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About Merill
Merill Eco Tours is a social enterprise which provides alternative experiences to locals and tourists who wish to enjoy the nature, culture, history and tradition of the Maltese Islands. Through our network of farmers and artisans we manage a number of unique farms and workshops around the islands, these offer truly authentic experiences and genuine local products which may be consumed and purchased on location.
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jo77Montreal wrote a review Mar 2020
Montreal3 contributions
Christian was incredibly generous in bringing us to local spots around Malta. From going to a local coffee shop in Rabat and trying delicious pastizzis in all the while embracing the vibe of locals, to wine testing with Marc (an awesome character that I enjoyed having a few glasses of wine with and a great conversation I won't forget). A taste of Malta breads from a traditional oven made us go back day after day. The tasty olive oil from the branches you get to touch, was a learning experience for me and I'll never taste olive oil the same as I did before this tour. This is an experience not to be missed if you want to get a touch of local Malta foods and artisanal small scale productions. Grab a ride with Christian. He has a lot to share. And yeah.... Go with an empty stomach. You won't regret it. Rich and jo
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Date of experience: February 2020
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katem wrote a review Feb 2020
Malahide, Ireland2 contributions8 helpful votes
My friend and I had an incredible day doing the shared farm tour. It's a great way to see parts of the country/culture that you wouldn't get to otherwise, and the guides go above and beyond with their hospitality. Everything is taken care of for you, you get to meet some local characters, and the food and wine provided is very generous. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Poorna B wrote a review Jan 2020
Goshen, Indiana33 contributions13 helpful votes
Cant say enough about how awesome this experience was for us - very informative and educative. Highly recommend this for all foodies and nature enthusiasts. Christian our tour guide was exemplary - very charming and knowledgeable - walked us through the whole process of olive oil tasting which was served with different local delicacies and highlight of our tour was talking to Charlie - whose olive groves we visited . His farm is lovely and we sat outdoors and enjoyed the wine , olive oil , local honey , local bread . It was definitely an experience of a lifetime and not to be missed if you want to experience local food and growers. Charlie's wife was a very gracious host who was busy prepping and serving food for us. Charlie amazed us all with his modesty and his vast knowledge about everything once you get him talking - he is a scuba diver , a spear fishing addict, a farmer who has tried his hand at every technique there is - grafting , growing , seeding etc, bee keeper , at one point he even bred snails, avid reader , painter , birder --- in short he was a delight to converse with. Many thanks to Christian for suggesting many local restaurants to us
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Yasmin M, Guest Relations Manager at Merill
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Dear PBhagat Thank you for your review and your kind words especially for mentioning Charlie; it is people like him and Bella and the members of our network who make all of this possible thanks to their hard work and dedication. All the very best to you and your loved ones!
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John G wrote a review Dec 2019
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We spent a day travelling about Malta, outside of the urban areas on the east coast with this tour. Its a great way to encounter the rural part of Malta and the smaller towns. All of our hosts on the tour were engaging and enthused about what they produced. Food was good and the experience was better. It will be the stand out experience of our week in Malta. We wholeheartedly recommend this tour -- full value for the money
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Yasmin M, Guest Relations Manager at Merill
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Dear Dreamer15948, Thank you so much for your review and it is an honour to hear just how memorable it all was for you! All the best to you and your loved ones for the New Year! Regards
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Traveler192244 wrote a review Nov 2019
Tampa, Florida4 contributions
Magnificent small tour. Christian is a top-notch guide. We experienced local food, touring a historic house, a bakery, winery, and an olive farm. This tour was magnificent and is a must do. It's away from the crowds, very educational, and insightful. We had a fun day seeing and learning how the locals work and live in Malta - away from the mass tourism. In short, a culinary and cultural delight. Very enjoyable.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Christian_Borg, Manager at Merill
Responded 22 Nov 2019
We appreciate so much your kind words. Glad you immediately grabbed our concept and the importance of positive-impact / sustainable tourism! The farmers and artisans within our network benefit from such tours, and without them, we would not be able to taste and enjoy so many delectable items and exclusive venues! So it's a win-win. Thanks again!
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