Birgu & Mdina with Valletta
Vittoriosa/Birgu Maritime City, Mdina Medieval City, Valletta
(Tritons Fountain, Republic Street, Victoria & St. George's Squares,
St. John's Co. Cathedral, Upper Barraka Gardens), Panoramic lift to
cruise terminal. (SE9)
We start our tour with a visit to the
oldest part of the Grand Harbour. The Three Cities which consists of
Senglea, Cospicua & Vittoriosa (or otherwise known as Birgu.
Our first stop includes a visit to Senglea and the Gardjola Gardens,
here you can admire the magnificent view from the Vedette (watch
tower used by the Knights). We continue with a drive through
Cospicua, the most inner creek of this ancient harbour which has
recently been regenerated. The highlight of the Three Cities is
undoubtedly oldest city of Birgu (Vittoriosa) it is the most
important of the three. In 1532 the Knights of St. John first
settled in this area, and we will give you an insight to an era
dominated by the Knights of St. John. Our walking tour will take us
to the heart of city, the narrow streets and quaint alleys known as
the 'collacchio', an area of old Palazzo's which were the original
Auberges occupied by the Knights'. We end our tour on the waterfront
which in the past was occupied by the beautiful galleys, nowadays
occupied by magnificent yachts.
We continue our tour to the ancient city of Mdina. Mdina is built on
a plateau in the centre of the island, the city's old Baroque
buildings, Cathedral and magnificent bastion walls dominate the
rural skyline. Mdina, once the capital of Malta until the modern
city of Valletta was built had many names including Melite (Roman
occupation), Medina (Arabic occupation), Citta Notabile (Knights of
St. John) and Citta Vecchia (after Valletta was built). Today it is
also referred to as the Silent City since it inspires tranquillity
at any time of the day or night. The only way to really experience
and enjoy this city is on foot, explore the quaint alleys, narrow
streets, ancient buildings and magnificent far reaching views from
the high bastion walls.
Our transport will then return us back to the harbour area and to
Valletta. At this stage we say farewell to our driver, Valletta can
only be explored on foot.
We enter the city passing Tritons fountain and a walk along the main
thoroughfare, the guide will point out our parliament, the old Royal
Opera House besides other interesting buildings as we pass by. At
this stage we will stop for a lunch/snack break.
After lunch we continue our tour of the city which will include
visits to George's Square which is adorned by the imposing Grand
Masters Palace (external viewing only). Proceeding along Republic
Street, our next stop is the amazing St. John's Co. Cathedral
(internal visit), which is home to Caravaggio's masterpiece "The
Beheading of St. John." This Cathedral was the conventual church of
the Order of St. John, otherwise known as the Knights of St. John.
In fact, most of the city was built by the Knights'. They were the
planners of the auberges, palaces and the magnificent fortifications
that you can still see today. The final part of our walking tour
includes Merchants Street, along here there are many interesting
buildings and our guide will point out some of the most important,
'MUZA' (the new Museum of Fine Arts) and the imposing Auberge de
Castille, nowadays the office our Prime Minister. We end our tour at
the Upper Barraka Gardens and not only are these gardens beautiful
but the view of the stunning Grand Harbour is a memorable one, it
unfolds beneath you as you make your way to the viewing balcony, a
perfect way to end our tour.
A trip from the gardens with the panoramic lift will take us back
down to the sea level and then we end with a short 6 minute walk to
the cruise terminal.
Please note The order in which we operate the tour may differ as
mentioned above. St. John's Co. Cathedral do not open on Saturday
afternoon, Sunday's and Public Holiday's. This will be replaced with
an alternative site such as the Grand Master's Palace.
Prices are based on the group size and are not per person.
Private transport is provided based on the number of passengers in
Tour with driver and Licensed Tour Guide:
eur465 for up to 6 passengers
eur575 for 7 to 12 passengers
eur685 for 13 to 17 passengers
Contact us for larger group up to 50
Entrance fees. To save unnecessary time wasting and queuing we can
include your entrance fees. Allow eur10 per person for St. John's Co.
Lunch is not included in the tour rate.
Sunday/Public Holiday Supplements:
Add eur25 (not per person) applies for tours operated on Sunday's and
Note. If you are making an
enquiry for next year the tour rates and entrance fees may differ to
those mentioned above.
This tour is
available on any day
Pick Up/Meeting Point:
This tour will pick up from the Valletta cruise terminal/returning
back to the Valletta Cruise Terminal by panoramic lift.
Licensed Tour Guides:
Your Licensed Tour Guide guide will be
with you for the FULL tour duration and will provide detailed en
route commentary and will also accompany at historical sites,
temples, museums and around fortified cities such as Valletta, Mdina
Guides are available in English, German, French, Dutch and Spanish
HOW TO BOOK
Unfortunately there is no standard procedure to book a
private/customised tour as this type tour booking is specific to
the time you
want to start, the date of the tour, the size of your group etc..
Follow our simple procedure below;
Make an Enquiry
Send your email to
and include the following details;
Time of Arrival/Departure
Number of Adults and Children (under 12yrs)
Include any additional information we may need to know
Confirming a Tour Booking
When we have agreed on your itinerary
and you are ready to book, we will provide you with a link to our
secure booking form and you can complete your booking.
As a general rule we do not require advanced payment for private
tours but we do require a booking guarantee, this means that you can
secure a tour booking by credit card, but payment will be charged on
the day of the tour.
If however you book an organised group tour or a tour operated by
one of our selected partners there is an advanced payment
requirement and we will advise this at the time of your enquiry.
If after you have booked a tour and the cruise liner decide to
change the itinerary which may eliminate a visit to Malta or you do
not arrive due to bad weather, you will not be charged for the tour.
This is clearly mentioned on the confirmation which you will receive
after you have booked.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE RECEIVE A LOT OF ENQUIRIES FOR PRIVATE TOURS AND
ENCOURAGE YOU TO PLAN WELL IN ADVANCE TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.