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In the Trail of the Knights
- Senglea, Birgu/Vittoriosa (Collachio Historical Centre &
Waterfront), Valletta (Fortified Parameter, Barraka
Gardens, Merchants/Republic Streets, St. John's Co. Cathedral &
Grand Masters Palace) (TPV3)
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2 years after they first arrived in Malta during
1530, the Knights of St. John settled in Birgu or as it is otherwise
known, Vittoriosa. This is the start of this tour which will sweep
you back in time to a golden era in Malta's diverse and chequered
We start this tour with a walking tour of the 'Collacchio', the
historical centre of Birgu and which is a maze of narrow winding
streets. During our tour you will pass the original Auberges which
the Knights lived in, the old armoury, hospital and oratory. We will
visit the oratory which is a small church museum containing various
relics of the Knights and other items of interest connected with the
church and Birgu. The actual magisterial hat and sword used by
Grandmaster de Valette during the Great Siege of 1565 have been
recently restored and are exhibited here. At this point we make our
way to the Birgu Waterfront. This is lined with majestic buildings
because according to the Knights, visitors had perforce to approach
Malta by sea and their assessment of the island was coloured by
their first glimpse of its buildings which included beautiful and
impressive palaces used as stores and warehouses and upper floors
were offices and residences.
If time allows you can also take a
trip around the harbour on a traditional Dghajsa, a type of gondola (additional cost, allow
eur8 per person).
After a lunch break we continue our tour to Valletta. Valletta was
built by the Knights of St. John in 1566 as an impregnable city..
The construction of the city was commissioned by Grandmaster de
Valette. Here we include the Barraka Gardens which offer stunning
views of the Grand Harbour and magnificent fortifications, a walk
through important streets so you can admire the magnificent Palaces
and other historical buildings built during the period of the
Knights and we will also include an internal tour of both the Grand
Masters Palace State Rooms and the magnificent St. John's Co.
Cathedral, which was the church of the Order and also home to
Caravaggio's masterpiece "Beheading of St. John" amongst other
At this stage our tour comes to an end and we will make our way
!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:
eur380 for 1 to 3 passengers
eur500 for 4 to 6 passengers
eur680 for 7 to 12 passengers
eur860 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 eur21 per person for Grand Masters
Palace & St. John's Co. Cathedral.
Lunch is not included.
Sunday/Public Holiday Supplements:
Add eur35 (not per person) applies for tours operated on Sunday's and
Note. If you are making an
enquiry for next year the tour rates and entrance fees may differ to
those mentioned above.
This tour can
start on any day, however it is advisable that we avoid Sunday
because the Cathedral is closed.
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
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