Exclusive Snapshot of Malta
Sale Price: $65.00
Escape the 50+ person mob tours the cruise lines offer with this group tour of never more than 30 guests (and often times less). Leaving the port, you will be driven to Mdina. Approximately 30 minutes away and Malta's first capital, Mdina dates back to before Roman times. Together with the guide, you will stroll through the quaint winding streets, admire the beautiful palazzos still used as homes by Malta's oldest families, and enjoy the view from the bastions of the 'Silent City'. The total walking time with stops is approximately 45 minutes.
Following the visit of Mdina, your transport will take you to see an island specialty produced at a glass-blowing factory, where you will have approximately 30 minutes free time to see the artisan-produced glassware and shop for the perfect souvenir.
On the way to the harbor, you will have a short photo stop outside the Mosta Dome Church, the third largest dome in Europe. In 1942, the church had 300 people inside when a bomb pierced the dome and miraculously failed to explode.
Arriving in Valletta, you will begin your approximate 90 minute walking tour of the capital city of Malta. You will visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens for a panoramic view of Malta's natural harbors and the historic cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa in the distance.
Continuing through Valletta's main streets, you will walk to St. John's Co-Cathedral, the 16th century knight's own church. Revealing a staggering display of Baroque art, it houses some of Malta's finest art treasures. The two masterpieces by Caravaggio, "The Beheading of St. John the Baptist" and "St. Jerome," hang in the Oratory.
At the end of the tour, you will walk past various important buildings before reaching your transport, which will be waiting to return you to the port below. Guests wishing to remain in town may do so, but are responsible for getting themselves back to the cruise pier at their own expense.
Please Note: For tours on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and public holidays, the St. John's Co-Cathedral and the glass-blowing factory will not be open to the public. In such instances, they would be substituted with a visit to the National Archaeology Museum in Valletta and free time (approximately 30 minutes) in one of the cities. The same would apply in case of last minute closure of St. John's Co-Cathedral and/or the glass-blowing factory. The order of the sites visited may change according to the logistical needs of the day.
Reviewer: Peter Jin
It was very impressive. Guide was excellent. It was a new discovery to me. A great tour it was.
Reviewer: Deb R
Malta is a lovely island nation that we really enjoyed visiting. Our tour guide brought the Maltese culture and people to life with her vivid descriptions of everything Maltese. We loved driving through the cities and countryside for a glimpse of their lifestyle. With limited time to visit, we found this tour ideal to cover the highlights without feeling rushed.
Reviewer: Judith Gatt
We enjoyed an informative, well paced and friendly experience with our guide and 14 other guests. Our smaller group allowed for easy transitions and little wait time. Our guide was passionate about Malta and sharing her knowledge and expertise. We have a general overview of the highlights of Malta! Highly recommend!
Reviewer: Carol Graffius
One of my favorite tours in our cruise was this one because of Anna, our wonderful tour guide. She has been giving tours around Malta for years but she seemed as fresh and as passionate as ever. She imparts her knowledge and history of the people of Malta with a heart. And there is so much history. She could be a history teacher. She took us to Mdina,a delightful place to visit and then a walking tour of the downtown area. Perfection!
Reviewer: Ruth Bobrow
Lovely tour guide. She was very knowledgeable. Had good communication skills. Malta's history is more interesting than many people are aware of. I highly recommend this tour.