About the tour: Malta At War by Air

The island of Malta has sat at the heart of British history for many centuries. In both the First and Second World War, it was part of our gateway to the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Join us on this fascinating tour as we explore the military history of Malta.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Return flights to Malta with hand luggage allowance
  • Airport transfers in Malta

5 days from £899 pp

Departure Dates

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Fly to Malta and transfer to our hotel for four nights.

    Today, we begin our tour by looking at the role of Malta in the First World War. A British garrison in 1914, we start the day looking at the rapid expansion of the military hospitals which were set up to receive casualties from the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915.

    At Imtarfa, we visit the outside of buildings that remain of the then Mtarfa Military Hospital, where VAD nurse Vera Brittain (author of 'Testament of Youth’) was treated for fever before going on to work at St. George’s Barracks Hospital.

    Moving on to Ghajn Tuffieha, we see where five huge convalescent camps were set up. After lunch at Golden Bay, we travel to Valletta, seeing where St. Andrew’s, Cottonera and Tigne hospitals were located and used for Gallipoli casualties and later for men brought in from Salonika.

    We then visit the unusual Pieta Military Cemetery where many headstones lie recumbent, although there are many poignant private markers placed throughout the cemetery. Here we pay our respects to many of those servicemen and women, including medical staff, who died of wounds, disease and cross-infection many miles from home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Pieta Military Cemetery
    Pieta Military Cemetery

    Included Highlights

    • Mtarfa Military Hospital
    • Pieta Military Cemetery
    • Ghajn Tuffieha
    • Valletta

    Today, we start our study of Malta in the Second World War by looking at the role of the British Army’s Malta Garrison troops, in particular, the Royal Artillery in the anti-aircraft role as they defended both the island and its marine assets as the ‘Siege of Malta’ began in earnest in June 1940.

    The CWGC Imtarfa Military Cemetery is then our stop, in the shadow of the ancient city of Mdina. The role of the Royal Air Force on and over the island is our next focus this morning, beginning with a visit to the old RAF airfield at Ta’Qali – base to many legendary units tasked with defending Malta.

    At the Malta Aviation Museum, we discuss the air war over Malta and see a preserved Hawker Hurricane IIa and a later Supermarine Spitfire IX.

    We take our lunch at the Hotel Point de Vue, at Rabat, which was used by fighter pilots as an officers’ mess during the war. The hotel still bears many visible scars of bomb damage from WW2.

    After lunch, we see Addolorata Cemetery where over 250 casualties of the Second World War are buried, including men killed in the initial raids on Malta in 1940.

    We then travel to the Malta Memorial to the missing which remembers over 2,200 British and Commonwealth personnel. In the old city of Valletta, we visit the National War Museum housed in the magnificent Fort St. Elmo. This important museum tells Malta’s story during the two World Wars.

    Later, we have a boat tour of Marsamxett Harbour and Valletta’s Grand Harbour, seeing the dominance of island’s defences and discussing the naval aspects of Malta’s wartime experience.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Malta Aviation Museum
    Malta Aviation Museum

    Included Highlights

    • Malta Aviation Museum
    • Imtarfa Military Cemetery
    • Addolorata Cemetery
    • Malta Memorial
    • Valletta National War Museum
    • Marsamxett Harbour

    On our final day, we look at the devastation caused to both the lives of the Maltese people and their island. Walking through Valletta we see many visible signs of the WW2 siege, including visiting the remains of the Royal Opera House, which was destroyed by Luftwaffe bombing in 1942.

    We see the plaque remembering the award of the George Cross to Malta on the wall of the Palace of the Grand Master. We then visit the Lascaris War Rooms. This huge underground complex, built almost 50 metres deep in the limestone underneath Valletta, served as the Combined War Headquarters.

    We then attend the Noon Day Gun Ceremony at the Saluting Battery located high along Valletta's eastern historic ramparts, where it enjoys unrivalled spectacular views of the Grand Harbour and its surrounding fortified towns.

    After lunch, The Three Cities ferry takes us across the harbour to visit the Malta at War Museum, housed in an 18th century army barracks which served as a police station and air raid precautions centre during the war. We experience the underground shelters which protected hundreds of civilians during enemy air raids.

    We end at Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery CWGC. Here we visit the graves of men and women who died in defence of Malta during WW2.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Noon Day Gun Ceremony
    Noon Day Gun Ceremony

    Included Highlights

    • Ruins of Royal Opera House, Malta
    • Lascaris War Rooms
    • Noon Day Gun Ceremony
    • Malta at War Museum
    • Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery

    Transfer to Malta airport for your return flight to the UK.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Travel Insurance from £27.00 (5 days) (includes insurance premium tax, prices per person).

    Malta At War by Air 5 days from £899pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463


    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for four nights at the 4-star Hotel Seashells Resort at Suncrest in Qawra

    Seashells Resort Suncrest

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • Fully Health and Safety Compliant
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Telephone
    • Smoke Detectors in Every Room

    Your Flights

    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Estimated flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.
    Return flights to Malta are available from Gatwick, Stansted, Bristol, Manchester and East Midlands.

    We will book flights to coincide with the arrival of other passengers joining the tour from a variety of UK airports. This is to enable the smooth operation of transfers for the group. Your flight times will be confirmed with your travel documents.

    Flight supplements may apply for some airports. If your chosen airport carries a supplement, we will contact you to discuss.

    All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.

    This holiday is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880. 

    All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service. On selected air holidays, the executive coach may not have an onboard toilet or drinks facilities.

    Executive Features

    • Air conditioning
    • Drinks machines
    • Onboard toilet
    • Reclining seats

    Customer Reviews