Welcome to the ancient island of Malta, a portal to the past.
Day 1 – Valletta
Arrive into Valletta where you will be transported in ultimate comfort to the yacht berthed in Grand Harbour Marina. Step on board onto what is about to be your home for the next 7 memorable days.
The first day in this unique destination will be dedicated to exploring the capital, Valletta. Take your time to visit the citadel or enjoy an opportunity to do some shopping – most parts of the old town are car-free pedestrian zone. If you’re feeling traditional a favourite way for visitors to discover the sights of this ancient city is by horse carriage.
Once you have visited the capital, travel further inland to take a walk around the ancient capital Mdina (deriving from the Arabic word Medina meaning City) – known as the Silent City.nThe ancient fortress is testimony to Malta’s long and interesting history and the views you have from its walls are breathtaking.
Continue to St John’s Cathedral, built by the Knights of St.John from Jerusalem, here you will find history is brought to life through its treasures which include paintings by Michelangelo, several tapestries and many more ancient relics. See the Malat’s Meglithic temples that are among the oldest free-standing structures in the world, said to date back 6000 years and older than the Pyramids.
After this exciting day full of history and discovery, head back to the yacht for sun-downer cocktails on the aft deck and a delicious dinner prepared by the Chef.
Day 2 – Valletta to Island bay / Marsaxlokk
Leaving the harbour of Valletta on your way to your next destination, indulge in a tasty homemade breakfast on deck while the boat makes its way past a maze of castles and fortifications before you reach the open sea. On your way, and if weather conditions are in your favour, you can drop anchor at Marsascala, a small cove home to a picturesque fishing village. If you are chartering with U Boat Navigator you will have the option of cruising to dive sites where you will explore fascinating wrecks and reefs up to 1000m depth!
Use this chance to go ashore by tender and discover the southern part of Malta which has not yet been touched by mass tourism. Enjoy a swim in the crystal clear waters surrounding you or benefit from the many water sport activities offered by the yacht’s equipment.
Lunch on deck with stunning views and a fresh breeze, and you finally settle in at Island Bay with its many beautiful anchorage spots and rocky scenery. Weather depending, continue to Marsaxlokk and end the day with a relaxing evening on board.
Distance to travel 9 nm
Day 3 – Island Bay / Marsaxlokk to Golden Bay / Gnejna
Begin the day with an early breakfast on the sun deck before you head ashore to Marsaxlokk. Take a stroll through this beautiful fishing village and perhaps even pick up some fresh seafood for your lunch. This bay is also a commercial shipping port, therefore swimming is not recommended, but you have plenty of other choices to spend your time. For example, explore the remains of the megalithic tombs which can be found on the hills above Marsaxlokk.
If you wish to have a swim and cool off in refreshing water, the Blue Grotto and Wied Iz-Zurrieq offer you all you need and more. Time your arrival at the sequence of caves that make up the Blue Grotto at around 1pm. At this hour, some of the caverns mirror the bright colours of the sea while others glow in a deep, fascinating blue. Enjoy a tour of the caves by kayaking in this spectacular place.
The afternoon invites you for a swim by the beach at Golden Bay. When weather conditions are good, drop anchor here or in Gnejna, a sheltered cove surrounded by clay and limestone cliffs.
Enjoy cocktails and dinner on the aft deck while watching the locals sail out for night fishing, illuminating the bay with their lights dancing on the surface of the dark sea.
Distance to travel 15 nm
Day 4 – Golden Bay or Gnejna to Comino
Awaken for an early breakfast and a refreshing dip in the sea – what a way to start your day! The distance between anchorages here is short and your next destination – Comino – is not far where the most amazing bathing spots within this archipelago await you. Enjoy the water toys, snorkelling or simply relax by sunbathing on deck in Paradise Bay.
This beautiful anchorage with its clear waters and the famous blue lagoon invites you to spend the afternoon. In the evening enjoy sundowners on the aft deck while watching the sun go down, dipping the sky and sea into mesmerising shades of yellow, red and purple. Stay for the night and claim the bay almost to yourself, the majority of visitors have left by evening.
Distance to travel 6 nm
Day 5 – Gozo
Today is all about exploring the remote island of Gozo. Breakfast on board your yacht in the Marina of Mgarr. Head inland to the beautiful countryside with its many churches, megalithic monuments and historic forts, evidence of 6000 years of civilization.
Victoria (also known as Rabat) is the only proper town among the otherwise small villages, mostly home to visitors who chose this to be their second home during the summer season. Gozo is known as a glimpse back in time when Malta still represented the traditional way of life, far away from modernisation and insatiable development.
Discover every corner of this serene place and find yourself in a cozy restaurant serving local specialties where you can enjoy your lunch. Take your time before you head back to the yacht in the late afternoon for a bit of sunbathing and a relaxation time on deck while your crew supplies you with refreshing drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
The evening hours will be entertaining and well spent on board among your friends and family, recounting the highlights of the day.
Day 6 – Sail around Gozo to Mellieha
Enjoy a beautiful circumnavigation of Gozo beginning at Mgarr.
On your way, you will have the chance to stop at two or more unique bays where you can take the tender to explore the shoreline of this extraordinary island. Have a swim or enjoy the watersports equipment in the crystal clear waters here before sailing back to the stunning blue lagoon before you head back to Malta.
Spend the day gazing at the picturesque coast line, sunbathing on deck, swimming in sapphire blue waters and let yourself be interrupted only by the delicacies that the Chef has prepared for your lunch and dinner.
Distance to travel 23 nm
Day 7 – North coast of Malta to Valletta
Depending on weather conditions, you will have spent the night in one of the bays on the Maltese North coast. Wake up to a fresh breakfast and head ashore to explore either Mellieha with its sandy beach that invites sun worshipers or the beautiful anchorage spot of Selmun as well as the famous St. Paul’s Bay that is said to be the place where St. Paul got shipwrecked on the way to his trial in Rome.
The day well spent, head back to Valletta, the lively heart of Malta and perhaps ashore for more shopping and a delicious local dinner at one of the inviting restaurants.
Distance to travel 25 nm
Day 8 – Valletta
The time has come for your goodbyes to the crew and final disembarkation and transfer to the airport after what is guaranteed to be a spectacular trip leaving you relaxed and rejuvenated, ready to return to the modern world…