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: Sharon Wade
This was an amazing tour of Malta. I loved everything about it, the churches, the cities and the history of Malta. A fascinating place.
Reviewer: Denise Johnson
Our tour guide was new and very excited and knowledgeable. He went outside of his way to make sure that we learned a lot about Malta from the language to the history - even got us an unscheduled visit to the Co-cathedral of Malta. As this was one place from childhood Bible stories, I had wanted to visit for decades - it was worth the cost!! Spoke with individuals on tours from ship and they didn't get anything close to what we did and they paid more!!!
Reviewer: Marie Kim
We enjoyed the tour of Malta. The guide was excellent. We look forward to taking more tours with Shore Excursions group!
Very good organized tour. No problems whatever. Very nice and helpful tour guide and driver
Reviewer: maren fitzgibbons
What a great tour, well organized with knowledgeable guide. Be prepared for lots of walking.