Trip Planning History & Map Itinerary Photos


Trip Planning


Cocktails - Queen Mary II! Virginia and Chuck on the Queen Mary II on their Transatlantic cruise from South Hampton to New York City.

We thought we might go to Malta for a quick trip after the COVID-19 pandemic!

August 19th, 9:00 a.m. - United from San Francisco SFO to Newark EWR. Lufthansa from Newark EWR to Malta, MLA.

Board the Viking Sea on August 20th, 2021 - Cruise from the island of Malta to Kalamata and then on to Athens, both on the main land of Greece. Then cruise to the islands of Santorini and on to Rhodes and finally Crete. Then back to Malta.

I already have been to Sicily and Sardinia on a previous cruise with Virginia in 2018 for my 78th birthday!

I always wanted to go to Malta and see the Order of St. John in 1530, who ruled them as a vassal state of Sicily.



   Brief Overview of Malta and a Map

Overview

Malta has a long history and was first inhabited in around 5900 BC. The first inhabitants were farmers, and their agricultural methods degraded the soil until the islands became uninhabitable. The islands were repopulated in around 3850 BC by a civilization which at its peak built the Megalithic Temples, which today are among the oldest surviving buildings in the world. Their civilization collapsed in around 2350 BC, but the islands were repopulated by Bronze Age warriors soon afterwards.

Read More about the history of Malta.......


  Itinerary - Day 2

Witness the natural and cultural beauty of Malta, from sweeping bays to fishing villages, on a panoramic excursion. You will meet your guide at our berth and drive to the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk, where colorful traditional Maltese luzzu fishing boats bob with the currents in the small harbor. Continue to Asurrieq, one of Malta's oldest towns, for a dramatic view of the Blue Grotto, a series of yawning sea caverns, and the tiny, flat-top rocky island of Filfla; a rest stop for many migrating birds as they journey between Africa and Europe. Continue into the rural reaches of the island toward the medieval fortified city of Mdina, Malta's former capital. From here your route takes you toward the coast again, passing the resort area of Xemxija Bay and St. Paul's Bay, where the patron saint of the island is said to have been shipwrecked in 60 AD.



  Photos of Malta


Malta Tour

Ports of calls on the Cruise

Malta Tour

Cruise Ship - Viking Sea



Malta Tour

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