Sample Pilgrimage Itinerary
17.00 (5.00pm) check-in at Dublin airport for Ryanair flight to Malta departing at 19.00, arriving at 23.50. Coach transfer to St Paul's Bay and check into the 4 star Santana hotel & Spa for 7 nights.
Morning introduction to this beautiful resort. Saint Paul's Bay is a town in the Northern Region of Malta. It is situated sixteen kilometres northwest of the capital city Valletta. Saint Paul's Bay is largest town in the Northern Region and the seat of the Northern Regional Committee.The village’s name refers to Saint Paul’s shipwreck. According to the Bible, he was shipwrecked on an island while travelling from Caesarea to Rome and it is believed that this island was Malta. Saint Paul is believed to have introduced Christianity to the Maltese. Visit the Church of the Bonfire where St Paul first reached land, and see St Pauls Island where the shipwreck took place. Return to hotel for dinner & overnight.
In the Steps of St Paul. Morning drive to Mellieha. Introduction to this beautiful resort with the largest sandy beach in Malta. Visit the Parish Church, the Church of Our Lady’s Grotto, and the Air Raid Shelter. Afternoon excursion to see : St Agatha’s Tower, Popeye Village, the Devils Farmhouse, and the Church of the Miracle of Mosta. Visit to Mellieha Sanctuary with its famous painting by St Luke who was shipwrecked here with St Paul, drive to Valetta Afternoon visit St John’s Co-Cathedral – home to Caravaggio’s masterpiece “The Beheading of St John” Visit the “Hidden Gem” – St Paul’s Shipwreck Church where 2 important Relic’s of the Saint are held. Return to hotel for dinner & overnight.
In the Steps of St Paul. This morning we visit St Paul’s Grotto – his first resting place on the island, and now part of the refurbished Wignacourt Museum. Visit Roman Domus, typical of the period when St Paul was in Malta and one of the richest archaeological finds in Malta. Afternoon visit to Mdina, built on a plateau in the centre of the island. See the old Baroque buildings, the magnificent Bastion Walls, and visit the Cathedral & museum. Return to hotel for dinner & overnight.
Day trip to Gozo. A short 25 minute ferry crossing takes us past the island of Comino and its Blue Lagoon, to the island of Gozo. Here we visit the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’Pinu, visit the Rotunda of St John the Baptist, and see the natural limestone arch of the Azure Window. Visit The Citadel, Victoria – a Medieval City, & capital of Gozo, enjoy a breadthtaking view of the island from the Ramparts, and visit the 17th century Cathedral. Late afternoon return ferry to mainland Malta. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Morning visit to the Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Megalithic Temple Complex. Continue to the Blue Grotto and enjoy a short boat journey through the caves. This boat trip is OPTIONAL (not included), as it may not operate if the tides don’t permit. Afternoon visit to Marsaxlokk, walk along the promenade and market place of this picturesque, serene
and charming fishing village with colourful fishing crafts. The open air market takes place every day. Return to hotel for dinner & overnight.
Day at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the hotel and St. Paul's Bay, the warm summer sunshine, and sample a local restaurant for dinner (not included).
Mid morning transfer to Malta airport for return Ryanair flight to Dublin departing at 15.35, and arriving at 18.35.
*It is our intention to follow the itinerary as outlined above, however due to many factors like local holidays, traffic or weather conditions it may be necessary to make changes to the order of events or even the cancelation of certain events.