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Tour to Valletta City Highlights
(Barraka Gardens. Merchants/Republic Streets, St. John's Co.
Cathedral), Mosta Dome, Artisans Centre, Rabat & Mdina Medieval City (PV3)
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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 head central. Our next
stop is the magnificent Mosta Dome, probably the most famous church
out of the 365 churches in Malta. The churchs amazing dome is the
fourth largest unsupported dome in Europe. Mosta Dome is also
popular with visitors as it was at this church where during an air
raid a World War II bomb pierced the dome, fell inside the church
during a service but failed to explode, this the locals hailed as a
We then continue to the Artisans Centre. Here we can view the local
crafts and it is also the ideal place to purchase some gifts from a
good selection of locally made pottery and ceramics, filigree and
jewellery, cane works, stone and much more. Do not miss out on the
glassblowers decorative glass made in the traditional manner by
hand and mouth; also etching and crystal cutting.
At this stage we will stop for a lunch break. The second part of the
day will take us back in time to medieval Malta, the Roman period
and the very heart of Christianity. We will start with a visit to
Rabat. Here we will make our way through the narrow streets to the
centre which is dominated by the imposing St. Paul's Church which
overlooks the piazza. Rabat, can claim the origins of Maltese
Christianity. It was here in AD60 that the Apostle St Paul is said
to have stayed after being shipwrecked on the Islands. We can visit
the St. Paul's Grotto which was the resting place of St. Paul during
his visit to the islands.
Our final stop during this tour is to the medieval 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. During our tour of Mdina
our guide will point out the Cathedral which is built on the site of
the Roman Governors residence was.
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 15 per person for St. John's Co.
Cathedral and St. Paul's Grotto.
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
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