Small Group Tour
Blue Grotto, Girgenti Valley, Dingli Cliffs, Rabat &
Mdina Medieval City
This wonderful tour includes stunning
scenery, the beautiful azure crystal clear sea, ancient towns and
insight to an islands rich culture and heritage.
We start our day
with a visit to the south of the island and the beautiful Wied
iz-Zurrieq, famous for the magnificent Blue Grotto. This tiny hamlet sits
in a valley and has a very picturesque harbour. The grotto and
neighbouring 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". This
optional boat trip is only
8 adults, 4 for children.
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 200m 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 18th century chapel which sits on the cliffs for a
superb view and an ideal photo opportunity.
Our next stop will take you back in time and we start with the old
town of Rabat. This charming town has strong ties with the Roman era
and the visit of St. Paul AD60. Here we will take a short stroll
from the central piazza through the quaint streets, where you can
admire the old houses, alleys, traditional balconies amongst other
typical old town characteristics.
walk continues to what we consider our as our 'pride and joy', the
fairy tail city of Mdina. Mdina which is a medieval city
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.
At this stage our tour comes to and end and we make our way back to
the cruise terminal and Valletta.
Price 49.00 per person
Half Day/4 hour tour
Accompanied by English speaking Licensed Tour Guide
Minimum group size is 6
Maximum group is 16
Average group size is normally 10/12
Availability for 2019
Standard start time is at 0900hrs. Dates marked with * start at
4*, 5, 18, 19*, 22, 25, 27, 28, 30
13, 16*, 17, 24, 26
5, 7*, 8, 15, 17*, 22, 27, 28*
24, 28, 30
8*, 10, 11, 17, 18*, 20, 25, 26, 29*
10, 17, 18, 20*, 23, 24, 30
1, 6, 12, 15, 16, 20
If your group is 6 or more and you would like to do this tour on a
different date do not hesitate to contact us.
Pick Up/Meeting Point
Tours depart from the Valletta cruise terminal and ends at the
terminal or if you would like to be dropped off in Valletta after
the tour this is also possible.
Our guide will meet you at the cruise terminal holding a 'SIMPLY
MALTA GROUP TOUR' sign.
Blue Grotto boat trip, allow 8 per person