Trail of the Knights


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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 history.

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 treasures.

At this stage our tour comes to an end and we will make our way back.

!Note The order in which we operate the tour may differ as mentioned above.


Tour Details

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:
eur440 for 1 to 3 passengers
eur594 for 3 to 6 passengers
eur748 for 7 to 12 passengers
eur902 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 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 Public Holidays

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 Shore Excursions listings

How to Book
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