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Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina

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Sliema, Malta
Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Discover Malta’s two capitals, ancient Mdina and the modern-day capital of Valletta, on this private, full-day shore excursion. With your own personal guide, you’ll enjoy guided tours of Mdina, Malta’s first capital that predates even Ancient Rome, and Valletta, Malta’s UNESCO-listed current capital. See top sights like Mdina Cathedral and Upper Barrakka Gardens, and learn about Malta’s history and the different cultures and influences that have shaped the archipelago over the centuries.
  • Private Malta shore excursion to Valletta and Mdina
  • Explore the two capitals of Malta - the old one Mdina, and the current one, Valletta
  • Admire the most beautiful and historic buildings in Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens
  • Private, English-speaking tour guide
  • Free port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Private vehicle
Private tour guide
Port pickup and drop-off
Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Food and drinks, unless specified
  • AX The Victoria Hotel , Gorg Borg Olivier Street, Sliema, Island of Malta SLM 1807 Malta
  • Pinto Wharf, Floriana. Valletta Grand Harbour
  • 9:00 AM

    After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

    If arriving by ship, you will need to walk along the quay and through the terminal building. The guide will be waiting for you as you exit the terminal. If arriving by ship, you will need to walk along the quay and through the terminal building. The guide will be waiting for you as you exit the terminal. Note:In the unlikely event that your ship docks in Senglea (across the harbor from Valletta), the ship will provide a complimentary boat transfer across to Valletta. Please take this shuttle and proceed through the terminal building as per the normal instructions to the meeting point. We pick up from all hotels. Just let us know where you are staying and we will organise.
    Meet your private guide at the port after your cruise ship docks, and then set off to begin your full-day shore excursion of Malta.

    Travel first to the fortified city of Mdina, Malta’s ancient first capital. Stroll through Mdina’s narrow, winding streets, taking in the blend of baroque and medieval architecture. Pass by extravagant palaces still used today by the old Maltese nobles, and enjoy the view from the timeworn bastions that protect the city. You’ll also see Mdina Cathedral and the Museum of Natural History.

    Next, continue to Valletta, Malta’s modern capital and a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the pretty city on a walking tour with your private guide, and visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens, which affords stellar views of the Grand Harbour, as well as the 16th-century St John’s Co-Cathedral, which contains two masterpieces by Caravaggio and a wealth of baroque art.

    Your tour then concludes with a drop-off at the cruise terminal.

    Worry-Free Shore Excursion:

    We will ensure your timely return to the Malta port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    National Museum of Natural History
    On entering Mdina, view museum from the outside. It is housed in Palazzo Vilhena, a French Baroque palace rebuilt in 1726 by Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena to designs of Charles François de Mondion.
    Pass By:  
    Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul
    You will view the Cathedral from the outside.
    Stop At:  
    St. John's Co-Cathedral
    Designed by Girolamo Cassar and built in 1573-78, St, John’s was the Conventual Church of the order of St. John. The Co-Cathedral hosts nine side chapels, 8 of which belonged to the various nationalities or ‘Langues’ of the order, and the ninth is dedicated to Our Lady of Filermo. There are ceiling paintings by Mattia Preti and two paintings by Caravaggio. Also in the museum are a pair of beautiful Flemish Tapestries.
    Duration: 50 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Upper Barrakka Gardens
    Situated near Castille Place. From these gardens you can enjoy unrivalled views across one of the world's largest and deepest natural harbours, Grand Harbour, and over to the Three Cities.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • At time of booking, Cruise Ship passengers must provide the following details under Special Requirements: Ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time.
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Face masks must be worn in vehicles and in museums
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • OPERATED BY A.von Brockdorff Services Ltd.
    You can cancel up to 3 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 3 full days before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina.

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    Mdina is a beautiful city that takes...
    Linda J
    , Jan 2018
    Mdina is a beautiful city that takes you back into time. It was the original capital. You must walk into the city because tourist cars are not allowed. Delivery vehicles and private residence are only allowed into the city. The streets are cobblestone and very narrow. You can take a ride on a horse drawn carriage to give you the feel of the city. It is my favorite place on the island of Malta.
    star-4
    We were picked up at the Port on...
    Vasant_B
    , Mar 2017
    We were picked up at the Port on time. We had booked the excursion for the four of us. However we had two more friends who wanted to come along. The tour company accommodated us without any fuss. The van we were traveling in was very comfortable. The guide was very well versed with the historical facts and kept us informed at all the locations. He was especially good about the old city of Mdina. Malta has some great picturesque spots and we stopped and took in the beauty of the place. We returned to the ship on time. It was a very good experience.
    star-4
    Helenia along with our expert driver...
    Cinthia_N
    , Aug 2016
    Helenia along with our expert driver Kevin, provided a very special day for us. Helenia speaks excellent English and had prepared a well thought out and comprehensive tour. Her enthusiasm and love of the area really shines through.
    star-5
    Our tour guide Donna was excellent...
    Barbara C
    , Jun 2016
    Our tour guide Donna was excellent and enhanced our experience. There were six family members on our tour ranging from retired to 11 and everyone enjoyed it.
    star-4
    Excellent , knowledgeable guide, we...
    ahindle2010
    , Jun 2015
    Excellent , knowledgeable guide, we did the half day tour but personally would have liked more time in Mdina , we had time constraints as we were on a cruise ship .

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