Best Malta Shore Excursions In 2023
When arrive at your cruise ship terminal you will be surprised at the interesting Malta shore excursions you can choose from that will show you all the highlights of the island. Malta has been influenced for over 7,000 years by several dominate cultures which include the Romans, Greeks, French and British. These excursions will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valletta where you will view historic Baroque style architecture, lush gardens, frescoes, mirrored walls, elegant decor, marvelous marble and view incredible vistas from atop the Upper Barrakka Gardens. You can decide to drive through the countryside while visiting the charming Three Villages or take a short boat ferry to the ancient city of Vittoriosa. Other sightseeing possibilities include the Blue Grotto, the prehistoric ruins at Hagar Qim Temple and the ancient capital city of Mdina.
Private Tour of Valletta and Mdina
One of the most interesting Malta shore excursions for all types of travelers including families that want to learn and see more of Malta’s history is to take a Private Tour of Valletta and Mdina. Your 4-hour adventure begins with complimentary port pick-up where you will meet your expert local guide who will transport you by private coach to Mdina which was the first capital of Malta. When you arrive at Mdina you will embark on a walking tour of this ancient city where you will view the incredible Baroque style architecture of homes and palaces that are still occupied by Malta’s elite families. Highlights of the Silent City during your excursion are the Museum of Natural History which resides in the former palace of Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena as well as the Mdina Cathedral. Your second adventure will be the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valletta. Here you will set out on foot again listening to interesting facts from your guide as you view the Upper Barrakka Gardens where you can shoot numerous photographs of the Grand Harbor. Other important sites you will see are the Auberge de Castille and the St. John’s Co-Cathedral where you will view famous Baroque artworks. Your excursion concludes with a relaxing ride back to your port of call.
Private Tour of Valletta, Vittoriosa and Hagar Qim Temple
When you are ready to explore the ancient treasures of Malta in several locations then the best Malta shore excursion for you is a Private Tour of Valletta, Vittoriosa and Hagar Qim Temple. Your all-day excursion starts with complimentary port pick-up where you will then embark on a dghajsa (Maltese style boat) and travel across the harbor to Vittoriosa. Once at this ancient city you will listen to informative commentary from your tour guide as you walk the narrow streets viewing iconic buildings built by the Knights of Malta such as the Inquisitor’s Palace and the Church of St. Lawrence. When finished here you will then travel the southern side of the island where you will stop at the prehistoric Hagar Qim Temple which was constructed sometime in 3600 B.C.E. the site is famous for the Fat Lady statues, an ornate pillar altar and two table altars which are now on display at the National Museum of Archaeology. After arriving back in Valletta you will indulge in a complimentary lunch before starting your walking tour of Malta’s capital city where you can view sites such as the Upper Barrakka Gardens, St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the Auberge de Castille. Your last stop will be the Grandmaster’s Palace State Rooms before you are taken back to your port of call.
Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour
If you have ever wondered about the picturesque countryside of Malta as well as wanted to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site then a great Malta shore excursion for you and your family is the Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour. Your 5-hour adventure starts with complimentary pick-up service from your port of call where you will then be driven by private coach to the Maltese fishing village of Marsaxlokk where you will see the colorful luzzus (fishing boats) in the harbor. From here you head to the Wied is-Zurrieq and view the Blue Grotto as well as the island of Filfla. While you continue driving you listen to interesting commentary from your local guide as you pass by the Mosta Dome which is a famous unsupported dome in Europe. You continue traveling until you reach Valletta the current capital of Malta where you will see the Grandmaster’s Palace, the Upper Barrakka Gardens for a supreme vantage point of the Grand Harbor and the Auberge de Castille. Your excursion concludes with a short drive to view the bastions of Valletta before you are dropped-off at your port of call.
Private Tour of Historic Palaces and Noble Homes
If you are the type of traveler that likes art, culture and history then the perfect Malta shore excursion for you is a Private Tour of Historic Palaces and Noble Homes. Your 5-hour excursion begins with free pick-up service at your port of call where you will meet your expert guide that will drive you through the streets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valletta. During your trip you will learn about the intricate history of Malta which has been influenced by the Greeks, Romans, French, Arabs and British. As you drive you will view historic Baroque style architecture until your first stop which is the Upper Barrakka Gardens where you can view the towns of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua. From here you will go to Auberge de Castille, the Grandmaster’s Palace and view the intricate façade of St. John’s Co-Cathedral. When you reach the 16th century Casa Rocca Piccola you will embark on a tour of the residence that is owned by the de Piros. Afterwards you will be transported to the landscaped gardens at Palazzo Parisio in the town of Naxxar. On your way back to your port of call you will have the opportunity to see the charming old villas of the exclusive area of the Three Villages of Malta which are Attard, Balzan and Lija.
City Sightseeing Malta Hop-on Hop-off Tour
If you like to make your own itineraries when you travel that includes setting a pace of sightseeing that you want then the ideal Malta shore excursion for you is the City Sightseeing Malta Hop-on Hop-off Tour. The starting point for this excursion can be reached with a 10-minute walk from your port of call to the Silema Ferries where you will decide which of the two routes you wish to enjoy and hop-on one of the double decker buses. During your do-it-yourself tour you will be thrilled with onboard commentary from the bus tour guide while you visit places around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valletta such as the Mosta Church and Dome, Mdina, Rabat as well as Ta’Qali Craft Village. Other options will take you to visit to Upper Barrakka Gardens where you can view Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua, the Tarxien Temples, the fishing village of Marsaxlokk and the Blue Grotto before you walk back to your port of call.