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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)

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.

 

Tour Details

Prices:
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
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Tour with *English speaking driver only:
220 for 1 to 4 passengers
300 for 5 to 6 passengers

Tour with driver and *Licensed Tour Guide:
320 for 1 to 3 passengers
400 for 4 to 6 passengers
480 for 7 to 8 passengers
560 for 9 to 12 passengers
640 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 16 per person for St. John's Co. Cathedral and Hagar Qim Temples.

Lunch is not included.

Sunday/Public Holiday Supplements:
Add 35 (not per person) applies for tours operated on Sunday's and Public Holidays

Availability:

This tour can start on any day

Pick Up/Meeting Point:
We can pick up from any location

*Drivers & Licensed Tour Guides:

If you book a tour with an English speaking driver only, your driver can provide you with basic general information but will not accompany you into historical sites, temples, museums or around fortified cities such as Valletta, Mdina and Birgu. You will self visit these sites.

If you book a tour with a Licensed Tour Guide your 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 and Birgu.

Guides are available in English, German, French, Dutch and Spanish languages.


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