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Prehistoric Temples Private Tour with Lunch from Valletta Malta

Prehistoric Temples Private Tour with Lunch from Valletta Malta

Come along on a tour through Malta's prehistoric sites: Tarxien, Mnajdra and Hagar Qim Temples and Ghar Dalam. After lunch, you'll proceed to visit the three cities - Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Senglea. Transport, licensed guide and lunch included.

The Tarxien Temples date from 3600-2500 BC and are the most complex of all temple sites in Malta, consisting of four megalithic structures. The temples are renowned for the detail of their carvings, which include domestic animals carved in relief, altars, and screens decorated with spiral designs and other patterns.

Tarxien is also of great interest because it offers an insight into how the temples were constructed: stonerollers left outside the south temple were probably used for transporting the megaliths. Remains of cremation have also been found at the centre of the South temple at Tarxien, which indicates that the site was reused as a Bronze Age cremation cemetery.

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Length

full day

Time

9:00 am daily

Please Note: Hotel pick ups begin at 8:30 am

4 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Tour includes Valletta hotel pick-up. Rates are in US dollars PER VEHICLE (up to 10 passengers). Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Description

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Tarxien temples were discovered in 1914 by local farmers who struck large stone blocks while plowing a field. Their discovery was reported to Sir Temistocles Zammit, Malta's first director of museums, who excavated the site in 1915-17. His pioneering work put the understanding of Maltese prehistory on a solid foundation.

This site, dating from 3600 to 2500 BC, is the most complex of all temple sites in Malta and consists of four megalithic structures. The temples are renowned for the detail of their carvings, which include domestic animals carved in relief, altars, and screens decorated with spiral designs and other patterns. Of particular note is a chamber set into the thickness of the wall between the South and Central temples, which is famous for its relief of two bulls and a sow.

The site seems to have been used extensively for rituals, which probably involved animal sacrifice. Tarxien is also of great interest because it offers an insight into how the temples were constructed: stone rollers left outside the south temple were probably used for transporting the megaliths. Remains of cremation have also been found at the centre of the South temple at Tarxien, which indicates that the site was reused as a Bronze Age cremation cemetery.

Mnajdra Temples: Mnajdra lies tucked in a hollow in the cliffs on Malta's southern coast. The site is probably the most atmospheric of all Malta's temples. It lies in an isolated position on a rugged stretch of coast overlooking the isle of Fifla and just 500m from another principle temple site, Hagar Qim. The surrounding area is designated a Heritage Park and is typical of rugged Mediterranean garigue landscape. Barren in summer, the landscape is transformed in spring by flowering herbs and shrubs.

Hagar Qim: The temple of Hagar Qim, excavated for the first time in 1839, dates from the Ggantija phase (c. 3600 - 3200 BC). It stands on a hilltop overlooking the sea and the islet of Fifla and lies some 2km south-west of the village of Qrendi. Just 500m away from Hagar Qim, further towards the cliff face, lies another remarkable temple site, Mnajdra set in a hollow above the Southern cliffs. The surrounding area, which is typical of Mediterranean garigue and spectacular in its starkness and isolation, is designated a Heritage Park.

Ghar Dalam: Ghar Dalam, literally translated "Cave of Darkness" is a highly important site as it was here that the earliest evidence of human settlement on Malta, some 7,400 years ago, was discovered. What makes the site even more fascinating is that it was in use during World War II, when it served first as an air raid shelter and later as a fuel storage depot.

The display area consists of two parts: the cave; and the museum, which exhibits a remarkable wealth of finds from animal bones to human artifacts. The cave was formed by overlaying river running at right angles to the present-day cave. It is some 144 metres deep, but only the first fifty metres are open to visitors.

4 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Tour includes Valletta hotel pick-up. Rates are in US dollars PER VEHICLE (up to 10 passengers). Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Event Date:

October 22, 2017

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09:00 AM