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Overview
Duration
8h
Languages
English, Polish, German, Spanish, Italian, French
Voucher type
mobile
What To Expect

This tour is ideal for those guests who want to visit and experience some of Malta’s most interesting highlights in just one day. Carefully designed to make your day truly memorable, we start by visiting the ancient mediaeval city of Mdina, renowned for its opulent palaces and fortifications, mediaeval and baroque architecture, and ancient heritage. This majestic city, also known as Città Vecchia (the Old City) or Città Notabile (the Noble City), is unquestionably one of the island's most evocative destinations.

Serving as the island's capital city from antiquity until the mediaeval period, Mdina is truly an enchanting city! A stroll through its narrow streets, which have not changed much in the last 1000 years, is a must for anyone visiting the Maltese islands. It is undoubtedly one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled/fortified city. Explore this historic city with an experienced local guide and delve into the rich past of the city as you explore its mediaeval streets. Take a journey back in time, admiring the magnificent palazzos and churches in the city’s unique mix of mediaeval and baroque styles, as well as the spectacular panoramas from the high bastion walls.

Leaving Mdina through the ‘Greeks Gate’ we proceed towards St. Cataldus Catacombs, located in Rabat, on the outskirts of Mdina. These catacombs hold one of the best examples of an agape table, a circular platform hewn out of the rock used for early Christian funerary rituals. Dating from the late 2nd to the 3rd centuries, these small catacombs were originally a Punic burial shaft. The graves in the catacombs are beautiful examples of canopied tombs, while many other graves are hewn in the rocks. This site represents some of the earliest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta.

We then proceed to Dingli Cliffs, located off the village of Dingli on Malta’s western coast, at around 253 metres above sea level. These cliffs represent the highest point of the Maltese Islands. The cliffs propose a majestic sight; the views overlooking the terraced fields underneath and the panorama of the vast open seas with the uninhabited small island of Filfla as its backdrop are truly breath-taking! Given their impressive height, the cliffs can be considered natural forts since no attacker can approach the island from the west. Perched on the edge, marking the highest point on the Maltese islands, is a gorgeous, tiny chapel built in 1646, dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene.

After lunch, we will visit the San Anton Botanical Gardens, located in the village of Attard. These beautiful gardens were built in the early 17th century by Grand Master Antoine de Paule to complement his summer residence, San Anton Palace, which is located at the perimeter of the gardens and which today serves as the residence of the Maltese President.

Open to the public since 1882, the gardens have several pathways surrounded by fountains and ponds that are inhabited by families of ducks, swans, peacocks, peahens, and turtles and encompass a large variety of trees and flowers from around the world, including a variety of palm trees, cypress, jacarandas, araucarias, and other exotic plants, some of them over three centuries old.

Our next stop is at the town of Ta’ Qali, where we will visit the Ta’ Qali Artisan Village. Located in a former British Royal Air Forces wartime airfield and restored as a local artisan’s hub, here you can admire the local craftsmen forming elaborate glass art pieces using the ancient glassblowing technique, intricately assembling original silver and filigree jewellery, and much more. With a vast selection of genuine goods made by local artisans and craftsmen, such as paintings, traditional Maltese lace, gold, silver, and filigree jewellery, leather goods, furniture, ceramics, and ornamental glass, this is the perfect place to pick up some truly genuine locally made mementos that will remind you of your visit to Malta (no obligation to buy).

We end our tour with a visit to the Sanctuary Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady, commonly known as the Rotunda of Mosta or the Mosta Dome, a Roman Catholic parish church and minor basilica located in the city of Mosta. It was built between 1833 and the 1860's to neoclassical designs. The design of the present church is based on the Pantheon in Rome. The church is renowned for having the third-largest unsupported dome in the world and is also Malta's largest church.

The church narrowly avoided destruction during World War II when, on April 9, 1942, the German Luftwaffe dropped a bomb on the church. The bomb pierced the dome and entered the church but failed to explode, thus sparing the lives of more than 300 people who were attending the early evening mass. This event was interpreted by the locals as a miracle.

Lunch is included during this tour.

During the whole tour, our knowledgeable and experienced guides will provide you with riveting information and enhance your experience through narration and engaging storytelling.

What to remember

Important info

• Comfortable shoes

• Sunglasses

• A hat or a cap (especially in summer)

• Sunscreen (especially in summer)

• An umbrella (if it's expected to rain)

• Some cash

• The time shown on the website or on your ticket is the approximate start time of the activity and not the time when you will be picked up from your hotel (or closest meeting point). At least a few days before the date of your activity, you need to make sure to contact the tour operator to confirm your pick-up location and pick-up time.

• To confirm your pick-up location (meeting point) and your pick-up time, please send an e-mail to [email protected] at least a few days before the date of your activity. Make sure to include your booking reference number in the e-mail.

• The tour will be guided in the language that you have booked; however, please note that occasionally, due to operational circumstances, a multilingual guide (limited to a maximum of two languages) might provide the commentary in two languages.

• The tour in Polish will be carried out with either a Polish-speaking guide or an English-speaking guide with a native Polish host acting as a translator.

• The provider reserves the right to change the order of the visits without prior notice.

• While generally there are always some craftsmen practicing their trade at the Ta' Qali Artisan Village, we cannot guarantee that there will always be artisans practicing glassblowing techniques while we are there. Since the artisans who operate at Ta' Qali Artisan Village are independent businesses, we have no control over their working schedules.

• No particular dress code is required; we suggest wearing comfortable clothes according to the forecasted weather. One should note that we will be visiting the Rotunda of Mosta, a Roman Catholic church; therefore, some decorum is expected (avoid wearing very short skirts, sleeveless shirts, see-through clothing, excessively revealing clothing, etc.).

• The tour is not wheelchair-accessible.

• Foldable strollers are allowed during the tour.

• Pets, large luggage, and large suitcases are not allowed during the tour.

• Any personal belongings, including backpacks or rucksacks, must be carried with you at all times and may not be left unattended on the coach or bus.

• The tour is not recommended for travellers with mobility impairments.

• The tour will operate as scheduled, rain or shine.

• Both electronic and paper vouchers are accepted.

included
What's included
included-item
• Hotel pick-up and drop-off (from your Hotel or a  close meeting point) • A licenced tour guide • All transportation in air-conditioned vehicles • Lunch including a glass of wine • Admission to all sites included in the itinerary
excluded
What's not included
excluded-items
• Any extra drinks consumed during lunch • Tips (optional)
Cancellation Policy
can-cancel You can cancel your tour until a day in advance
Provider
Robert Arrigo & Sons