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Medley of Malta with Mdina and Birgu
Visiting Marsaxlokk Fishing Village, Blue Grotto (optional boat trip), Scenic Route via Girgenti Valley & Dingli Cliffs, Mdina Medieval City, Birgu (historical centre/Collachio & waterfront, harbour ferry crossing (SE10)


This tour explores picturesque, unspoilt villages, an old town and the rural country side. We start our tour with a visit to the pretty fishing village of Marsaxlokk, which it still has today an active fishing community. Low lying buildings line the picturesque waterfront and colourful traditional fishing boats called "luzzu" fill the bay. There is a small local market which you can browse at.

Our next destination is Wied iz-Zurrieq, famous for the magnificent Blue Grotto. The tiny hamlet sits in a valley and has a very picturesque harbor. The grotto and neighboring system of sea caves are home to brilliant phosphorescent marine life. The 25-minute boat trip explores the incredible beauty of this natural wonder and is a "must-do" when visiting Malta!

As you travel during the next part of this tour, your guide will explain the importance of the Girgenti Valley. Girgenti is a shaded fertile valley renowned for its orchards and cultivated fields. The eco system here is maquis, so it is green all year round. Citrus and other fruit trees thrive in the valley beneath the surrounding ridge. The old picturesque farmsteads are the homes of the local farming community who still work the fields and cultivate the orchards. On a spur overlooking the valley stands the summer palace of the Inquisitors built by Monsignor Visconti in 1625. Nowadays it is the official residence of our Prime Minister. Our journey via Girgenti will take us the west cost of the island.

Stretching for some 4km along the west coast are the Dingli Cliffs. These cliffs have vertical or near-vertical rock faces rising from the sea to heights of up to 70-130m above sea level. Some of the steep slopes are terraced and this unique feature together with the expanse of the deep blue Mediterranean sea provide stunning views. Here will stop at the small chapel which sits on the cliffs for a superb view and an ideal photo opportunity.

We continue our tour to the ancient city of Mdina. Mdina is built on a plateau in the centre of the island, the city's old Baroque buildings, Cathedral and magnificent bastion walls dominate the rural skyline. Mdina, once the capital of Malta until the modern city of Valletta was built had many names including Melite (Roman occupation), Medina (Arabic occupation), Citta Notabile (Knights of St. John) and Citta Vecchia (after Valletta was built). Today it is also referred to as the Silent City since it inspires tranquillity at any time of the day or night. The only way to really experience and enjoy this city is on foot, explore the quaint alleys, narrow streets, ancient buildings and magnificent far reaching views from the high bastion walls.

Our transport will then return us back to the harbour area and to the old maritime city of Birgu. At this stage we say farewell to our driver, Birgu can only be explored on foot and we will be returning back to the Valletta cruise terminal by ferry. Before we continue you will have some free time Birgu centre for a lunch/snack break.

Birgu (Vittoriosa) forms part of what is known as the ‘Three Cities’ which also includes Cospicua and Senglea. In 1532 the Knights of St. John first settled in this area, and we will give you an insight to an era dominated by the Knights of St. John. Our walking tour will take us to the heart of the city, the narrow streets and quaint alleys known as the 'collacchio', an area of old Palazzo's which were the original Auberges occupied by the Knights'. Our tour will gradually make its way down to the waterfront which in the past was occupied by the beautiful galleys, nowadays occupied by magnificent yachts. You will have some free time for photos, the views are amazing spanning the most beautiful of the Grand Harbour with Valletta on the opposite side.

We return back to the Valletta cruise terminal by ferry. This short 10 minute crossing will take us through the beautiful yacht marina, past the imposing Fort St. Angelo on one side and the maritime fortified city of Senglea on the other. On arrival in Valletta, the cruise terminal is a only 6 minute walk away.


 

Tour Details

Prices:
Prices are based on the group size and are not per person. Private transport is provided based on the number of passengers in your group
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Tour with driver and Licensed Tour Guide:
€465 for up to 6 passengers
€575 for 7 to 12 passengers
€685 for 13 to 17 passengers
Contact us for larger group up to 50

Not Included:

Harbour ferry crossing. Allow €2 per person for the short ferry crossing

Blue Grotto. If you would like to do the Blue Grotto boat trip, allow €8/adults, €4/children which is paid direct to the boat operators. The boat trip operates subject to suitable weather conditions, therefore if it is cancelled it will be replaced with an alternative site which you can discuss with your guide.

Lunch is not included in the tour rate.

Sunday/Public Holiday Supplements:
Add €25 (not per person) applies for tours operated on Sunday's and Public Holidays

Availability:

This tour is available on any day

Pick Up/Meeting Point:
This tour will pick up from the Valletta cruise terminal/returning back to the Valletta Cruise Terminal by ferry.

Licensed Tour Guides:

Your Licensed Tour Guide guide will be with you for the FULL tour duration and will provide detailed en route commentary and will also accompany at historical sites, temples, museums and around fortified cities such as Valletta, Mdina and Birgu.

Guides are available in English, German, French, Dutch and Spanish languages.

HOW TO BOOK
Unfortunately there is no standard procedure to book a private/customised tour as this type tour booking is specific to your enquiry; the time you want to start, the date of the tour, the size of your group etc.. Follow our simple procedure below;


Make an Enquiry

Send your email to tours@maltashoreexcursions.com and include the following details;

Tour Name
Tour Date
Ship/Cruise Liner
Time of Arrival/Departure
Number of Adults and Children (under 12yrs)
Include any additional information we may need to know


Confirming a Tour Booking
When we have agreed on your itinerary and you are ready to book, we will provide you with a link to our secure booking form and you can complete your booking.

As a general rule we do not require advanced payment for private tours but we do require a booking guarantee, this means that you can secure a tour booking by credit card, but payment will be charged on the day of the tour.

If however you book an organised group tour or a tour operated by one of our selected partners there is an advanced payment requirement and we will advise this at the time of your enquiry.



Our Guarantee
If after you have booked a tour and the cruise liner decide to change the itinerary which may eliminate a visit to Malta or you do not arrive due to bad weather, you will not be charged for the tour. This is clearly mentioned on the confirmation which you will receive after you have booked.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE RECEIVE A LOT OF ENQUIRIES FOR PRIVATE TOURS AND ENCOURAGE YOU TO PLAN WELL IN ADVANCE TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.
 


Malta Shore Excursions are operated by Sheridan Leisure Ltd. Licensed by the Malta Tourism Authority TRA/S/01


Malta Shore Excursions