Military and Medical History in Malta - Jon Baines Tours

Military and Medical History in Malta

20 - 23 Oct 2020
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

Malta’s beauty is battle-scarred, thanks to the island’s strategic position in the Mediterranean, which attracted the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Ottomans, as well as the French and the British. It experienced two great sieges, the last one during WWII. Learn about Malta’s long and fascinating medical and military history, which is tightly entwined with that of both Britain and the Knights Hospitallers, from its earliest days until its independence in 1964.

* This tour has been designed to follow on from our Conflicts, Cures and Curiosities in the Eastern Mediterranean cruise, but it can be also be taken as an independent tour. If disembarking the cruise, you will be met by tour leader Pete Starling at Valletta Harbour. For those joining independently we suggest you arrive the night before, as the tour will start at approximately 9:30am.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Pete Starling

Pete Starling

Pete Starling is a retired Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) officer and recently retired Director of the Army Medical Services Museum. He holds a MA in First World War studies and a Diploma in the History of Medicine and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Pete has lectured and written on all aspects of army medical history and has a particular interest in the medical aspects of the Crimean War. He has acted as a guide on numerous battlefield tours including the Western Front, Arnhem, Gallipoli and Singapore and Malaya with emphasis on the medical aspects of the campaigns.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 20 Oct (Tues) Malta: The tour starts in Valletta* with a visit to the Upper Barrakka Gardens for views over the Grand Harbour. Visit Fort St. Elmo and the National War Museum. Visit the Sacra Infermeria before watching the Malta Experience. Drive past the seige Bell and enjoy an afternoon harbour cruise. Welcome dinner and overnight at the Victoria Hotel in Sliema
  • 21 Oct ( Wed) Malta: Tour of Fort Mosta and look out over the Victoria Lines. Continue to Ta'Qali to see the Malta Aviation Museum. Walk tour of the stunning fortified medieval city of Mdina. Enjoy panoramic views of the island from the Fontanella Tea Rooms. Return to the hotel via Mtarfa to visit the WWII hospital site and the Mtarfa Military Cemetery
  • 22 Oct (Thurs) Malta: Return to Valletta and visit the Grand Master's Palace gardens and armoury. Depart for Birgu and visit the Malta Maritime Musuem as well as Fort Rinella Battery. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening
  • 23 Oct (Fri) Malta: The tour ends after breakfast. Transfer to the airport or extend your stay in Malta

Tour cost

USD $1,073 per person (excluding international flights and airport transfers)

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