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Malta by Segway: Dingli Funtastic

1. 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.

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Malta: Mdina and Rabat Walking Tour

2. Malta: 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. Walk past the most notable sites in Mdina, including Vilhena Palace, St. Agatha’s Chapel, the Banca Giuratale, the Mdina Cathedral, and much more.

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Mdina City Walking Tour

3. 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 architecture.

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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 from the high bastion walls. Finally, visit Valletta, Malta's capital city and World Heritage Site. See buildings from the 16th century onwards, built during the rule of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as Knights Hospitaller. Walk through the bustling streets and to Barracca Gardens for a breathtaking panorama of the Grand Harbor. Visit St. John's Co-Cathedral to see The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist by Caravaggio.

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From Valletta: Rabat, Mdina, & San Anton Gardens Tour

5. From Valletta: Rabat, Mdina, & San Anton Gardens Tour

Embark on a guided trip from Valletta to the San Anton Palace to explore the lush gardens before visiting some of the highlights of Rabat and Mdina, also known as the Silent City. Step into the unique underground galleries and tombs of St. Paul’s Catacombs, entry tickets included. San Anton Palace and GardensFor your first stop, visit the San Anton Palace in Attard, the official residence of the president of Malta since the office was created in 1974. Originally built in the early 17th century as a country villa for Antoine de Paule, it was later expanded into a palace in 1623. The palace was used as a residence by subsequent grand masters, being enlarged several times in the process. It was once the headquarters of the rebel National Assembly, and it later became a residence for the civil commissioners, governors, and governors-general of Malta. The palace is surrounded by the extensive San Anton Gardens, parts of which have been open to the public since 1882. During your tour, you’ll get to explore the garden before continuing to the next stop which is Rabat. RabatRabat is a town in the Northern Region of Malta and is home to the famous St. Paul’s Catacombs. These catacombs were used in Roman times to bury the dead. The catacombs are now looked after by Heritage Malta. Part of St. Paul's Catacombs, the part accessible from the Parish church, was where, according to tradition and as recorded in the bible, St. Paul stayed for three months when he was shipwrecked on the island in 60 A.D. After getting to know the unique underground galleries and tombs of St. Paul’s Catacombs, you’ll head to the next and final stop of the tour: Mdina. MdinaMdina, also known by its other titles Città Vecchia or Città Notabile, is a fortified city in the Northern Region of Malta, which served as the island's capital from antiquity to the medieval period. The city is still confined within its walls and has a population of just under 300. Follow your guide around this quaint yet historic city, and marvel at its several Baroque features as well as its longstanding medieval character. Discover what gave rise to the city’s popular nickname “Silent City," used by both locals and visitors. Mdina is on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and it is now one of the main tourist attractions in Malta.

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

6. 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.

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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.

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Valletta & Mdina: Private Tour

8. 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 discover the "Citta Notabile", the Nobel City, home to Malta's noble families for centuries. Impressive palaces, churches and convents line its narrow winding streets. Together with your tour guide you will stroll at a leisurely pace through the town and enjoy fantastic views of Malta from its walls.

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Valletta: Malta's Noble Homes and Palaces Private Tour

9. 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 for the beauty of its walled gardens.

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What people are saying about Mdina

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 29 reviews

It was very fun , it’s our unforgetble days for me, I can’t buy this same experience ,The monitor teached me how to drive a Segway. It’s give me a lot of for psychologic ideas . Actually is the same technology to ride your whole life. For how to control your balance and speed: is without the control just let your body go forward .don’t be afraid Just prepare yourself Don’t push , letting your body flooding in the air naturally that’s the speed goes faster , I will always keep in my mind those technology The view is incredible I saw the sunset in front of me Thank you thank you very much for this incredible experience

Great experience, it was very fun and despite i was the only one, Mathew made the best of it to make it fun and give me as much info for the area, Malta in general the every day life, history and show me the pick points of the country side. I had great chance in the end to try local stuff and take great pictures by the cliffs! I totally recommend!

That was an extraordinarily beautiful tour, even better than expected. The guide was super nice, could tell great stories and was very polite. I can fully recommend the tour.

Our guide Angele was fantastic. Her knowledge of history generally, and Mdina and Rabat particularly, was excellent. The tour was informative, engaging highly worthwhile.

Great tour, very nice and informative guide (Matthew). Definitely recommendable!