Neil mcDonald Magical Malta Tour

Magical Malta Tour

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Magical Malta Ancient, Mystical & Historical Sites Tour

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Neil’s Book – ‘Malta & Gozo, A Megalithic Journey’

An Eight Day Tour of the Ancient and Historical Sites of Malta and Gozo

The ancient temples of the sunny Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo are a real wonder of the megalithic World.  Dating from the Early Neolithic they are a unique phenomenon but the answer to the mystery of who built these sophisticated buildings at a time when the British Stone Builders were merely constructing stone circles, has never come near to being answered. The beautiful archipelago of Malta has had a fascinating history with many layers brought to the islands by various cultures. After the enigmatic megalithic architects were the Phoenicians and Romans, the Knights of St John and the British, finally leading to independence.  On our tour of ancient and historical Malta we will visit a great selection of temples together with fantastic sites from many periods in its rich history.

Our full and varied ancient and historical sites tour of Malta and Gozo will be based in the town of Sleima where our hotel is right on the edge of the Mediterranean and from here we will explore the many wonderful sites of these majestic islands listed in the proposed itinerary below.

Proposed Itinerary of Ancient, Mystical and Historical Sites of Malta and Gozo

Day 1. Collection from Malta Airport and transfer to our Seafront Hotel in Sliema

Neil will meet you at Malta airport and transfer you to our Hotel on the seafront at Sliema. You will then have the rest of the day to take in the town and sea views.  The hotel is on a B&B basis but those who would like to will be able to meet up for dinner.

Day 2. A Tour of Ancient Sites of Malta

Hagar Qim Ancient Temple
Mnajdra Ancient Temple
Lunch near the Blue Grotto
Dingli Cliffs
Clapham Junction Ancient track-ruts. These hundreds of parallel lines cut deep into the rocky hillside are an amazing ancient mystery.

Day 3. Another Day Touring the Ancient and Historical Sites of Malta

Tarxien Ancient Temples
Lunch break in the sea-side town of Marsaxlokk with its wonderfully painted fishing boats
Ghar Dalam Cave, a massively important Maltese site
Mosda Church & Dome, where a miracle occurred during WWII, when a bomb fell through the massive dome, but did not explode missing the gathered congregation.

Day 4. A day in Valetta, Malta’s Capitol

A day in the Capital City of Valletta. We will begin with a visit to the National Museum of Archaeology and will then be free to explore this amazing small city either in the group or off on your own. If you feel like a boat trip you could take the ferry at the end of the day across the bay and back to Sliema.

Day 5. A well earned free day in Sliema or around the Island

A free day to relax by the sea or take in the shops, bars and restaurants of Sliema. The local buses are frequent, so you could easily head off around the island.

Day 6. A day in Rebat and Mdina

Today we will visit the spectacular hill top town of Rebat and the citadel of Mdina with its wonderful views across the island and the Mediterranean. Here we will visit the cave where St. John is said to have lived in 60 AD and the nearby extensive complex of catacombs. On the way back to the hotel we will take in the beautiful St. Antoine Gardens

Day 7. A tour of the Island of Gozo

Picturesque Ferry crossing from Malta to Gozo
Ggantija Ancient Temples – Biggest Temple of the islands (amazing)
Victoria town
The Ancient Citadel
Xlendi Bay (lunch break)
Azure Window & Inland Sea
Fontana Historic Washing fountains & Craft Shops

Day 8. Head for the airport and home with your memories

Cost of the 8 day Ancient, Mystical & Historical Sites Tour of Malta & Gozo – £865

(single supplement £80)

Included – All transport from being met and being dropped off at Malta airport. Most site entrance fees & B&B in the hotel. Not Included – Flights to and from Malta and holiday/travel insurance. Please do ensure that you take out adequate travel insurance.

(Flights are available from Air Malta & RyanAir from around £100. If you would like assistance please email Neil)

Booking & Payment

Deposits can also be made here via Paypal (includes £10 Paypal fee per person)

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Pictures from Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Temples

Pictures from Ggantija, Skorba & Ta’ Ħaġret  Temples

Miscellaneous pictures from Malta

Just a few Maltese artefacts

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Sea caves of Ireland (antrim)

Great pictures on Irelands sea caves.

Quote: “There are many historical accounts of vast and inaccessible sea caves on the North Antrim coast, but I had never ventured to find them. However, in 2007 I discovered a century-old cigarette card of a Cathedral Cave at White Rocks near Portrush. The old card gave me the inspiration to look a little harder and to try to recreate a modern day version of the mysterious old photograph. Little did I know that this card would become the starting point on a much longer journey to photograph many more of Antrim’s mighty sea caves.”



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Hampi, A forgotten empire

Hampi was the imperial capital of Vijayanagar, a 14th century empire. The ruins are spread out over an area of 26km². “A Forgotten Empire” (ISBN 1419101250) by Robert Sewell is an interesting book which describes the rise and fall of the Vijayanagar empire. Before the fall of Vijayanagar, diamonds were sold on the streets, but the main street selling diamonds and other precious stones was surprisingly called Pan Supaari Street (translated in English, it means betel-leaf betel-nut street). A visitor can still see the exact location of Pan Supaari Street in Hampi, which has been marked with a board by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Hampi is well worth the visit. The area is simply stunning and you will be in awe of the millions of boulders surrounding the area. Within this arid landscape lies a little oasis with lush palm, banana, and mango trees nestled near the river.

Hampi is a great place to spend a few days wandering around and discovering the rich, vibrant history while also having a bit of ‘you’ time.

Hampi hosts Hampi Utsav every year during first week of November. It is a visual delight as all the monuments/ruins are lit at night and it is a cultural extravaganza of dance and music. 2010 marked 500 years since the Vijayanagar king Sri Krishnadevaraya ascended to the throne.

A Forgotten Empire (Vijayanagar): a contribution to the history of India

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Rock cut caves and temples in india

Elora Caves / Kailasa Temple

Ajanta Caves


Elephanta Caves
Gharapuri, India

GRID COORDINATES: WGS84; 18° 57′ 30″ N, 72° 55′ 50″ E
Or: 18.958333, 72.930556
Elephanta Caves:
Elephanta Caves – India:

This resembles rock crafted art like Lalibella churches in Ethiopia.

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Laucala Island / Fiji

Going To Egypt?


Egypt to see list:

Valley Temple
Abydoss / Osirion
Nebketh and Wadjet Temples / places
Maja temple
Sphinx Temple
Menkaure Pyramid casing stones, then inside pyramids
9 inititation tour


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