Valletta, Malta

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Time8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

Step into Malta’s Second World War history on a full-day tour of wartime sites in Vittoriosa and Valletta. Explore fortifications and a maze of air raid shelters, see a former British military base, and take in artifacts from the era in the National War Museum. Along the way you'll find out how the British came to Malta, and why Rommel believed that Malta was the key to controlling North Africa. This full-day wartime Malta tour includes all entrance fees, with pickup and drop-off at selected hotels.
  • Full-day wartime Malta tour
  • Learn about the island's key role in WWII
  • Visit air raid shelters in Vittoriosa
  • Walking tour of Valletta's military landmarks
  • Includes the National War Museum at Fort St. Elmo
  • All entrance fees included
  • Pickup and drop-off at select hotels
Meet a driver at your hotel for departure between 8:30am and 9:10am, then board a comfortable bus for the trip to Vittoriosa, where you’ll see fortifications that date back to the Knights of Malta.
Learn how the British used the fortifications in their defensive strategy, then follow a guide into the underground air raid shelters that were used through the Second Great Siege of Malta.
Take a short walk through Vittoriosa, then continue to Valletta, the capital city that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step off the bus at the Upper Barrakka Gardens, where you’ll find sweeping views of the Grand Harbour, and find out why Malta came under fire when Mussolini declared war on the Allied forces.
Explore Valletta on foot, from a palace used by Napoleon Bonaparte to a WWII-era Victory Kitchen, a statue of Queen Victoria, and an opera house destroyed in the bombings.
Enjoy some free time for lunch, then spend the afternoon at the National War Museum in Fort St. Elmo, taking in exhibits of weapons, artifacts, and mementoes. This full-day wartime Malta tour concludes with return transfer to your original departure point.

Reviews

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G
, Nov 2017

Very comprehensive, if a little tiring as much of the day long tour is conducted on foot. But I wouldn't have missed it for the world as it was something that has long been on my bucket list. Our guide was very friendly and informative and the scenery simply breathtaking.

P
, Nov 2017

Good trip a very full day did it in March not sure if the length would suit a hot summer's day but fascinating

Its not just for WW2 buffs but gives you a flavour of the island at war,

The highlight is Fort St Elmo and the museum, the guides highly knowledgeable and the tour interesting

K
, Jun 2017

Our tour consisted of 5 things, and I'll rate each of these items separately.

1 Pickup at Cirkewwa Ferry
2 Malta-at War Museum
3 Walk through Historic Valetta
4 National War Museum at St Elmo
5 Drop Off

1 The pickup was a bit chaotic, as no one showed up to pick us up. We tried to call the main number provided by the website, but no one answered the phone. We had to call Viator direclty, and after about 15 minutes of trying Viator was able to contact the operator and arranged to have someone pick us up. We were about an hour late. The bus driver claimed he witnessed an accident and had to wait to file a police report. Of course, there is no way for us to verify this. Interestingly, the operator called several of his/her colleagues at the Ferry Terminal to check that we were real people waiting for them.

2 This part of the tour was fantastic. We had an excellent guide who took us through the museum, including the old WW2 bunkers. He told us some excellent stories about the life in the bunkers, and life in Malta during WW2. Highly recommended.

3 The walk about Historic Malta was interesting, but not really relevant about WW2. We took about an hour lunch break separately, which was nice, but ate up a lot of time that was really unnecessary.

4 This was museum was quite fascinating, and very interesting. However, we were left to our own devices to wander through the museum. Other than the admission to get in, I'm not sure what the value add of the tour was.

5 The tour was kind enough to drive us across the island during rush hour to drop us off back at Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal.

Overall, I don't think the tour was good value for money, given that we paid 150 GBP for our family. However, the customer service after the pickup error was reasonable given the circumstances.

c
, May 2017

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