Two countries, close neighbours, but worlds apart in their history and culture. This is the University of Calgary’s first-ever travel study tour to Malta, which we have paired with Tunisia to give you fascinating glimpses of history from the Stone Ages to the Arab Spring.
We begin with a week on Malta, where we’ll visit 5000-year-old megalithic stone temples with carved reliefs, the legendary island of Homer’s enchanting Calypso, an ancient Roman house, early Christian catacombs, the Arab-influenced medieval town of Mdina and its suburb Rabat, the houses of the Knights of St John and their Grand Master’s palace, and a museum that recreates the important role of Malta in the two World Wars. Scattered amongst these are fishing harbours, a limestone quarry, a blue grotto, and an archaeological museum.
The following eight days in Tunisia will be spent in three intriguing cities: Tunis, with its neighbour, ancient Carthage; Kairouan, the fourth holiest site of Islam; and the oasis town of Tozeur. We’ll visit five extraordinarily well-preserved Roman cities and wander through their fora, houses, aqueducts, baths, and even public toilets; Arab souks, medinas, and mosques; a blue-and-white Andalusian village; and palm groves and oasis villages. Along the way are one of the world’s most stunning collections of Roman mosaics, an artisanal museum where we’ll discover the art of Tunisian carpets, and perhaps a camel ride.
Seven thousand years of history…and no final examination.