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Tour to Valletta
City Highlights (Barraka
Merchants/Republic Streets, St. John's Co. Cathedral), Hagar Qim Temples
& Visitors Centre, Blue Grotto (belvedere), Marsaxlokk Fishing
Village & Mdina Medieval City (PV1)
If you are visiting on a cruise ship take a look at
our Shore Excursions
This by far the
more popular tour due to the diverse itinerary which includes three periods
of Malta's golden history, culture and some great scenery...all in one day.
Our first visit during our tour is the capital, Valletta which was built by the Knights of
St. John in 1566. Here we include the Barrakka Gardens which offer stunning
views of the Grand Harbour and magnificent fortifications, a walk down Triq
Repubblika where you can admire numerous historical buildings built by the
Knights of St. John including the Auberges, the Grand Master's Palace and the
St. John's Co. Cathedral, the Church of the Order and also home to
Caravaggio's masterpiece "Beheading of St. John" amongst other
After our tour of the capital we will then visit the south west of the island
where the ancient Hagar
site stands. Before entering the temples we start at the visitors centre and
new 5D short movie which will help you understand how these magnificent
temples where built over 5000 years ago! Set in a rural area this ancient
temple is particularly interesting as it has the largest and heaviest
megaliths out of all the temple sites around the Maltese Islands,
some slabs weighing a staggering 20 tons. This temple dates back to 3300BC,
an era dominated by Neolithic man.
Shortly after leaving the temples we should have time for a quick photo stop
of the Blue Grotto Arch from the belvedere view point. 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).
Our final stop during the tour is the ancient city of Mdina. Mdina is built on a plateau in the
centre of the island, the city's old Baroque buildings, Cathedral and
magnificent bastion walls dominate the rural skyline. Mdina, once the capital
of Malta until the modern
city of Valletta was built had many names
including Melite (Roman occupation), Medina
(Arabic occupation), Citta Notabile (Knights of St. John) and Citta Vecchia
was built). Today it is also referred to as the Silent City
since it inspires tranquillity at any time of the day or night. The only way
to really experience and enjoy this city is on foot, explore the quaint
alleys, narrow streets, ancient buildings and magnificent far reaching views
from the high bastion walls.
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. Certain places of interest
such as 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.
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:
eur380 for 1 to 3 passengers
eur500 for 4 to 6 passengers
eur680 for 7 to 12 passengers
eur860 for 13 to 16 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 eur21 per person for St. John's
Co. Cathedral and Hagar
Lunch is not included.
Sunday/Public Holiday Supplements:
Add eur25 (not per person) applies for tours operated on Sunday's and Public
Note. If you are making an
enquiry for next year the tour rates and entrance fees may differ to those
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 Shore Excursions listings
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
If you would like to book this tour only click here
If you would like to include this tour in a multi day customised
itinerary click here