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, Germans and the British. 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.
This is the first visit of the TSS to Malta. The island now has a thriving medical school and significant postgraduate output. There will be visits to the Mater Dei Hospital on 11th May for an all-day conference with local surgeons, along with a further meeting on 14th May centred around clinical problem solving. There is a final session on 16th May to workshop particular topics that the Maltese hosts would welcome advice on, such as setting up robotic surgery programmes and training the trainers.
This tour has been designed for the Travelling Surgical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and is only open to their members.
10 May (Fri) Sliema, Malta: Arrive and check into the Victoria Hotel. Welcome drinks in the evening at Terrazin followed by dinner at Alexandra Gardens
11 May (Sat) Sliema, Malta: Surgeons have a full day professional meeting at Mater Dei Hospital. Partners will visit the San Anton Gardens, craft village at Ta'Qali followed by wine tasting at Meridiana winery. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner will be at Two Bouys in Spinola Bay
12 May (Sun) Gozo, Malta: Set sail for Gozo by ferry and enjoy sightseeing around the island. Visit Rikardus Farm and sample the home made cheese and wine. Return to Sliema in the late afternoon
13 May (Mon) Valletta, Malta: Enjoy a full day tour of historic Valletta. Take part in the Malta Experience with a Sacra Infermeria Tour. Visit St. John's Cathedral. Lunch at the Kings Own Band Club. Visit the Grand Master's Palace including the staterooms. Return to Sliema.
14 May (Tues) Sliema, Malta: There will be a full day professional meeting for the surgeons today. Partners will visit Palazzo Parisio with a guided tour before enjoying an afternoon tea lunch. The afternoon will be at leisure before dinner at Ta'Kolina
15 May ( Wed) Mdina, Malta: Depart for Mdina, the old capital of Malta. Known as the 'Silent City' due to its narrow and quiet streets. Enjoy a walking tour through the winding historical streets. Lunch will be at the Secret Garden, before time at leisure to explore. Return to Sliema in the afternoon
16 May (Thurs) Sliema, Malta: Surgeons will have a professional meeting in the morning followed by a business general meeting at the hotel in the afternoon. Partners will enjoy a dghajsa cruise on the harbour to Birgu, followed by a walking tour of the old fortified city. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening dinner will be at Temptasian, a rooftop restaurant offering wonderful views of Sliema and Valletta Harbour.
17 May (Fri) Sliema, Malta: The tour ends after breakfast.
£1,495 per person ( ground only excluding international flights and transfers)