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Tour to Three Cities (Senglea,
Cospicua & Vittoriosa), Hagar Qim Temples & Visitors
Centre, Blue Grotto (optional boat trip), Marsaxlokk Fishing
Village, Ghar Dalam Cave (PV5)
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We start our tour with a visit to the
oldest part of the Grand Harbour. The Three Cities which consists of
Senglea, Cospicua & Vittoriosa (or otherwise known as Birgu. We
start our tour of this area with a visit to Senglea and the Gardjola
Gardens, here you can admire the magnificent view from the Vedette
(watch tower used by the Knights). We continue with a drive through
Cospicua, the most inner creek of this ancient harbour which has
recently been regenerated. Next we visit the old city of Birgu (Vittoriosa)
which is the most important of the Three Cities. In 1532 the Knights
of St. John first settled in this area, and we will give you an
insight to an era dominated by the Knights of St. John. Our walking
tour will take us to the heart of city, the narrow streets and
quaint alleys known as the 'collacchio', an area of old Palazzo's
which were the original Auberges occupied by the Knights'. If time
allows you can also take a trip around the harbour on a traditional
Dghajsa, a type of gondola (additional cost, allow €8 per person).
We continue with our tour, passing through typical southern towns
until we reach Ghar Dalam. The Ghar Dalam Cave is a highly important
site as it was here that the earliest evidence of human settlement
on Malta from 7,000 years ago, was discovered. This huge cavern is
144 metres deep, but only the first 80 metres are open to visitors.
The various layers contained the fossilised bones of dwarf
elephants, hippopotami, red deer, bear, fox, wolf, micro-mammals and
birds from the Pleistocene Age (180,000 years ago) and the end of
the last Ice Age(16,000 years ago).
We then continue to our next stop and an opportunity to experience a
little local culture when visiting the pretty traditional fishing
village of Marsaxlokk. Marsaxlokk, is a quaint fishing village and
is characterized by low lying buildings and the colourful
traditional fishing boats known as the 'luzzu'. A small market lines
the seafront and if you would like to sample fresh Mediterranean
fish there are numerous local restaurants to choose from (other
cuisine is available).
In the afternoon we proceed to our next stop which will be the ancient site of Hagar Qim. Before entering the temple site we start at the new visitors
centre where you can easily understand how these magnificent temples
where built over 7000 years ago! We then continue with a short tour
around this incredible ancient temple which has the largest
and heaviest megaliths out of all the temple sites around the
Maltese Islands, some slabs which form the outer wall weighing a
staggering 20 tons.
After a short drive from the temples we will soon arrive at the Blue
Grotto. This picturesque grotto and its neighboring system of sea
caverns mirrors the brilliant phosphorescent colors of underwater
flora. Boat trips, which take around 25 minutes allow you to explore
these grottoes and sea caverns along this stretch of coast (the boat
trip is not included in the overall price as it operates subject to
weather conditions, allow €8).
At this stage our
tour comes to an end and we make our way back.
!Note The order in which we
operate the tour may differ as mentioned above.
Prices are based on the group size and are not per person.
Private transport is provided based on the number of passengers in
Tour with driver and Licensed Tour Guide:
€365 for 1 to 3 passengers
€465 for 4 to 6 passengers
€575 for 7 to 12 passengers
€685 for 13 to 17 passengers
Contact us for larger group up to 50
Entrance fees. To save unnecessary time wasting and queuing we can
include your entrance fees. Allow €11 per person for Ghar Dalam Cave
and Hagar Qim Temples.
Lunch is not included.
Sunday/Public Holiday Supplements:
Add €25 (not per person) applies for tours operated on Sunday's and
This tour can
start on any day
Pick Up/Meeting Point:
We can pick up from any location
If you are visiting on a busy cruise line day this tour may not be
available. For tour itineraries that are guaranteed to operate for
cruise line passengers go to our
Licensed Tour Guides:
Your Licensed Tour Guide guide will be
with you for the FULL tour duration and will provide detailed en
route commentary and will also accompany at historical sites,
temples, museums and around fortified cities such as Valletta, Mdina
Guides are available in English, German, French, Dutch and Spanish
How to Book
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