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Tour to Three Cities (Senglea, Cospicua & Vittoriosa), Hagar Qim Temples & Visitors Centre, Blue Grotto (optional boat trip), Marsaxlokk Fishing Village, Ghar Dalam Cave (PV5)

We start our tour with a visit to the oldest part of the Grand Harbour. The Three Cities which consists of Senglea, Cospicua & Vittoriosa (or otherwise known as Birgu. We start our tour of this area with a visit to Senglea and the Gardjola Gardens, here you can admire the magnificent view from the Vedette (watch tower used by the Knights). We continue with a drive through Cospicua, the most inner creek of this ancient harbour which has recently been regenerated. Next we visit the old city of Birgu (Vittoriosa) which is the most important of the Three Cities. In 1532 the Knights of St. John first settled in this area, and we will give you an insight to an era dominated by the Knights of St. John. Our walking tour will take us to the heart of city, the narrow streets and quaint alleys known as the 'collacchio', an area of old Palazzo's which were the original Auberges occupied by the Knights'. If time allows you can also take a trip around the harbour on a traditional Dghajsa, a type of gondola (additional cost, allow 8 per person).

We continue with our tour, passing through typical southern towns until we reach Ghar Dalam. The Ghar Dalam Cave is a highly important site as it was here that the earliest evidence of human settlement on Malta from 7,000 years ago, was discovered. This huge cavern is 144 metres deep, but only the first 80 metres are open to visitors. The various layers contained the fossilised bones of dwarf elephants, hippopotami, red deer, bear, fox, wolf, micro-mammals and birds from the Pleistocene Age (180,000 years ago) and the end of the last Ice Age(16,000 years ago).

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).

In the afternoon we proceed to our next stop which will be the ancient site of Hagar Qim. Before entering the temple site we start at the new visitors centre where you can easily understand how these magnificent temples where built over 7000 years ago! We then continue with a short tour around this incredible ancient temple which has the largest and heaviest megaliths out of all the temple sites around the Maltese Islands, some slabs which form the outer wall weighing a staggering 20 tons.

After a short drive from the temples we will soon arrive at the Blue Grotto. This picturesque grotto and its neighboring system of sea caverns mirrors the brilliant phosphorescent colors of underwater flora. Boat trips, which take around 25 minutes allow you to explore these grottoes and sea caverns along this stretch of coast (the boat trip is not included in the overall price as it operates subject to weather conditions, allow 8).

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.

 

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 11 per person for Ghar Dalam Cave 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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