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Mosta, Rabat & Mdina Medieval City Tour

Mosta, Rabat & Mdina Medieval City Tour

Embark on a half-day tour starting at Mosta Basilica, known for its iconic dome. Explore Rabat's Roman history and enjoy a taste of traditional Maltese street food at 'is-Serkin'. The tour concludes in Mdina, the Medieval City, with its Baroque architecture and stunning views from the high bastion walls. Experience the charm of quaint alleys and ancient buildings on foot.

4 hours/Half Day Afternoon Tour
Starting at 1300hrs.

Scheduled to operate on Mondays

Tour Highlights
  • Maximum tour capacity is only 12 people
  • Accompanied by an English-speaking Licensed Tour Guide
  • Tasting experience, try Malta's favourite street food
  • Visiting the Mosta Basilica and its iconic dome, the old town of Rabat, and a walking tour of the Medieval city of Mdina
  • Entrance fee included into Mosta Basilica

Full description

This tour will take us into the very heart of central Malta. You will visit important landmarks and towns, learn more about the locals everyday life and important historical facts that have influenced the Maltese people to whom they are today.

We start with a visit to the magnificent Mosta Dome church. This is one of the most iconic buildings in Malta with its magnificent dome, considered to be one of the largest unsupported domes in the World. But Mosta Dome is known to locals as the miracle church! During one of the frequent WWII air raids, a bomb pierced the dome, falling inside the church during a service, but failed to explode. The locals hailed this as a miracle. You can see a replica of the bomb during your visit. 

Our next stop is the old town of Rabat. The history of Rabat is linked to the period of the Romans (218 BC to 879 BC) and Saint Paul, who stayed for a short period after being shipwrecked, whilst on his way to be tried in Rome. The locals claim the origins of Maltese Christianity started here when the saint preached to them. During our visit of Rabat your guide will walk you along the main street, which is adorned by typical village architecture. You will see quaint houses with traditional balconies and doors, small local shops, the band club premises and other important aspects of local village and town life. During our short walk your guide will include a brief stop at 'Is-Sirkien', which is the most famous 'pastizzeria' on the island, you will have the opportunity to taste our favourite street food called 'pastizzi'. These are diamond shaped filo pastry parcels filled with mashed peas or ricotto cheese, they are delicious. 

And, as saying goes, "save the best till last". The medieval city of Mdina is our islands pride and joy!. It 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 in 1566 has had many names including Melite (Roman occupation), Medina (Arabic occupation), Citta Notabile and Citta Vecchia (after Valletta was built). Today it is also referred 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 incredible far reaching views from the high bastion walls. 

Tour itinerary and route map

1300hrs depart for afternoon tour

1330hrs Mosta Dome
1430hrs Rabat and tasting experience
1520hrs Mdina Medieval City

1630hrs depart Mdina
1700hrs arrive back in Valletta

Times are for guidance only

Meeting place/Departure point

This tour starts and ends in Valletta and 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

A Tasting Experience is all about trying local food and drink, so, modified versions of the food item are not considered as a genuine Tasting Experience. Therefore, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that there is an alternative to what is offered. Tasting experiences are small tasting samples, such as a savory pastry, a scoop of ice cream, freshly baked local biscuits, etc... Tasting experiences do not replace what you would normally have as a lunch.

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