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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)

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 church’s 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 miracle.

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.
 

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 €15 per person for St. John's Co. Cathedral and St. Paul's Grotto.

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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