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					Holiday Outline                                        FRANK HALLIDAY
11 days painting, exploring and
enjoying the charming                         MALTA & GOZO PAINTING HOLIDAY
Mediterranean islands of Malta &                23 OCTOBER – 2 NOVEMBER 2009
Gozo, from your base in the
heart of Valletta and on the
                                               An Optional Sicily Add-on, 2 – 5 November 2009
outskirts of the pretty Gozitan
village of Xaghra. This holiday
has everything, unique locations,
great sightseeing and hospitable
hosts, not to mention outstanding
painting tuition from Frank

  No Single Supplements!!!
Highlights                               Mild winters, fragrant garrigue, medieval walled cities, turquoise
   • First class tutoring by         Mediterranean seas, colourful fishing villages make these historic islands,
       world famous artist           once home to the Knights of Malta, a unique painting holiday destination.
       Frank Halliday.
   • Airport transfers to / from
       accommodation in Malta            Not to mention the hospitality and kindness of the Maltese people!
       & Gozo on arrival and
       departure days.              In the southern Mediterranean, 90km due south of Sicily and 300km from
   • Return ferry crossing          the Tunisian desert, it is the last outpost of Europe before Africa. The
       from Malta to Gozo.          Maltese archipelago consists of three inhabited islands – Malta, Gozo and
   • 5 nights accommodation         Comino – and a number of minuscule unihabited rocks. Malta is the largest
       in a 16th century historic
                                    of these (but still not much bigger than England’s Isle of Wight), Gozo is
       building in the heart of
       Malta's captivating          only a third its size and Comino is smaller again. The population is around
       capital city Valletta.       403,000, most of whom speak English, as well as the native Malti.
   • 5 nights accommodation
       in one of Gozo’s top                                   Malta (5 Nights)
       hotels, located on the
       outskirts of the pretty
       Gozitan village of           Experience the magic of Valletta, which has inspired artists for centuries.
       Xaghra.                      Now one of Europe’s tiniest capitals but once the base of the Knights of St
   • Welcome drinks party in        John and a fortified city par excellence. The dramatic Valletta outline, with
       Valletta.                    its superb bastion walls wrapped protectively around it, and its skyline of
   • Three dinners in Malta,        rectagular masses varied only by a cupola or church spire, remains one of
       including a welcome          Europe’s greatest cityscapes.
       dinner in Valletta, and
       four dinners in Gozo.
   • Continental breakfast
   • Sightseeing and painting
       in the towns, villages
       and countryside of Malta
       & Gozo with painting /
       sightseeing excursions
       to Marsaxlokk, Mdina,
       Mgarr, Victoria (Rabat) &
   • Entire holiday                 Valletta is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful cities, proud to
       accompanied and              possess such jewels as the Grand Master’s Palace and the Co-Cathedral of
       supported by John &          St John. The Beheading of St John by Caravaggio (1573-1610), the
       Maria.                       renowned Italian painter is unquestionably the most famous painting in St
   • An optional Sicily Add-        John’s – and, indeed, the Maltese islands. Another of the artist’s
       on, 2 – 5 November           masterpieces, St Jerome, hangs close by.
       2009 (fully escorted).
 One week option available:         Coupled with its turbulent and fascinating history and unique architecture,
 Friday 23 October to               it has to be THE artists dream with a painting at every turn! The entire
 Friday 30 October 2009             city is based along a labyrinth of small streets, and we are lucky enough to
 5 nights in Malta plus 2 nights    be based for our stay where the true spirit and vibrancy of Valletta can be
 in Gozo: £1,095 per painter!
                                    viewed at its very best.
Our 5 nights in Valletta will encompass the famous sights of this magnificent, historical city, as well as
give you enough free time to explore the ancient streets and spectacular architecture of this fascinating
city steeped in history and atmosphere. Valletta is made for walking and many streets are made for
pedestrians only!

The remarkably central and convenient base for our exploration of Valletta offers spectacular panoramic
views of the Grand Harbour from its top floor restaurant/breakfast room. It is only a stones throw away
from the Upper Barrakka Gardens, the highest point on the 16th-century bastion walls which also
provides a magnificent panorama of the Grand Harbour as well as of one of the city’s most handsome and
most photographed buildings: the Auberge de Castille, a wonderful example of baroque which now houses
the Maltese Prime Minister's Offices.

As well as painting / sightseeing in Valletta we will also visit Marsaxlokk and Mdina, two very
contrasting locations where we will set up our easels and get inspired!

Marsaxlokk which is pronounced Marsa-shlock on the south coast of the island - is quite simply the
prettiest fishing village on the island. It also holds Malta’s largest fishing fleet, and the harbour, with its
multitude of colourful lazzus (traditional fishing boats), is a painter’s dream. A small market lines the
seafront and it is a haven for fish lovers with an array of good quality restaurants.

Mdina, the Silent City, is a time capsule of medieval palazzi and a world unto itself. As the capital
Mdina was the seat of power of the ecclestical, military and civil authorities. It was – and still is - the
home of the oldest Maltese families. Because of its commanding position on a high ridge that runs along
the south-west of the island, there have been settlements here since the Bronze Age. Within its
boundaries are grand palazzi, monasteries, churches, cathedrals and museums. Mdina is one of the
world’s finest examples of a medieval walled city that is still inhabited.

                                            Gozo (5 Nights)
It is only a short 25 minute ferry crossing to Gozo, and in stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of Malta,
it is an island of farmers and fishermen, which adheres to the solid values of those who live by the
elements. Despite its small size, the island gives an immensely diverse prospect for the painter.

Our 5 nights in Gozo will be based on the outskirts of the pretty Gozitan village of Xaghra, a mere ten
minute drive to any locality in Gozo! Xaghra’s (pronounced Shur-rah) main square is one of the most
attractive on Gozo, with old-fashioned shops, a good restaurant and a café bar.
Sailing into Gozo’s only port, Mgarr, gives you a concentrated view of all that makes the island special:
chapel, church spire and fort line the horizon, small flat-topped houses, tiny fields and greenery rise to
meet them, while at the water’s edge bob gaily painted fishing boats. En route you are sure to have a fine
view of the minute island of Comino. The flashes of limpid, turquoise sea are its famous Blue Lagoon.

Throughout our time on Gozo you will see why UNESCO wants to make it a World Heritage Site. This
tiny island includes the world’s oldest free-standing temple, unspoilt villages where the pace of life
is typical of Mediterranean lifestyle of years gone by and near-biblical landscapes. In the countryside, flat
topped hills rise out of valley floors, dry-stone walls contour every gradient and church domes crest the
skyline. The outcrops of limestone range from imperious grey through glowing russet to rich whipped

                              Painting Tutor – Frank Halliday

                        Frank Halliday was born in Yorkshire more years ago than he will admit to, and
                        has painted all his life. After following a successful business career which took
                        him all over the UK, he finally settled in Norfolk, where he has been able to focus
                        on his passion for painting. His love and enthusiasm for painting have drawn him
                        into lecturing, demonstrating and running workshops for those who want to paint
                        for themselves.

                        Frank has had one man exhibitions in Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Norfolk,
                        showing works in oils, pastel and watercolour. His paintings have sold
                        successfully to collections in Europe, America, Australia and throughout the UK.

Three of Frank's watercolours entitled "Norfolk Skies" have been published as limited edition prints. He
has written two easy to read books on watercolour painting, produced six videos on how to paint,
appeared on television, and even been featured in ‘Painting on the Radio’ for the BBC!

When he is not running Painting Breaks at his B&B in Felthorpe, near Norwich, Frank works
professionally for Winsor & Newton as a demonstrator, tutors workshops for Arts & Leisure Painter
magazine, and demonstrates at shows around the country. Frank’s dry Yorkshire sense of humour makes
every class or course that he runs a perfect delight, and you will have fun learning. Tuition will mainly be
in watercolour but also in other media as required. Tuition is usually arranged in day sessions that last
from 10am to 4pm, so there is time to relax before dinner and/or take in a sight or two!

                              Non Painting Partners & Friends
We have ensured that your holiday will include a strong flavour of Malta and every day will be different.
There is much to see and do with many wonderful places you will want to visit in both Malta and Gozo
which makes it a thoroughly unique holiday experience for both painters and non-painters alike. This is
an ideal chance to include your partners or friends in the fun!
Castille Hotel - Valletta
Situated in the heart of Malta's captivating capital city our base in Valletta is the superior category ***
Castille Hotel. It was originally built as the residence of the influential De Robertis family originally from
Bologna, Italy, at the turn of the 16th-century. The hotel still preserves the elegance and beauty of a by
gone era and it is a million miles away from the very impersonal concrete tower blocks that blot some of
the Maltese coast.

The hotel offers the local charm that we wish all our guests to experience, in any destination we visit.
This is not just our opinion, but also that of previous guests of the Castille:

“The Castille is a hotel with real personality and charm, as well as a lovely staff. I loved sitting outside and
looking over the city while eating my breakfast... Malta is very special, and Castille, to me, is "true" to its

“I love the views from the roof-top restaurant, the great location, and the CLEAN rooms. The staff are the most
personable and helpful people I've ever met in a hotel -- and that friendliness is especially what will keep me
coming back. The Castille has been a 'home away from home’ for me…”

The hotel hosts two charming restaurants, the roof top restaurant which commands panoramic views of
the island's mainland and the majestic fortifications of the unique Grand Harbour, and La Cave Wine
Cellar and Pizzeria: both offer guests a wide selection of local and international cuisine.

All rooms are tastefully furnished with period furniture and fittings to blend with the building's
architectural beauty. Some of the rooms are augmented by a traditional wooden Maltese balcony. All
rooms are ensuite and equipped with individual air-conditioning/central heating, wall-to-wall carpeting,
radio, satellite TV and direct-dial telephone.

Cornucopia Hotel - Xaghra
One of the island’s top hotels; the **** Cornucopia Hotel is located on the outskirts of the pretty Gozitan
village of Xaghra, on a high ridge with views over the fertile Imrik valley over to Victoria and down to the
sea at Marsalforn. The hotel has been attractively converted from a traditional farmhouse into a 48 room

With the bar and lounge area dating back over 300 years, the décor throughout the hotel is traditionally
Gozitan from the limestone walls to the arched restaurant with a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere
throughout. The Cornucopia makes a special feature of its grounds. Two freshwater swimming pools, a
whirlpool and a childrens’ pool are set among gardens and terraces. Accommodation at the Cornucopia is
in rustic finished spacious air-conditioned / centrally heated rooms. Singles receive a twin room for sole
use. All rooms have a balcony or terrace.

Meals are served in the stone vaulted ceiling restaurant. Breakfast is an enriched buffet, and dinner is a
mouth-watering choice of Gozitian and Italian specialities.
                                      Travel Arrangements
                             We can appreciate the convenience of flying from your regional airport and
                             it is for this reason we do not include flights in our holiday package.
                             Instead we prefer to leave you the freedom to make your own travel
                             arrangements. All schedule and charter flights arrive at Malta
                             International Airport at Luqa. Flying time from the UK is about 3 hrs 15
                             mins. An increasing number of low-cost airlines now fly direct to Malta
                             from the UK and Ireland:

Ryanair operate flights from London Luton and Dublin to Malta Luqa airport (
Easyjet operate flights from London Gatwick and Manchester to Malta Luqa airport (
There are also many other direct flights from UK regional airports operating year round, including
Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, East Midlands, Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle and Norwich.

Malta’s national airline, Air Malta (in the UK, for enquiries, tel: 0845 6073710 or check out operates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Birmingham,
Manchester and Glasgow airports in Britain. There are no direct flights from long-haul destinations.
Guests from the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia can fly to London or Rome and take a flight to
Malta, but before booking it is worth comparing the cost of a cheap flight to London, and then a charter or
low-cost airline to Malta.

Wherever you arrive from you can be assured of a friendly welcome as we meet you off your chosen flight
at Luqa airport before transferring you to our accommodation, which is approximately a 30 minute
transfer. We do occasionally ask you to wait with us at the airport for other guests arriving on later
flights before being transfered however we do try to keep this wait down to a minimum (usually no more
than 1 hour).

If you are not confident booking your flights over the Internet, let us take the hassle out of organising
your travel – we are more than happy to arrange and book your travel for you. Alternatively, visit your
local travel agent and ask for flight only options to Malta. For guests arriving early or wishing to stay
on in Malta after the painting holiday we can recommend and even book accommodation at a wide choice
of hotels and B&Bs in Malta, a taxi journey to/from Valletta - to/from Luqa airport costs in the region of
25 euros each way. We offer a very competitive optional Sicily Add-On, 2 – 5 November 2009 (fully
escorted). Please contact us for further details.

                                         Guest Comments
“John & Maria’s organising skills and attention to detail meant that nothing was left to chance and so this
plus their friendliness and assistance, if needed, made this painting holiday a relaxing experience.”

“We really enjoyed our stay with you and want to thank you again for looking after us so well. Do keep us
informed of next year's holidays. We certainly can and will recommend you to our Irish artist friends.”

“I was especially impressed by the way John and Maria organised and planned the holiday and their
lovely, friendly approach and attention to every detail.”

“I just wanted to say thank you so very much to you and John for your wonderful hospitality! I thought
you both put so much into it and worked so hard that I couldn't let it pass without saying a big thankyou.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the week with you, and your personal attention made it the best painting holiday I've
been on”

“Thank you again for all the care and though that you put into making our holiday such an enjoyable one.
Sue and I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to visiting you again.”

“Many thanks for all your hard work to make my painting week so enjoyable. I really had a great time,
learnt a lot, gained a lot of confidence that I can become (with a lot more practice) a reasonable artist.”
                              Painting Guest             Painting Guest          Non Painting Guest
                               Single Room               Sharing Room              Sharing Room

8 day holiday
5 nights in Malta plus 2          £1,095                    £1,095                       £895
nights in Gozo                    $2,080                    $2,080                      $1,700

11 day holiday
5 nights in Malta plus 5          £1,195                    £1,195                       £995
nights in Gozo                    $2,270                    $2,270                      $1,890

14 day holiday
11 day holiday plus 3             £1,495                    £1,495                      £1,295
nights Sicily Add-On              $2,840                    $2,840                      $2,460

                                                                          * prices in US$ for guidance only

Included in the price:
      First class tutoring by world famous artist Frank Halliday.
      Airport transfers to / from accommodation in Malta & Gozo on arrival and departure days.
      Return ferry crossing to / from Malta & Gozo.
      5 nights accommodation in a 16th century historic building in the heart of Malta's captivating
      capital city Valletta.
      5 nights accommodation in one of the Gozo’s top hotels, located on the outskirts of the pretty
      Gozitan village of Xaghra.
      Welcome drinks party in Valletta.
      Three dinners in Malta, including a welcome dinner in Valletta, and four dinners in Gozo.
      Continental breakfast daily.
      Sightseeing and painting in the towns, villages and countryside of Malta & Gozo with painting /
      sightseeing excursions to Marsaxlokk, Mdina, Mgarr, Victoria (Rabat) & Dwejra.
      Entire holiday accompanied and supported by John & Maria.

Not Included in the price:
      International flights.
      Travel insurance.
      Entrance fees to historical / archeological sights, churches, museums, etc.
      Drinks and meals other than those specified.
      Personal expenses.
      Airport and overseas arrival/departure taxes.
      Excess baggage charges.
      Passport and visa fees.
      An optional Sicily Add-On, 2 – 5 November 2009 (fully escorted). Please contact
      for further details.

      Optional Sicily Add-On Tour                          4 days / 3 night Tour visiting
             2 – 5 November 2009                    Pozzallo, Taormina, Mount Etna, Agrigento,
                                                            Piazza Armerina and Noto.
                (Fully Escorted)
                                                                   What is Included
                                                           • 3 nights hotel on Half Board basis
                                                             • Catamaran Malta/Sicily/Malta
                                                  • Full day sightseeing tour Mount Etna & Taormina
                                                          • Full day sightseeing tour Agrigento
                                                                   & Piazza Armerina
                                                               • Hotel/Port/Hotel Transfers
                                  Frequently Asked Question
How early do I have to book?    Please register your interest as soon as possible as spaces are limited. We
                                do not require any payment until your flights are booked (most flights can
                                not be booked earlier than 6 months prior to departure, also we do not
                                advise you to book your flights until the minimum numbers are reached,
                                usually 4 guests).
Can I bring a non-painting      Yes. Non-painting partners and friends are very welcome to accompany
partner or friend?              us and we offer a discount of £200 off the holiday cost.
Are the holidays suitable for   Yes. This holiday is suitable for single travellers and has no single
single guests?                  supplements or no single sharing is necessary. Many meals are
                                taken as a group so you have the opportunity to get to know everyone in
                                the group over the length of the holiday.
Is the holiday price fully      Not quite. To give some flexibility to the holiday lunch and a few dinners
inclusive?                      are not included in the price. Some of you may want to sample a seafood
                                platter in Marsaxlokk or a fine dining restaurant in Valletta!
Can you cater for my special    Yes, just let us know about these when you make your booking and we
dietary needs?                  will ensure that your requests are accommodated.
How many students are on        There will be between 6 and 15 students on this holiday.
this holiday?
Do I need to have any           No, the holiday is suitable both for beginners and for accomplished
painting experience?            painters - and all levels in between!
Do I need to bring my own       No, we supply lightweight easels, boards, sun umbrellas and folding
equipment?                      chairs so you don’t have to worry about bringing cumbersome equipment
What materials do I need to     Your tutor will provide you with a list of materials for you to bring with
bring?                          you. There are only a limited amount of materials available locally!
What will the weather be        There is no guarantee with the weather; however in the eventuality of
like?                           rain we do have some indoor space available to us so everyday will be a
                                productive painting day. Also, for those with internet access you can view
                                a 10-day forecast at:
How is my money protected?      As a package holiday provider we are bound by the Package Travel,
                                Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992. Regulation 20 of
                                these Regulations requires us to protect all customer pre-payments and
                                therefore all monies received by us prior to the date of the holiday will be
                                deposited in a Secure Trustee Account controlled by Independent
                                Trustees who are professional people accepting the obligation for
                                controlling this Account in our guests’ interest.
How much money will I need      Not too much! You will need money for lunch and three dinners as well as
to take?                        for other personal expenses such as: drinks, ice creams, souvenir gifts, or
                                for visiting a museum / archaeological site if you wish to do so.
I'd quite like to do some       No problem. We offer a very competitive optional Sicily Add-On, 2 – 5
sightseeing at the end of my    November 2009 (fully escorted). Please contact us for further details. We
painting holiday. Can you       can also arrange extra nights at a wide choice of hotels and B&Bs in
arrange this?                   many other locations in Malta.

          We look forward to making your holiday exceptional.

                For more information please contact John or Maria at:


                                    Tel: 0044 (0)7890 602 571
                                         0039 347 186 1546