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Footsteps of St. Paul -
St. Pauls' Bay, San Pawl Milqi, Rabat (St. Paul's Grotto, St.
Publius Church), Roman Domus, Mdina (Cathedral & Museum) (TPV1)
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Christianity has almost 2000 years of history in Malta. It was
brought to the island by no one other than the Apostle Paul in 60
AD. Paul was being taken to Rome to be tried as a political rebel,
but the ship was wrecked just off the coast during a very bad storm.
The Maltese assisted the crew, St. Paul and others who were onboard
the wrecked ship. They looked after them, fed them and provided
shelter for them until they could continue with their journey.
According to local tradition, St. Paul preached the gospel of
Christianity to the locals, who at the time were under Roman rule.
Even the Governor of the island Publius converted to Christianity
and became Malta's first Bishop.
Our tour will take you from the point of the shipwreck which is
located in St. Paul's Bay and along the route taken by St. Paul.
According to tradition the site where the Church of the Bonfire is
located is where St Paul first reached land and made a bonfire. We
continue visiting various sites along the way such as the site where
St. Paul is said to have been greeted by Publius the Roman Governor
at his country villa at Burmarrad. The site is known as San Pawl
Milqi (meaning "St. Paul Welcomed"). We end the morning at the place
where he rested. Paul stayed for three months in the town of Rabat
and here we will visit the grotto which was his actual resting place
Just before our lunch break we visit the Roman Domus. This property
dating back to the Roman era is an upper class Roman Town House
discovered in 1881. This is considered to be the richest
archaeological find of the Roman period in Malta. Its elegant
architecture and polychrome mosaics date its original construction
to the early 1st century B.C.
After our lunch break we will visit 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. We will do a general tour of the city including
the beautiful Mdina Cathedral. The cathedral is built on the site
where the Roman govenor Publius is said to have had his residence.
In addition we will also also look at the Cathedral Museum which was
originally a seminary to train future priests. It was later
transformed into the Cathedral Museum and is today considered as one
of the most important artistic museums in Malta. There is a fine
collection of paintings, silverware, church vestments and a unique
series of etchings by Albrecht Durer.
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 €16 per person for St. Paul's
Grotto, Roman Domus & Mdina Cathedral.
Lunch is not included.
Sunday/Public Holiday Supplements:
Add €35 (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
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available. For tour itineraries that are guaranteed to operate for
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