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Malta: Mdina and Rabat Walking Tour with Catacombs

Malta: Mdina and Rabat Walking Tour with Catacombs

Mdina, once the capital city of Malta, has had many names throughout its history, but its medieval name describes it best: "Città Notabile" - the noble city. Built on a plateau in the center of the island, its baroque cathedral and magnificent bastions dominate the skyline. A stroll through its narrow streets, which have not changed much in the last 1,000 years, is a must for any visitor to Malta. The area occupied by Mdina has been inhabited since at least the Bronze Age. The Phoenicians and Romans established their own settlements here, but the modern name and layout of the city reflect Arab rule before the Normans firmly established it as the country's capital. Although the construction of Valletta lessened its importance, a strong earthquake in 1693 led to reconstruction and a revival of the city. Since that time, Mdina has changed very little. Walk past the most notable sites in Mdina, including Vilhena Palace, St. Agatha’s Chapel, the Banca Giuratale, the Mdina Cathedral, and much more. During this tour we will visit Rabat. While in Rabat we enter Wignacourt museum and visit: WW2 Shelters, Catacombs and St. Paul's Grotto. Entrance ticket included.

Malta: Mdina and Rabat Tour with Local Guide

Malta: Mdina and Rabat Tour with Local Guide

Let your local guide take you through the beautiful historic towns of Mdina and Rabat. Walk past palaces and be treated to sweeping views of the Maltese Islands as you learn about the history of these centuries-old places. The tour starts at the main gate of Mdina, where you'll meet your guide and take in the beauty of the architecture. Begin your walk through the winding streets of Malta's old capital. Pass the decadent palaces of the Maltese nobility and St. Paul's Cathedral. Go up to the bastions of the town to admire spectacular views of Malta. Exit the old city through the Greek's Gate and head to Rabat. Discover Rabat and it's people with your guide, who is a resident there. Meet some of the people of Rabat as you walk the streets to the main square. At the square, see St. Paul's Basilica, where the saint lived during his three-month stay on Malta.

Malta Multi Pass

Malta Multi Pass

The Malta multi pass is an all-in-one multi-site and multi-day pass for 3, 4, 6 or 7 days offering you great savings on cruises, buses and entrances. All Malta multi passes include unlimited use of City Sightseeing Malta hop-on hop-off buses on the north (blue) and south (red) routes including multi-lingual audio guide, and Captain Morgan's Grand Harbour cruise. The 3 day leisure pass, the 4 day leisure plus pass and the 7 day premium pass include entrance to Malta 5D OR Malta Experience & Sacra Infermeria, the National Aquarium and Esplora Interactive Science Centre. The 6 day heritage pass and 7 day premium pass include entry to up to 20+ Heritage Malta sites (see list below), including the Grand Master's Palace in Valletta and UNESCO Hagar Qim Temples. The 4 day leisure plus pass and 7 day premium pass include 1 round trip on Captain Morgan's Two Islands ferries to Blue Lagoon in Comino and Gozo from Malta. Please inform us on booking or soon as possible whether you wish to depart from Sliema in Malta or Bugibba in Malta and what day you prefer to go on this round trip so that we can book your places. With the 4 day leisure plus pass and 7 day premium pass you can also choose to include a 1 day Gozo Heritage Pass which includes: - City Sightseeing Gozo hop-on hop-off route 1 (purple) & route 2 (blue) buses including multi-lingual audio guide - entrance to Heritage sites in Gozo including Ġgantija Temples, Ta' Kola Windmill, Gozo Archaeology Museum, Gozo Nature Museum, Gran Castello History House, The Old Prison and Cittadella Visitors' Centre The 7 day premium pass also includes entrance to the Mdina Cathedral and Museum. Heritage Malta sites entrances in Malta: Borg in-Nadur Temples Domus Romana Fort St. Angelo Fort St. Elmo and the National War Museum Fortifications Interpretation Centre Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum Grand Master's Palace Armoury Grand Master's Palace State Rooms Hagar Qim Temples Inquisitor's Palace Malta Maritime Museum Mnajdra Temples MUZA Malta National Community Art Museum National Museum of Archaeology National Museum of Natural History St. Paul's Catacombs Skorba Temples Ta' Bistra Catacombs Ta' Hagrat Temples Tarxien Temples Please note some sites may be closed for refurbishment.

Malta: 5-Hour Shore Excursion for Cruise Passengers

Malta: 5-Hour Shore Excursion for Cruise Passengers

Experience the unique beauty of this island on this guided tour. Cruise passengers can feel welcome to indulge in this captivating 5-hour shore excursion. Steep yourself in the history and culture of this vibrant island as you step off the ship and onto land. Explore the enchanting Mdina, the 'Silent City,' witness the grandeur of Valletta, stroll through the flower-adorned Barrakka Gardens, marvel at the Grandmaster’s Palace, and immerse yourself in Caravaggio’s masterpieces. Be ensured an unforgettable exploration by your passionate guide. Unveil the enchanting aspects of Malta's charm. Relax with comfortable transport seamlessly arranged for your convenience. After the tour, choose to be escorted back to your ship or linger in Valletta, with a simple elevator ride back to the pier awaiting you.

Mdina Cathedral and Museum entrance ticket

Mdina Cathedral and Museum entrance ticket

Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina and the adjacent Mdina Cathedral Museum with one ticket. Explore St. Paul’s Cathedral built in 1702 where governor Publius lived when he was appointed as the first Bishop of Malta in 60 AD by St. Paul who was shipwrecked on the island. Admire the Cathedral's colourful inlaid marble floor, frescoed ceiling and a plethora of other marvellous features including altarpieces, paintings, marble works, intricate woodwork, silver artefacts, statues and stained glass windows. Visit the adjacent Mdina Cathedral Museum which houses fine silverware, rare coins, an important collection of prints and engravings by Albrecht Dürer one of the greatest Northern Renaissance artists, Maltese objects d’art, wax reliefs, a trompe l’oeil Baroque dome, many paintings and other artefacts. Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Mdina Cathedral Museum in any order you wish. Tickets must first be presented at the Cathedral Museum.

Malta: Footsteps of St. Paul and Mdina, Private Tour

Malta: Footsteps of St. Paul and Mdina, Private Tour

After the pick up from your Hotel or Cruise Ship, Our tour will take you to the shipwreck's location in St. Paul's Bay and follow the St. Paul's path. According to legend, St. Paul built a bonfire on the spot where the Church of the Bonfire is now. We will stop at different places along the road, including the place where it is supposed that Publius, the Roman Governor, welcomed St. Paul to his country residence in Burmarrad. The location is known as San Pawl Milqi (meaning "St. Paul Welcomed"). We continue the tour in direction of Rabat.. We'll visit the grotto where Paul lived for three months in Rabat town, now known as St.Paul's Grotto. What you can see in the grotto is a statue of St Paul which was donated by Grandmaster Pinto in 1748. In the grotto you can also see a silver vessel which was executed in 1960 for the 1900 year anniversary from the shipwreck of St Paul in Malta. Following a short break for a coffee and a taste of the local maltese pastries Pastizzi, we'll tour the historic city of Mdina. On a plateau in the middle of the island, Mdina was constructed. The majestic bastion walls, cathedral, and historic baroque structures of the city dominate the rural skyline. We'll take a comprehensive city tour that includes a visit to the stunning Mdina Cathedral. The site of the church is believed to have been the home of Roman governor Publius. Our tour comes to an end at this point, and we travel either to your cruise or hotel.

From Rabat: Mdina and Mosta Private Food Tour

From Rabat: Mdina and Mosta Private Food Tour

Gain insight into the country's history and culture on this guided tour of Mdina, Rabana, and Mosta. Venture through the cities stopping by important buildings and landmarks while tasting Maltese cuisine. After meeting your guide in front of the historic town of Rabat, start exploring the town and the old customs and culture that still remain. Sample some traditional Maltese street food. Take a private guided walk in Mdina, the mystical old capital of Malta. Learn about the historical significance of Mdina and the cultural secrets it holds. Stop at key highlights such as St.Paul's Cathedral, St.Agatha's Church, the main gate of Mdina, and the bastions. After a quick drive to the nearby town of Mosta, marvel at the largest church in Malta, the Mosta Dome. Take in the neoclassical architecture of the 19th-century structure, and learn about its history. Last but not least, sample a typical Maltese dinner in one of the most famed restaurants in Mosta. Enjoy your three-course meal with two glasses of wine. At the end of the night, you'll be transferred back to Mdina.

Malta: Maltese Islands & Valletta Private 5-Day Tour

Malta: Maltese Islands & Valletta Private 5-Day Tour

Day 1: Malta, Arrival Arrive at Valletta airport. Private transfer to the Hotel. Check-in and Overnight. Day 2 : Valletta and Mdina Breakfast in Hotel. Departure for a full-day excursion to explore the two Maltese capitals during the centuries.. pick up at the Hotel's hall, accompanied by your private guide you will start to visit the capital city Valletta, during the tour, you will visit the St. John's Cathedral within the masterpieces of Caravaggio, the Barraca Gardens and the Grand Master's palace (from outside) which houses the Maltese Parliament. Stop then at a local cafe' downtown where try the traditional Maltese pastries, Pastizzi and Qassata. Free time for lunch and shopping. In the afternoon transfer to the center of the island to visit the charming walled city of Mdina the ancient capital of Malta under the Arab domination. The tour will include a stop at the St.Paul's Church ( entrance not included) and time for strolling and enjoying panoramic views from the Mdina's Belvedere. Transfer to the Hotel and Overnight Day 3: Tree Cities, Marsaxlokk, Blue Grotto, Dingli Cliffs The driver will wait for you outside the hotel to escort you by private car to the beautiful Cottonera Area, for a walking tour. Including a stop at the ancient cities of Senglea, Birgu, and Cospicua, then the tour proceeds to the fisherman's village of Marsaxlokk. The waterfront here is lined with traditional fishing boats known as ‘luzzus’ and is brightly painted in red, blue, and yellow adding vibrancy to this peaceful bay. Lunch in Marsaxlokk in a typical seafood restaurant. In the afternoon visit the Blue Grotto panoramic view, the impressive Dingli Cliffs, and the Megalithic Temples of Hagar Qim and Mnejidra. The tour concludes with a scenic coach ride back to the Hotel through the beautiful coastal road. Day 4: Gozo Island Private Tour Breakfast in Hotel. Pick up at the Hotel's hall,( 8:30 - 9:00 AM ) and transfer to Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal. Accompanied by a private English-speaking driver you will reach the Island of Gozo after a 20-minute ferry crossing. From the port of Mgarr, travel to the Ġgantija MegalithicTemples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best-preserved Megalithic Temple in Malta. After that visit some of the main attractions, namely Ta' Pinu, Dwejra, and Ramla Bay. Then take a short break at the picturesque Xlendi Bay, where you will have some free time to stroll or try some delicious seafood at one of the many seafront restaurants. In the afternoon the tour goes to Victoria, exploring its charming narrow streets and markets before walking up to the Citadel of Gozo, a medieval fortress overlooking the entire island. Marvel at the stunning views of the countryside and the surrounding villages, before catching the ferry back to Malta. Transfer to the hotel and overnight Day 5: Departure Breakfast in Hotel. Check out. Transfer to the Airport. Possibility to extend your stay with extra nights in Malta.

Mdina Private Walking Tour

Mdina Private Walking Tour

”The silent City” or ”the Noble City” as it is called, Mdina looks like a town from ”One Thousand and One Nights”. The massive walls, the shady streets, and the side alleys with the medieval vibe made this former capital of Malta the perfect setting for some of the scenes of Game of Thrones. At St. Agatha's Chapel and St Peter's Church and Monastery, founded in the 15th century you will find the holy remains of Blessed Maria Adeodata Pisani, a sanctified local nun sanctified by Pope John Paul II in 2001. In the vicinity, you can also admire Casa Inguanez, home to one of the oldest aristocratic families who lived here since the 14th century. Listen to the story of how a French commander was killed from the balcony of the House of Notary Bezzina during the uprising against the French. We cannot forget about Palazzo Falson, an impressive medieval mansion and one of the main landmarks of the city, as well as Mdina’s Cathedral, supposedly built where the Roman governor welcomed St. Paul to Malta. Come along and visit this unique city to see the best that Mdina has to offer.

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What people are saying about Mdina Cathedral

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The tour of Rabat and Mdina was great. Our guide Matthew was very knowledgeable and able to convey his knowledge to the whole group. We have been on a Mdina tour before so found the Rabat part (which is the longest) most interesting. My only criticism would be that the group was large at about 25 people but Matthew coped with this really well so it worked out fine in the end.

We had a mixed group with particularly young people in 30’s and some older. It was a great atmosphere. The tour guide told the information in an interactive and funny way. This tour was one of the best things in my trip to Malta. Recommend this to everyone. Ps; we had the tour around 3pm and a lot of time we used the shadow so the warm weather didn’t bother at all :-)

We had an incredible tour of Mdina and Rabat with Chris. His deep knowledge of Maltese history and engaging storytelling made the cities come alive. The tour was well-paced and Chris helped us to explore and appreciate these beautiful cities. Highly recommended for anyone visiting Malta!

I was very impressed at how knowledgeable our tour guide, Matthew(?) was. I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Malta. Excellent!

Excellent. Carmel was incredibly patient, knowledgeable and a pleasure to meet.