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From Valletta: Rabat, Mdina, & San Anton Gardens Tour

1. From Valletta: Rabat, Mdina, & San Anton Gardens Tour

Embark on a guided trip from Valletta to the San Anton Palace to explore the lush gardens before visiting some of the highlights of Rabat and Mdina, also known as the Silent City. Step into the unique underground galleries and tombs of St. Paul’s Catacombs, entry tickets included. San Anton Palace and GardensFor your first stop, visit the San Anton Palace in Attard, the official residence of the president of Malta since the office was created in 1974. Originally built in the early 17th century as a country villa for Antoine de Paule, it was later expanded into a palace in 1623. The palace was used as a residence by subsequent grand masters, being enlarged several times in the process. It was once the headquarters of the rebel National Assembly, and it later became a residence for the civil commissioners, governors, and governors-general of Malta. The palace is surrounded by the extensive San Anton Gardens, parts of which have been open to the public since 1882. During your tour, you’ll get to explore the garden before continuing to the next stop which is Rabat. RabatRabat is a town in the Northern Region of Malta and is home to the famous St. Paul’s Catacombs. These catacombs were used in Roman times to bury the dead. The catacombs are now looked after by Heritage Malta. Part of St. Paul's Catacombs, the part accessible from the Parish church, was where, according to tradition and as recorded in the bible, St. Paul stayed for three months when he was shipwrecked on the island in 60 A.D. After getting to know the unique underground galleries and tombs of St. Paul’s Catacombs, you’ll head to the next and final stop of the tour: Mdina. MdinaMdina, also known by its other titles Città Vecchia or Città Notabile, is a fortified city in the Northern Region of Malta, which served as the island's capital from antiquity to the medieval period. The city is still confined within its walls and has a population of just under 300. Follow your guide around this quaint yet historic city, and marvel at its several Baroque features as well as its longstanding medieval character. Discover what gave rise to the city’s popular nickname “Silent City," used by both locals and visitors. Mdina is on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and it is now one of the main tourist attractions in Malta.

Valletta: Private Walking Tour From Grand Harbour

2. Valletta: Private Walking Tour From Grand Harbour

In the words of Sir Walter Scott, Valletta is "a splendid town quite like a dream" rising perpendicular from the water's edge. Embark on a journey of cultural and historical discovery on a private tour.  Meet your private tour guide at the Grand Harbor or at any point in Valletta and proceed on a walking tour of the city. Your guide will give you an introduction to the city in the Upper Barracca Gardens, where you will be surrounded by pristine beauty. Then, proceed towards the main squares of this lively city. Appreciate Valletta's stunning architecture as your guide brings alive the history of its impressive buildings. Stroll to the spectacular St. Johns's Co-Cathedral, the former conventual church of the Knights. Visiting the church is optional and entrance tickets are not included. In just 3 hours, you will see and learn about Valletta and the story of Malta. The tour will end at the city center next to Republic Square, where your guide will advise you on what to visit at your own leisure. Enjoy the flexibility of this tour, which can been tailored to fit your needs.

Valletta: Guided Walking Tour with St. John's Co-Cathedral

3. Valletta: Guided Walking Tour with St. John's Co-Cathedral

You will meet your guide at the entrance of Valletta in front of the New Parliament Building, looking out for their red umbrella. Your guide will give an introduction to Valletta, and then will lead you through this fortress city, ensuring you do not miss out on anything worth seeing. As you walk past Auberges, palaces, and churches, your guide will unfold the history of the Knights of Malta, as well as the city’s connections with the British period. You will also visit gardens, which offer stunning views of Malta's Grand Harbour. The walk ends with a guided tour of St. John's Co-Cathedral, including the oratory which houses Caravaggio's masterpiece "The Beheading of St. John the Baptist".

Malta: Mosta, Crafts Village, Mdina & Valletta Full-Day Tour

4. Malta: Mosta, Crafts Village, Mdina & Valletta Full-Day Tour

Start your tour with a visit to Mosta, a central town famous for its Rotunda church. Also known as the Mosta Dome, is the third largest unsupported dome in the whole world. Marvel at its amazing diameter, and learn about its incredible history. Next, stop in the town of Ta'Qali, once a British WWII outpost and now a village for local handicrafts. Here, watch local artisans at work blowing elaborate glass art pieces, intricately assembling silver jewelry and much more. Take the chance to pick up treasures to remind you of your Malta visit. Then, visit Mdina, built on a plateau in the center of the island. Take in the city's old Baroque buildings, cathedral and magnificent bastion walls. Learn about the many names of Mdina, today also known as the Silent City due to its constant tranquility. Explore the quaint alleys, narrow streets, ancient buildings and magnificent far reaching views from the high bastion walls. Finally, visit Valletta, Malta's capital city and World Heritage Site. See buildings from the 16th century onwards, built during the rule of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as Knights Hospitaller. Walk through the bustling streets and to Barracca Gardens for a breathtaking panorama of the Grand Harbor. Visit St. John's Co-Cathedral to see The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist by Caravaggio.

Valletta City Tour: St. John's Cathedral, Malta Experience

5. Valletta City Tour: St. John's Cathedral, Malta Experience

Take part in a city tour of Valletta, Malta's capital city. Valletta is known for its vast and varied history, and contains buildings from the 16th Century onwards that were built during the rule of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. The city is essentially Baroque in character, with elements of Mannerist, Neo-Classical, and modern architecture, though World War II left major scars on the city. Now you can visit this beautiful historic city as you explore the Baroque palaces, gardens, and churches that led to the ruling houses of Europe to give the city its nickname Superbissima – meaning most proud. During the tour you will walk through the bustling streets leading towards Barracca Gardens. Here you can experience breathtaking panorama of the Grand Harbour. You will then visit St. John's Co-Cathedral, where you will see the painting 'The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist' by Caravaggio, considered one of Caravaggio's masterpieces and the only painting signed by the painter. You will then watch the Malta Experience Show, which will help you discover the Island and learn about Malta's amazing history. Free time will be available for shopping.

Valletta: History and Food Walking Tour with Lunch

6. Valletta: History and Food Walking Tour with Lunch

Join a walking tour to explore historical landmarks such as St. John's Cathedral, Auberge de Castille, Grandmaster's Palace, and more. Admire breathtaking views and taste local street food before ending with a Maltese lunch in an atmospheric restaurant in the center of Valletta. Start the tour in the historic center of Valletta, with a visit to the Barrakka Gardens. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Grand Harbor. Then, stop at the Auberge de Castille, the old building that housed the knights coming from Spain which is now the residence of the Prime Minister. Be led by your guide through the center’s most characteristic streets like Republic and Merchant Street before arriving in front of St. John's Cathedral. Discover Caravaggio's masterpieces such as The Beheading of St. John the Baptist. Enter the Co-Cathedral to marvel at exuberant Maltese Baroque style. Next, make a stop at an ancient cafe in the city center for a tasting of the local street food, qassata and the famous pastizzi (puff pastry stuffed with cheese or a curried pea mash.) Try a typical food that is simply called "Malta", accompanied by Malta's national drink, Kinnie. Then, head towards the Grandmaster's Palace, a majestic complex that now houses the Maltese Parliament. See its rooms adorned with Baroque decorations and ancient tapestries. In case of Parliament reunion, the tour is carried out externally and replaced with Casa Rocca Piccola, a noble palace from the 16th century. At the end of the walking tour, treat yourself to a traditional Maltese lunch. Visit a restaurant located in a typical bakery, combining traditional Maltese cuisine, history, memorabilia in a relaxed environment right in the center of Valletta. Savor a 3-course tasting menu to try traditional Maltese cuisine, including dishes like Gozo Cheeselets and Bigilla, Stew Rabbit, Bragjoli, and Imqaret. Learn how Maltese cuisine has been influenced by the dominations on the island over the centuries but has maintained a unique character in its approach to fresh ingredients.

Valletta: Self-Guided Audio Tour, Map and Directions

7. 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

Malta: Valletta and Mdina Full Day Tour

8. Malta: Valletta and Mdina Full Day Tour

The tour starts with the visit of Mdina, after a 20-minute trip by car from your place. Mdina, located on top of a hill in the center of Malta, was the ancient capital before the arrival of the Knights of St. John's from Rodos. The old capital of Malta, that has now been turned into the silent city with 400 residents living inside its wall, the guide will describe the tiny little streets leading to the Belvedere one of the best viewpoints of the island, from where you can enjoy a stunning panorama of all of Malta. The tour includes a visit to the St. Paul's Basilica in Mdina. After that, you will enjoy a short walking tour of the nearby town of Rabat, before reaching the famous St. Paul's Catacombs. You will have a visit to the latter and then free time for lunch. On the way back to Valletta, you stop in Mosta to visit the famous church with one of the biggest domes in Europe built according to the example of the Pantheon in Rome. Return back to Valletta and go on a walking tour of the tiny Maltese capital, the historical center is a Unesco Heritage Site. The tour starts with the visit of the Barrakka Gardens, an ideal point from which to enjoy breathtaking views of the Grand Harbor. You stop to admire the 'Auberge de Castille”, the old building that housed the knights coming from Spain which is now the residence of the prime minister. The guide will lead you to the front of St. John's Cathedral, the “home” of the Knights of St. John's where there are situated masterpieces of Caravaggio. Enjoy some free time to shop afterwards before returning to your hotel or cruise ship.

Malta Bus Tour to Aviation Museum, Mosta Church & Shelters

9. Malta Bus Tour to Aviation Museum, Mosta Church & Shelters

During this tour, you will travel onboard a traditional Maltese Bus known by the locals as ‘Xarabank’. These buses were built by Maltese Bus Builders during the 1950s to the 1970s and came in all kinds of colours, to overcome illiteracy - red, purple, blue...all depending on the locality they served. This tradition persisted until eventually bus numbers came into place. Traditional Maltese bus decoration consisted of different designs and typography. This included designs in paint; passenger messages on the interior and exterior of the bus, names of patron saints, song lyrics, slogans and many more. There were also plenty of chrome and accessories, such as flags and good luck symbols. Nowadays, these colourful buses are rarely seen, used only on special occasions such as weddings & tourist events. During this tour you will first visit The Aviation Museum, an aircraft museum situated on the site of the former Royal Air Force airfield in the village of Ta'Qali. The museum, based in three hangars, covers the history of aviation on the island with exhibits, particularly from the Second World War and post-war periods. The museum is involved in the preservation and restoration of aircraft, some of which are in airworthy condition. You will then visit the Mosta Rotunda, a Roman Catholic Church dedicated to the Assumption of Our Lady. The design is based on the Pantheon in Rome, has the third largest unsupported dome in the world and is Malta's largest and most famous church. The church narrowly avoided destruction during World War II when on 9 April 1942 a German aerial bomb pierced the dome and fell into the church during Mass, but failed to explode. This event was interpreted by the Maltese as a miracle, although many bombs failed to explode. During your visit you will admire the sacristies, the various objects of prestige, a large-scale model of the church and a replica of the bomb. You will also go up to the portico, to the bell tower & enter in the inner gallery of the the church. Your last stop will be the World War II Shelter that skirts the Mosta Church parvis. The Shelter which was opened recently, was dug by hand in 1940 by 15 highly-skilled workmen. Families used this shelter during World War II to protect themselves from the many and continuous air raids. The complex also boasts an exhibition of tools and implements related to old trades. At the end of the tour, you will also enjoy some local savouries.

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What people are saying about Valletta

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 24 reviews

Really liked the radio ear piece sets given out by the guide. It ment you could stop and take pictures and not have to stay very close to hear. Our guide was extremely interesting and the 3 hour tour was set at an easy pace. Well worth doing the Cathedral with a guide. Skipped the queue and was taken to lots of interesting parts that you may miss if visiting on your own. I would highly recommend taking this tour.

The trip was excellent. Because my staying in Malta was short, this trip helped me to visit in one day two of the most important cities from here. Our guide Ernest was very nice and gave us a lot of information about the places that we visited. I’ll definitely choose it again.

Great tour of San Antob Gardens Rabat and Medina easy pick up and drop off, the guide was very knowlegable and i enjoyed hearing about Maltas History.

The trip was interesting and informative. The guide told very clearly and interestingly.

Fabulous tour and very informative and professional tour guide!