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Malta Sightseeing Tour: Mdina, Mosta Dome and Ta Qali Crafts Village

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Malta Sightseeing Tour: Mdina, Mosta Dome and Ta Qali Crafts Village

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Duration: 7 hours

Departs: Valletta, Malta

Price from USD 53.55

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Admire Malta’s architectural treasures and watch skilled local craftspeople in action on a full-day tour of the island! With an expert guide, visit attractions like Mosta Dome and San Anton Botanical Garden, before visiting Ta Qali Crafts Village. See talented locals creating hand-blown glassware, and then enjoy a 3-course lunch with wine. Continue to St Paul’s Grotto, a mystical cave in Rabat, browse a collection of religious artifacts inside Wignacourt Museum, and then finish with a walking tour of the medieval town of Mdina.

Start your day with a pickup from your Malta hotel and travel by air-conditioned minibus to Mosta Church, a grandiose place of worship in the small town of Mosta. The church is renowned for its magnificent dome; Mosta Duomo is said to be one of the largest in the world. Walk around inside the church with your guide and learn about its architectural glory.

San Anton Botanical Garden is nearby, and you’ll head here next to enjoy free time to explore. Stroll through the garden’s shaded walkways and admire ornamental fountains and lush flora and fauna that appear around every twist and turn.

Continue to Ta Qali Crafts Village, a hamlet built on the site of a former Second World War airbase, complete with the Nissen huts that were once used as air-raid shelters. The village is one of the best places on the island to shop for traditional Maltese crafts, and you’ll find an abundance of skilled craftspeople selling Maltese jewelry, glassware and linen. With your guide, visit three of the most interesting shops and studios – Phoenician Glass Blowers, JCF Jewellers and Bristow Potteries – and watch the talented local craftspeople in action.

Enjoy a break in an authentic Maltese restaurant for a 3-course lunch with a glass of wine. Relax while eating and chatting with your guide, and then travel to Rabat on the western side of the island. Visit St Paul’s Grotto, where St Paul is believed to have taken refuge after being shipwrecked on the Maltese coast, and hear stories about the supposed magical stone inside the cave; it’s said to have incredible healing powers. Continue to the town's Wignacourt Museum for a visit, and browse the ecclesiastical museum at leisure. It's collection includes paintings, artifacts and some intriguing Christian catacombs that date back to the 4th century.

Finally, visit the medieval walled city of Mdina, right in the center of the island. Highlights include the Mdina ramparts that command stunning views over the entire island, and you'll walk along these during a short walking tour. Your full-day tour then finishes with a hotel drop-off.

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