Grand Harbour Tours

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Sited in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta has always had extreme commercial and political significance; a fact reflected in the island’s long and tumultuous history. Valletta’s Grand Harbour has also played a huge part in this history as the biggest and certainly the most dramatic natural harbor in the Med. In use since the Phoenician era and heavily fortified since medieval times, it’s the place where much of Malta’s seafaring tradition and military successes have been played out over the centuries. The Great Siege of 1565 and the relentless bombing during WWII both took their toll here; the former on the occupying Knights of St John and the latter on Allied troops and the people of Valletta ¬– the whole island was awarded the George Cross in 1942 for valor in the face of Nazi attack.

Today, although still guarded by the ramparts of Fort St Elmo, the harbor has lost its military significance and is largely given over to tourism; you’re more likely to see giant cruise liners moored here than warships. Boat tours offer unrivalled panoramas of the Valletta’s honey-and-gold architecture, the mighty bastion walls, the sea forts, and seven different creeks – most notably those leading to Vittorioso, Senglea, and Cospicua just across the Grand Harbour from Valletta and known as the Three Cities.

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Boat cruises depart from Sliema Waterfront in neighboring Marsamxett Harbour for daily trips around the Grand Harbor; tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and take in Manoel Island, the fortifications of Valletta, and the marina at Vittorioso.
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Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina

Discover Malta’s two capitals, ancient Mdina and the modern-day capital of Valletta, on this private, full-day shore excursion. With your own personal guide, you’ll enjoy guided tours of Mdina, Malta’s first capital that predates even Ancient Rome, and Valletta, Malta’s UNESCO-listed current capital. See top sights like Mdina Cathedral and Upper Barrakka Gardens, and learn about Malta’s history and the different cultures and influences that have shaped the archipelago over the centuries.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta, Vittoriosa and Hagar Qim Temple

Uncover Malta’s long and fascinating history on this private, full-day shore excursion. Meet your own personal guide at the cruise port in Valletta, and then start with a boat ride across the harbor. Explore the town of Vittoriosa on a walking tour; travel to the prehistoric temple of Hagar Qim; and enjoy both guided and free time in Valletta, where you’ll visit Upper Barrakka Gardens, St Jonh’s Co-Cathedral and the Grandmasters’ Place.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Malta Shore Excursion: Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour

Leave the cruise port behind and spend the morning exploring beautiful Malta on this private, half-day shore excursion. In the company of your very own driver-guide, you’ll be whisked around the archipelago of Malta. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the UNESCO-listed capital city of Valletta, taking in top sights like the Grandmaster’s Palace and the Mosta Dome from the comfort of your private vehicle. You’ll also visit Upper Barrakka Gardens and have free time to explore at your own pace.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Malta Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Historic Palaces and Noble Homes

Explore the historic palaces and noble homes of Valletta on this 4-hour private Malta shore excursion. Admire panoramic views over Malta's natural harbours from the Upper Barrakka Gardens with your private guide. Discover top Valletta attractions including the Auberge of Castille, St John's Co-Cathedral and the beautiful Grandmaster's Palace. Visit the 16th-century Casa Rocca Piccola, and gain insight into Maltese art and history. Explore the village of Naxxar, home to the opulent Palazzo Parisio. Then, head through the pretty villages of Attard, Balzan and Lija on route back to port. 
  • Duration: 4 hours
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