Military and Medical History in Malta

30 Sep - 5 Oct 2018
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

Malta has a long and colourful history, its strategic naval location attracting the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Romans and the Byzantines. In 60 AD St Paul brought Christianity to Malta via a shipwreck and the Arabs conquered the island in 870, leaving indelible marks on its language and culture. Malta was an extension of Sicily until 1530, when Charles V bequeathed Malta to the Sovereign Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem, leading to its golden age from 1530 to 1798. Learn  about Malta’s long and fascinating medical and military history from its earliest days until its independence in 1964.

The tour will be led by Professor John Richardson and accompanied by speaker David Vassallo, both of whom will share their expert knowledge throughout the tour, providing a level of access and insight into Malta not available to the everyday visitor.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Professor John Richardson

Professor John Richardson

Professor John Richardson is Emeritus Defence Professor of Primary Care and General Practice. He has led study tours worldwide and was a medical escort to parties of veterans on journeys of remembrance for the Royal British Legion. He has also run many history of medicine battlefield tours. He has visited 80 countries and worked in 41 of them as a doctor. John has previously led tours for Jon Baines to China, Central Asia, India, Turkey, Central America, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Namibia, Ethiopia, Indo-China and Burma. He has also given lectures and been tour leader on cruises. 

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 30 Sept (Sun) Malta: arrive in Malta and make your way to the hotel. Talk: "Malta Fever and the greatest British Naval Disaster of the 19th Century" by David Vassallo, before a welcome dinner that evening
  • 1 October (Mon) Valletta, Malta: Visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens for views over the Grand Harbour. Visit Fort St. Elmo and the National War Museum. Visit the Sacra Infermeria before the Malta Experience. After lunch visit the Siege Bell and enjoy relaxing harbour cruise. Return to the hotel
  • 2 October (Tues) Mosta / Ta Qali, Malta: Tour of Fort Mosta with panoramic views over the Victoria Lines. Visit Mosta church and then onto Ta Qali to see the Malta Aviation Museum. Continue to Mdina. Take a walking tour through the picturesque old town and see the Xara Palace Hotel and visit St John's Co-Cathedral. Enjoy panoramic views of the island from the Fontanella Tea Rooms. Drive back to the hotel via Mrarfa, the site of a WW2 hospital. 
  • 3 October (Wed) Gozo, Malta: Full day tour to Gozo. Visit Mtarfa Military Cemetery before taking the ferry to Gozo to visit Fort Chambary. After lunch visit the citadel in Victoria and continue to Xlendi Bay fishing village with time to relax. Return to Malta island late afternoon.
  • 4 October (Thurs) Valletta, Malta: Return to Valletta to visit the Nsuda Bastion Cemetery.  Visit the Grand Master Palace gardens and the Armoury. Depart Valletta from Birgu and visit the Malta Maritime Museum. Afterwards see the new exhibitions at the Fort Rinella Battery. Enjoy a farwell dinner that evening
  • 5 October (Fri) Malta: The tour ends today after breakfast. Those flying home will make their way to the airport, or extend in Malta

Tour cost

$2,160 per person (excluding International flights and airport transfers)