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From Malta: Gozo Tour with a Difference

1. From Malta: Gozo Tour with a Difference

Spend the day on Gozo and compare its green landscape and historical monuments to Malta. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, and then cross by ferry to visit the megalithic Ggantija Temples, built more than 5,550 years ago. Drive to Marsalforn to board a trackless train for a 40-minute ride past Marsalforn Bay, Qbajjar Bay and Xwejni Bay. Get panoramic views of the salt pans. Next, visit the Crafts Center to taste some of the traditional food of Malta and purchase traditional crafts. Continue to Dwejra Bay to discover the Inland Sea and mushroom-like rock formation of Il-Ġebla tal-Ġeneral. Take a short boat trip, weather permitting. Explore the capital city of Victoria and see landmarks such as the Bronze Age fortifications of the Cittadella – formerly Il Castello – developed by the Phoenicians and converted to an Acropolis in Roman times. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in Rabat before taking the ferry back to Malta.

Valletta: The Dark Side Walking Tour

2. Valletta: The Dark Side Walking Tour

This tour is both a visit of Valletta, which is a stunning city during the night and a tour through the most spectral and mysterious side, as you discover the ghosts which populate the city. You will visit the streets of Malta's capital, forgetting the current population and discover past times - although some of them are not so distant. Explore the buildings and get to know some of the stories which have laid the foundation of the city, such as the Order of Saint John and the British Occupation and the haunted house of Saint Ursula,  among others. You will also have free time to enjoy this charmed city with its more physic and palpable inhabitants and commodities.

Valletta, Mdina, and Mosta Night Tour

3. Valletta, Mdina, and Mosta Night Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Valletta, and then take a bus tour of the city to see the monuments illuminated after dark. Admire the floodlit fortifications and stop on the waterfront to take souvenir photos. Proceed to Barrakka Gardens to get a breathtaking view of the Grand Harbor. Then, stroll over to the Malta 5D show and watch in awe as the history of the island is brought to life from a fresh perspective. Next, travel to the 3rd largest unsupported dome in the world at the 18th-century Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta. Hear the story of the World War II bomb that failed to explode and spared the lives of around 300 people. End with a visit to the silent city of Mdina and explore the former capital on foot. Walk down the quaint alleys and narrow streets, and admire the illuminations of St. Paul's Cathedral. Get a breathtaking view of the island from the bastion walls, and enjoy some free time for a coffee.

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: History and Food Walking Tour with Lunch

5. 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 & Mdina: Private Tour

6. Valletta & Mdina: Private Tour

Let your guide escort you on a private 5-hour tour of Valletta and Mdina, Malta's most iconic and important historical cities. Enjoy the comfort and exclusivity of a private tour. Discover why Valletta, Malta's current capital city, is an architectural and historical gem. Founded by the Knights of St John following the victory of the Great Siege of 1565, the town is a monument in itself. Your private tour guide will lead you through this World Heritage Site and highlight the history behind the imposing facades. Embark on a journey of cultural discovery around this fortress city – a living testimony to Malta's rich heritage. Then, proceed by private transportation to Mdina, the former capital which stands on a hilltop in the center of the island. Mdina is one of Europe's finest examples of an ancient walled city, characterized by medieval and baroque architecture. Here, you will discover the "Citta Notabile", the Nobel City, home to Malta's noble families for centuries. Impressive palaces, churches and convents line its narrow winding streets. Together with your tour guide you will stroll at a leisurely pace through the town and enjoy fantastic views of Malta from its walls.

Malta Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour

7. Malta Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour

Meet your private guide outside the cruise terminal in Valletta or in the lobby of your hotel or apartment in Malta and head to Barraca Gardens for unique views of the Grand Harbour. Proceed to St. John's Cathedral, where masterpieces by Caravaggio can be found. Next, go to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk to admire its traditional market and typical colored boats. Get an amazing view from the Blue Grotto before going to the Megalithic Temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajidra. Continue to the ancient capital of Mdina and explore one of Europe's finest examples of an ancient walled city. Stroll down the tiny streets and discover one of the best viewpoints on the island.

Valletta and 3 Cities Private 4-Hour Shore Excursion

8. Valletta and 3 Cities Private 4-Hour Shore Excursion

Benefit from pick-up outside the cruise terminal at Valletta and see the city's UNESCO World Heritage monuments. Visit Barracca Gardens to get panoramic views of the Grand Harbour. Admire the colored balconies of Merchant Street and look inside St. John's Co-Cathedral. Walk down to the waterfront to take a private water taxi to Vittoriosa on the opposite side of the harbor. Explore the historical "3 Cities" of the Cottonera area to get a feel for the spirit of Malta and its culture. Go to the Gardjola Gardens to get a magnificent view from the old watch tower. Walk along the imposing city walls and venture down tiny streets to explore the old city and the Inquisitor's Palace. Cruise around the Grand Harbour by traditional dghajsa boat and get stunning views of the ancient fortifications. Return to the waterfront in Valletta, where a guide will accompany you back to the cruise terminal.

Malta: Valletta and Mdina Full Day Tour

9. 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.

Valletta: Malta's Noble Homes and Palaces Private Tour

10. Valletta: Malta's Noble Homes and Palaces Private Tour

Meet your local guide and learn about the history and rich culture of the Mediterranean island of Malta. Discover splendid examples of medieval architecture, palaces adorned with Baroque decorations, noble residences, and wonderful gardens. The tour starts with a walking tour in Mdina. Make the first stop at Palazzo Falson. This palace is the second oldest surviving building in Mdina, dating back to the 13th century. Then discover Palazzo de Piro, a 17th-century building nestled in the bastion walls of the medieval city. Stop for a tea or coffee and enjoy spectacular views from the Palace's panoramic terrace. Continue your journey to visit the gardens of San Anton, the most beautiful botanical garden on the island. Find the chapel built by the Knights of St. John and the nearby Presidential Palace. Finally, stop at Naxxar to visit Palazzo Parisio, described as the Maltese Versailles for the beauty of its walled gardens.

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Punctual and well organized. The catamaran was large and clean and there was room for everyone. They were careful not to overpopulate it (I suppose for covid reasons) but also to make all guests feel comfortable to see the show. On board it was possible to buy dinner suitable for different diets and the dishes were abundant

Its a very nice and organized tour. Our guide Rita was excellent and enthusiastic. She is so informative and loving. The whole tour was planned well and all the highlights were covered well with enough time at every place. Its worth the money and the time. Recommended

A great experience that completes my visit to Valletta during the day. Simple explanations by a most pleasant guide, we let ourselves be carried away and we just have to enjoy the evening. Superb experience.

Very well organised. Our guide Rita shared with us history and every day habits of locals.

Great experience and lovely staff, thanks so much!