Art and Culture Tour of

MaLTA

with Maestro Igor V. Babailov

World-Renowned American Portrait and Figurative Artist

June 5 - 13, 2020

Starting price: $5,999 per person, based on double occupancy

My dear friends,
 
I am delighted to invite you to enter into my world of art and the beauty of God’s creation as you join me to explore the oldest country in the world – the historic and mythic Maltese Islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino in June of 2020.  
 
At the center of the Mediterranean and 93 km south of Sicily, Malta’s 7,000 years of history includes 2,000 years of Christianity brought to the Islands by St. Paul himself.  Discover the history, art, miracles and culture in the bedrock of civilization in its most preserved beauty and depth.  Travel with me into my timeless space of creation and innovation and see Malta through the eyes of the Master painters, architects and sculptors, Leonardo DaVinci, Caravaggio, and others. Just like these Masters, who drew their masterpieces of people, places and nature from life, I will be creating daily portrait drawings in life-sittings with each of you, immortalizing you under the historic spiritual legacy of Malta and art.
We will visit The Shrine of our Blessed Virgin Mary of Ta’Pinu in Gozo, where numerous miraculous healings of both Maltese and foreigners, who have been saved, healed or helped through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, have occurred. In 1990, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass there. On 18 April 2010, when visiting MaltaPope Benedict XVI donated and placed a Golden Rose in front of the devotional image of Our Lady Of Ta’ Pinu. His Holiness invited everybody to “Pray to her under the title queen of the family.
 

The Knights of Malta “Order of St. John” ruled the Maltese islands for centuries and in their ongoing battles with the Ottoman Empire, preserved Christianity there.  Architectural landmarks and structures, built centuries ago, remain intact as a testament to their impact worldwide. We will visit churches, museums, the presidential palace, meet world renowned historians, nobility, stay at the finest hotel and spa in Malta, dine at the most sought after restaurants, attend mass at the magnificent St. John’s Co-Cathedral and meet with my very special friends and dignitaries, and I will personally teach you to discover each day, through drawing together the timeless pillars of history and the beauty of God’s creation, the nature around you, how to not to look, but “see” the world with your heart and soul, like never before, and apply the life-changing empowerment of these master secrets and knowledge into your personal and professional lives.  I am looking forward to meeting you all and taking you with me on a very special journey to one of the most special places on earth.

Very best,

Maestro Igor Babailov

Itinerary

Please note that the itinerary is not final and is subject to change. Special events and experiences are awaiting final numbers and confirmations.

Day 1: Friday, June 5

Depart USA

Depart USA for Valletta, Malta via overnight flights.*

Day 2: Saturday, June 6

Malta Arrival | Welcome Presentation | Cocktail Reception & Welcome Dinner

Arrive in Malta and enjoy transfer to the hotel on St. George’s Bay for check-in. Meet your fellow travelers during a welcome presentation by Maestro Igor Babailov detailing the highlights of the upcoming week and discovering his most famous works. Enjoy a cocktail reception and a special welcome dinner at one of the most acclaimed restaurants on the island. Take in the sunset from the terrace before turning in on your first night in Malta. Overnight in St. George’s Bay.

Day 3: Sunday, June 7

Gozo | St. George’s Bay

This morning, after a hearty breakfast, board your private coach to transfer to the Northern coast of the island, where you will catch a ferry to the Maltese island of Gozo. Upon your arrival, enjoy a group lunch followed by a visit to Ta’Pinu Church, a place of recorded miracles that has been visited by both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict. Celebrate Mass (optional) with time for prayer. Tour the Citadel of Victoria, a beautiful fortress on the island that has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. Board the ferry back to the main island and enjoy time at leisure for the remainder of the evening. Dinner on your own. Overnight in St. George’s Bay.

Day 4: Monday, June 8

Russian Grand Priory of Malta | Mdina

Today, depart for a VIP visit to the Russian Grand Priory. Drive to Mdina for a tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Catacombs, which will give you unique insight into the rich Christian history of Malta. Discover your hidden artistic potential as Igor leads the group in an artistry lesson here. After a lovely group lunch and return to the hotel for time to relax and enjoy the pool or surrounding area. This evening, a special Maltese buffet will be prepared for you to enjoy! Overnight in St. George’s Bay.

Day 5: Tuesday, June 9

Panoramic City Tour | Presidential Palace

After breakfast, transfer into the capital city of Valletta for a panoramic tour of the city, including Upper Barrakka Gardens, the Grand Harbor, and St. John’s Co-Cathedral, with a special guided tour. Enjoy lunch as a group followed by a tour of Father Marius Zerafa’s studio. Visit the Presidential Palace of Malta and view some of Maestro Babailov’s works, which hang in the President’s personal collection. Return to the hotel for time to freshen up for an evening at leisure. Overnight in St. George’s Bay.

Day 6: Wednesday, June 10

Valletta | Sailing Excursion

This morning depart for Birgu to visit Fort St. Angelo, where Caravaggio was jailed. Capture the essence of this place with the guidance of Maestro Babailov during a special artistic session. Enjoy a group lunch before boarding a private boat to enjoy an afternoon cocktail reception at sea. Return to the hotel for dinner on the terrace, overlooking St. George’s Bay. Overnight in St. George’s Bay.

Day 7: Thursday, June 11

Day at Leisure

Today, enjoy a leisurely morning followed by a free day to explore Malta with new found friends. Visit the shops in Valletta, take a sailing tour of the Blue Grotto, or simply relax by the pool. Overnight in St. George’s Bay.

Day 8: Friday, June 12

Palazzo Parisio | Mosta Rotunda | St. George’s Bay

On your last day in Malta, enjoy breakfast before departing for Palazzo Parisio for a guided tour of this exquisite home and the surrounding gardens. Group lunch on site. Following lunch, visit the famous Mosta Rotunda and learn about the miracle that occurred here when two bombs were dropped into the Church during World War II during Mass and did not explode. Return to the hotel to freshen up before a cocktail reception and farewell dinner overlooking the sea. Overnight in St. George’s Bay.

Day 9: Saturday, June 13

Depart for USA

After breakfast, transfer on own to the airport to board return flights to USA.

 

*Flights, airport transfers, and pre- or post-nights can be made through Corporate Travel.
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**Please do not purchase independent airfare until you have been notified in writing by Corporate Travel.

Inclusions

•  Seven (7) nights accommodations at 5 star hotels: Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa or similar

• Continental Breakfast daily at Fra Martino or Babailov Executive Suite

• Five (5) lunches with two glasses of wine or beer

• Four (4) Dinners with two glasses of beer or wine, including a Welcome and Farewell Dinner with cocktail reception

• Airport transfers as provided by the Corinthia Hotel

• Luxury motor coach for specified sightseeing

• European tour manager while in Malta

• Corporate Travel tour manager while in Malta

• Local guides according to the itinerary

• Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary

• Private yacht experience with refreshments

• Individual graphite portrait for each paying passenger by Maestro Igor Babailov

• Opportunities to discover your hidden artistic potential with Maestro Babailov

• Art materials for class

• Greatest Portrait Moments book for each couple

• Hotel taxes and porterage for 1 piece of luggage

• City taxes

Tour Does Not Include:

Airfare, Meals not specifically identified, Beverages with meals unless specified, Gratuities payable to escort, guides and drivers, Other personal expenses, Items not specifically mentioned above

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