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Valletta: Street Food and Culture Walking Tour

Valletta: Street Food and Culture Walking Tour

Experience the street food of Valletta with a local tour guide, who will bring the tastiest treats of the island to your fingertips. Learn about Malta's history and cuisine during this experience. Meet your guide at the entrance of Valletta along the New Parliament Building. After a brief introduction to the city, start your food tour experience. Taste traditional dishes like pastizzi on the way. Walk past the main landmarks such as Republic Street, Castille Square, Merchants Street, Upper Barracca Gardens, the old market. See typical bars and side streets while savoring Maltese specialties, local antipasti, Kinnie, and lager.

Valletta: City Walking Tour in a Small Group

Valletta: City Walking Tour in a Small Group

Discover what makes Malta, and specifically Valletta, so unique on a fascinating walking tour through major historic landmarks. Listen to stories of the numerous events that have taken place in the city and the arrival of thousands of people that turned it into a melting pot of cultures. Walk through the City Gates, a modern project by Italian architect Renzo Piano, who also planned the Parliament building which we will be seeing. Begin your walk through the main roads and dive into some side streets to discover the lesser-known gems of Valletta. Walk along Republic Street, a bustling road with shops, museums, churches, and palaces. Go past the amazing St John's Co-Cathedral, moving on to the main squares. See the Republic Square with Queen Victoria sitting amongst Maltese people, St Georges Square with the Grand Masters Palace, and Independence Square with the Anglican Cathedral and a beautiful Jacaranda tree. Stroll past all the most important palaces constructed by ancient knights. Finish the tour with a visit to the Upper Barrakka Gardens to admire an incredible view of the Grand Harbour.

Valletta: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Valletta: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Get to know Valletta at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems and solve challenges. Work with your team or compete against them as you learn local facts and create memories that you won't forget. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. Start your tour from Saint Publius Parish Church with its beautiful interior, and explore the Tritons' Fountain as you learn about its symbolism. Photograph the Upper Barrakka garden's unique aesthetic and marvel at the Church of St Catherine of Alexandria built by the Italian Knights of the Order of St John. Then the imposing St John's Co-Cathedral awaits you. Still, the famous Great Siege Square continues your beautiful journey to the heart of Valletta as you learn the history of this monument. Marvel at the National Library with its fabulous collections of books. St George Square will captivate you with the Palace of the Grand Master, while the Valletta Cathedral will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour. Scavenger hunts are great as an everyday activity or for bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or team-building events.

Valletta: Guided Walking Tour with Optional Cathedral Tour

Valletta: Guided Walking Tour with Optional Cathedral Tour

Embark on a guided tour through the vibrant streets of Valletta, which will allow you to discover the beauty and charm of the capital city of Malta, a fortified city built by the Knights of St. John in 1566. Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety, and with a history spanning almost 5 centuries, it is regarded by many as an open-air museum! Admire its imposing fortifications and bastions, amazing baroque palaces, marvelous churches, gorgeous gardens, and beautiful architecture ranging from mid-16th-century baroque to modernism. Valletta is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary and charming cities you will ever visit. Walk through the bustling streets of the city and discover its many treasures, and visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Grand Harbour. Afterwards, depending on the option you have booked, some of the members of the group will have a guided tour of the stunning co-cathedral dedicated to St. John the Baptist, whereas those booked without the cathedral visit will have some free time to roam around the streets of Valletta. The group then meets again at a designated time and place and proceeds toward Republic Street. At the cathedral you will be able to appreciate and admire all its riches: the adorned interiors, carved stone walls, painted vaulted ceilings, beautiful paintings, precious relics, rich baroque art, and opulent altars. Before the end of the tour, enjoy an audio-visual show that tells the dramatic story of the islands’ 7,000-year history. Educational, informative, and entertaining, the show runs through the turbulent history of a small island nation that has overcome almost unimaginable odds to survive and prosper.

Malta by Segway: Valletta Experience

Malta by Segway: Valletta Experience

Discover Malta's UNESCO-listed town of Valletta on a fascinating guided tour. Glide along the streets on a segway and travel all around the capital city of Malta. See the main squares and gardens, and enjoy stops to explore the main sites and take photos. Subject to availability and opening hours, the tour may be supplemented by an audio-visual show that tells the dramatic story of the islands’ 7000 year history. Educational, informative and entertaining, the show runs through the turbulent history of a small island nation that has overcome almost unimaginable odds to survive and prosper.

Valletta: Iconic City Attractions Self Guided Audio Tour

Valletta: Iconic City Attractions Self Guided Audio Tour

Immediately take advantage of our unique navigation functionality which makes self-guiding easy, with plenty of suggested walking routes to explore. Find yourself immersed in the culture and history of the city, as you approach iconic landmarks including the City Gate, The Upper Barrakka Gardens and the Fort St. Elmo! Don’t forget to tune into your audio commentary to hear all about the tourist hotspots, or take a break whenever you fancy to suit your own schedule. When you’re ready, plan your next walking route, pinpoint your favourite sights and source the best photo hotspots, as you continue your exploration of La Valletta, the Vox City way! Our self guided tour main sights: City Gate Castille Square Fort St.Elmo Old University Building St John's Co Cathedral Christ the King Monument Victory Church Auberge de Castille Upper Barrakka Gardens Malta 5D theatre National Library Palazzo Parisio …and many more!

From Sliema: Cruise around Malta's Harbours and Creeks

From Sliema: Cruise around Malta's Harbours and Creeks

Enjoy a full Harbour Cruise, departing from Sliema ferry, and cruise around the largest natural harbors in Malta and the Mediterranean, Marsamxett Harbour and Valletta Grand Harbour. Spot various sights including yacht marinas, shipyards, bastions, forts and fortifications, and the famous 3 cities (Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua). Cruise into the creeks of these amazing harbors and admire beautiful sea views from the boat. Listen to commentary onboard that will outline the history of the two harbors.

Valletta: Half-Day City Discovery Walking Tour

Valletta: Half-Day City Discovery Walking Tour

You will meet your professional guide at the central meeting point which is easily accessible on foot, by bus or car, from your cruise ship or ferry. You will discover Valletta's beauty and charm on this half-day guided walking tour through the vibrant streets of the fortified city built by the Knights of St. John, which today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will get a great introduction to Valletta with free time to enjoy the breath-taking view of the Grand Harbour from the Upper Barrakka Gardens. You will learn about the history and life of Valletta and discover all the important landmarks, with free time for you to explore St. John's Co-Cathedral and Museum (entrance not included), including the Caravaggio masterpieces and one of the most beautiful marble inlaid floors in the world. The walking tour ends at the Malta Experience where you can purchase tickets (not included) to watch the audio-visual show where Malta’s history is brought back to life, visit La Sacra Infermeria (the Holy Infirmary built by the Knights) or visit the National War Museum next door at Fort St. Elmo. After the morning tour you will have free time to explore the city on your own for the rest of the day.

Valletta: Private Insider Walking Tour with Licensed Guide

Valletta: Private Insider Walking Tour with Licensed Guide

See the sights of Valletta on a 3-hour private walking tour with a guide who provides insight into the history ,architecture and wonders of Malta's capital. Explore both the top attractions and less-visited locations in the city, hearing interesting facts as you go. Enjoy the personalized service of a private guide. See the city's UNESCO-listed baroque architecture and other historical sights Learn fascinating facts about the founding of the city in the 16th century and enjoy personalized attention from a private guide who will tell you all you need to know about this wonderful city and answer all your questions

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.

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Great! Tour Guide, Nadine, was excellent! A wealth of historical information and just a very pleasant person. She very graciously provided recommendations for restaurants and thing to see, and we did not feel as if she were only steering us to tourist spots. Also, when we could not find the meet up location, i called the GYG # and I really appreciated how (1) someone actually answered the phone (wasn't expecting that!) and (2) stayed on the phone with me until i got to the location (I was actually close, but didn't know it). I will definitely look for Nadine the next time we return to Malta. Thank you.

The tour was absolutely brilliant! Me and my family did this tour and Karl was such a fantastic guide, we all said at the end this is honestly the best guided tour we have ever done, in one of the worlds most beautiful cities. Karl was so engaging and knowledgeable, he made the tour a real adventure, with a different story and tale for every corner that we turned. Thank you so much for such a fantastic tour! Don’t delay in booking, you won’t regret it!

Our guide was lovely. She had a real passion for Valletta and Malta and her knowledge of the history of the area was impressive. She was thoughtful and walked us in the shade as much as she could. we also had so many well timed food stops!! There was so much to eat and drink!! Thank you for a brilliant, well planned and executed tour of Valetta. Highly recommend!!

We enjoyed our tour. We only had a short time in Malta and this tour was a great way to see Valletta in the time we had available. The history of Valletta and Malta as a whole is so interesting. Our guide was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Overall a great tour and guide!

Very informative, excellent guide who was kind, considerate and delivered information in a light hearted way - so easy to listen to and kept us interested all the way through on a very hot day.