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'Simply Malta' Small Group Tour
Blue Grotto, Girgenti Valley, Dingli Cliffs, Rabat & Mdina Medieval City

This wonderful tour includes stunning scenery, the beautiful azure crystal clear sea, ancient towns and insight to an islands rich culture and heritage.

We start our day with a visit to the south of the island and the beautiful Wied iz-Zurrieq, famous for the magnificent Blue Grotto. This tiny hamlet sits in a valley and has a very picturesque harbour. The grotto and neighbouring system of sea caves are home to brilliant phosphorescent marine life. The 25-minute boat trip explores the incredible beauty of this natural wonder and is a "must-do". This optional boat trip is only
eur8 adults, eur4 for children.

As you travel during the next part of this tour, your guide will explain the importance of the Girgenti Valley. Girgenti is a shaded fertile valley renowned for its orchards and cultivated fields. The eco system here is maquis, so it is green all year round. Citrus and other fruit trees thrive in the valley beneath the surrounding ridge. The old picturesque farmsteads are the homes of the local farming community who still work the fields and cultivate the orchards. On a spur overlooking the valley stands the summer palace of the Inquisitors built by Monsignor Visconti in 1625. Nowadays it is the official residence of our Prime Minister. Our journey via Girgenti will take us the west cost of the island.

Stretching for some 4km along the west coast are the Dingli Cliffs. These cliffs have vertical or near-vertical rock faces rising from the sea to heights of up to 200m above sea level. Some of the steep slopes are terraced and this unique feature together with the expanse of the deep blue Mediterranean sea provide stunning views. Here will stop at the small 18th century chapel which sits on the cliffs for a superb view and an ideal photo opportunity.

Our next stop will take you back in time and we start with the old town of Rabat. This charming town has strong ties with the Roman era and the visit of St. Paul AD60. Here we will take a short stroll from the central piazza through the quaint streets, where you can admire the old houses, alleys, traditional balconies amongst other typical old town characteristics.
Our historical walk continues to what we consider our as our 'pride and joy', the fairy tail city of Mdina. Mdina which is a medieval city
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.

At this stage our tour comes to and end and we make our way back to the cruise terminal and Valletta.


Tour Details
Price eur49.00 per person

Half Day/4 hour tour
Accompanied by English speaking Licensed Tour Guide

Group Size:
Minimum group size is 6
Maximum group is 16
Average group size is normally 10/12

Availability for 2020
Standard start time is at 0900hrs. Dates marked with * start at 0945hrs, marked with ** start at 0800hrs, marked with *** start at 1400hrs, marked with **** start at 1430hrs

6, 9, 12***, 18, 19, 27, 29

4, 6*, 9, 18, 20***, 22***, 23

3*, 7, 8, 19, 1, 29

4,16,18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 29

9, 10, 12****, 14, 22, 23**, 25***, 27, 29, 30

4****, 7***, 8, 18, 19***, 27***

3, 12*, 15**, 16

If your group is 6 or more and you would like to do this tour on a different date do not hesitate to contact us.

If your group is 6 or more and you would like to do this tour on a different date do not hesitate to contact us.

Pick Up/Meeting Point
Tours depart from the Valletta cruise terminal and ends at the Valletta cruise terminal or if you would like to be dropped off in Valletta after the tour this is also possible.

Our guide will meet you at the cruise terminal holding a 'SIMPLY MALTA GROUP TOUR' sign.

Blue Grotto boat trip, allow eur8 per person


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Tour Date
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Booking Terms & Conditions
If you decide that you want to book this tour we will provide you with a link to our secure booking form and you can complete your booking. Unlike private tours we do require an advanced payment for group tours, however this is not charged until 14 days onwards prior to the tour date. See 'Our Guarantee' below.

This tour will only operate if we have a minimum of 6 people and in the event that we do have to cancel the tour you will be notified 15 days before at the latest. The maximum number of people that we allow on small group tours is 16.

Our Guarantee
You can cancel your booking up to 15 days prior to the tour date without incurring any charges. As this is a group tour you will be charged 14 day onwards prior to the tour date as mentioned above. If after you have paid for your 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 receive a refund. This is clearly mentioned on the confirmation which you will receive after you have booked.


Malta Shore Excursions are operated by Sheridan Leisure Ltd. Licensed by the Malta Tourism Authority TRA/S/01

Malta Shore Excursions