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Malta: Highlights of Malta & Mdina Full Day Tour with Lunch

Malta: Highlights of Malta & Mdina Full Day Tour with Lunch

From US$ 63.79 per person

Experience the beauty of Mdina and Malta's top attractions, including St. Cataldus Catacombs, Dingli Cliffs, Mosta Church, San Anton Gardens, and the Ta' Qali Craft Village, on a guided day tour.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Pickup included
The local activity provider will send you an e-mail to inform you about your pickup time and to reconfirm your pick-up location. If your designated pickup location is a hotel, please wait outside for your pickup transportation, next to the main entrance door. For other pick-up locations, you will be sent an e-mail informing you where to wait for pickup. It is very important to wait at the agreed pickup location communicated to you by e-mail. Sometimes the pickup can be delayed due to unexpected traffic conditions, please allow up to 10 minutes of waiting time before contacting the emergency number on your voucher

Experience

Highlights
  • Appreciate the impressive beauty of the medieval fortified city of Mdina
  • Discover the ancient catacombs of St. Cataldus in Rabat
  • Enjoy majestic views from Dingli Cliffs and the beauty of San Anton Gardens
  • Visit the impressive Mosta Church, home to the third largest dome in the world
  • Pick up locally made souvenirs to take home at the artisan village of Ta' Qali
Full description

Experience some of Malta's most interesting highlights in just one day on a guided group tour. Discover the medieval city of Mdina, St. Cataldus Catacombs, and Mosta Rotunda. Stroll through the San Anton Botanical Gardens, take in sea views from Dingli Cliffs, and buy glass from local craftspeople. After hotel pickup, start your tour with the ancient city of Mdina, renowned for its opulent palaces, fortifications, architecture, and ancient heritage. Stroll through the narrow streets of the island's old capital, taking in one of Europe's finest examples of an ancient walled/fortified city.

Take a journey back in time, as the streets have not changed much in the last 1,000 years. Admire the magnificent palazzos and churches in the city's unique mix of medieval and Baroque styles, as well as the spectacular panoramas from the high bastion walls. Leave Mdina through the Greeks Gate. Head to St. Cataldus Catacombs, in Rabat, on the outskirts of Mdina. Discover the catacombs, which were originally a Punic burial shaft, and some of the earliest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta. See graves that are beautiful examples of canopied tombs and others hewn in the rocks. Continue to Dingli Cliffs, off the village of Dingli on Malta's western coast, the highest point of the Maltese island at around 253m above sea level. Enjoy breathtaking views over the terraced fields underneath and the panorama of the vast open seas with the small uninhabited island of Filfla. After lunch, visit the San Anton Botanical Gardens, built in the early 17th century by Grand Master Antoine de Paule to complement his summer residence: San Anton Palace, located at the perimeter of the gardens, now serving as the residence of the Maltese President. Next, stop at the Ta' Qali Craft Village, a former British Royal Air Forces wartime airfield restored into a local artisan hub. Watch local craftsmen form elaborate glass art using ancient glassblowing techniques. Get some genuine locally made mementos to remind you of your visit to Malta. End your tour with Malta's largest church, the Sanctuary Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady, commonly known as the Mosta Rotunda or Mosta Dome. Built between 1833 and the 1860s to Neoclassical designs, the present church is based on the Pantheon in Rome.

Discover its dome, the third largest unsupported dome in the world. Finally, return to your hotel.

Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • All transportation in an air-conditioned bus or coach
  • Licensed guide
  • Admission to St. Cataldus Catacombs
  • Admission to the Rotunda of Mosta and Dome
  • Admission to San Anton Botanical Gardens
  • Admission to the Ta' Qali Artisan Village
  • Lunch including a glass of wine
  • Any extra drinks consumed during lunch
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • See-through clothing

Know before you go

  • The tour will be guided in the language you have booked, however, depending on operational circumstances, the commentary might be provided by a multilingual guide
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 143 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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The tour was well-organised. I was picked up on time by the van. Mdina is stunning. The cliffs are beautiful but not much to do unless you come here for sweeping views and a picnic. The lunch provided was tasty and adequate. The shopping part is a waste of time. I would have preferred to use that time to walk more around Mosta or Rabat, or even spend more time in Mdina. The guide Jackie is very good at her work!

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January 4, 2023

Everything was excellent and this is how it is described: unlike other tours on which he participated, if he told all the stops, the maltés guide explained everything in Spanish perfectly and with much detail, the student was also good and the restaurant was very pleasant . This recorrido is worth it, where in just one day you can visit many important and spectacular places!

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January 3, 2023

Bernadette was a great tour guide and the tour was very interesting and full of information. But the reorganization of the groups (first to the meeting point, then to another bus, then at noon the ones with the half-day tour "sorted out" again, then continue with the rest of the group and then change again in the evening to the hotel bus) was a bit much administration which took quite some time and made the whole thing a little out of round.

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December 29, 2022

Product ID: 15610