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Valletta: Tickets for Fort St Elmo, Fort St Angelo & more

1. Valletta: Tickets for Fort St Elmo, Fort St Angelo & more

Choose your preferred ticket and visit one of Valletta's popular museums. Or, choose the 5 Attraction Pass, and visit them all! Enter Fort St Elmo, originally built to defend against the Ottoman attacks. Today, it is home to a superb collection of prehistoric artefacts, and boasts incredible views of the harbour. Step inside the MUZA (National Community Art Museum), one of the city's more recent establishments, and discover four themes of special art; The Mediterranean, Europe, Empire and The Artist. Explore the early history of the Maltese Islands at the National Museum of Archaeology. Some notable artefacts homed here are the ‘Sleeping Lady’, ‘Venus of Malta’ and ‘Bronze Age Daggers’. Visit Malta’s most important fortress, Fort St Angelo, and learn how it was of significant importance during WWI and II. The fort further offers spectacular panoramic views of the Grand Harbour. All ticket options include entry to Malta 5D and a mobile-app sightseeing tour.

Valletta: Self-Guided Audio Tour, Map and Directions

2. Valletta: Self-Guided Audio Tour, Map and Directions

Explore the capital of Malta at your own pace with the help of a handy audio guide, sent directly to you so that you can download it onto your MP3 player or mobile device and listen anytime. You are now free to see the attractions you want to see, change your tour at any time, and learn about the places that most interest you. The guides come with printable maps and directions to make them as user friendly as possible. Listen to 29 professionally produced audio-tracks developed by experienced narrators, writers, and historians. Step into the magnificent fortified city and immerse yourself in the rich history of the Knights of St. John. Visit the Grand Master's Palace, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, and many more sites. Track List: • Valletta Introduction • City Gate • Freedom Square • Republic Street • Royal Opera House • Saint Francis Church • Museum of Archaeology • St. John’s Co-Cathedral • Great Siege Square • National Library • Saint George’s Square • Grand Master’s Palace • Main Guard • National War Museum • Fort Saint Elmo • Sacra Infermeria • Siege Bell Monument • Lower Barracca Gardens • Saint Barbara Bastions • Victoria Gate • Merchants Street • Castellania • Palazzo Parisio • Auberge de Castille • Upper Barracca Gardens • Our Lady of Victories • Saint James’ Cavalier • Museum of Fine Arts • Hastings Garden

Valletta : Highlights & Hidden Gems Walking Tour

3. Valletta : Highlights & Hidden Gems Walking Tour

Begin at the striking Valletta City Gate, gateway to the UNESCO-listed capital, then venture to Pjazza Teatru Rjal to unravel tales of Our Lady of Victories Church and Malta's heroic past. Admire the facade of Il-Berga ta' Kastilja and savor panoramic vistas from the picturesque Upper Barrakka Gardens. Dive into history at Auberge d'Italie, now housing the Museum of Fine Arts, and marvel at the opulence of Palazzo Parisio. Discover the artistic wonders within St. John's Co-Cathedral before immersing yourself in the vibrancy of St. George Square and The Grand Master's Palace. Conclude amidst the tranquility of Lower Barrakka Gardens, reflecting on the rich tapestry of Valletta's heritage and culture. Throughout, your guide's captivating narratives will deepen your appreciation for this UNESCO gem.

Small Group: Valletta and Central Highlights Tour

4. Small Group: Valletta and Central Highlights Tour

The tour begins near the Tritons Fountain, where locals meet friends before entering the city. The tour focuses on the Order of St. John, also known as the Knights of Malta, who were the planners of most of the city's buildings and fortifications. The walking tour starts at Parliament Square, where you will see the modern Parliament building and the old Royal Opera House, which was destroyed during WWII. The tour continues to Castille Place and the Upper Barraka Gardens, offering stunning views of the Grand Harbour. The tour then proceeds with a visit to St. John's Co. Cathedral, the most important historical monument in Malta, featuring works by Italian artist Caravaggio, including his largest work, 'The Beheading of John the Baptist'. After lunch, you will have free time to explore Republic Square, also known as Victoria Square, where there are several cafes, including Cafe Cordina. The next part of the tour takes you into central Malta, visiting important landmarks and towns, learning about local life, and historical facts that have influenced the Maltese people. The Mosta Basilica, one of the most iconic buildings in Malta, is known as the miracle church due to its miraculous dome. During a WWII air raid, a bomb pierced the dome, falling inside the church during a service but failed to explode, leading to the legend of the bomb. Rabat, the old town, is linked to the period of the Romans (218 BC to 879 BC) and Saint Paul, who stayed for a short period after being shipwrecked. The locals claim that the origins of Maltese Christianity started here when the saint preached to them. The tour includes a brief stop at 'Is-Sirkien', the famous pastizzeria on the island, where you can taste the delicious 'pastizzi', diamond-shaped filo pastry parcels filled with mashed peas or ricotta cheese. Mdina, the medieval city of Malta, is the pride and joy of the island. Built on a plateau in the centre of the island, Mdina has been known as Melite (Roman occupation), Medina (Arabic occupation), Citta Notabile (after Valletta was built), and Citta Vecchia (after Valletta was built). The only way to truly experience Mdina is on foot, exploring its quaint alleys, narrow streets, ancient buildings, and breath-taking views from the high bastion walls.

Valletta Private Guided Tour In English, French or Italian

5. Valletta Private Guided Tour In English, French or Italian

Welcome to Malta's stunning capital city, Valletta! With nearly five centuries of history, Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety and is widely considered an open-air museum. With its imposing fortifications and bastions, amazing baroque palaces, marvellous churches, gorgeous gardens, and beautiful architecture ranging from mid-16th-century baroque to modernism, it is without doubt one of the most breathtaking cities you will ever visit! During this walking tour, you will learn how it all began, how it evolved over the centuries, and about the events that shaped Valletta into the city that it is today. This walk will take you past the city’s main highlights and off the beaten track. In approximately 3–3.5 hours, you will see and learn about Valletta’s most notorious landmarks and discover its many hidden charms. You will walk through its bustling streets, admiring the stunning buildings and its distinctive architecture. A visit to the Upper Barrakka Gardens is a must; here you can also enjoy breath-taking views of the imposing Grand Harbour and the Three Cities. Some of the main highlights you will be able to admire and appreciate during this tour include the Triton Fountain, the newly rebuilt City Gate and Parliament of Malta (designed by the world-renowned architect Renzo Piano), the Royal Theatre, Castille Square, the Auberge de Castille, the Upper Barrakka Gardens, Merchants Street, the Palace Square (also known as St. George's Square), Republic Square, Valletta’s unique and charming side streets, and other historical buildings, landmarks, and attractions. During the entire tour, our knowledgeable and experienced guide will provide you with riveting information and enhance your experience through narration and engaging storytelling. You will also have the opportunity to visit the St. John’s Co-Cathedral (entrance ticket is not included), where our guide will give you a guided tour of the cathedral. This marvellous 16th-century cathedral was originally the conventual church of the Order of the Knights of St. John. Built in just five years and embellished over the span of more than two hundred years, it was gradually transformed into a spectacular work of art. St. John’s Co-Cathedral is a church like no other—a church of awesome beauty coupled with an interesting and unique history. With its many treasures and adorned interiors, it is unquestionably one of the most magnificent cathedrals in the world.

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First, the walking tour with Elena was fantastic. She has a passion for Valletta and Malta. Second, when one of the sites was having trouble getting their systems to read the pass, the manager, Mariella, asked to speak with them directly to clear up the misunderstanding. You get entry to tickets as part of this package, so you'll need to be purposeful how you spend your time. You could easily spend an entire day at many of these locations.

Our guide Noel was very knowledgeable and nice guy, he explained us the history of Valletta and the meaning behind every building we stopped by very well. The tickets for the 5 museums are great additional value to the package, all of them are very interesting and surely everybody will find something for themselves from the selection. Good value for the price :)

Elana, our guide was great. She was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. She took care of us and made sure we saw things that interested us. We only got to the 5D show and Fort St Elmo Museum before it was time to leave at 5pm. We missed the other attractions. But we were happy enough with what we saw and did. A lot of walking which was fine with us.

It was great! Elena Irodiu (the guide) was absolutely amazing! Very knowledgeable and funny. The tour was super enjoyable and you walk through all the important spots to see in Valleta (while sharing some trivia along the way). I would recommend it!! (And do it all over again)

Insightful guide that provided a lot of advice on Valetta. Because it's low season, I was the only one on the excursion so it was shorter as it was one on one.