Grand Harbour, Valletta

Grand Harbour, Valletta: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Sliema: Cruise Around Malta's Harbours & Creeks

1. From Sliema: Cruise Around Malta's Harbours & Creeks

Set sail from Sliema and see some of Malta's most beautiful harbors on a boat tour. Board your boat and relax as you cruise through the two natural harbors - Marsamxett Harbour and Grand Harbor. En route, pass by Valetta, busy dockyards, marinas, bastions, historic forts, and much more. Listen to detailed audio commentary to uncover the history of Valletta and the Three Cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua. Thanks to the numerous creeks around Valletta including the Sliema, Lazzaretto, Menqa, and Marsa, and the Inner basin, you can enjoy unique views of the city without the touristy crowds.

Malta: Cospicua, Birgu, and Senglea Tour with Boat Trip

2. Malta: Cospicua, Birgu, and Senglea Tour with Boat Trip

The Three Cities is a collective description of the three fortified cities of Cospicua, Birgu (Vittoriosa), and Senglea. The oldest of the Three Cities is Vittoriosa, which has existed since prior to the Middle Ages. The other two cities, Senglea and Cospicua, were both founded by the Order of the Knights of Saint John in the 16th and 17th centuries respectively. During this half day tour, you will have the opportunity to appreciate these unique historical fortified cities and admire magnificent churches, traditional piazzas, incredible fortifications, and architectural treasures found all around the Three Cities area. Pieces of living history kept alive by hundreds of years of preservation! We start with a panoramic drive past the city of Cospicua, a double fortified harbour city and the largest of the three cities, to reach the city of Vittoriosa, this glorious city has been inhabited since the time of the Phoenicians, but the current city dates back from the time of the Order of the Knights of Saint John. Vittoriosa was chosen as the capital city of Malta instead of Mdina upon the arrival of the Order in the year 1530. Enjoy a fascinating walking tour through the narrow streets of the city admiring and appreciating all the historical buildings and captivating treasures found at every twist and turn. Upon arrival at the stunning Vittoriosa waterfront, board a traditional Maltese “Frejgatina” (a small, carvel-built fishing boat) for a delightful tour of the colourful harbour creeks. The tour ends at Senglea, named after Claude De La Sengle, the Grand Master who founded the city, Senglea is also known as “Civitas Invicta” a name given to the city for managing to resist the Ottoman invasion during the Great Siege of 1565. The island on which Senglea lies was joined by a land bridge to Cospicua during the time of the Knights of St. John and as a result, it became peninsular in shape. From the Gardjola Gardens located at the tip of the peninsula enjoy a stunning 360° view of the Grand Harbour, including the impressive Fort Sant Angelo, from where the Grand Master Jean Perisot De La Valette led the defence of the island during the Great Siege of 1565. During the whole tour knowledgeable and experienced guides will be providing you with riveting information and enhance your experience through narration and engaging storytelling.

Sliema: Harbour Cruise & Shopping Half Day Guided Tour

3. Sliema: Harbour Cruise & Shopping Half Day Guided Tour

Benefit from pick-up at selected hotels, and then experience the beauty of Valletta on a cruise around Marsamxett Harbour and Grand Harbour. Learn about the important role the two natural harbours have played in the fascinating history of Malta. During this cruise you will experience the past and view the magnificent forts, battlements and creeks situated in and around Valletta. You will enjoy unique views of the city and the beautiful Maltese coastline while cruising in the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean Sea, a great opportunity to see Valletta in all its splendour from a different perspective and take some memorable photos of breath-taking panoramas and scenery. At the end of the cruise, you will disembark at Sliema Ferries, where you will have some free time to take a stroll along Sliema’s main shopping area and promenade (approximately 1½ hours). Here you will have the opportunity to do some shopping from the numerous outlets located in this area or simply relax in one of the many restaurants and cafés situated along the promenade and its surroundings. The knowledgeable and experienced guides will be accompanying you during all your transfers and the boat tour, providing you with riveting information and enhance your experience through narration and engaging storytelling.

Malta: Discover Malta & Gozo 5 Tours Package With Transfers

4. Malta: Discover Malta & Gozo 5 Tours Package With Transfers

Book this 5-day excursion package to experience all of the culture, charm, and history of Malta and Gozo Islands. Visit the archipelago's main highlights with two full-day tours and three half-day tours over 5 days. Get picked up and dropped off at your hotel every day of your experience. Browse through the many available itineraries and select the option that best fits your plans. See the day-by-day itinerary when selecting your preferred option. Drive to the city of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a half-day tour. Explore imposing fortifications, bastions, and palaces. Watch an immersive audiovisual show on Malta's history and tour St John's Co-Cathedral, the Upper Barraka Gardens, and Grand Harbour. Take a day trip to Mdina, the country's old capital city. Admire the fortified walls and its spectacular panoramas. Visit the village of Rabat, the Catacombs of St Cataldus, Dingli Cliffs, San Anton Gardens, Ta' Qali Artisan Village, and the Rotunda of Mosta with its dome. Enjoy lunch and a glass of wine. Embark on another half-day excursion to the famous Three Cities: Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Copiscua. Appreciate these historic fortified cities and discover their magnificent churches, piazzas, fortifications, and architectural treasures. Take a boat trip of the creeks aboard a Maltese 'frejgatina'. Immerse yourself in the landscape of Gozo on a scenic day trip. Take the ferry from Malta and visit the city of Victoria, the Ggantija temples, and the Citadel, a majestic medieval fortress. Gaze at Xlendi Bay, Dwejra Bay, and Inland Sea, with an optional boat trip. Eat lunch with a glass of wine. Head over to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk on a half-day adventure. See the largest fishing harbor in Malta, lined with traditional “luzzus”, brightly colored boats. Wander around the open-air market, visit the town of Qrendi, and marvel at the Blue Grotto, with an optional boat trip.

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What people are saying about Grand Harbour, Valletta

Really enjoyed learning about and seeing the other cities. The boat trip around the harbour was my fave part of the tour. Our guide Sylvia was a true professional, swapping from Spanish to English to cater to all participants. There is alot of walking, so be sure to wear comfy shoes and water.

Very nice and reliable contact. Not a giant boat stuffed to the brim. Smaller, therefore more comfortable. Audio also in German. I would only recommend updating the audios. But that didn't detract from the experience. Very good value for money. Many Thanks.

fantastic tour boat ride was stunning and Maria our tour guide was super informative, knowledgeable and very helpful

Love it … the three cities; the small Maltese boat — beautiful experience around the harbour. Very well organised.

Superb guided tour and cruises, very nice discovery and Julia our excellent guide, I recommend!