Malta: Malta Island Bus Tour and Optional Boat Tour

Malta: Malta Island Bus Tour and Optional Boat Tour

From £21.24 per person

Explore the island of Malta and its most visited heritage sites on an open-top bus tour. Opt for the cruise combo tickets and admire stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

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  • Explore the historic island of Malta on an open top bus tour
  • Discover fortified settlements including Mdina and the Three Cities
  • Visit the stunning Blue Grotto Caves
  • Hop off at Marsaxlokk - a traditional fishing village
  • Drive through Mosta with it's domed church
  • See more of Malta with an optional cruise from Sliema
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Get a taste of the unique island of Malta on a bus tour and that offers an optional boat tour. Discover over 7,000 years of history as you drive past heritage sites, popular attractions, and beautiful natural landscapes.  Running during the summer months of the year (May onwards), the hop-on hop-off route starts from Bugibba, passing through Qawra and St Julian's and on to Malta’s capital city Valletta. You'll then make your way south where you will be able to experience and visit historic temples and sights along the way. Following your stop at the Blue Grotto, the tour heads back up north and inland stopping at Roman sites and points of interest and then back to Bugibba via Golden Bay on the North-West coast. With over 30 stops and 50 points of interest along the route, discover this Maltese Island like never before. Experience key sights including the Mosta Church and Dome; Ta’Qali Craft Village; and Rabat with many Roman Sites such as the restored Roman Villa, St Agatha’s Catacombs, and the medieval town of Mdina. Enjoy the famous 'Three Cities' and the Tarxien Temples believed to be built around 3000 BC. Marsaxlokk is a traditional and picturesque fishing village that is sure to delight you. Take the opportunity to visit the beautiful Blue Grotto. You will discover plenty of things to do on this island tour. Plus you can combine your hop-on hop-off ticket with an optional harbor cruise. During the winter months (October - April), the hop-on hop-off service is replaced with an Island Panoramic Bus Tour with the option to still upgrade to a cruise combo. Running daily, this panoramic tour will pick up guests at numerous stops in the Northern resorts of Mellieha, Bugibba, St Julian’s, Sliema, and Valetta before setting off on a full-day island tour. Panoramic Bus Tour winter itinerary: Pickups: 9 AM – 10.45 AM (various pickup points) • Tour of the outskirts of Valetta • The Three Cities – 15 minute stop in Vittoriosa • Marsaxlokk – 1 hour stop • Blue Grotto Sea Caves – 30 minute stop – land views only • Mdina – 1 hour stop • Mosta – drive-through Summer hop-on hop-off stops may include: • Bugibba Jetty • Malta National Aquarium • Qawra Seafront • Spinola Bay, • St. Julians • Sliema Ferries • Valleta – City Centre • Valletta Waterfront • The Three Cities • Vittoriosa Marsaxlokk • Fishing Village • Blue Grotto • Hagar Qim Temples & Mnajdra Temples Ta • Q'ali • Mosta • Mdina • Rabat • Golden Bay
  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour in summer, or panoramic island bus tour in winter. Both include audio-guide in various languages
  • Harbor cruise (if option selected)
  • Attraction tickets
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Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
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  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Know before you go

    • If you book the 1-day bus-only ticket, the routes are combined and the tour departs at 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM from Bugibba - Topaz Hotel. Duration is approximately 4 hours 35 minutes
    • You can hop off at any of the stops along the way and rejoin a later loop if you are within the operating times
    • All vouchers are valid for 12 months. If you book a combo tour with the cruise, the cruise can be taken up to 7 days from when you take the bus tour
    • If you book the summer hop-on, hop-off bus tours, the north and south routes are combined and the tour departs at 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM from Bugibba - Topaz Hotel. Duration is approximately 4 hours 35 minutes
    • If you book the Winter Panoramic Bus Tour, the tour departs daily from multiple pickup points in Mellieha, Bugibba, St Julian's, Sliema and Valletta between 9:00 AM and 10.45 AM. Duration is approximately 6 hours and you will return to your desired drop-off point between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM
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    Joined the tour from Buggiba and stayed with the same bus all afternoon. This was primarily because the frequency of buses is every hour and if we'd disembarked anywhere we'd have been dependent upon the last bus of the day to get us back. No reason to think that it wouldn't have turned up, just didn’t feel like taking the risk. Well, it was fantastic. The driver was very courteous and took the trouble to run upstairs and tell us how long we'd be waiting and also to check whether any passengers needed to take an earlier departing bus. He clearly knew the roads very well and at no point did we feel as if we were clinging on for dear life or dawdling. We were on the north tour and noticed that we reached Mdina bang on scheduled time. Importantly the only suggestion I think we’d make is to add some music in between the spoken commentary. We found the commentary really excellent. It was very informative

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    4 February 2020

    There are 2 different companies running the tours Citysightseeing and Supreme Travel. You need to check your ticket to make sure you get on the right bus. I got on a supreme tour bus and was told to get off because my ticket was only valid on a citysightseeing bus. The other thing you need to do is start early so that you can do both south route and north route. I started off late and could only do north tour. The tours don't run beyond 4pm so you won't be able to get on any buses after that time. It would be better value for money if you get to do both tours as there are amazing sights on both routes.

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    3 January 2020

    We went on the Southern route and found it very informative.

    We picked up the Bus at a well marked stop outside of the Valletta city gate. Some of the other drop off/pick up points were not so well marked and you needed to have a clear mental map in your head. A flyer for each location maybe priced at one Euro would be useful for those without this ability. Very good tour despite some reckless driving on one of the buses. Can thoroughly recommend this as an informative day out.

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    7 October 2019

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