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Malta Highlights with Valletta - 7/8 hour tour
Visiting Blue Grotto (optional boat trip), Hagar Qim Temples, Mdina Medieval
City, Valletta (Tritons Fountain, Republic Street, Victoria & St.
George's Squares, St. John's Co. Cathedral, Upper Barraka Gardens), Panoramic
lift to cruise terminal. (SE8)
Our tour begins with
Mdina, the old capital of Malta
and which will bring you back to the 9th century. This city was built on a
plateau in the centre of the island, another incredible accomplishment. From
the bastion walls, you'll see the entire island. Around you is a maze of
narrow alleyways that bring you face-to-face with amazing architecture.
The tour then heads to the south west and our next stop is the ancient
megalithic temples of Hagar Qim, one of many UNESCO listed Malta sites. Before entering the
temples we start at the new visitors centre which will help you understand
how these magnificent temples where built over 5000 years ago! We then
continue with our visit of the actual temple site. This temple has some of
the largest and heaviest megaliths out of all the temple sites around the Maltese Islands, some slabs weighing a
staggering 20 tons.
Our final stop in the morning is the stunning Blue Grotto. Here you can take
a 25-minute boat trip which explores the incredible beauty of this natural
wonder and is a "must-do" during this tour. The grotto and
neighbouring system of sea caves are home to brilliant phosphorescent marine
life, as you enter the caves the clarity of the azure sea is simply amazing.
The boat trip is optional, allow eur8/adults and eur4 for children.
Our transport will then return us back to the harbour area and to Valletta. At this stage
we say farewell to our driver, Valletta
can only be explored on foot.
We enter the city passing Tritons fountain and a walk along the main thoroughfare,
the guide will point out our parliament, the old Royal Opera House besides
other interesting buildings as we pass by. At this stage we will stop for a
lunch/snack break. After lunch we continue our tour of the city which will
include visits to George's Square which is adorned by the imposing Grand Masters Palace
(external viewing only). Proceeding along Republic Street, our next stop is
the amazing St. John's
Co. Cathedral (internal visit), which is home to Caravaggio's masterpiece
"The Beheading of St. John." This Cathedral was the conventual
church of the Order of St. John,
otherwise known as the Knights of St. John. In fact, most of the city was
built by the Knights'. They were the planners of the auberges, palaces and
the magnificent fortifications that you can still see today. The final part
of our walking tour includes Merchants Street, along here there are many
interesting buildings and our guide will point out some of the most
important, 'MUZA' (the new Museum of Fine Arts) and the imposing Auberge de
Castille, nowadays the office our Prime Minister. We end our tour at the
Upper Barraka Gardens and not only are these gardens beautiful but the view
of the stunning Grand Harbour is a memorable one, it unfolds beneath you as
you make your way to the viewing balcony, a perfect way to end our tour.
A trip from the gardens with the panoramic lift will take us back down to the
sea level and then we end with a short 6 minute walk to the cruise terminal.
Please note The order in which we operate the tour may
differ as mentioned above. St. John's Co. Cathedral do not open on Saturday
afternoon, Sunday's and Public Holiday's.
This will be replaced with an alternative site such as the Grand Master's
Prices are based on the group size and are not per person. Private
transport is provided based on the number of passengers in your group.
Tour with driver and Licensed Tour Guide:
eur500 for up to 6 passengers
eur680 for 7 to 12 passengers
eur860 for 13 to 16 passengers
Contact us for larger groups up to 50
Entrance fees. To save unnecessary time wasting and queuing we can include
your entrance fees. Allow eur21 per person for Hagar
and St. John's
Blue Grotto. If you
would like to do the Blue Grotto boat trip, allow eur8/adults, eur4/children
which is paid direct to the boat operators. The boat trip operates subject to
suitable weather conditions; therefore if it is cancelled it will be replaced
with an alternative site which you can discuss with your guide.
Lunch is not
included in the tour rate.
Sunday/Public Holiday Supplements:
Add eur35 (not per person) applies for tours operated on Sunday's and Public
This tour is available on any day
Pick Up/Meeting Point:
This tour will pick up from the Valletta
cruise terminal/returning back to the Valletta Cruise Terminal by panoramic
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 and Birgu.
Guides are available in English, German, French, Dutch and Spanish languages.
How to Book
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