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Valletta 'City of the Knights' Walking Tour

Valletta 'City of the Knights' Walking Tour

Join our walking tour of Valletta and explore its stunning art and architecture. Discover the Baroque beauty of Auberge de Castille and the Grand Master's Palace, as well as modern gems like the Triton Fountain and Parliament building. Dive into Malta's rich history, from the Order of St. John era to British colonial rule and the present-day Republic.

2 hours/Morning Tour
Starting at 0900hrs.

Tour Highlights
  • Maximum tour capacity is only 12 people
  • Accompanied by an English-speaking Licensed Tour Guide
  • Tour highlights include an outside view of some of the Auberges and Palaces of the Knights of St. John, a view of the Grand Harbour, and more highlights along Valletta's most iconic streets

Full description

Our tour starts near the Tritons Fountain, which is the main place for locals meeting friends before they enter the city, so an appropriate place to meet your guide for a brief intro before we enter into the city. During this tour you will learn about the Order of St. John, otherwise known as the Knights of Malta. 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. We start our walking tour of Valletta at Parliament Square, here will see our modern Parliament building and the old Royal Opera House which was destroyed during WWII. We continue to Castille Place, and the Upper Barrakka Gardens. These beautiful gardens offer amazing views of the Grand Harbour. Your guide will point important buildings along Merchants Street as we make our way to the iconic 'Is-Suq', which is the indoor market, then onto St. George's Square which is adorned by the imposing Grand Masters Palace before reaching Republic Square which is the end of our tour. 

At this stage the 2 hour walking tour comes to an end, however if you would like to visit St. John's Co. Cathedral a €15 supplement is to be paid to your guide. This includes the quick group entrance and tour of the cathedral with our guide, including the oratory dedicated to the magnificent Caravaggio paintings.

Tour itinerary and route map

0900hrs meet your guide

Stop 1 - Tritons Fountain, Main Gate & Parliament Square
Stop 2 - Jean de Valletta Square and statue, Church of Our Lady of Victory
Stop 3 - Castille Place and Malta Stock Exchange
Stop 4 - Upper Barraka Gardens
Stop 5 - Auberge D'Italie, Merchants Street
Stop 6 - Palace Square/Grand Masters Palace, St. George's Square 
Stop 7 - National Library and Cafe Cordina, Republic Square
Stop 8 - Court House and St. John's Co. Cathedral, Republic Street

1100hrs end of walking tour

Optional. If your guide has scheduled a visit to St. John's Co. Cathedral, you can join this tour. The supplement is 
€15 which is the entrance fee to enter the cathedral. Your guide will also include Caravaggio's paintings. 

Meeting place/Departure point

This tour starts and ends in Valletta. Details will appear on the confirmation which you will receive after booking.

If you are not staying in Valletta and would like to join this tour, we can arrange transport to bring you to the meeting point. Get in touch via our Contact Us page.

Good to know before you book

This is a slow-paced walking tour and the terrain is mainly flat.

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