DISCOVERING THE WONDERS OF MALTA

  • Havn

    Valletta

  • Niveau af vanskeligheder

    Moderat

  • Type

    Lunch not included

  • Pris

    Voksne

    EUR59.0

  • Varighed i timer

    7

  • Udflugtskode

    03AP

Description A complete tour between past and present to discover the wonders of Malta, its capital Valletta declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and all the most famous and evocative sights on the island: historic palaces and gardens, churches and religious monuments and picturesque fishing villages and cities representing the cradle of Maltese culture between Rabat and Mdina in an array of colours and emotions providing a unique unforgettable atmosphere. An experience not to be missed!

What we will see
  • Stop for photos at Auberge de Castille, Office of the Prime Minister
  • Visit to the Barrakka Gardens with amazing views over the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa
  • Visit to Saint John's Co-Cathedral with its famous painting by Caravaggio
  • Stop for photos in the square with the bronze Tritons’ Fountain
  • Visit to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk with stone houses and colourful boats
  • Stop in Rabat: free time for lunch and visit of the town
  • Visit to Mdina, ancient capital of Malta and set of various films


What we will do
  • We leave the port behind us on a coach with our guided headed to the centre of Valletta, the capital of the island of Malta and a fortress-city declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site named after its founder Jean Parisot de La Valette, Grand Master of the Order of St. John. The construction of this imposing fortified city started in 1566 on the steep rocks of the Mount Sciberras peninsula plunging into the Marsamxett and Grand Harbour inlets.
  • Defined as 'a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen', the city unfolds revealing a series of charming squares, cathedrals and palaces surrounded by perfectly preserved 16th century bastions.
  • We stop for photos in front of the Auberge de Castille,one of the most beautiful buildings in Malta from an architectural point of view and now home to the Prime Minister's offices.
  • We continue our walk as far as the amazing Upper Barrakka Gardens, once the private gardens of the Knights of Malta. The balcony offers spectacular views over the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa.
  • Another must-see is Saint John's Co-Cathedral built in the Renaissance-Baroque style between 1573 and 1577 at the behest of the Knights Templar of Malta. Over the altar, we can admire the “Beheading of Saint John the Baptist”, a famous painting by Caravaggio dated 1608 and considered one of the most important treasures in Malta.
  • We then reach the lovely square boasting the famous Tritons’ Fountain, recently restored as part of an urban redevelopment project designed by Renzo Piano, where we can take some photos. The fountain is made up of three bronze tritons supporting a large basin balanced on a cement concentric base covered in travertine marble slabs.
  • After this stop, we walk to our coach that takes us to the city of Vittoriosa (Birgu in Maltese), one of the Three Cities* that, together with Senglea (or Isla) and Cospicua (or Bormla) represents the cradle of Maltese history and culture. The name “Vittoriosa” derives from the victory during the Great Siege of Malta in 1565 and is considered one of the most monumental areas in Malta.
  • After taking some lovely photos, our coach takes us to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk, a picturesque town in the extreme south-east of Malta boasting stone houses and colourful boats (known as luzzi*) ranging from red, blue, green and yellow with the fishing nets laid out to dry in the sun. We have some free time available to stroll around the alleyways and snap a few pictures.
  • After Marsaxlokk, we move on to Rabat, a town located right outside the walls of Mdina and whose name is of Arab origin meaning “suburb”. We have some free time available for lunch and a visit to the town, whose religious importance is due to St Paul's Cave and Catacombs, who founded the first Christian community here.
  • After Rabat, we reach Mdina, the ancient capital of Malta until 1530 and also known as the “Old City” or “Silent City”. It owes its name to the Arabs who arrived in Malta around the year 870, surrounding the city with high defensive walls separating it from nearby Rabat. Mdina is located on a rocky outcrop, is crossed by narrow cobbled alleyways and is home to countless Norman and Baroque buildings. It is still known as the “Notable City” due to the numerous noble families who live there and was the set of many films set in Malta, including the famous TV series “Game of Thrones”.
  • After visiting Mdina, we return to the port by coach and, along the way,drive through Mosta where we can admire the exterior of the famous dome of the Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady**, one of the biggest in the world with a diameter of 37 metres.

What you need to know
  • Clothing that is appropriate for the places of worship is compulsory to enter the Co-Cathedral and knees and shoulders must be covered.
  • This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
  • The excursion includes walking on both flat and sloping streets; we therefore recommended wearing comfortable shoes and clothing.