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Private Half Day Tour in Valletta Malta

Private Half Day Tour in Valletta Malta

Take a half day and see the highlights of Valletta.

Walk through the bustling streets and to Barracca Gardens for a breathtaking panorama of the Grand Harbour, and then to St. John's Co-Cathedral, visiting the church museum. You'll also visit the ornate Grand Master's Palace.

Your tour continues at the sixteenth century fort - St. James Cavalier - now converted into an arts complex. Finally, this tour stops at the Malta Experience for a multimedia show depicting Malta's History.

Transport, entrance tickets and licensed guide included.

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Tour/Activity Details

Length

Half day

Time

9:00 am daily

Please Note: Hotel pickups begin at 8:30 am

4 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Hotel pick up from selected Valletta hotels only. Guests must call to arrange pickup at least 48 hours before the tour; phone number provided on E-Ticket. Rates are in US dollars PER VEHICLE (up to 10 passengers). Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Description

The Capital City of Valletta

The whole city of Valletta was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.

The official name the Order of Saint John gave to the city was Humilissima Civitas Valletta — a city bound to humility. However, with the building of bastions, curtains and ravelins, along with the beauty of the baroque buildings along its streets, it became known as Superbissima — "Most Proud" amongst the ruling houses of Europe. In Maltese, it is colloquially known as Il-Belt, simply meaning "The City."

Benjamin Disraeli visited Valletta in August 1830, on the recommendation of his friend, Lord Byron. He described Valletta as "a city of palaces built by gentlemen for gentlemen," and remarked that, "Valletta equals in its noble architecture, if it does not excel, any capital in Europe."

The Palace of the Grandmasters, now used as the President's Palace and St John's Co Cathedral are just a few of the marvels of this city. The foundation stone of Valletta was laid by the Grandmaster of the Order of Saint John, Jean Parisot de la Valette, on 28 March 1566. The Order (which was the long-time ruler of the city and the island) decided to found a new city on the Xiberras peninsula just after the end of the Siege of Malta in 1565, so as to fortify the Order's position in Malta, effectively binding the Knights to the island. The city was designed by Francesco Laparelli, while many of the most important buildings were built by Gerolamo Cassar.

Valletta, hence, is an urban area which boasts many buildings from the 16th century and onwards, but most of them were built during the time of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem (the Knights Hospitaller, or Knights of Malta).

The Valletta peninsula, which is fed by the two natural harbours of Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour, is Malta's major port, with unloading quays at Marsa. A cruise-liner terminal has been built recently in the Grand Harbour, along the old sea-wall of the duty free stores built by Grandmaster Manuel Pinto de Fonseca.

4 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Hotel pick up from selected Valletta hotels only. Guests must call to arrange pickup at least 48 hours before the tour; phone number provided on E-Ticket. Rates are in US dollars PER VEHICLE (up to 10 passengers). Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Event Date:

October 22, 2017

Desired Time:

09:00 AM