Valletta, Malta

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clock-o3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
ticket-oMobile ticket
commentOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

See the best of Valleta on this immersive, 3.5-hour walking tour. Explore Malta’s historical capital with a guide, and visit top attractions such as St. John’s Co-Cathedral and Upper Barrakka Gardens. Walk past the Grandmaster’s Palace, where the Maltese government is housed, and take a tour along the water on a traditional harbor boat. Your tour will conclude with an audiovisual show, which brings Malta's long history to life.
  • Walking tour of Valletta, Malta’s capital city
  • Soak up views of beautiful Grand Harbour from the Upper Barrakka Gardens
  • Wander through St. John's Co-Cathedral for a look at stunning Baroque architecture and Italian artwork
  • Enjoy commentary from your guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
Following pickup from your Malta hotel (selected hotels only), journey to the entrance of the fortified city of Valleta, the archipelago’s capital, where you’ll begin your walking tour.
Head to the Upper Barrakka Gardens, a beautiful public park whose terrace affords beautiful views of Grand Harbour and the old towns of Senglea and Vittoriosa.
Continue to St. John’s Co-Cathedral, which was built for the Knights of St. John in the 16th century. Wander through its timeworn halls and marvel at the distinctive baroque architecture and paintings by Caravaggio.
Continue past the Grandmasters’ Palace and the restored St. George’s Square before watching the Malta Experience, an audiovisual show that brings Malta’s history to life. Then, hop aboard a dghajsa (harbor boat) for a tour along the water.
Your tour concludes with a hotel drop-off.

Reviews

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J
, Sep 2018

As veterans of many low cost group tours, our expectations werent that high but nevertheless the tour operator found ways to disappoint.

For starters, after meeting their rep outside our hotel, we were taken to a meeting less than a 2 min walk from our hotel. We then had to wait nearly an hour in the hot sun and humidity with little to no shade as we wife young child waited for others to join. I recognize that waiting is inevitable when groups gather but it is inexplicable why they made us go to the meeting point so early when it literally was within site of our room and we walked directly in front of our hotel to begin the tour!

While the wait might be explained away, there really is no excuse for having a 40 person walking tour in a loud and crowded tourist area. With this number and no use of portable mics, it was virtually impossible to hear the guide unless you were standing next to or in front of her - which meant only 10/40 persons at any given stop could hear her synopsis of the site.

Due to the large group size large contingent on the senior side, this inevitably meant the group could only move between tourist sites as fast as the slowest member. This meant we inevitably only saw a fraction of what we could have seen if the group was much smaller. It also meant we often were given walk by explanations of historical sites that only 5-6 persons could ever hear because the group typically was strung out along an entire block or more due to the narrow streets and sidewalks!

I could go on and on but you get the picture.

On the plus side, the tour was relatively inexpensive 44/adult, 1/2 price for children, gave you an opportunity to take pics of tourist highlights and the route gave one a decent layout and sense of direction of Valleta for later excursions on our own. But if you are truly interested in learning anything about what you see then pay extra and book a smaller tour group.

C
, May 2018

Great guide who explained everything well. For me this was the best introduction to Valletta

V
, Feb 2018

There was a lot crammed in - the Triton Fountains, the government building, the chapel behind it, a walk through town, a visit to the Cathedral then on to The Malta Experience, which I didn't know was also included. The tour lasted about four hours and it was great to be picked up and dropped off to and from the hotel. Excellent value for money and tour guide was good. Best bit - the cathedral. It really is something to behold.

A
, Jan 2018

It was excellent. Very pleasant tour of Valletta, and the St. John's Co-Cathedral was breathtaking!

h
, Oct 2017

excellent guild knowledge very interesting trip

M
, Dec 2016

My tour guide was excellent, fantastic knowledge and took his time to explain in two languages as guests were English and Italian.
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Would definitely recommend this tour. I was a solo traveller and felt completely safe. Was picked up and dropped off from My Hotel.

M
, Nov 2016

This was a great tour. I believe our guide was Maria, though it has been some time since I took it. I took this tour the day after I arrived in Valletta, and I felt it was a nice orientation to the city without taking too much time. We spent a lot of time at St. John's Co-Cathedral, and it is worth spending some time there. Unfortunately the Grandmaster's Palace was closed, so we didn't get to visit there. We went to the Armoury instead. I think it could be expanded slightly more to include more destinations such as the waterfront, and perhaps a nice place for lunch, but the half day tour is fine as well.

K
, Oct 2016

The tour was not well organised and started late as not everyone had arrived. There was no break for a drink, which was necessary in the heat. Only half of the group finished the tour.

E
, Oct 2016

This is a good tour for a quick overview of Valletta. Could have used a bit more time and more of the highlights of the city and there are many. Hannah our guide was great, even though she had to go back and forth in two different languages, she did it very smoothly.

G
, Sep 2016

I pre-booked this tour not knowing how accessible these places would be while I was actually staying in Valletta. But it's probably a good tour to do if you are on a short visit/stay in the area.


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