Mdina & Highlights of Malta


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Duration: 7 hours

Departs: malta, malta

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

Overview

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 Medieval city of Mdina, renowned for its opulent palaces and fortifications, medieval and baroque architecture, and ancient heritage.

Other attractions visited during this tour include, Mosta Dome, Dingli Cliffs, San Anton Botanical Garden and Ta Qali Crafts Village, where you will be able to see talented locals creating hand-blown glassware.


What's Included

Admission to Sights

Air-conditioned vehicle

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Local guide

Lunch and a glass of wine

What's Not Included

Gratuities


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 3
  • CHILD: Age: 4 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 99

Additional Info

  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Mdina
We start by visiting the ancient Medieval city of Mdina, renowned for its palaces and fortifications, medieval 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 till the medieval 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 medieval streets. Take a journey back in time admiring the magnificent palazzos and churches in the city’s unique mix of medieval and baroque styles, as well as the spectacular panoramas from the high bastion walls.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

St. Cataldus Catacombs
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.

40 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Dingli Cliffs
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 on its backdrop, are truly breath-taking! Given their impressive height the cliffs can be considered as 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.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

San Anton Gardens
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 which 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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Ta' Qali Crafts Village
Our next stop is the town of Ta’ Qali, where we will visit the Ta’ Qali Crafts 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 many 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.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Mosta Rotunda
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 the 9th of April 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.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


Reviews

Excellent
Janice_A, 16-11-2019
Excellent tour, Guide was very good. Information and organisations excellent . Food good. Great tour
If you don't have much time, this trip is for you
VANESSA_K, 20-02-2020
Packed day of activities. The sights were amazing and the commentary was good by the guide.
The only issue we had was the transfer in the morning.
Everyone was picked up in a small bus and dropped off at a coach bay area to board the main tour bus depending on the language chosen. There were no signs and people were just scattered all over the place. Was a mad house trying to coordinate everyone to get on the right bus.
a miracle at the center
Kitnuki, 18-12-2019
Mosta Dome is an amazing place to visit. and besides it holds an outstanding story from WWII when the Germans tried to hit the British army sitting in Malta. A bomb which penetrated the roof landed on the floor withot exploding. A miracle for hundreds of people who filled the placing using it as a shelter.
Great Day Out
melaniep563, 15-03-2020
Lots to do on this day trip, but a great way to see a few sights and learn about history. Our guides were very knowledgeable and kept us all to the tight schedule well! Lunch was good and it was a great opportunity to chat with your fellow travellers. My only criticism would be that we did not spend much time in Ta'Qali. I would have preferred to have been dropped off and told to be back by x time, instead of just taken into the filigree shop. The rest of the tour did not feel rushed, we had enough time to see everything and learn about each place. Would recommend this tour.
Relaxing tour
agalro, 14-11-2019
The highlight of this tour is definitely Mdina with its long history and dominating majesty! A very interesting surprise were the Christian catacombs at Rabat.

The tour started very confusing, we stayed in Mellieha and we were picked from a hotel where many other tours were meeting and the driver was not able to find us among many people, though we arrived 20 minutes before the meeting hour. In the end, we met after being called by the organizing company and waited in Valletta for the English guide, again all of us confused by the fact that there were at least another 10 other buses for different languages and different tours. But, all is well when it ends well!
Lunch was included, but nothing traditional.
To conclude, it was a relaxing day finally!




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