Mdina

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  • Mdina and Rabat Walking Tour

    1. Mdina and Rabat Walking Tour

    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. You'll be walking past the most not...

    Wonderful tour with Matthew whose knowledge base was huge! The information enables us to place not just Mdina and Rabat but also other Maltese cities into context.

  • Malta by Segway: Dingli Funtastic

    2. Malta by Segway: Dingli Funtastic

    A 1-hour and 45 minute Segway tour guarantees you a unique experience whilst enjoying your stay in Malta. From the village of Dingli to the picturesque cliffs in the surrounding area, this zippy little Segway tour will give you a unique look at of Malta. Surrounded by natural sites of great ecological and archaeological significance, Dingli is a quaint village in Malta’s highest area. It is a typical Maltese village and is still detached from its neighboring communities. It is best known for its picturesque cliffs. Archaeologists trace the village back to the times of the Phoenicians and the Carthaginians, almost 2,800 years ago. The Phoenician and Carthaginian tombs were also used by the Romans, who occupied the Maltese islands way back in 218 BC.

    Matthew was a great guide, super cool and showed us a little extra things here and there… He was super patient when learning how to use the Segway and showed us all his tips and tricks. The ride was fun and he also explained a bit of Malta’s history in each spot we visited. Would definitely do it again and recommend it to everyone. Even if you’re a bit scared, Segways are super safe and your guide will be sure to show you how to ride it!

  • Valletta, Mdina, and Mosta Night Tour

    3. Valletta, Mdina, and Mosta Night Tour

    Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Valletta, and then take a bus tour of the city to see the monuments illuminated after dark. Admire the floodlit fortifications and stop on the waterfront to take souvenir photos. Proceed to Barrakka Gardens to get a breathtaking view of the Grand Harbor. Then, stroll over to the Malta 5D show and watch in awe as the history of the island is brought to life from a fresh perspective. Next, travel to the 3rd largest unsupported dome in the world at the 18th-century Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta. Hear the story of the World War II bomb that failed to explode and spared the lives of around 300 people. End with a visit to the silent city of Mdina and explore the former capital on foot. Walk down the quaint alleys and narrow streets, and admire the illuminations of St. Paul's Cathedral. Get a breathtaking view of the island from the basti...

  • Malta: Mosta, Crafts Village, Mdina & Valletta Full-Day Tour

    4. Malta: Mosta, Crafts Village, Mdina & Valletta Full-Day Tour

    Start your tour with a visit to Mosta, a central town famous for its Rotunda church. Also known as the Mosta Dome, is the third largest unsupported dome in the whole world. Marvel at its amazing diameter, and learn about its incredible history. Next, stop in the town of Ta'Qali, once a British WWII outpost and now a village for local handicrafts. Here, watch local artisans at work blowing elaborate glass art pieces, intricately assembling silver jewelry and much more. Take the chance to pick up treasures to remind you of your Malta visit. Then, visit Mdina, built on a plateau in the center of the island. Take in the city's old Baroque buildings, cathedral and magnificent bastion walls. Learn about the many names of Mdina, today also known as the Silent City due to its constant tranquility. Explore the quaint alleys, narrow streets, ancient buildings and magnificent far reaching views f...

    The tour was interesting. The guide was very nice. The only thing that bothered me a little was the difference between English and Russian. So much more information was given to English speakers and many things were forgotten to speak in Russian. One of our company did not speak English and we had to translate a lot ourselves.

  • Malta: St Paul in Malta & Early Christian Era Full-Day Tour

    5. Malta: St Paul in Malta & Early Christian Era Full-Day Tour

    Join a guided day trip to learn about the Apostle Paul's time on the island of Malta. After pickup from your hotel, drive to Rabat and visit St. Paul’s Grotto, where the Apostle Paul is said to have lived for three months. Follow your guide on a walk through the narrow winding streets of Rabat and admire its early medieval architecture. You will then visit St. Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina. Marvel at the splendor of the art works inside the temple and hear about the role of St. Publius as the first bishop ordained by Apostle Paul. Then enjoy free time for lunch. In the afternoon, the bus will continue to St. Paul’s Bay, where it is claimed the Apostle Paul arrived on the island during a large storm in 60 AD. Join a narrated walk and listen to your guide as they talk about the historical events in the early Christian era after the Apostle Paul's death.

  • Half-Day Tour of Mosta, Ta'Qali Crafts Village & Mdina

    6. Half-Day Tour of Mosta, Ta'Qali Crafts Village & Mdina

    Visit three of Malta's most distinct attractions on this half-day tour in the heart of the island. Explore the town of Mosta and stop in at the Church of St. Mary, which features one of the largest domes in the world. On April 9, 1942 a German bomb pierced the dome and fell among a congregation of more than 300 people, but did not explode. The event has become legendary, with many regarding it as a miracle. A replica of the bomb can be seen in the church's sacristy. Then visit the nearby village of Ta'Qali, where a former British military outpost has been converted into handicraft workshops. Here you can watch local artisans at work blowing elaborate glass art pieces, intricately assembling silver filigree jewelery, and carving local limestone. Finish with a visit to Mdina, Malta's ancient capital and one of the world's best medieval fortifications. Admire panoramic views of the entir...

    Very quick visit to Mostra Church, then some craft shops ( ok if you are into that), then onto M'dina for an hour and a quarter. Doesn't sound long but it really is plenty of time to see this charming place. Leave the guide to explore yourself ( guided tour definitely not needed- place is tiny and impossible to get lost), and you would even have time to have a meal there. Guide was great, pick up OK. Good value and back in Valetta at 2pm.

  • Mdina Audio Tour with Map and Directions

    7. Mdina Audio Tour with Map and Directions

    No visit to Malta is complete without a trip to the silent city of Mdina. As Malta’s first official capital, the magnificent Baroque city of Mdina has centuries of history and tradition that never fails to enchant visitors who step through its regal gates. Once in Mdina, walk the old capital’s main sites such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Vilhena Palace, and Xara Palace amongst others. Walk the same streets that the city's most famous heroes and villains strolled down as you learn about their accomplishments and exploits. Finally, stop by the Greek's Gate named after the small Greek community that once inhabited this small area in the south-west of Mdina. Legend has it that slaves were led through this gate as they were not allowed to use the main gate. Tune in to fascinating stories like this and much more on this audio tour of Mdina.

    A very helpful and informative tour of the old city via my phone, would recommend.

  • Mdina City Walking Tour

    8. Mdina City Walking Tour

    Mdina is a fortified hill-top urban settlement located at the very heart of the Maltese Islands. Founded by the Romans, for almost two centuries it served as the administrative and political capital of the Maltese Islands. It is to this day the seat of Malta 's episcopacy. Meet your guide at the Mdina Main Gate by the bridge and start your tour with an introduction on the city's historical background. You will then proceed to discover the “Citta' Notabile”, the Noble City, its medieval name which describes it best it was home then, as now, to Malta's noble families. You will see the impressive palaces, churches, and convents that line the narrow medieval streets. As you wind your way through the narrow streets you will be thrown back in time. The neighboring suburb, Rabat is just a stone’s throw away. There you will make your way through the old quarter and enjoy Maltese vernacular arc...

    Our guide was knowledgeable. She just has a hard time moving along the group. One person in the group was demanding her attention more and that made the ya feel like we lose focus. We enjoyed the tour over all and appreciated her knowledge very much.

  • Valletta & Mdina: Private Tour

    9. Valletta & Mdina: Private Tour

    Let your guide escort you on a private 5-hour tour of Valletta and Mdina, Malta's most iconic and important historical cities. Enjoy the comfort and exclusivity of a private tour. Discover why Valletta, Malta's current capital city, is an architectural and historical gem. Founded by the Knights of St John following the victory of the Great Siege of 1565, the town is a monument in itself. Your private tour guide will lead you through this World Heritage Site and highlight the history behind the imposing facades. Embark on a journey of cultural discovery around this fortress city – a living testimony to Malta's rich heritage. Then, proceed by private transportation to Mdina, the former capital which stands on a hilltop in the center of the island. Mdina is one of Europe's finest examples of an ancient walled city, characterized by medieval and baroque architecture. Here, you will discove...

  • Valletta: Malta's Noble Homes and Palaces Private Tour

    10. Valletta: Malta's Noble Homes and Palaces Private Tour

    Meet your local guide and learn about the history and rich culture of the Mediterranean island of Malta. Discover splendid examples of medieval architecture, palaces adorned with Baroque decorations, noble residences, and wonderful gardens. The tour starts with a walking tour in Mdina. Make the first stop at Palazzo Falson. This palace is the second oldest surviving building in Mdina, dating back to the 13th century. Then discover Palazzo de Piro, a 17th-century building nestled in the bastion walls of the medieval city. Stop for a tea or coffee and enjoy spectacular views from the Palace's panoramic terrace. Continue your journey to visit the gardens of San Anton, the most beautiful botanical garden on the island. Find the chapel built by the Knights of St. John and the nearby Presidential Palace. Finally, stop at Naxxar to visit Palazzo Parisio, described as the Maltese Versailles fo...

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 213 reviews

I booked this tour on a very short notice. Despite this, MaltaSegwayTours went above and beyond to make this possible and organize the tour to my greatest satisfaction. This was my very fist time on a Segway. My tour guide, Damian, was patient, made sure I felt comfortable riding, and made me practice before I was ready to hit the road. Everything was perfectly organized and in a very professional manner. The tour itself was magnificent, we went through some beautiful parts of Dingli, including Buskett Gardens, and ended the ride with a view over Dingli Cliffs. Damian also provides a lot of fun facts along the way regarding Malta, its history and flora. And always makes sure that you are safe, especially on the small bits that run on the road. I had a great time and enjoyed the ride, the views, and interacting with Damian immensely. I highly recommend this tour.

Matthew was a great guide, super cool and showed us a little extra things here and there… He was super patient when learning how to use the Segway and showed us all his tips and tricks. The ride was fun and he also explained a bit of Malta’s history in each spot we visited. Would definitely do it again and recommend it to everyone. Even if you’re a bit scared, Segways are super safe and your guide will be sure to show you how to ride it!

Matthew, our guide, was brilliant. He had a great knowledge of the history of Mdina and Rabat, and a very articulate and engaging way of presenting the informtion. We came away feeling we had learned so much. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the history of Malta.

Very knowledgeable guide willing to answer all questions and was helpful throughout.

It worth more than the money I pay... Great service. Thank you.