Island of Gozo
Leave the crowds behind and discover the Malta that is known only to a few individuals, who are the privileged custodians of its unique natural, architectural and historical heritage.
Proposed Tour of the island of Gozo
Only available as a full day tour with an approximately duration of 9 hours due to distance of travel. 08:00 – 17:00 hrs
Your private guide will meet you in your hotel lobby from where you will commence your journey in a chauffer driven car along a scenic coastal route to the northern port of Cirkewwa, where you will board the ferry to Gozo.
On route to the ferry, we stop for a stretch-break and photo-op to Popeye Village, which has morphed from its days as a movie set of the 1980’s production ‘Popeye’ starring Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall, into a whimsical attraction for the young and young at heart.
A 20 minute ferry ride delivers you into the tranquil charm of Gozo: the smaller, greener and more rural sister-Island of Malta. Life’s rhythm and tempo goes down a notch on Gozo and you sense as though you’ve time travelled; backwards.
Your first cultural stop is a visit of the Ggantijia prehistoric temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples date back to 3,500 BC and are considered the oldest man-made, free-standing structures in the World – notably 1,000 years older than Stonehenge in the U.K and the Egyptian Pyramids. Some of the megaliths in this temple complex weigh over 30 tons and were carried over great distances, then lifted and positioned with no modern day technology. Malta too, has many prehistoric sites, and it has been fabled that the islands may have formed part of Atlantis!
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Stop by the traditional open air sea saltpans and meet up with the local character Leli, to hear how he harvests his ‘white gold’ – which you can purchase as a quirky souvenir to take home and use to season your cooking with the true flavour of the Mediterranean Sea.
Your next stop is a guided walking tour of the recently and impeccably restored fortified Cittadella, also known as the Citadel of Victoria, which has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. This entirely pedestrianized fortress boasts stunning views of the island and contains churches, historic sites and archaeological deposits.
Stop for lunch, within the walls of the historical citadel and dine at the renowned Ta’ Rikardu Restaurant – popular with locals and visitors alike. To start off with, try the delicious traditional sourdough-style bread with homemade cheeselets made from fresh goats’ milk, accompanied by bright red and juicy tomatoes, local olives and hand-picked Gozitan capers. The homemade ricotta ravioli with slowly simmered tomato sauce is also a top favourite.
Moving on, your driver will head to the panoramic area of Dwejra, where your guide will offer leisure time for you to marvel at the famous in-land sea, soak up the sun while paddling in the creek, or to sit on a rock and feel the energy of the sea breeze.
Time permitting you can opt to visit the laid-back bay of Xlendi or for more culture, visit the Ta’ Kola Windmill to see how The Knights milled flour for bread back in the day.
Take a relaxing drive in your luxury vehicle back down to the port to embark on the ferry, which will sail back to the mainland. You will then be driven directly to your hotel.
Citrus Luxury tours are private, for groups of any size. Tours are available in a number of languages, led by a professional and licensed guide. Itineraries are flexible, where the time and locations can be catered to your needs. We can also arrange for a luxury chauffeur driven vehicle for pick-up and drop-off from your venue.