Pricing

Fees always include:
  • all tuition cost (no extra charges for materials)
  • all field trips and related expenses
  • certification
  • communal dinner and access to an open pantry for breakfast and lunches.

Fees never include airfare to Malta or local transport to our basecamp.

Pricing for both the Drystone and Graphic program are the same.

Option 1: 1.450 €
Includes accommodation in our basecamp, sharing a bedroom in one of our apartments. These are fully equipped, ±60 square meter apartments. Each apartment has 2 bedrooms with each 2 beds (so you’ll have 3 flatmates of which one will be your roommate).

Option 2: 2.150 €
Same as option 1, but with a private bedroom.

Option 3: 1.200€
No accommodation included. In this case we advise you to look for your own accommodation in the village of Xlendi.

Alumni of the Off the Beaten Track summer program get a 200€ discount on option 1.

Longer stays in our apartments depend on availability and can be discussed with us.


Flight Bookings
We expect you to arrive on the starting day of your session and to leave on the last day. Arriving sooner or departing later is not necessary for the program. However, you might consider booking your own touristic accommodation to work away a jet lag before the program starts or to enjoy a few days more on these beautiful islands. We might have available apartments in our basecamp, please inquire with mirjam.bussels@xpeditions.be.

The airport code for Malta is MLA, The airport is located in the city named Luqa, and it is the only airport on the islands, so you can’t miss. On some websites the 'airport' for the water-plane and the heliport of Gozo have a code, but it is impossible to fly there as a regular passenger.

Touch down in Malta airport
It’s a very small airport, so you can’t get lost. Your luggage however might, especially if you have some layovers, so please tag it with the address of our accommodation (see below).

You will possibly meet other students from your session at the airport (can you recognize your Off the beaten track-peers on sight?).
If you still need to get some Euro currency, there’s an ATM in the airport lobby.

If you encounter any major delays - more then 3 hours - during your travel, please, whenever possible, notify us as well (e-mail, phone, facebook group…), it saves us a lot of worries.

You will probably have free wifi on your airport(s) and also on the ferry to Gozo.

Phone Numbers
Mirjam:  +356 99253558
Sam:  +356 99658374
Marjan:  +356 99253554

Taxi or shuttle service:
A variety of taxi services and shuttles are available on the islands, but we advise to book through Lepeirks. When you refer to us, they will know exactly where you need to be. Their prices and service are excellent in our experience. But you will need to book them at least 5 days in advance. This can be done by email on lepeirks@maltanet.net (include arrival date/time and your flight number, they will adapt in case of flight delays).

Take the bus (public busses, 3 in total)
You’ll find schedules and information on: www.publictransport.com.mt.

  1. The first bus which takes you from Luqa Airport to the Cirkewwa Ferry Harbor is X1. It has a stop before the airport exit, and has its final stop at the ferry harbor (‘Cirkewwa’). It operates from 5 am to 11pm (the ferry goes all night through). A ticket bought on the bus will cost you 2€ (or buy a card in the airport, see below). This first ride takes about 90 minutes (depending on traffic).
  2. When in Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal, board the ferry without paying (you only pay on the way back). You may ask or be asked to put your luggage in a luggage carrier. This service is free and allows you to walk around freely on the ferry and enjoy the amazing view from the sundeck.
  3. The ferry ride takes about 25 minutes, enjoy it! (Possibly with a Cisk, Kinnie or Twistees - the cafetaria unlocks some typical Maltese drinks and nibbles at cheap prices)
  4. On the other side (the island of Gozo) you first take the bus, in front of the terminal, to Victoria (20 minutes ride), the last stop is the central bus terminal, there you have to switch to the bus to Xlendi (n° 306). Our basecamp is right across the first bus stop in Xlendi and is called “Qsajjem”. Talk to the busdriver, he might not know the name of the stop, but he will know the stop at ‘the first appartments in Xlendi on the road from Munxar’.

Travel Insurance
While Malta is a safe country with excellent health services, there always is a risk of unexpected medical costs or losing expensive equipment when travelling anywhere in the world. Therefore providing some kind of travel insurance is mandatory. The mandatory minimum is a health insurance that guarantees repatriation in case of a medical emergency.

Arrival in the program
Try to arrive around noon on Malta, and depart after the program in the late afternoon. These are the most convenient times, for us, but especially for you. If it is not possible to arrive during daytime, no worries, we will be available at any time on the arrival/departure day to welcome you and see you off.

On the starting day of your session the staff will only expect you around 12:30pm. There will be participants arriving all day, so there is no rush to get there.

Our apartments
Roomy and well equipped apartments, with beautiful views in two story high buildings. Bedlinen and towels are provided. Each apartment has two bedrooms and will house 4 participants.
The address on which you can receive mail (put your name c/o in the address). This also is the recommended address to tag your luggage with on the way in.

Expeditions vzw
YOUR NAME
Triq il-Kavallieri, Apt. 40
Xlendi, XLN1451, Gozo
Malta

Equipment
All you really need is a pencil and a notebook. A cell phone can be quite convenient. But you're free to make use of all modern technology: pda, laptop, digital (video)camera, GPS, voice recorder... These can certainly be useful, but nothing of this is mandatory. 

Most participants bring their laptop, it makes some of the assignments easier and of course it is good to already start organizing data during fieldwork.

Remember you’re always responsible for your own equipment and Expeditions won’t interfere with discussions about damage done by others (never has been an issue in the past by the way).

Internet
We provide wireless internet in one communal room and surrounding areas. However, due to our location and the fact that we'll be using one connection with a large number of people, don't expect more than sending the occasional e-mail and patiently browsing through simple websites. However, the island is covered with free Wifi spots, as is the bay where we stay (5min walk).

Food
Dinner is provided for each day at 8 pm. Each apartment has its own kitchen and fridge, so you can stock food and cook something for breakfast and lunch. During the week we sometimes go to restaurants, other times the staff will cook for you (and of course we are happy if you would like to help us with this). In our shared kitchen and pantry there will be a supply of food and drinks for breakfast and lunch, also during the weekends. The islands have some beautiful fresh products, so those who like to cook will have a ball.

Money
Malta switched to the Euro currency since January 2008. How much you need depends on yourself. You need some extra cash to pay for local transport facilities. But further you should be able to survive without too much cash. ATM’s are always nearby.

Electricity
In Europe we have 220 volts, so that might be different for you. However, most of your electronic equipment will work on it. Laptops, cellphone chargers…  work on anything between 100 and 230 volts these days. Check the technical specifications on your devices. The only thing you’ll need is a plug adaptor for UK plugs. We will have some available for you, and they are easy and cheap to get here, so don’t spend time or money looking for it at home.

Medication
Bring your own medication! There are plenty pharmacists on the Island, but brands and names can be a little different in every country. It's no fun looking for the right simple painkiller you are used to when you have a terrible headache. So bring medication you are used to for the typical 'holiday-inconveniences'. And especially if you have prescription drugs: keep them in your carry-on luggage on the plane!

What should I pack?
Speaking from experience we know that participants always overpack. Here is some advice...

What you really need:
  • a pair of good walking shoes, not for heavy mountaineering, but if you go off the beaten track you walk on pointy rocks
  • light rainwear
  • a swimsuit
  • sunglasses
  • clothes for 20° Celsius (that's 68 Fahrenheit)
  • nights might feel a bit chilly, so a warm sweater, trousers and something windproof will be comfortable.