Intensive Cultural Day Tour of Malta

About this Tour

Embark on a thrilling full-day adventure through Malta, a captivating blend of history and natural beauty. Begin in Valletta, the island’s heart, where architectural marvels and a guided tour of St. John’s co-Cathedral set the stage. Traverse the captivating Republic street, then journey through quaint villages and the medieval wonder of Mdina, offering narrow winding streets and centuries-old palaces. Marvel at the Blue Grotto’s breathtaking views before enjoying a delightful lunch at Marsaxlokk’s charming fishing village, if you like. Explore the Tarxien Prehistoric Temples, a window into Malta’s ancient civilization, and wander through the maritime charm of Vittoriosa. The tour is customizable, ensuring a personalized experience full of history, culture, and stunning landscapes. Embark on this curated exploration, where every turn reveals a new chapter in the island’s rich tapestry.

Key Information

  • Start your adventure in Malta with a full-day tour, beginning in the captivating capital, Valletta, a testament to the Knights' architectural prowess.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the island's Grand Harbour from the upper Barracca Gardens.
  • Explore the resplendent St. John's co-Cathedral, housing two Caravaggio paintings.
  • Continue your journey through quaint villages below the ancient city of Mdina, once home to the island's nobility.
  • Discover the old-world charm of Mdina, a walled city with narrow winding streets and centuries-old palaces.
  • Marvel at the breathtaking Blue Grotto views and opt for a boat trip to explore the colorful caves (weather permitting).
  • Indulge in lunch, potentially at the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk which is known for its traditional brightly painted boats.
  • Explore the Tarxien Prehistoric Temples, a highly decorated 4-temple site dating back to 2,500-3,600 B.C.
  • Visit Vittoriosa, the Maritime city, where the Knights of St. John settled before building Valletta.
  • Take a stroll along the Collachio, the area where the Knights lived, and experience a behind-the-scenes tour of a traditional neighborhood, offering insights into Maltese life.
  • Customize your itinerary as the tour progresses, ensuring a personalized and flexible exploration of Malta's highlights.

There is no better way to start your tour of the island than by visiting its Capital Valletta, both a commercial city, and testimony to the Knights' architectural achievements. The city stands on a peninsula, protruding onto two harbours, and a drive round its fortifications, gives you inland views of the two opposite ends of the island, getting you oriented at the start. The stunning view of the Grand Harbour is best had from the Barracca Gardens on high grounds.

A short walk down the top of Repbulic street shows off some resplendent buildings, once the residence of Knights or well-to-do Maltese. This little walk brings you to St. John's co-Cathedral, where you will have a conducted tour which ends with viewing the two Caravaggio paintings, housed in the Oratory of St. John’s, undoubtedly Valletta’s principal monument. This used to be the Conventual church for the Hospitaller Order, and is deservingly splendid.

Complete your walk on Republic street, to view yet more of the city's splendid buildings, to by the Grand Master's Palace for meeting up with the transport, to proceed for a drive through some quaint little villages nestled below the old capital city Mdina. These late medieval villages were built, when the inhabitants of Mdina, stopped feeling the need for living behind walls.

Continue on to Mdina, another walled city, which served as the island's Capital up until when Valletta was built. This now sleepy city, is perched on a hilltop, having an irregular plan of narrow winding streets intended to confuse the enemy. The city was from all times the seat of the island's nobility, whose lovely centuries-old palaces you will go by, whilst walking the streets, to revel in the city's old-world charm.

The cultural so far, will be offset with some amazing views, that of the Blue Grotto and the massive arch at its entrance, from the platform above, and a second view of the pretty fjord, harbouring the colourful little boats, which do an optional 20 minute boat trip around the caves. This is a spectacle of colours, due to reflections from the white sand and the phosphorescent colours of the flora on the seabed, but also from the minerals in the rock - a great opportunity for photography. (the boats sail weather permitting)

You will next be heading for Marsaxlokk, a picturesque fishing village on the south-east side of Malta, with its traditional brightly painted boats, having their origin in Phoenician times. This is a lovely place to stop for lunch if you'd like, with many quayside restaurants to choose from.

After lunch, the tour proceeds to the Tarxien Prehistoric Temples, a 4-temple site ranging between 2,500 and 3,600 B.C. This is the most highly decorated of the temple sites, and the most revealing about the people who built them, a fascinating community, remarkably civilized, so early on.

Vittoriosa, the Maritime city is only a 10 minute drive away. It was here that the Knights of St. John first settled, before they built Valletta. Take a little stroll along the Collachio, the area where the Knights lived, to see their Auberges, and venture just outside for a behind-the-scenes tour of a traditional neighbourhood, allowing you to get a glimpse into Maltese life, a great way to end your tour.

The proposed itinerary is only a suggestion, it can be altered or trimmed to your preference, even as the tour progresses.

I am there to meet you with chauffeured transport, upon arrival, at the cruise terminal, the hotel, or as required. The tour, starts and ends at your request, moves at the preferred pace, for convenience and comfort, for making your holiday one to remember.

Inquiries Welcome

Feel free to reach out for additional details, such as availability and pricing, or to discuss a more tailored itinerary. I’m happy to cater to your specific travel requests, taking into account logistics and available time. You’re not just purchasing an excursion somewhere, rather, you’re investing in a complete Malta experience, where the guide truly makes the difference

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