Post-Assembly Programme


Friday 30 September - Excursion to Gozo

09:15: Bus pick up from the Hilton Hotel. Please be checked out and ready to board transport taking us to the fast ferry service in Valletta. The ferry service will take approximately 45 minutes where transport will be organized to take us to the Grand Hotel just minutes away.

10:30 - 11: 30: Grand Hotel, check in. Check-in, get unpacked, relax a bit, and we’ll meet you in the hotel lobby at 11.30. We’ll board buses and our Gozo adventure will begin. 

11:45 - 12:30: A tour of the Ġgantija temples, a megalithic temple complex located in Xagħra, east of Victoria. This Unesco World Heritage site is older than the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge. Ġgantija ” means “giant” in Maltese. Gozitan people were convinced that only giants could have been able to carry and put together such massive rocks. Some of them weigh more than 5 tons and are 5 metres long. Even today, no one really knows for sure how these rocks got there. The site is made up of 2 temples: the South and the North one. Both form a vast 40 metres long and 6 metres high complex. There is also a small museum with fascinating information about the site and artefacts found there.

12:45 - 13:30: Lunch. A light Maltese lunch of local wine, cheese, delicious Maltese bread and cold anti-pasta at the Çitadella in Victoria.

13:30 - 14:15: The Çitadella tour. A guide will walk us through the Cathedral museum, the old prison, the Grain Silos, the Battery and the WWII Shelter. Along the winding streets, we will find the historic Chapel of St. Joseph and a number of holy niches (shrines) and bass reliefs. You will also see well-preserved Norman-style windows and arches, and coat-of-arms that are affixed to the façade of historic houses and church buildings. This very old Citadel also shows its age, partly due to weathering and the toll of time while some is the deliberate work of Napoleon’s troops who briefly occupied the island at the end of the eighteenth century.

14:15 - 15:15: Sight seeing tour around Gozo to explore the island of Gozo in style on a sightseeing bus. Discover popular landmarks such as Ramla beach, Marsalforn and Xlendi bay.

16:16 - 19:00: Back to the Grand Hotel, where we will have time to freshen up, rest and relax, in time to be in the hotel lobby by 1900 for transport to dinner.

19:30 - 22:00: Dinner. Expect a lovely 4-course Mediterranean dinner, with free flowing wine and excellent food.

22:15: Transport back to the hotel and a peaceful night after what will be a very eventful day.

Saturday 1 October

12:00: Hotel Check Out. Since some may decide to spend additional time in Gozo, you will have to make arrangements for transport back to Malta or to the airport. However, Malta Stock Exchange staff along with the Grand Hotel staff will be happy to assist you in making these arrangements. Have a safe trip home!

Please access the brochure here for prices and booking information.

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