Highlights of this tour
- Barrakka Gardens
- St John’s Cathedral: closed on Sundays
- Museum of Archaeology
Your English-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel or the cruise port with private adapted transport. Your Valletta & The Three Cities tour starts with a trip to Valletta, Malta’s capital City, for a guided strolling tour. Get to see the hustle and bustle in the busy streets and the cosey alleys. This city was built after the Great Siege of 1565 and named after the Grand Master: Jean Parisot de la Vallette.
Firstly, you visit the Barakka Gardens in Valletta, built on the elevated bastion ramparts. From these beautiful gardens, you have stunning views over the Grand Harbour, and of the three cities: Vittoriosa, Cospicua, and Senglea. Secondly, you visit St John’s Cathedral. This elegant church was formerly the traditional church of the Order of St. John. With its fine architecture, detailed Grand Masters’ monuments and precious works of art, which includes a Caravaggio, this Cathedral is a must-see for everyone visiting Valletta.
After the Cathedral, you continue towards the Museum of Archaeology. This museum houses a spectacular range of artifacts dating back to Malta’s Neolithic period, 500 BC up to the Phoenician period 400 BC. Following the visit to the museum, it is time for a lunch*. Your guide will advise some options of local restaurants. Next up, you head to the Southern part of the Island, to discover the historical area known as the Three Cities: Vittoriosa, Cospicua & Senglea.
A scenic drive past Cospicua brings you to Vittoriosa to enjoy the various narrow streets, shaded by many historic buildings and churches. The area around Fort St. Angelo on the Vittoriosa Wharf, houses the Victualling Yard Complex and the Naval Bakery which used to store wheat for the garrison’s bread and other wheat products.
After the war, the Maltese converted the building into the Maritime Museum to preserve relics from the past. Additionally, here they used to collect new items connected to the maritime traditions of the Maltese Islands.
*Lunch is not included and has to be paid on the day.
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