Highlights of this tour
- Barrakka Gardens
- St John’s Cathedral: closed on Sundays
- Museum of Archaeology
- Dingli Cliffs
- Mdina Cathedral: closed on Saturday afternoon, Sundays and public holidays
- Roman Villa
Your English-speaking licensed guide meets you at the hotel or at the cruise port, with private adapted transport. Together you head to Valletta, where your private Valletta & Mdina tour starts with a strolling tour through the bustling streets of Valletta. The capital of Malta.
This gorgeous city was built after the Great Siege of 1565, and named after the Grand Master: Jean Parisot de la Valette. Firstly, you visit the Barrakka Gardens, built on the elevated bastion ramparts. At the gardens, you see beautiful views over the Grand Harbour and the three cities: Vittoriosa, Cospicua, and Senglea. Secondly, you will visit St John’s Cathedral. This majestic church was the conventional church of the Order of St. John, with its fine architecture, detailed Grand Masters’ monuments and precious works of art. Including a Caravaggio. This Cathedral is a must-see for everyone visiting the island of Malta. Lastly, you continue towards the Museum of Archaeology in Valletta. This museum houses a range of artefacts dating back to Malta’s Neolithic period, 500 BC up to the Phoenician period 400 BC.
After your visit to Valletta, your guide will give you some options for a delicious authentic lunch* in the area. Following on, you drive to the Dingli Cliffs for some absolutely amazing views, before proceeding to Mdina, Malta’s old capital city. This “silent city” has seen major historical events due to its strategic position, on top of Malta’s highest plateaus. This walled city enjoys spectacular views of the countryside, which you can see the best from the bastions. The bastions are not wheelchair accessible though. During your tour through the silent city, your guide will also point out the beautiful Mdina Cathedral.
The next highlight is the Roman Villa or ‘Domus Romana’. A popular tourist attraction in Malta, located in the outskirts of Rabat. It was discovered in 1881 and shows how the Romans lived while they were ruling over Malta. The Roman Villa is accessible by means of ramps and lifts around the sites. At the end of the day, your guide takes you back to your starting point.
*Lunch is not included in the price and has to be paid on the day of the tour.
Please note St John’s Cathedral and Mdina Cathedral are closed on Sundays.
The order of itinerary may change according to entrance timings. In case a certain site is closed, the guide will advise a suitable alternative.
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