Private In-depth Malta Group Tour

Private In-Depth Group Tour in Malta (St. John's Co-Cathedral, Magisterial Palace)
Excursion Highlights:
  • Experience the awe-inspiring St. John's Co-Cathedral and Caravaggio's masterpiece in Valletta, Malta's walled city.
  • Admire the grandeur of the Magisterial Palace, today's seat of Malta's Parliament adorned with historic Gobelin tapestries.
  • Visit the ancient megalithic Tarxien Temples, known for intricate carvings dating back to 2500 BC, a must-see historical artifact.
  • Discover Mdina, the old capital, strolling through the 'Silent City' and admiring the Sicolo-Norman architecture and imposing cathedral.
  • Rest easy with our return-to-ship and satisfaction guarantees, for an unforgettable, worry-free shore excursion at the best prices.
From $167.00/person to $1,073.00/person (Select "Individuals" below) Price varies based on number of individuals in your group
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Private
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 7 Hours 30 minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Lunch is included. Beverages will be available for purchase (not included).
Recommended Dress As you will be visiting a religious or memorial site, shoulders and knees must be covered. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are suggested.
Restrictions This tour involves walking, as most sites are not open to vehicle traffic. Guests must be able to walk more than 2 miles over paved, cobblestone, and uneven ground. There are steps at several locations.

Private In-depth Malta Group Tour

Your tour of Malta begins with a drive to the walled city of Valletta. Upon arrival, you will walk towards St. John's Co-Cathedral, the conventual church of the Knights of Malta, where you will have the opportunity to see Caravaggio's famous masterpiece: The Beheading of St. John. Leaving St. John's Co-Cathedral, a short walk through Valletta's main thoroughfare will bring you to the Magisterial Palace, formerly the residence of the Grand Masters and today the seat of Malta's Parliament. In the council chamber, one can admire the beautiful Gobelin tapestries given to the Order by Grand Master Ramon Perellos in the early 18th century. Your next stop will be at the Upper Barrakka Gardens, where you may wish to take some panoramic photos of Malta's Grand Harbor and historic Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa.

Venture beyond the city limits and head for the Tarxien Temples, which date from 3600 to 2500 BC and are the most complex of all temple sites in Malta. The temples are renowned for the detail of their carvings, which include domestic animals carved in relief, altars, and screens decorated with spiral designs and other patterns. Proceed next for your drive to Mosta, where you will be able to relax with friends during lunch.

After lunch you will drive to Mdina, the old capital of Malta, and continue with a short walk through the 'Silent City.' Heading past the numerous patrician homes still lived in by Malta's elite nobility, admire the huge door-knockers and the predominantly Sicolo-Norman architecture. Marvel at the imposing Cathedral and the fortress city's impressive 9th-century ramparts before returning to the pier.

Please Note: The Magisterial Palace State Rooms in Valletta may close without prior notice due to the President's engagements or foreign dignitary visits. In these instances, the National Museum of Archaeology will be visited instead. On Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays the visit of St. John's Co-Cathedral will be substituted with a visit to the Mdina Cathedral, Museum of Fine Arts or the National Museum of Archaeology. The order in which the sites are visited may change according to the logistical needs of the day.