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Three Cities Private Tour from Valletta Malta

Three Cities Private Tour from Valletta Malta

Take a private half-day tour of Malta's famous Three Cities.

You'll drive through Cospicua - the first of the three cities...and walk through the second city of Vittoriosa, with its narrow streets adorned with historic buildings and churches. From the quay, you'll have the option (additional cost) to take a harbour tour of the famous creeks. At the third city of Senglea, you'll admire the beautiful "vedette" placed in the center of the Grand Harbour.

Transport 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 Three Cities

These small cities go by the names of Cospicua, Senglea and Vittoriosa. They are popularly known as the Three Cities - a term which was first used during the French occupation, when Napoleon decreed that Malta was to be divided into a number of administration units.

Cospicua is the largest of the Three Cities on Grand Harbour opposite Valletta. It is known to many by its earlier name, Bormla. The city was renamed by the Knights of St. John because of the brave and conspicuous role played by its people during the Great Siege of 1565. Most of Cospicua's shoreline is taken up by the older dockyard - an area now being restored, and developed as a marina. The city suffered extensive damage during World War II and although rebuilt, it has fewer inhabitants than in the pre-war years. Modern Cospicua is an important market centre in the heart of the docklands. The main building of cultural interest is the Collegiate Church of the Immaculate Conception, which is rich in exquisite works of art. The Firenzuola Fortifications, built in 1638, and Margherita Lines, part of the inland defenses the Three Cities, are major landmarks. The Margherita Lines are in fact the only part of old Cospicua which survived World War II.

Senglea: This small city - one of the so-called Three Cities - stands on a narrow promontory jutting into Grand Harbour. The land was fortified in 1551 by Grand Master Claude de la Sengle. The Maltese often use the area's earlier name, L-Isla, meaning the island or perhaps short for "peninsula." During the Great Siege of 1565, Senglea was protected by Fort St. Michael on its landward side and by Fort St. Angelo on the tip of Vittoriosa across the creek. The heroic role played by its people led Grand Master Jean de la Valette to give the city the title of Citta' Invicta, "the invincible city." Like its sister cities, Senglea suffered heavy damage during World War II. More than 75 percent of its buildings were destroyed. The parish church dedicated to the Nativity of the Madonna was rebuilt and retains its artistic heritage. The city is noted for its superb harbour views across to Valletta from Safe Haven Gardens at Senglea Point. The stone vedette, known as il-Gardjola, on the bastion-point served as a look-out post to guard the harbour entrance. The sculptured eye and ear above its windows are symbols of vigilance.

Vittoriosa (or Birgu) - one of the Three Cities, lies on one of the promontories jutting into Grand Harbour, opposite Valletta. At its tip is Fort St. Angelo, perhaps the oldest fortification on the Islands. The strategic position of both fort and city over the millennia has led some to call this area "the cradle of Maltese history." Certainly, settlers and rulers from the Phoenicians to the British all made use of the defenses here. To honour the part played by the city of Birgu, Grand Master La Valette renamed it Civitas Vittoriosa, "Victorious Town." Vittoriosa was the first home of the Knights when they arrived in 1530. As such, it contains many important architectural riches. The Knights' auberges (inns of residence), palaces and churches here are older than those in Valletta. Highlights include the Church of San Lawrenz, designed by Malta's most prominent baroque architect, Lorenzo Gafa', the Inquisitor's Palace, Fort St. Angelo and the Maritime Museum.

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