Far more than a holiday island
Wednesday 16th November 2011
During September we arranged a lecture and lunch in the fascinating surroundings of the recently renovated Museum of the Order of St John in London. Quite appropriately, the theme was Malta and its cultural and historical significance, and we are very grateful for the support of the Maltese Tourist Office in London in making this possible. We have long championed the cause of Malta as a destination for cultural group tours in the face of its popular image as a mass-market tourist destination. The event at The Museum of St John provided the perfect opportunity to showcase Malta’s cultural heritage and in order to do so we enlisted the services of Geoffrey Toms who lectures widely for many NADFAS and other groups and who knows Malta well. With over 7,000 years of history to explore Malta is a true treasure-trove of artistic, archaeological and historical delights. Its position in the heart of the Mediterranean has always been central to its importance as a trade route, and what makes the island unique is that so much of its past is visible today. The tours which we arrange take in the broad sweep of Maltese history through the island’s art and architecture whilst at the same time offer an insight into aristocratic life of the island by way of privileged access to some private homes with their fine collections of furniture, silverware and paintings. So if you thought that Malta was just another island in the sun, please, please think again!