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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 €8/adults and €4 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 Palace.

 

Tour Details

Prices:
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
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Tour with driver and Licensed Tour Guide:
€465 for up to 6 passengers
€575 for 7 to 12 passengers
€685 for 13 to 17 passengers
Contact us for larger group up to 50

Not Included:

Entrance fees. To save unnecessary time wasting and queuing we can include your entrance fees. Allow €16 per person for Hagar Qim Temples and St. John's Co. Cathedral.

Blue Grotto. If you would like to do the Blue Grotto boat trip, allow €8/adults, €4/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 €25 (not per person) applies for tours operated on Sunday's and Public Holidays

Availability:

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 lift.

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.


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