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Mdina Tours

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Mdina
The former capital of Malta, this historic hilltop settlement—known as the Silent City—features honey-hued palazzos and centuries-old buildings. The town center, a knot of shady and quiet streets, is shielded from the hubbub and traffic of the outside world by thick walls that date back to between the 16th and 18th centuries.

The Basics
One of Malta’s most atmospheric destinations, Mdina is a common stop on many hop-on hop-off tour bus routes. Sightseeing tours departing from Valletta often include a guided visit of Mdina, as well as making stops at Rabat, the Blue Grotto cave network, the Hagar Qim temple complex, and Golden Bay. To see Mdina at its most tranquil, opt for a night tour and explore the city’s peaceful streets after the day-tripping crowds have departed.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Mdina is a must for history buffs and architecture lovers.
  • Mdina’s streets feature cobbles and flagstones, so wear appropriate walking shoes. 
  • The walled town is wheelchair accessible, with level access available. St. Paul’s Cathedral is also wheelchair accessible, though many other attractions are not.

How to Get There
Mdina is situated about 8 miles (13 kilometers) east of Valletta. Driving between the two cities takes about 20 minutes. Public bus routes 51, 52, and 53 connect Valletta to Mdina. 

When to Get There 
Mdina is magical year-round, though the main drag can become crowded during the peak summer months of June, July, and August. Come in early evening after the day-trippers have left to see the fortified city at its silent best. After dark, it’s bathed in an attractive golden light. 

Highlights of Mdina
Mdina’s biggest attraction is St. Paul’s Cathedral. The baroque-style cathedral is dedicated to Malta’s patron saint, who supposedly came to the island in AD 60. While the exterior is restrained, the interior boasts an array of gilding, stonework, marble, frescoes, and elaborately decorated chapels. For more information about the history of Mdina, visit the Mdina Experience, where informational films recount key episodes from Malta’s history. 
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Mdina, Rabat, Dingli cliffs, San Anton gardens, Ta' Qali & Mosta guided tourDay Trips

Mdina, Rabat, Dingli cliffs, San Anton gardens, Ta' Qali & Mosta guided tour

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Today’s guided excursion takes us to the central part of Malta, dominated by the medieval fortified city of Mdina, Malta’s former capital city. The narrow, winding streets, dating back to medieval times, lead to the imposing bastions, commanding a magnificent panorama of the island. On the way there, you will discover different styles of architecture, including Siculo-Norman palaces and other baroque buildings of great historical importance. Time stands still in this ‘Silent City’ which is a film-maker’s paradise. Leaving Mdina through Greeks’ Gate, we stop at the early Christian catacombs in Rabat before proceeding to the cliffs at Dingli. After lunch we will visit the San Anton botanical gardens situated near the Presidential Palace, which you will be able to admire from outside. We shall also spend time at the crafts centre at Ta’ Qali. At the end of the tour, allow us to astound you with Mosta’s majestic dome, one of Europe’s largest.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Mdina, Dingli cliffs and San Anton Gardens guided tourHalf-day Tours

Mdina, Dingli cliffs and San Anton Gardens guided tour

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This half day guided tour will start with a tour of Malta’s medieval city of Mdina, Malta’s former capital. The narrow, winding streets, dating back to the Arab period, lead to the imposing bastions, commanding a panoramic view of the islands. On the way there, you will discover different styles of architecture, including the medieval Siculo-Norman palaces, and other baroque buildings of great historical importance. Time stands still in this ‘Silent City’ which is a film-maker’s paradise. Leaving Mdina through Greek’s Gate, we proceed to the cliffs at Dingli. The tour ends with a visit to the San Anton botanical gardens situated near the Presidential Palace, which you will be able to admire from outside.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Tour in MaltaDay Trips

'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Tour in Malta

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Discover the Lands of Ice and Fire on this full-day tour of Malta’s 'Game of Thrones' filming locations. On this tour, which was designed and is led by two actors who appeared on the HBO TV series, get up close to the ancient forts, parkland, and streets that set the scene for the Red Keep and King’s Landing—among other top sites—in season one and two of the series. You also hear behind-the-scenes trivia about the series as you explore Mdina, Rabat, and other countryside locations.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
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An Exclusive Private day trip around MaltaDay Trips

An Exclusive Private day trip around Malta

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Seize the day and book an unforgettable trip around Malta for your party! This excursion will give you a personal insight into what people have found fascinating about Malta for thousands of years. Hopefully, it will give you a thirst to discover more - ask your guide about returning to places of interest or visiting our sister Island Gozo and even a private boat charter.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Tours around MaltaHalf-day Tours

Private Tours around Malta

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Price quoted is for a three-hour tour. Clients can choose from the North Tour where they are driven to Malta's northern places and sites like Mdina/Rabat, Dingli Cliffs, Mosta Church, Ta' Qali Crafts Village and San Anton Gardens or take the South Tour which includes visiting Valletta, Marsaxlokk, the Three Cities and Blue Grotto and Hagar Qim Temples. For tailor-made tours, clients are advised to book one of our longer tours so they can choose to visit any sites depending on the hours they have in mind. Clients can choose to have longer tours at an extra cost. Our driver/guide will take you around and show you Malta's most interesting sites. Clients may request to stop to take pictures along the way any time. Please note that price quoted does not include any entry/admission fees to any place nor any boat trips. Kindly indicate in your booking whether you would like to take the North Tour or the South Tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Full-Day Mosta, Mdina, and Rabat Tour from VallettaDay Trips

Full-Day Mosta, Mdina, and Rabat Tour from Valletta

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Visit three Malta cities in one day on this full-day tour from Valletta. Admire the famous Mosta Dome, visit St. Paul's Cathedral and Ta Qali Crafts Village in Mdina, enjoy a walking of historic Rabat, and take in the views from the Dingli Cliffs.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Malta under the stars guided tour of Valletta Waterfront, Rabat & MdinaHalf-day Tours

Malta under the stars guided tour of Valletta Waterfront, Rabat & Mdina

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Drive around the fortifications of Valletta, which are beautifully lit at night, and stop at the Valletta Waterfront in Grand Harbour. Built during the time of Grand Master Pinto, this area comes alive at night, attracting Maltese and tourists alike to its many bars and restaurants. Some free time will be given. Discover Rabat in the centre of the island and walk along its narrow winding streets before reaching Mdina, Malta’s Silent old Capital City – at night a mysterious city which looks so different from what it looks like during the day. A city of palaces and churches, once only inhabited by noblemen, its history goes back to the times of the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Normans, and the Knights of St John. From the ramparts of Mdina you will be able to see practically half the island sparkling in front of you.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Malta by Night Open Top Bus TourNight Tours

Malta by Night Open Top Bus Tour

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See Malta’s historic streets and landmarks light up after dark, on an immersive evening tour of the island in an open-top bus. Hear stories about island history and culture throughout the tour, and enjoy an hour of free time to explore the city of Mdina, the former capital of Malta. This bus tour includes pickup and drop-off at hotels in select towns.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
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Half Day tour Mosta Dome, Ta Qali Crafts Village, Rabat & ImdinaDay Trips

Half Day tour Mosta Dome, Ta Qali Crafts Village, Rabat & Imdina

This tour comes for not more than 4 persons. Mosta Dome is one of the biggest church in Malta, its even bigger than St Pauls in London. Mdina glass is the leading maltese glass maker will be visiting the shop and also the factory where they blow the glass. Crystal Palace in Rabat 'town in the northern' is a shop where you can taste our traditional Maltese pastizzi (small, flacky pastry puffs filled with mushy peas, or ricotta cheese or even chicken) you can also enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee. Last stop maltas oldest city Mdina. Mdina is also known by its title Citta Vecchia or Citta Notabile. In Mdina you will find several barque features and even several types of restaurants where you can have a lovely lunch (your expence), one of them named Fontanella tea garden wich has amazing view and good pasta, also famous for its desserts and coffees. Hope you enjoy your tour.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Private full day trip in Malta Day Trips

Private full day trip in Malta

Seize the day and book an unforgettable trip around Malta for your party! This excursion will give you a personal insight into what people have found fascinating about Malta for thousands of years. Hopefully, it will give you a thirst to discover more - ask your guide about returning to places of interest or visiting our sister Island Gozo and even a private boat charter.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4-hr day tour around MaltaHalf-day Tours

4-hr day tour around Malta

Price quoted is for a four-hour tour of the North of Malta. We have included the main sites normally visited by travellers to the island, however, tailor-made tours can be arranged where clients can choose to visit other places. Clients can choose to have longer tours at an extra cost. Tours are offered and structured according to clients' needs and wishes and your driver will take you around and show you Malta's most interesting sites. Clients may request to stop to take pictures along the way any time. Kindly note that price quoted does not include any entry/admission fees to any place nor any boat trips.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Game of Thrones Tour of MaltaHalf-day Tours

Private Game of Thrones Tour of Malta

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Indulge yourself in all things 'Game of Thrones' in Malta on this guided tour. Follow around your guide, an actor who was on the show, as they lead your group to all the filming locations around the island. Make your way from location to location in a luxurious sedan or SUV. Learn about the key characters and even some gossip about the show. Tour is private for groups of four; smaller groups may share with up to three other guests.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Malta Food and Wine Tour with Visit of Local Farm - shared tourDay Trips

Malta Food and Wine Tour with Visit of Local Farm - shared tour

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Discover the tastes and sights of Malta as you explore the more rural parts of the island during this full-day, small-group tour. Visit small villages and sample local products from the farmers. Admire the beautiful scenery from various viewpoints, visit an olive grove, and sit down to a delectable Maltese lunch paired with local wines as you tour Malta's north-western region.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Private Malta Tour (full day)Day Trips

Private Malta Tour (full day)

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If you have just one day to visit Malta, then this tour is best suited for you! Price quoted is for an eight-hour tour, which includes the main sites normally visited by travellers to Malta, however, tailor-made tours can be arranged where clients can choose to visit other places, if they wish. From the old and silent city of Mdina to the rich capital, Valletta, walk through the prehistoric temple of Hagar Qim and take a traditional boat or dip your feet in the mesmerizing sea around the Blue Grotto, this tour takes visitors to Malta on a journey around the island and across thousand of years. Clients may request to stop to take pictures along the way any time. Please note that price quoted does not include any entry/admission fees to churches, museums, and other places nor any boat trips.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Malta Express Private Full Day TourPrivate Day Trips

Malta Express Private Full Day Tour

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See Malta highlights with a private guide, on a full-day tour that can be customized to your group’s preferences. Explore the capital city of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, strolling to some of the city’s most beautiful places. See the Neolithic Hagar Qim Temples, a collection of megaliths shrouded in mystery, then take a walking tour of Mdina, Malta’s medieval capital. Your tour includes pickup and drop-off at the cruise port.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Malta By Night (Private Cab Tour) Half-day Tours

Malta By Night (Private Cab Tour)

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Pick up from your hotel or main point at 8pm, Driving through the main areas of Malta. Leading to European Capital of Culture for 2018 Valletta. One can find St John's Cathedral, Churches, Museums, Arts, Buildings, Memorials, branded shops and lots more. After we lead to the magnificient 3 Cities. Walking through the waterfront of Birgu (Vittoriosa) and Isla (Senglea), combined with a visit to Bormla (Cospicoua). Will also visit the Silent Magical City Mdina and also Rabat. A must seen heritage city. After we drive from under Mdina to the newly Basilica Mosta Dome. We return back to pick up points.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Carpe Diem Malta - A Private day trip around MaltaDay Trips

Carpe Diem Malta - A Private day trip around Malta

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Seize the day and book an unforgettable trip around Malta for your party! This excursion will give you a personal insight into what people have found fascinating about Malta for thousands of years. Hopefully, it will give you a thirst to discover more - ask your guide about returning to places of interest or visiting our sister Island Gozo and even a private boat charter.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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8 days best of Malta guided tourMulti-day Tours

8 days best of Malta guided tour

This tour will enable you to discover the best of Malta. The Maltese islands include the main islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino. The islands lie at the cross-roads of the Mediterranean and are filled with history and colour. Malta’s capital city Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as are Malta’s famous Megalithic Temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum. Valletta is described by UNESCO as “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.” Valletta has also been listed in CNN’s 20 most beautiful World Heritage Sites.
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  • 8 days
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  • 8 days

5 days Malta highlights guided tour Multi-day Tours

5 days Malta highlights guided tour

This tour will enable you to discover the highlights of Malta. The Maltese islands include the main islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino. The islands lie at the cross-roads of the Mediterranean and are filled with history and colour. Malta’s capital city Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as are Malta’s famous Megalithic Temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum. Valletta is described by UNESCO as “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.” Valletta has also been listed in CNN’s 20 most beautiful World Heritage Sites.
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  • 5 days
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  • 5 days

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