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

Highlights

  • Full-day tour of Malta including Mosta Dome, Ta Qali Crafts Village and Mdina
  • Visit Mosta Church and gaze in awe at Mosta Dome, one of the world’s largest unsupported domes
  • Spend free time in San Anton Botanical Garden
  • Watch local craftspeople blowing glass and making jewelry at Ta Qali Crafts Village
  • Relax in a restaurant at Ta Qali Crafts Village and enjoy a 3-course lunch with wine
  • Explore St Paul’s Grotto and Wignacourt Museum in Rabat, and then see the sights of Mdina on a walking tour

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The great thing about this tour is that everything is included, meaning you won’t get any extra surprises on the day! Transport, lunch, wine and all entrance fees are covered, along with the comprehensive tour of the island.

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What You Can Expect

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

See the historical highlights of Mdina on a walking tour!

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Very interesting.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

This was a great way to be introduced to the culture and people of Malta. Anthony was extremely knowledgeable about every place we visited. The pace of the tour was excellent. It was truly a full day tour. The lunch was delicious. I had a great time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Mirabel was our guide and she was both full of information and wonderful. The stops that try to get to spend more money could be eliminated, seems like all tours anymore take up a lot of time with these.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Excellent arrangements, Exemplary Guide and driver, Met customer expectations at highest levels. Thank you

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Great day out

4 star rating: Recommended November 2014

Enjoyed this tour with fellow tourists from Germany, so discussions etc pivoted between English and German. Informative on details for each venue with some historical information. Worthwhile tour seeing Botanics, Mostra Church, Mdina, Rabat plus artisan village. Lunch option not for me, otherwise an enjoyable day all round for seeing the sights which form part of this tour.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

Good tour. Knowledgeable tour guide. Felt a bit rushed at times to cram everything in. Shopping was designated to particular shops in Mdina and Ta Qali. Felt like the tour company was getting a cut from sales from these places. Felt rushed at Ta Qali shopping, and later learned the glassware was available all over the island, where I could have shopped at my leisure. Lunch was good, however no choices with entrees and we we're just served the food and not told what it was. For example soup arrived and not told what kind it was. We were served pork, no other options. Some people don't eat pork. Liked the pick up and drop off from hotel. Comfortable coach, air conditioned .

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

Our first time in Malta, wanted to get some background on the country - this was a good tour to learn about some of the history of the nation. Prompt pickup at our hotel, bilingual guide (most of our group was french, so tour was in two languages). Tasty lunch in an local restaurant, where owner even accommodated gluten free request on the spot. Lots of information provided between stops while on the mini-bus, only negative was too much time allocated at Ta Qali Crafts Village, could have been better spent in Mdina.

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2014

If you have problems with long walks, lots of stairs and/or enclosed spaces, think it through before going to most of these places. Otherwise, an enjoyable tour.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better October 2014

Tour was a bit of a rush

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