Walking up to 2 miles; gravel surfaces, rocky terrain, possible strong sun.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes juices, coffee, tea, hot water (bottled water available for purchase).
Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We’ll begin our educational adventure with an expert presentation by an archaeologist on the Prehistoric Cultures of Malta. Even though this miniature island has made various other significant contributions to world heritage, there is no doubt that nothing rivals its megalithic temples. Built in the period 3600 - 2500 B.C. by a small community enjoying an extraordinary cultural efflorescence in almost complete isolation, these buildings constitute architectural feats of the highest order. They show an internal evolution in form (from the simple to the more complex,) size of stone blocks used (from small to gigantic,) and in the artistic furnishings with increasingly greater refinement and sophistication. Then we will board the coach to visit several sites of Neolithic (New Stone Age) Temple monuments. Moderate walking on gravelly surfaces and some standing under open skies.
Lunch at an area restaurant.
We will have a bit of time to rest after returning to the hotel. You might like to take a walk around the neighborhood, along the nearby seafront, or just relax. Later, we'll enjoy another expert lecture on "The Hospitaller Order of St. John and the Siege of 1565" - The advent of the Order in Malta led to a radical transformation in the role of the island from an ill-defended barren island to the impregnable headquarters of the crusading order. Their initial establishment was in the port of Birgu in the "Three Cities" area, headquarters of the Siege of 1565, after which the city was named Vittoriosa (“the victorious.”)
Dinner is on your own this evening, to explore the local cuisine.