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3 Days in Valletta: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, December 2013

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Sightseeing on Malta is all about 5,000 years of history -- from Neolithic ruins through early Christianity to the epic Siege of Malta and the role the island played in World War II. The fortified city of Valletta has the lion's share of the sights, but ancient Mdina is also a joy to visit. Little Gozo takes visitors right back in time and there are beaches aplenty to relax on, pristine water to swim in, and a hearty southern European cuisine to sample.

Day 1: Explore Valletta

Wander up Valletta's Triq il-Merkanti to rummage among the market stalls selling fine linen tablecloths and embroidery. Hunt down the Church of St Paul's Shipwreck in the tangle of atmospheric backstreets to see the relics of Malta's most revered saint. 

Visit Casa Rocca Piccola to peek into the life of Maltese aristocracy down the years, admire the elaborate interior of St John's Co-Cathedral, and then check out the ducal splendor of the Palace State Rooms in the Grand Master's Palace. Take in views of the scenic Grand Harbour from Upper Barrakka Gardens and book ahead for an evening performance at Monoel Theatre.  

Day 2: Go for Gozo

Catch an early car ferry to Mġarr from Ċirkewwa in northern Malta. Drive to Victoria and breakfast in Il-Tokk Square. Visit the Citadel and drive west to see the Azure Window rock arch at Dwejra Point.

Head for Għarb's Folklore Museum and make a short detour to see Ta' Pinu basilica before heading back toward Victoria to see the temple complex at Ġgantija. Time permitting, pop into the traditional rural village of Xagħra. Take the ferry back to Malta and eat seafood in Valletta’s charming alleyways restaurants.

Day 3: Discover Mdina and Rabat and visit Dingli Cliffs

The ancient walled city of Mdina make a great half-day trip from Valletta; check out the cathedral and Italianate palazzi before exploring St Agatha's catacombs in neighboring Rabat. A side-trip to Dingli encompasses sea views from atop 820-feet (250-m) cliffs; stay on for dinner with sunset views on the clifftops.

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Malta Shore Excursion: Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

While you’re in port in Malta, explore this beautiful island on a private sightseeing shore excursion. With your own driver to chauffeur you around, you’ll see ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.75

Viator Exclusive: 'Game of Thrones' Private Tour of Malta

Immerse yourself in the epic fantasy land of 'Game of Thrones,' on a private tour of Malta’s filming locations, designed by the original location manager for ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.45

Malta Sightseeing Tour: Blue Grotto, Marsaxlokk and Ghar Dalam

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Discover dazzling sea caves, sleepy fishing villages and prehistoric ruins on a full-day sightseeing tour around the island of Malta. After visiting the Blue ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.13

Malta Shore Excursion: Malta Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

No matter when your cruise ship arrives in Malta, this is the perfect do-it-yourself shore excursion. Discover Malta’s top attractions on a hop-on hop-off ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $19.36

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.96

Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina

While you’re in port in Malta, get to know its two capitals – Mdina, the ancient one, and Valletta, the current one – on this shore excursion that will ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.07

Valletta Sightseeing Cruise and Tour

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Discover Valletta’s historical battlements and forts on a 3.5-hour tour of the city’s peninsula, by cruise boat and minibus! Look out for Malta’s famous Three ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.73

Malta City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 12 Reviews

Experience the perfect introduction to Malta aboard this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour! You'll see all the beautiful sights of the city in a comfortable and ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $19.36

Vittoriosa and Senglea Tour Including St Lawrence Church and Malta Maritime Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Visit Vittoriosa and Senglea, two of Malta’s historical Three Cities, on a half-day tour led by an expert local guide. Learn of the towns’ brutal albeit ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.73

Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta, Vittoriosa and Hagar Qim Temple

If you’re interested in the fascinating and long history of Malta, this is the perfect shore excursion while you’re in port. On this private tour from ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $111.43

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