Taking a day trip to Gozo during your holiday in Malta is a great idea. Malta’s sister island is a haven for anyone wishing to experience a more rural setting and a quieter, more laid-back way of living in the Maltese islands. Moreover, there are fun options available when it comes to Gozo tours and excursions.
It’s also super easy to get to Gozo: it is just a short 25-minute ferry ride away from the mainland. There are several organised and guided tours that will help you make the best of your time in Gozo, with some even offering direct transfers to Gozo from various locations in Malta.
In this article, I’ll give you my best recommendations for the best Gozo day trips, tours and excursions on offer.
For these particular Gozo day trip tours, you have the option to book a transfer with the tour itself, against an extra fee. However, you can also choose to make your own way to the sister island by car or taking public transport.
If you’re prepared to undertake the journey to Gozo by yourself, you can find all the details here: How to catch the Gozo ferry.
TukTuks are cute little carriages-turned-cars and are a great way to explore Gozo. They’re small enough to fit in narrow roads and allow you to get to places that are otherwise hard to reach via car. Plus, you can’t go wrong exploring unique locations on the island in a colourful, three-wheeled vehicle!
This full-day tour takes you around the beautiful hills, valleys, and beaches of Gozo, while also showing you stunning architecture, churches, and historical sites. You’ll get the chance to explore up to sixteen beautiful and unique sights on the island, guided by a multilingual driver.
The price includes a complimentary pick-up from and return to your accommodation if you are staying in Gozo. You can also choose to book a transfer from Malta. In that case you will be picked up from your accommodation and taken to the Gozo ferry in Mġarr. Upon return, you’ll also have the option to make use of their pick-up and drop-off connections.
Better yet, you’ll return to Malta from Gozo by boat, passing by Comino and stopping at the beautiful Crystal Lagoon for a swim, if the weather permits it.
Price per person: €60 for an adult, €30 for a child (aged 3-12). Infants 2 and under go free. €17 for transfer from Malta to Gozo. €8 for lunch.
Time: Approx. 6 hours
A great alternative way to experience Gozo is by taking a GoCar tour and driving yourself around different sites and locations, guided by a GPS system. You’ll get to see rarely-visited spots and you can take in your beautiful surroundings at your own pace.
This tour allows a driver and up to one passenger to drive around Gozo on a GPS-guided tour which includes all the best, must-see spots. The car allows both people to be sitting side-by-side at the front so that no one misses out on seeing any small detail.
The price includes a safety briefing by a safety officer, who will lead the tour after the briefing. Pick-up from and return to your accommodation in Gozo and Malta are also included. If you’re staying on the mainland, you’ll be transferred to the Gozo Channel ferry in Ċirkewwa and returned to Malta via motorboat (passing by the Blue Lagoon in Comino).
Lunch, fuel, and time for a swimming stop are also included in the tour.
Price per person: €85 per car. Do note that drivers need to be over 21 years of age and holders of a valid driving licence. Furthermore, children aged 12 or under aren’t legally allowed to ride a GoCar.
Time: Approx. 6 hours
This full-day tour will take you around Gozo in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach complete with a driver to take you around the island and a multilingual guide to pass on all the top historical facts.
You will visit the capital Victoria and marvel at the fortified citadel, view the beautiful Dwejra bay with its famous Fungus Rock and inland sea, look up at the imposing cliffs in Xlendi Bay, and visit the world’s oldest, freestanding, man-made structures that are Ġgantija Temples (unavailable on Mondays and Fridays – you will visit the Basilica in Għarb instead).
Apart from this, you will also stop for a delicious three-course meal at lunch and have the possibility to book a transfer to your accommodation so that going back is as hassle-free as the rest of your day.
Price per person: €85 per car. Admission costs to sights, lunch, and ferry tickets are included in the price.
Time: Approx. 8.5 hours
If you’re staying in Buġibba or close to Buġibba (for example Qawra, Mellieħa, Xemxija, or St. Paul’s Bay), this tour is the ideal way for you to get to see Gozo and Comino. The boat tour departs from Buġibba and offers different facilities to make your day trip more exciting – underwater windows, a waterslide from the top deck, jumping platforms, sun loungers, changing areas and showers, a bar, and even air-conditioning on the main deck.
You’ll be able to see Malta’s beautiful coastline up close, with a two-hour stopover in Comino for some fun in the sea and sun. Then, you’ll travel to Gozo, where you’ll be able to spend around three hours exploring and enjoying this stunning island.
You’ll also have the option of taking land transport (at an extra charge) that will take you to the capital city of Victoria or to a fishing village called Xlendi. Finally, you will stop at the Crystal Lagoon in Comino for an hour, a perfect spot for swimming, snorkelling, and diving.
The price includes two-way transfers, with transport back to your accommodation being possible at an extra charge, depending on how far away you’re staying from Buġibba.
As a side note, do remember that while the Catamaran is wheelchair accessible, Comino itself is not, so this may be an issue to some visitors. Also, a multilingual audio-guide is available.
Price per person: €25 for adults, €20 for children between the ages of 2-10. Infants under 2 years of age go free. For transfers back to your accommodation, prices can vary between €2 – €5 per person.
Time: Approx. 7 hours
If your accommodation is in Sliema or close-by, this round-trip cruise is a great way to make the most of the different lagoons, bays, and natural sights in Gozo while enjoying the refreshing sea breeze.
You’ll set off from Sliema and depart for this fun cruise around Gozo’s coastline. The tour will take you by Valletta, Sliema, St. Julian’s, St. Paul’s Bay and St. Paul’s Islands, Mellieħa Bay, and eventually moor at one of the secluded bays in Gozo. Here, you will enjoy time eating delicious food, sunbathing, diving, and swimming.
Following lunch, you’ll be taken to the small island of Comino. Here, you’ll anchor at the famous Blue Lagoon, where you’ll be free to relax and swim some more against the backdrop of stunning azure waters. Refresh yourself with some fresh fruit before leaving the bay and heading back to the main island.
On the boat, you’ll be provided with a morning snack, lunch, drinks, fresh fruit, and also have the availability of using the toilets and showers on board.
You can choose to be taken back to your accommodation in Malta. If you choose to get a transfer, you can book one ahead of time for a fee. A buffet with drinks is available on board, while the price also includes a cave tour by powerboat.
Price per person: €55 for the whole day for adults, with children 12 and under at €35. Fee for accommodation transfer is €6.
Time: Approx. 8 hours
Alternatively, you can take a day trip tour starting from Sliema and going Eastwards past Comino to Gozo. The trip will circle around the sister island and anchor at the Blue Lagoon for a day of beautiful sites, sun, and swimming. On the way you’ll see the beautiful Maltese and Gozitan coastlines, pass by Dwejra Bay and the famous Fungus Rock, and experience the beauty of the salt pans in Marsalforn. You’ll also pass through the popular bay with red sand, known as Ramla Bay (possibly stopping for a swim if the weather conditions allow it), and marvel at the natural awe of the imposing Ta’ Ċenċ cliffs.
Finally, the boat will drop anchor at the Blue Lagoon in Comino, where you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of your day swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying the crystal clear waters.
You’ll be provided with drinks and lunch and have use of the onboard toilet and shower facilities. Furthermore, if you want to get transfer to your accommodation, you can do so by booking in advance and at an extra small fee.
Price per person: €55 for the whole day for adults, with children between 4-12 at €40. Fee for accommodation transfer is €6.
Time: Approx. 7.5 hours
If you’re staying in St. Julian’s, the situation is similar to that in Valletta. However, there is no ferry to and from St. Julian’s so you will have to opt either for public buses, a taxi ride or a long (30-40 min) walk.
Most boat tours that depart at Sliema will also offer a transfer option at an additional charge, which is convenient.
To catch a bus, routes 13, 13A, 14, 16, or 22 will take you to Sliema.
On the other hand, you can also choose to make your way to the Gozo ferry in Ċirkewwa either via taxi, or by taking a bus. You’ll need to look out for bus route 222.
The nearest departure point for boat tours to Gozo from Valletta is by travelling to Sliema. You can get there easily by taking a taxi, the ferry from Valletta to Sliema, or by taking the bus.
The bus is very easy to catch from Valletta, as this is the hub of the main terminus where all buses to towns and villages around Malta leave from. You’ll need to catch bus routes 13, 13A, 14, 15, 16, 21 or 22.
On the other hand, taking the ferry from Valletta to Sliema is the better way to go as you avoid going through all the different localities and stopping at different bus stops. You can do this by going to the West-facing (Marsamxett) Harbourside of Valletta (look for Boat Street on Google Maps for exact location), where the ferry to Sliema moors. Bus 133 takes you directly at this location if you stop at ‘Mandraġġ’ bus stop.
The ferry will directly take you from one harbour in Valletta to the opposite side at the spot known as Sliema Ferries. This is ideal, as you can hop on a boat tour to Gozo from the same place.
Alternatively, you can choose to catch a bus from Valletta directly to the Gozo ferry in Ċirkewwa. Once you’re in Gozo, you can hop on a tour from the harbour in Mġarr. Apart from taking a taxi from Valletta to Ċirkewwa, you can catch the bus from the main bus terminus in Valletta. Buses 41 and 42 will take you to your destination.
You can combine exploring Gozo and Comino in a single day with this Gozo safari jeep tour. Start off the day by going on a jeep safari in Gozo in the morning, followed by an afternoon spent sailing around the island of Comino and a stop at the famous Blue Lagoon.
During the jeep safari you’ll get the chance to explore different places such as Qala, Nadur, Ramla Valley, Xagħra, Victoria and Marsalforn. You’ll also get to see unique features such as Calypso’s Cave, the salt pans, the inland sea, and rock formations like Fungus Rock.
In Comino you’ll get to splash around in the iridescent blue waters of Malta’s most popular beach and even explore its underwater world.
For the price of your ticket you’ll get snacks, a buffet for lunch, unlimited water and wine during the sailing tour, transfer to and from your accommodation, and a ticket for the ferry ride. Furthermore, snorkelling equipment will be available for free on the sailing boat.
Price per person: €79 for adults and €59 for children under the age of 12. Infants go free.
Time: Full day
Go on a full-day quad bike tour and get a different perspective of Gozo. You’ll be conveniently picked up from where you’re staying in Malta and meet your tour guide at the ferry terminal in Gozo.
You’ll be able to experience all the top sights, such as Ramla Bay, Dwejra’s inland sea, Fungus Rock, the Simar Valley, Calypso’s Cave, Marsalforn, and the Għasri Valley. On your way back to Malta via powerboat you’ll also get to enjoy the stunning Blue Lagoon and Comino Caves.
The price of the ticket includes fully comprehensive licence and insurance coverage for the quad bikes, hairnets and helmets, lunch, ferry tickets, a boat ride at Dwejra, the powerboat ride back to Malta, and pick up from and drop off to your accommodation.
Price per person: €105 for adults aged 21 and over. €70 for people aged 5-20.
Time: Approx. 8 hours
If you’re a bit pressed for time, it’s still worth looking into doing a half-day in Gozo on a quad bike. This half day tour in Gozo is perfect as it gives you the freedom to explore the more hidden gems without taking up too much time from your holiday.
You’ll be picked up from where you’re staying and taken to Gozo via a private boat, meaning you don’t have to queue at the ferry terminal and can avoid the crowds!
Your tour leader will meet you before getting on your quad bike and provide you with a helmet and hairnet, and iron out the paperwork for licence and fully comprehensive insurance.
Then, the adrenaline rush will start! You’ll ride along the rugged Gozitan landscape and catch the stunning views of the Qala Belvedere, Simar Valley, Ramla Valley, and the saltpans in Marsalforn, ending the half day by driving through Għasri Valley.
Note that the ticket price also includes transfer back to Malta and to your accommodation.
Price per person: €70 for adults aged 21 and over and €45 for people aged 5-20.
Time: Approx. 5 hours
For a quick exploration of Gozo, this segway tour will take you off the beaten path through fertile valleys and garrigue hills, allowing you to enjoy the best viewpoints on the sister island.
On this tour, you’ll be guided around Gozo on segway, visiting Mixta Cave, a botanical garden, various green valleys, Ramla bay, San Blas bay, the Tower of Kenuna and numerous viewpoints. You’ll also be able to appreciate the variety of indigenous herbs, spices, and vegetation herbs that grow in the Gozitan countryside.
A nice perk is that you don’t have to worry about taking photos, as photos will be taken during the tour and sent to you for free!
Price per person: €39 per person and €78 for two. Do note that at least 2 people are required to take part in the tour. An extra €5 charge is applicable if you require pick up from and drop off to your accommodation in Gozo.
Time: Approx. 2.5 hours
This Gozo Jeep Safari shows you all the most beautiful spots on the island that tend to be missed by other popular tourist tours. A professional Safari leader will guide you to these places, giving you interesting and valuable information via radio.
You’ll start off in Qala, then onto Nadur, visiting the famous red sandy beach Ramla Bay, Xagħra, the capital Victoria, Marsalforn, Dwejra and its inland sea, and Xlendi.
The price includes a chauffeur for your jeep, all transfers, a Safari tour leader, lunch, and ferry fares.
Price per person: €69 for adults and €59 for children under the age of 12.
Time: Approx. 11 hours
Explore Gozo on an open top bus, starting your journey from the Gozo Mġarr Harbour where the ferry from Malta drops you off. The bus tour goes around ten stops and you are free to get off and explore any one you like for however long you prefer.
You’ll be able to see Fort Chambray and the church of Our Lady of Lourdes. You can also visit the picturesque village of Xewkija from where you’ll be able to see the incredible village’s Rotunda, built in the late 17th century and dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
For a quick bite to eat, you can stop at the Magro Food Village or else you can continue to the capital city, Victoria, known as the crowning jewel of Gozo due to the magnificent and imposing citadel. You’ll also be able to explore the Dwejra Heritage Park, Ta’ Dbieġi, the Museum of Archaeology, and the Ġgantija Megalithic Temples.
Price per person: €18 for adults and children aged 13 and over. €10 for children aged 12 and under, while children 4 and under go free. 2-day ticket package offers are also available at €34 per offer. A €12 Gozo transfer from your accommodation Malta is also available.
Time: Approx. 2 hours
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