two joined townhouses which have been meticulously restored to create a luxurious property. You will be greeted by the owners, and with a drink in hand you will have time to explore this fascinating home, taking in the plush décor, collection of art and rooftop views before you descend to the grand dining room for an exceptional evening meal and entertainment. 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 ( 1 night )
Day 3-4

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. On the way you will have the chance to explore hidden coves, bays and beaches, as well as admiring the fascinating landforms from the water. Such as the Fungus Rock and everlasting face on the cliffs at Dwejra Bay. You will have the chance to take a dip and enjoy swimming in the aqua blue waters.  
 
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. The valley that leads to the ‘window’ is rich in flora and a lovely place to walk especially in the autumn and spring. The way down the valley is like a botanical display of vegetation typical of the Mediterranean, once you get there you will be greeted with the amazing view of the towering arch and the sparkling 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, including local wine and Maltese coffee to complement the serenity of your environment. The setting itself brings the wow factor but the food and style takes it all to the next level. Feeling content after your relaxing lunch you will head to take in the striking coastline of Dwejra Bay. Just off the sheer cliffs of Western Gozo lies ‘Fungus Rock’, some 60 meters 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 awaits 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. Fresh fish brought in daily from the local fishermen is prepared delicately to exult the taste of the sea, while marrying it with interesting sides that complement the plate. This refined experience extends itself to the service. 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 4-5

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, enhancing local traditions for the better of the countryside. Starting with a fun hands-on experience as you learn how to make the famous Maltese snack, pastizzi. Hot, flaky savory 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. After a welcome drink with Gilinu and his wife Nancy, they will demonstrate how to make these tasty morsels before having a go yourself, there is a lot of fun to be had as you learn this special art! 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 meters 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. You will find a range of architecture that includes Baroque, Norman and Arabic features. 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. Noble families have occupied Mdina well before the Knights of St. John arrived in Malta. 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.  
Accommodation: Iniala Harbour House Hotel ( 1 night )
Day 5-5

Malta

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by airport staff to ensure an efficient flow from luggage drop to club lounge and then to your departure gate. A private car will drive you to your plane. 

Accommodation: Iniala Harbour House Hotel ( 0 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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  • M
  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D
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.

Limitless Malta
Limitless 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 vacation.

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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