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Malta: Gozo Full-Day Jeep Tour with Lunch & Boat Ride

1. Malta: Gozo Full-Day Jeep Tour with Lunch & Boat Ride

Explore the island of Gozo by Jeep and see the most beautiful sights on this day trip from Malta. Stop in the charming towns and enjoy different bays such as Ramla Bay and Xlendi Bay. Uncover the secrets of Calypso's Cave and have a scrumptious lunch. Go to Victoria and ride past the Blue Lagoon and Comino Caves. Benefit from hotel pickup in Malta and private powerboat to Gozo. Meet your guide and head to the Qala Belvedere for panoramic views across the sea, then visit the pretty resort town of Ramla Bay. See ruins at Calypso's Cave, or explore the temple complex of Ġgantija (own expense). Make a stop to refuel with a three-course meal at the beautiful Village of Xewkija. Discover the typical fishing village of Xlendi Bay and marvel at the rock formations of Dwejra. Get up close to the salt pans on the north coast near the beach resort of Marsalforn Bay. Visit the Citadel in the capital city of Victoria, and enjoy some time for a relaxing swim in the sea. End with a powerboat ride back to Malta via the Blue Lagoon and Comino Caves.

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

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

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.

Malta: Gozo Full-Day Quad Bike Tour with Lunch and Boat Ride

3. Malta: Gozo Full-Day Quad Bike Tour with Lunch and Boat Ride

Get an adrenaline rush on a one-of-a-kind adventure tour for thrill seekers. Be taken to the beautiful island of Gozo by powerboat, and ride around the island on a quad bike in the company of very experienced tour leaders. See all the highlights of the island from a different perspective, from the stunning viewpoint of the Qala Belvedere and the rugged landscapes of Ramla Valley. Go to Calypso Cave and the village of Marsalforn. Next, marvel at the traditional saltpans and drive through the Ghasri Valley. Discover the incredible Inland Sea of Dwejra and the small islet of Fungus Rock. Take a swimming break and enjoy some time to shop. Then, take a powerboat back to Malta via the Blue Lagoon and Comino Caves.

Malta: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

4. Malta: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

Explore Malta's incredible estates, history, and sights at your own pace. Take the exclusive hop-on, hop-off tours, and ride at your own convenience on the open-top double decker buses. During your tour, you can stop at any of the following major attractions in the city, on these routes: South Malta Route (Red Route) • Valletta • Hypogeum • The Three Cities • Zejtun Church • Marsaxlokk Fishing Village • Ghar Dalam Cave & Museum • Blue Grotto • Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples • The Limestone Heritage • Sliema North Malta Route (Blue Route) • Valletta • San Anton Gardens • The Crafts Village • Aviation Museum • Mosta Church • Mdina • Rabat • Mgarr Church • Golden Bay • Bugibba Square • Splash and Fun Water Park • Mediterraneo Marine Park • St. George’s Bay • Spinola Bay Free Transport is available from several areas at several times.

Valletta City Walking Tour

5. Valletta City Walking Tour

You will meet your guide at the entrance of Valletta next to the new parliament building, in Freedom Square. Your guide will give you a brief introduction to the city and then you will begin your 2-hour tour in Valletta's historic city center. During the tour, you will discover this fortress city, learn how it all began, how the city evolved through the centuries and about the events which shaped Valletta into the city that it is today. Whether you are a first time visitor or you want to delve in deeper, our fully guided tour will not disappoint you. You will walk past the main squares of the city, Auberges of the Knights, palaces, churches and visit gardens, which offer stunning views of Malta's Grand Harbour. Apart from the cultural and historical aspect, you will also learn interesting tit-bits and behind the scene stories. Your tour will end at St. George's Square, next to the Grandmaster's Palace and the guide will help to orient you and also give you tips as to how is best to continue exploring the city on your own.

Malta by Segway: Valletta Experience

6. Malta by Segway: Valletta Experience

Enjoy Malta's Unesco-listed Valletta, glide on a Segway which will take you all around the capital city of Malta,, with visits to the main squares and gardens around the city and regular stops to allow you to explore the main sites and take photos. The tour is followed by an audio-visual show that tells the dramatic story of the islands’ 7000 year history. Educational, informative and entertaining, the show runs through the turbulent history of a small island nation that has overcome almost unimaginable odds to survive and prosper.

Valletta: Street Food and Culture Walking Tour

7. Valletta: Street Food and Culture Walking Tour

Experience the street food of Valletta with a local tour guide, who will bring the tastiest treats of the island to your fingertips. Learn about Malta's history and cuisine during this experience. Meet your guide at the entrance of Valletta along the New Parliament Building. After a brief introduction to the city, start your food tour experience. Taste traditional dishes like pastizzi on the way. Walk past the main landmarks such as Republic Street, Castille Square, Merchants Street, Upper Barracca Gardens, the old market. See typical bars and side streets while savoring Maltese specialties, local antipasti, Kinnie, and lager.

Malta: Mdina, Dingli Cliffs and San Anton Botanical Gardens

8. Malta: Mdina, Dingli Cliffs and San Anton Botanical Gardens

You start by visiting the ancient Medieval city of Mdina, renowned for its opulent palaces and fortifications, medieval and baroque architecture, and ancient heritage. This majestic city is unquestionably one of the island's most evocative destinations. Serving as the island's capital city from antiquity till the medieval period, Mdina is truly an enchanting city! A stroll through its narrow streets, which have not changed much in the last 1000 years, is a must for anyone visiting the Maltese islands. It is undoubtedly one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled/fortified city. Explore this historic city with an experienced local guide and delve into the rich past of the city as you explore its medieval streets. Take a journey back in time admiring 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. Leaving Mdina through the ‘Greeks Gate’ you proceed to Dingli Cliffs, located off the village of Dingli on Malta’s western coast, at around 253 metres above sea-level. These cliffs represent the highest point of the Maltese islands. The cliffs propose a majestic sight; the views overlooking the terraced fields underneath and the panorama of the vast open seas with the uninhabited small island of Filfla on its backdrop, are truly breath-taking! Given their impressive height the cliffs can be considered as natural forts, since no attacker can approach the island from the west. Perched on the edge, marking the highest point on the Maltese islands, is a gorgeous tiny chapel built in 1646, dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. The tour ends with a visit to the San Anton Botanical Gardens, located in the village of Attard. These beautiful gardens were built in the early 17th century by Grand Master Antoine de Paule to complement his summer residence; San Anton Palace, which is located at the perimeter of the gardens and which today serves as the residence of the Maltese President. Open to the public since 1882 the gardens have several pathways surrounded by fountains and ponds which are inhabited by families of ducks, swans, peacocks, peahens and turtles and encompass a large variety of trees and flowers from around the world, including a variety of palm trees, cypress, jacarandas, araucarias and other exotic plants, some of them over three centuries old. During the whole tour knowledgeable and experienced guides will be providing you with riveting information and enhance your experience through narration and engaging storytelling.

Malta: Marsaxlokk, Blue Grotto, and Qrendi Guided Tour

9. Malta: Marsaxlokk, Blue Grotto, and Qrendi Guided Tour

Discover iconic sites on the island of Malta like the famed Blue Grotto on this day trip from Valletta. Enjoy riveting information and engaging storytelling from your guide. Peruse the treasures at the Marsaxlokk market and take a guided walking tour of Qrendi. Be picked up from your hotel in Valletta and hop aboard an airconditioned bus. Relax on the drive through the countryside to the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Admire the largest fishing harbor in Malta that has been in operation since antiquity. Capture pictures of the brightly brightly-colored traditional luzzu fishing boats. Take a stroll thorugh the streets to uncover delightful restaurants and nice cafés huddled along its entire promenade. Soak up the vibe in its large open-air market which sells a vast assortment of fish, locally honey, and fruit jams, and traditional sweets. Peruse local wines, liquors, souvenirs, clothes, shoes, traditional lacework, custom jeweler, and handcrafted accessories. Continue to the Wied Iz-Zurrieq (Zurrieq Valley) to visit the fantastical sea caverns of the Blue Grotto. Snap pictures of the impressive main arch, which is approximately 30 meters in height. Marvel at views of the Honeymoon Cave, the Cat’s Cave, and the Reflection Cave. Appreciate this locations which was featured movies like 'Cutthroat Island' (1995), 'The Count of Monte Cristo' (2002), and 'Troy' (2004). Weather permitting, have the time to purchase an optional boat ride into the grotto. Head to the village of Qrendi for a guided walking tour of one of Malta’s traditional villages. Walk to the main square to the hub of the village, see its parish church, and be led through a maze of winding, narrow streets. Return to your accommodation in Valletta at the end of your tour.

Malta: Prehistoric Temples and Highlights of the South

10. Malta: Prehistoric Temples and Highlights of the South

See the best of Malta's south island in just one day with a comprehensive tour of its landmarks. Explore an old quarry, magnificent pre-historic sites, the world-famous Blue Grotto, and a traditional village. Enjoy plenty of time at each site and become immersed in local culture and history. After being picked up from your hotel, head over to one of Malta's oldest quarries. Tour the Limestone Heritage Park & Gardens, an innovative attraction highlighting the beauty of the Maltese stone and its incredible 22 million years of history. Take in a fascinating audio-visual presentation. Visit the megalithic temple complex of Hagar Qim, located on the southern edge of the island on a hilltop overlooking the sea. Discover a majestic site dating back to 3600-3200 BC and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Zurrieq Valley for an exciting stop. Arrive at the majestic Blue Grotto and seize the opportunity to appreciate breathtaking views as you gaze at the seven coastal caves. Admire the intense blue color of the ocean and the imposing rock formations. If the weather allows, you can opt to take a boat trip around the area for an extra fee. Eat lunch then stroll through the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk and browse through the charming market. Finally, head into Ghar Dalam, Malta’s oldest prehistoric site, dating back to 5200 BC. Step into the 144-meter-long cave to see the bone remains of elephants, hippopotami, and more.

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We did the tour in both English and French and Celine was just amazing, very knowledgeable, we all had a very great time thanks to her, not to mention the beauty for the silent city at night and understanding the history behind Malta and how it was shaped by all the different influences

Very nice tour enjoyed it very much, but the only downside was that you had little time at some places and I expected the trip to be longer than it was. Further great!

Had an amazing walk with our lovely guide, time went by very quickly. Learned a lot about Malta and Valletta.

Wonderful introduction to Valetta! Guide was engaging and happy to answer all questions. Highly recommend

Brilliant tour! Tour guide was amazing. I did skip the lunch to have extra time in Mdina though