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Three Cities & Winery Tour

The Three Cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa are located to the south of Valletta and form part of the magnificent Grand Harbour. These cities have endured so much in the past including the Great Seige of 1565 against the might of the Ottomon Empire and of course endless bombardments during WWII. This short half day tour is a mere introduction to these unique cities, their history, heritage and people.

The Threes Cities are located inside fortifications known as the 'Cottonera Lines' which where built by the Knights of St. John to protect these cities during the 17th and 18th centuries. We start our tour with a visit to Senglea. Senglea was built on a peninsula and could only be accessed by a bridge on one side and from the sea from the other three sides. As you enter the city you will notice the magnificent church which is dedicated to the Nativity of Our Lady. Today Senglea is flanked on one side by a ship yard, on the other side the stunning yacht marina and at the point of the city one can enjoy magnificent views of the harbour.

As soon as you leave Senglea you will immediately arrive in the second of the three cities, Cospicua. This history of this ancient maritime city can be traced back to the Phoenicians era at 600 BC. The Knights of St. John built the first Dock Yard during the 18th century, however it was the during the British rule in Malta (1800 to 1964) that Cospicua was used extensively by the Royal Navy. Today the old dock yard area has been transformed into a beautiful marina and a new university.

The last of the Three Cities and undoubtedly the oldest and most important is Vittoriosa. Otherwise and more commonly known as Birgu, the history of Birgu is heavily linked to the Knights of St. John. In 1530 when the Knights first arrived they made Birgu the capital. They fortified the area and built their Palazzo's, hospital, churches and the castle of St. Angelo, this large fortification was separated from the main city of Birgu connected only by a draw bridge. Today, it is known as Fort St. Angelo and is still commands a prominent place at the heart of the Grand Harbour. The Birgu waterfront, once lined with Galley's nowadays is lined with super yachts from all over the world!

The final part of this tour includes a visit to one of the oldest wineries. Wine making in Malta dates back many many years and we will visit these 400 year old cellars where you can experience some authentic Maltese heritage. You can sample some wines during the visit.

 

Tour Details
Price 30.00 per person

Availability:
All year-round on Tuesday

Including:
Half Day Tour
Accompanied by *Licensed Tour Guide
Wine Tasting

*Licensed Tour Guide & Tour Language
Licensed Tour Guide. Available in 5 languages - English, German, French, Italian

Your choice of language is guaranteed, however in case of shared language tours the guide will provide the commentary in more than one language.

Tour Pick Up Point:
Starting at approx. 0900hrs depending on your pick up location.

The tours pick up from most hotels or a conveniently located pick up point close to the hotel. Therefore you can stay at a hotel of your choice.

For passengers staying in Valletta, the pick up point is at the Phoenicia Hotel which is located just outside the main city entrance, next to the bus terminus.

If you want to join the tour but you are staying in private accommodation which is not located in one of the main towns or resorts it is advisable to contact us to make sure that it is possible.


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