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Malta: Highlights of Malta & Mdina Full Day Tour with Lunch

1. Malta: Highlights of Malta & Mdina Full Day Tour with Lunch

Experience some of Malta's most interesting highlights in just one day on a guided group tour. Discover the medieval city of Mdina, St. Cataldus Catacombs, and Mosta Rotunda. Stroll through the San Anton Botanical Gardens, take in sea views from Dingli Cliffs, and buy glass from local craftspeople. After hotel pickup, start your tour with the ancient city of Mdina, renowned for its opulent palaces, fortifications, architecture, and ancient heritage. Stroll through the narrow streets of the island's old capital, taking in one of Europe's finest examples of an ancient walled/fortified city. Take a journey back in time, as the streets have not changed much in the last 1,000 years. Admire the magnificent palazzos and churches in the city's unique mix of medieval and Baroque styles, as well as the spectacular panoramas from the high bastion walls. Leave Mdina through the Greeks Gate. Head to St. Cataldus Catacombs, in Rabat, on the outskirts of Mdina. Discover the catacombs, which were originally a Punic burial shaft, and some of the earliest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta. See graves that are beautiful examples of canopied tombs and others hewn in the rocks. Continue to Dingli Cliffs, off the village of Dingli on Malta's western coast, the highest point of the Maltese island at around 253m above sea level. Enjoy breathtaking views over the terraced fields underneath and the panorama of the vast open seas with the small uninhabited island of Filfla. After lunch, visit the San Anton Botanical Gardens, built in the early 17th century by Grand Master Antoine de Paule to complement his summer residence: San Anton Palace, located at the perimeter of the gardens, now serving as the residence of the Maltese President. Next, stop at the Ta' Qali Craft Village, a former British Royal Air Forces wartime airfield restored into a local artisan hub. Watch local craftsmen form elaborate glass art using ancient glassblowing techniques. Get some genuine locally made mementos to remind you of your visit to Malta. End your tour with Malta's largest church, the Sanctuary Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady, commonly known as the Mosta Rotunda or Mosta Dome. Built between 1833 and the 1860s to Neoclassical designs, the present church is based on the Pantheon in Rome. Discover its dome, the third largest unsupported dome in the world. Finally, return to your hotel.

Malta: Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Boat Tour

2. Malta: Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Boat Tour

Get a taste of the unique island of Malta on a bus tour and 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 tour with a harbor cruise. North Route Stops:• Bugibba (Topaz Hotel / Gillieru Hotel)• Bugibba Jetty (Seatrips Outlet) • Bugibba Centre (Opposite HSBC) • Bugibba (Santana Hotel)• Malta National Aquarium• Qawra Palace Hotel• Qawra Seafront• Bellavista Hotel, Qawra • Mediterraneo Marine Park• ITS Roundabout (Radisson & Corinthia Hotels) • St George's Bay, St Julians (City Sightseeing Route Stage) • Westin Dragonara, St Julians• Hilton Roundabout, St Julians• Spinola Bay, St Julians• Balluta Bay (Opp Balluta Church) • Sliema Seafront (Opposite Preluna Hotel) • Sliema Ferries (City Sightseeing Route Stage & Stop For Harbour Cruise) • Opposite Bayview Hotel (CitySightseeing Outlet) • Valletta - City Center• Valletta Waterfront Terminus (Change For South Route) • San Anton Gardens • Ta Qali - Aviation Museum• Mosta Church • Mdina Main Gate • Rabat - Domus Romana • Golden Bay South Route Stops: • ITS Roundabout • St Georges Bay, St Julians (CSS Route Stage) • Westin Dragonara, St Julians • Hilton, St Julians• Spinola Bay,St Julians• Balluta Bay (Opp Balluta Church)• Sliema Seafront (Opposite Preluna Hotel)• Sliema Ferries (City Sightseeing Route Stage and Stop For Harbour Cruise) Opposite Bayview Hotel • Valletta City Center• Valletta Waterfront Terminus (Change For North Route) • Tarxien Temples• Vittoriosa Waterfront • Marsaxlokk - Fishing Village • Pretty Bay (Birzebbugia)• Blue Grotto • Hagar Qim Temples and Mnajdra Temples  • Valletta City Center• Valletta - Malta Experience, Knights Hospital War Museum, and Fort St Elmo• Valletta Waterfront Terminus (Change For North Route)

Mellieha: Popeye Village with Optional Private Transfers

3. Mellieha: Popeye Village with Optional Private Transfers

Visit one of the top tourist destinations the Maltese islands have to offer: an authentic original film set turned into a family-friendly theme park, which originally served as the film set for the 1980 Robin Williams movie "Popeye". Offering a variety of vibrantly enjoyable activities for people of all ages and being open all year round, we guarantee an enjoyable visit for all our guests. The village also has unique themed seasonal events throughout the year; these activities and adornments are often held around Christmas, Carnival, Easter, and Halloween. Take advantage of the convenience of roundtrip transfers with pick-up from your accommodation (transfers are optional, only if the transport option is selected). We guarantee that you will have a full day of enjoyment, laughter, and fun, whether you are traveling alone, with friends, or with your family. Roam around the whole village and appreciate the 40+-year-old structure still in its original glory. Visit Popeye’s house and take pictures in the sailor’s nook. Make your way to the school, the firehouse, the dentist shop, and the baker, all of which are depicted clearly in the 1980 musical film Popeye. Meet Popeye, Olive Oyl, Captain Bluto, and all their friends during the very enjoyable and ever-so-amusing animation shows that are continuously going on in the village. Learn about the movie and the building of the film set in the very detailed 15-minute documentary showing continuously in the cinema, then make your way to Popeye’s comic museum to see all the memorabilia that has been collected throughout the years. Join a cast and experience what it's like to be a movie star for a day by appearing in a real movie. You and your pals will have a blast imitating the lifestyle of your Hollywood heroes while planning the scenes, practicing them, choosing costumes, and actually filming them. Visit the theater at the end of your stay to see the world premiere of your own movie. After the preview, you can buy copies of this epic thriller. Jump your way on our inflatables while bathing in the crystal-clear waters of Anchor Bay and relax at the Anchor Bay Lido during a very hot Maltese summer day. Make use of the sun beds, sun umbrellas, sun decks, floating bathing platforms, and splash pools (water activities are available only during the summer season).

Valletta: Malta, Gozo & Comino Private Chauffer Tour by Car

4. Valletta: Malta, Gozo & Comino Private Chauffer Tour by Car

Travelers will visit iconic destination in Malta in this budget friendly tour. You will benefit from a private driver for 8 hours which he will recommend the best option routes to get the most out of your vacation. You will go to locations such as: Mdina the Old City Ta' Qali Crafts Village Popeye Village Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja) The beautiful Dingli Cliffs Valletta the Capital! A half day or full day 8 hour tour packed up with the most iconic locations in Malta that are impossible to miss as these attractions are what made Malta you see today Custom start times are possible, kindly message after booking.

Malta: Private Chauffeur Service and Car

5. Malta: Private Chauffeur Service and Car

Visit renowned destinations in Malta with the convenience of a chauffeur-driven car. Enjoy the services of a private driver for 4, 5, or 8 hours, filled with the island country's highlights, and take advantage of hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off. Get recommendations on the best routes to get the most out of your vacation or customize from locations such as Mdina Old City, Ta' Qali Crafts Village, Popeye Village, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja), Dingli Cliffs, and the capital city of Valletta.

Malta: 5-Day Tours Package with Gozo Island and Transfers

6. Malta: 5-Day Tours Package with Gozo Island and Transfers

Book this 5-day excursion package to experience all of the culture, charm, and history of Malta and Gozo Islands. Visit the archipelago's main highlights with two full-day tours and three half-day tours over 5 days. Get picked up and dropped off at your hotel every day of your experience. Browse through the many available itineraries and select the option that best fits your plans. See the day-by-day itinerary when selecting your preferred option. Drive to the city of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a half-day tour. Explore imposing fortifications, bastions, and palaces. Watch an immersive audiovisual show on Malta's history and tour St John's Co-Cathedral, the Upper Barraka Gardens, and Grand Harbour. Take a day trip to Mdina, the country's old capital city. Admire the fortified walls and its spectacular panoramas. Visit the village of Rabat, the Catacombs of St Cataldus, Dingli Cliffs, San Anton Gardens, Ta' Qali Artisan Village, and the Rotunda of Mosta with its dome. Enjoy lunch and a glass of wine. Embark on another half-day excursion to the famous Three Cities: Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Copiscua. Appreciate these historic fortified cities and discover their magnificent churches, piazzas, fortifications, and architectural treasures. Take a boat trip of the creeks aboard a Maltese 'frejgatina'. Immerse yourself in the landscape of Gozo on a scenic day trip. Take the ferry from Malta and visit the city of Victoria, the Ggantija temples, and the Citadel, a majestic medieval fortress. Gaze at Xlendi Bay, Dwejra Bay, and Inland Sea, with an optional boat trip. Eat lunch with a glass of wine. Head over to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk on a half-day adventure. See the largest fishing harbor in Malta, lined with traditional “luzzus”, brightly colored boats. Wander around the open-air market, visit the town of Qrendi, and marvel at the Blue Grotto, with an optional boat trip.

Malta: Blue Grotto, Dingli, Rabat, Mdina, Ta Qali & Mosta

7. Malta: Blue Grotto, Dingli, Rabat, Mdina, Ta Qali & Mosta

The tour begins on the south-western coast of Malta, and the first stop is at Blue Grotto, which is located not far from Wied iż-Żurrieq and is known for its entrancing waters. If the weather cooperates, visitors can take part in a traditional boat ride that lasts for 15 minutes and costs a nominal fee. After that, we go on to the magnificent Dingli Cliffs, which offer a sweeping view of the Mediterranean Sea as well as the minuscule deserted islet of Filfla, which is located approximately 5 kilometres off the coast of Malta. After that, we make our way up the hill to the ancient town of Rabat, which is known for its historic churches, Roman catacombs, and winding labyrinthine streets. A trip to the fortified mediaeval city of Mdina, which served as the capital of Malta in times past, is also scheduled. The "Silent City," as it is more commonly known, has a population of barely 250 people today, yet it is home to some of the most magnificent palaces on the island, which are owned by ancient noble families. If you are interested, we will have ample time here to try some of the local specialties, including the food and the wine. We make our way inland to see the Ta' Qali Crafts Village and National Park. This area is home to some of the finest examples of Maltese handicrafts, including  ceramics, glass-blowing, and work with filigree and semiprecious stones. This is your opportunity to purchase some handcrafted trinkets of high quality. The tour comes to a close in the town of Mosta, which is famous for its basilica. The basilica is also referred to as "The Rotunda," and it features one of the largest unsupported domes in the world. It is included to pick you up and drop you off at your hotel or location.

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

8. 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.

Malta: Blue Grotto, Dingli, Rabat, Mdina, Ta Qali & Mosta

9. Malta: Blue Grotto, Dingli, Rabat, Mdina, Ta Qali & Mosta

The tour begins on the south-western coast of Malta, and the first stop is at Blue Grotto, which is located not far from Wied iż-Żurrieq and is known for its entrancing waters. If the weather cooperates, visitors can take part in a traditional boat ride that lasts for 15 minutes and costs a nominal fee. After that, we go on to the magnificent Dingli Cliffs, which offer a sweeping view of the Mediterranean Sea as well as the minuscule deserted islet of Filfla, which is located approximately 5 kilometres off the coast of Malta. After that, we make our way up the hill to the ancient town of Rabat, which is known for its historic churches, Roman catacombs, and winding labyrinthine streets. A trip to the fortified mediaeval city of Mdina, which served as the capital of Malta in times past, is also scheduled. The "Silent City," as it is more commonly known, has a population of barely 250 people today, yet it is home to some of the most magnificent palaces on the island, which are owned by ancient noble families. If you are interested, we will have ample time here to try some of the local specialties, including the food and the wine. We make our way inland to see the Ta' Qali Crafts Village and National Park. This area is home to some of the finest examples of Maltese handicrafts, including  ceramics, glass-blowing, and work with filigree and semiprecious stones. This is your opportunity to purchase some handcrafted trinkets of high quality. The tour comes to a close in the town of Mosta, which is famous for its basilica. The basilica is also referred to as "The Rotunda," and it features one of the largest unsupported domes in the world. It is included to pick you up and drop you off at your hotel or location.

Aviation Museum, Mosta Church, WWII Shelters inc. Platter

10. Aviation Museum, Mosta Church, WWII Shelters inc. Platter

During this tour, you will travel onboard a traditional Maltese Bus known by the locals as ‘Xarabank’. These buses were built by Maltese Bus Builders during the 1950s to the 1970s and came in all kinds of colours, to overcome illiteracy - red, purple, blue...all depending on the locality they served. This tradition persisted until eventually bus numbers came into place. Traditional Maltese bus decoration consisted of different designs and typography. This included designs in paint; passenger messages on the interior and exterior of the bus, names of patron saints, song lyrics, slogans and many more. There were also plenty of chrome and accessories, such as flags and good luck symbols. Nowadays, these colourful buses are rarely seen, used only on special occasions such as weddings & tourist events. During this tour you will first visit The Aviation Museum, an aircraft museum situated on the site of the former Royal Air Force airfield in the village of Ta'Qali. The museum, based in three hangars, covers the history of aviation on the island with exhibits, particularly from the Second World War and post-war periods. The museum is involved in the preservation and restoration of aircraft, some of which are in airworthy condition. You will then visit the Mosta Rotunda, a Roman Catholic Church dedicated to the Assumption of Our Lady. The design is based on the Pantheon in Rome, has the third largest unsupported dome in the world and is Malta's largest and most famous church. The church narrowly avoided destruction during World War II when on 9 April 1942 a German aerial bomb pierced the dome and fell into the church during Mass, but failed to explode. This event was interpreted by the Maltese as a miracle, although many bombs failed to explode. During your visit you will admire the sacristies, the various objects of prestige, a large-scale model of the church and a replica of the bomb. You will also go up to the portico, to the bell tower & enter in the inner gallery of the the church. Your last stop will be the World War II Shelter that skirts the Mosta Church parvis. The Shelter which was opened recently, was dug by hand in 1940 by 15 highly-skilled workmen. Families used this shelter during World War II to protect themselves from the many and continuous air raids. The complex also boasts an exhibition of tools and implements related to old trades. At the end of the tour, you will also enjoy some local savouries.

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Wonderful tour. Not to be missed if you come to Malta. You visit many places in a single activity, Mndina is a gem. Good lunch and guide...including the driver.

The meal was of a poor quality and wine even worse. It should be better to have a smaller quantity (maybe a sandwich and a juice).

Maria was phenomenal what a great first day introduction to Malta!! She packs so much into one day we had a great day!

Perfect trip so well orginised. Kasia very good guide .Really enjoyed myself .Thank you .

Very knowledgeable guide and a great historical tour