Social events

Sep 1

Welcome reception at Upper Barrakka Gardens
This is one of the most beautiful parks in Valletta that was built in 1775 by the Order of St. John. It offers a panoramic view of the Grand Harbour of Valletta.

18:30 - 19:30Lecture about the historical events of Valletta, including the Great Siege of 1565
19:30 – 20:30Stand-up reception. Registration will be opened

Sep 2
Harbour Cruise
18:00 - 19:30

We will cruise within two natural harbours on either side of Valletta - Marsamxett Harbour and the Grand Harbour. A detailed commentary will unfold the history of Valletta and the Three Cities connected with the two Great Sieges of 1565 and 1942, as well as all the other places of interest including the historical forts, battlements and creeks which can only be admired from the sea. We will cruise into every creek showing you the closest possible views.

Sep 3

Guided tour and conference banquet in Mdina
Mdina is an important historical city in Malta. It is commonly called the “Silent City” by natives and visitors. It was originally fortified by the Phoenicians around 700BC, because of its strategic location on one of the highest points in Malta and as far from the sea as possible. It owes its present architecture to the Arab period, from 870 until the Normans conquered Malta in 1091. They surrounded the city with thick fortifications and a wide moat. The city displays an unusual mix of Norman and Baroque architecture, including several palaces, most of which serve as private homes. The impressive cathedral is fronted by a large square.

16:30 - 17:00Bus from conference center to Mdina
17:15 - 18:00Reception on a terrace with a panoramic view
18:00 - 19:30Guided tour in Mdina
19:30 - 20:00Free time
20:00 - 22:30Banquet
22:30 - 23:00Bus from Mdina to Valletta

Sep 4

Closing rejoin and guided tour in Valletta

16:00 - 17:00

Closing rejoin at the Sacra Infermeria Hall of the conference center. This magnificent hall was constructed in the 16th century to serve as the Holy Infirmary of the Order of St. John.

17:00 - 18:30Guided tour in Valletta