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Malta – The George Cross Island

Prices start from:

£439

per person

5 Days
World War 2
Malta
12 - 200 travellers

Overview

The island of Malta has long been a strategic base for British forces operating in the Mediterranean Sea, or as a stop-off point for those en route to other theatres. During the Crimean War of 1853-1856, ships stopped at the island and during the First World War it served as a major naval base supporting the campaign in Gallipoli.

Throughout WW2 its importance was premier both as a naval base and an air base from where aircraft flew operations to protect convoys to North Africa. Italy declared war against Britain on 10th June and the following day mounted its first air raid against Malta. From then on the island’s position became increasingly more important.

From January 1941 until August 1942 the island was constantly attacked and at one point Malta was the most bombed location of the war. The island’s defences were sorely pressed and resources were severely rationed. The epic heroism which helped deliver the ‘Operation Pedestal’ convoy with its vital supplies of fuel undoubtedly saved the island.

The civilian population suffered heavy casualties and in April 1942 their bravery was recognised when King George VI awarded the island the George Cross. The island was vital in allowing the Allies to carry on the war in the eastern Mediterranean and North Africa.

What’s included

Full services of an executive coach for the duration of your tour in Malta
Full services of a local Battlefield Guide for days 2 - 4
Bed and Breakfast accommodation at a hotel in a suitable location
Entrance to the War HQ & Tunnels, National War Museum, Aviation Museum & Fort Rinella
Tailormade itinerary
Full administration and booking service
24 hours on call Duty Manager whilst tour is operating

Not included

Flights
Meals other than those shown
Entrance to additional museums and attractions
Items not clearly shown as included
Travel Insurance

Itinerary

Below is a sample itinerary for a 5 day tour, all tours are personalised and once your tour is booked your expert guide will get in touch to start working with you to produce an itinerary for your bespoke tour.
Day 1:
On arrival at Malta airport, you will be met by our local representative who will escort you to your coach for the transfer to your hotel. This evening there will be a presentation and overview.
Day 2:
Malta
Today we will walk around Valletta, where your guide will tell you about the history of Malta and Valetta, setting the scene as we follow Malta from The Great Siege in 1565, its development through to the Malta we see today. We visit the War Headquarters and Tunnels – which were used during the Battle for Malta in WW2. After lunch we stop at the ramparts overlooking the harbour, where we examine the geographic position of Malta, the Grand Harbour and its importance as a Naval Base. Next to Fort St Elmo and the National War Museum, for a general overview including Malta’s history and Malta’s George Cross, before we hear about the Italian X Flotilla, an attempt by the Italians to attack the Grand Harbour using divers and mini submarines.
Day 3:
Air Defence
This morning starts with a visit to Il Widna (The Ear), where before the invention of radar parabolic sound mirrors were used experimentally, we learn about the evolution of this technology before heading to Dingli, which was the location of the first radar in Malta. The Aviation Museum is our next stop as we look at some of the aircraft used during the siege in WW2. At the Air Raid Shelter at Mellieha, we look at the civilian aspects of the siege, before heading to Mosta Rotunda to hear the story of “The Bomb Miracle” as the church was bombed by the Germans in April 1942 during mass.
Day 4:
Ground War Victorian to WW2
We travel to Victoria Lines which were built in the 1860’s across the centre of the island and reinvested in WW2. Our next stop is at Fort Rinella, a restored Victorian fort and museum which was built in the 1860’s. Operation Herkules was the planned German/Italian invasion of Malta, we will view the air and amphibious landing sites for the operation and learn about the plans for defence. Finally today we visit Mdina, which was the capital of Malta and a great walled city, after free time to explore, we will transfer you back to your hotel.
Day 5:
This morning we will visit Pieta Military Cemetery to pay our respects, before we transfer you back to the airport for your return flight.

All our tours and itineraries are tailormade and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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40
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from £439 pp

Our sample prices are per person, based on the number of passengers shown (sharing twin/double rooms) and are provided to show you what a tour of this type could cost with our company. All prices are subject to availability and prices may vary depending on your bespoke package, what is included and the number of people travelling.

Prices start from:

£439

per person

All our tours and itineraries are bespoke and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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