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Tour to Valletta City Highlights (Barraka
Gardens. Merchants/Republic Streets, St. John's Co. Cathedral),
Hagar Qim Temples & Visitors Centre, Blue Grotto (belvedere),
Marsaxlokk Fishing Village & Mdina Medieval City (PV1)
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This by far the more popular tour due
to the diverse itinerary which includes three periods of Malta's
golden history, culture and some great scenery...all in one day.
Our first visit during our tour is the
capital, Valletta which was built by the Knights of St. John in
1566. Here we include the Barrakka Gardens which offer stunning
views of the Grand Harbour and magnificent fortifications, a walk
down Triq Repubblika where you can admire numerous historical
buildings built by the Knights of St. John including the Auberges,
the Grand Master's Palace and the St. John's Co. Cathedral, the
Church of the Order and also home to Caravaggio's masterpiece
"Beheading of St. John" amongst other treasures.
After our tour of the capital we will then visit the south west of
the island where the ancient Hagar Qim Temple site stands. Before
entering the temples we start at the visitors centre and new 5D
short movie which will help you understand how these magnificent
temples where built over 5000 years ago! Set in a rural area this
ancient temple is particularly interesting as it has the largest and
heaviest megaliths out of all the temple sites around the Maltese
Islands, some slabs weighing a staggering 20 tons. This temple dates
back to 3300BC, an era dominated by Neolithic man.
Shortly after leaving the temples we should have time for a quick
photo stop of the Blue Grotto Arch from the belvedere view point. We
then continue to our next stop and an opportunity to experience a
little local culture when visiting the pretty traditional fishing
village of Marsaxlokk. Marsaxlokk, is a quaint fishing village and
is characterized by low lying buildings and the colourful
traditional fishing boats known as the 'luzzu'. A small market lines
the seafront and if you would like to sample fresh Mediterranean
fish there are numerous local restaurants to choose from (other
cuisine is available).
Our final stop during the tour is the ancient city of Mdina. Mdina
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 had many names including Melite (Roman
occupation), Medina (Arabic occupation), Citta Notabile (Knights of
St. John) and Citta Vecchia (after Valletta was built). Today it is
also referred to 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 magnificent far reaching views from
the high bastion walls.
At this stage our tour comes to an end and we make our way back.
!Note The order in which we
operate the tour may differ as mentioned above. Certain places of
interest such as St. John's Co. Cathedral do not open on Saturday
afternoon, Sunday's and Public Holiday's. This will be replaced with
an alternative site such as the Grand Master's Palace.
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:
€365 for 1 to 3 passengers
€465 for 4 to 6 passengers
€575 for 7 to 12 passengers
€685 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 €16 per person for St. John's Co.
Cathedral and Hagar Qim Temples.
Lunch is not included.
Sunday/Public Holiday Supplements:
Add €25 (not per person) applies for tours operated on Sunday's and
This tour can
start on any day
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
Licensed Tour Guides:
Your Licensed Tour Guide guide will be
with you for the FULL tour duration and will provide detailed en
route commentary and will also accompany at historical sites,
temples, museums and around fortified cities such as Valletta, Mdina
Guides are available in English, German, French, Dutch and Spanish
How to Book
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