Departing from the port with your driver/guide for a special Malta Jeep Safari, you will follow a lead Jeep as you explore the island and make photo stops along the way. You will first head to the hilly region of Mizieb in the northern end of the island. Here you will have a chance to see some of the rolling desert-like topography as you travel over the winding roads.
You will then drive to St. Agatha's Tower, built in 1649 for the Knights of Malta. Also known as the Red Tower due to its color, it has a commanding position on the crest of a ridge overlooking the natural harbor, and with clear views over to Comino and Gozo.
You will then travel past Popeye Village, the site of the 1980 film starring Robin Williams, which has been developed into an amusement park.
Then it's time to leave the paved road and go over some of Malta's dirt roads. The ride is bumpy, dusty and fun. You will make your way to Golden Bay, one of the largest beaches on the island, and luckily not overdeveloped. Time will be taken for an optional quick swim to get the dust off and cool down.
From here you travel to Mgarr, a typical rural village situated in an isolated region surrounded by rich farmland and vineyards. You will also see Fomm ir Rih, an area of interesting landscape with vertical cliffs created by a fault line.
Your next stop is to view the silent city of Mdina, a Medieval walled town situated on a hill in the center of the island. Then, a drive through the Mtahleb Valley to see its mixture of wild and very fertile terrain, before stopping for a light lunch.
After lunch you will travel to the Dingli Cliffs on the island's west coast. Here you will have open-sea views over the tiny, uninhabited isle of Filfla from one of the highest points on Malta. Then, on to view the Blue Grotto from the dramatic cliffs above.
You will then begin to drive back towards Valletta. Along the way you will drive through the charming fishing village of Marsaxlokk, famous for its scenic harbor and Sunday market. From here it is approximately 30 minutes back to the port.
Reviewer: Janice Mumpower
We were lucky enough to get John for this tour. Excellent English and a lot of fun! What an ideal way to explore Malta. We would definitely take the same tour again. Wonderful experience!
Reviewer: Ron Smith
Multi-stop passenger pickup delayed our start because of heavy traffic. No big deal. The jeep ride was an adventure! Charlie, the driver, proved just how many rough roads there are on Malta - all taken at high speed of course. Back to the boat spot-on time. Lunch was really good, the value of the excursion was really good.
Reviewer: janine wientjes
had a great day. value for money , imformative friendly guide, better than options offered on the ship
Reviewer: Ben Preston
Although waiting a longer time for pickup than expected and also dealing with a bit of rain at the start, this was an outstanding and fun way to see almost all of Malta in one day. If the multiple stops weren't quite long enough to completely satisfy it's okay because there were so many great spots to visit. What the lunch stop may have lacked in ambience was more than made up by the quality and taste of the food. I would recommend this tour as THE way to see Malta for all first-time visitors to the island.
Reviewer: The Co-pilot
Our guide was curteous, patient and knowledgable, and took us on back country roads we would not have never experienced on a bus tour. The vehicle was a little rickety, but we did see everything and more than we expected.