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As veterans of many low cost group tours, our expectations werent that high but nevertheless the tour operator found ways to disappoint.
For starters, after meeting their rep outside our hotel, we were taken to a meeting less than a 2 min walk from our hotel. We then had to wait nearly an hour in the hot sun and humidity with little to no shade as we wife young child waited for others to join. I recognize that waiting is inevitable when groups gather but it is inexplicable why they made us go to the meeting point so early when it literally was within site of our room and we walked directly in front of our hotel to begin the tour!
While the wait might be explained away, there really is no excuse for having a 40 person walking tour in a loud and crowded tourist area. With this number and no use of portable mics, it was virtually impossible to hear the guide unless you were standing next to or in front of her - which meant only 10/40 persons at any given stop could hear her synopsis of the site.
Due to the large group size large contingent on the senior side, this inevitably meant the group could only move between tourist sites as fast as the slowest member. This meant we inevitably only saw a fraction of what we could have seen if the group was much smaller. It also meant we often were given walk by explanations of historical sites that only 5-6 persons could ever hear because the group typically was strung out along an entire block or more due to the narrow streets and sidewalks!
I could go on and on but you get the picture.
On the plus side, the tour was relatively inexpensive 44/adult, 1/2 price for children, gave you an opportunity to take pics of tourist highlights and the route gave one a decent layout and sense of direction of Valleta for later excursions on our own. But if you are truly interested in learning anything about what you see then pay extra and book a smaller tour group.
There was a lot crammed in - the Triton Fountains, the government building, the chapel behind it, a walk through town, a visit to the Cathedral then on to The Malta Experience, which I didn't know was also included. The tour lasted about four hours and it was great to be picked up and dropped off to and from the hotel. Excellent value for money and tour guide was good. Best bit - the cathedral. It really is something to behold.
Leider wurden wir 20 Minuten zu spät beim vereinbarten Treffpunkt abgeholt und zu einem anderen Treffpunkt gefahren. Dort warteten wir noch einmal 25 Minuten, bis alle von unserer Gruppe da waren und wir endlich losgingen. Die Tour sollte ca. 3 h dauern. Zuerst besichtigten wir das neue Regierungsgebäude von außen, anschließend gingen wir zu den Upper Baracka Gardens. Dort erklärte uns der Führer ca. 5 Minuten etwas, anschließend hatten wir 15 Minuten selbst zur freien Verfügung. Danach besichtigten wir die St. Johns-Co-Cathedral für ca. 45 Minuten. Dann schickte uns der Führer für 30 Minuten in eine Kaffeepause. Nach der Kaffeepause teilte uns der Führer mit, dass der Großmeisterpalast nicht zu besichtigen ist darüber wurden wir weder von Viator noch vorab vom Führer informiert und deshalb auch die Kaffeepause und nun der 45minütige Film über Valletta anzusehen ist. Auf die Frage, ob nach dem Film die Führung noch weitergeht verneinte er dies. Wir brachen die Führung daher ab.
Zusätzlich ist noch zu bemerken, dass wir die Vormittag-Führung gebucht haben und nach 20 Minuten Wartezeit auf die Abholung bei Viator anriefen. Nach weiteren 10 Minuten Wartezeit rief Viator zurück und teilte mit, dass sie uns versehentlich für die Nachmittagsführung eingeteilt haben. Bei der Nachmittagsführung erzählte uns eine Frau, dass ihr das gleiche passiert ist.
Insgesamt war die Organisation sehr enttäuschend und die Führung dauerte nach Abzug der 30 Minuten Kaffeepause und des Filmes, der absolut entbehrlich ist nur 1 h 45 Minuten.
My tour guide was excellent, fantastic knowledge and took his time to explain in two languages as guests were English and Italian.
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Would definitely recommend this tour. I was a solo traveller and felt completely safe. Was picked up and dropped off from My Hotel.
This was a great tour. I believe our guide was Maria, though it has been some time since I took it. I took this tour the day after I arrived in Valletta, and I felt it was a nice orientation to the city without taking too much time. We spent a lot of time at St. John's Co-Cathedral, and it is worth spending some time there. Unfortunately the Grandmaster's Palace was closed, so we didn't get to visit there. We went to the Armoury instead. I think it could be expanded slightly more to include more destinations such as the waterfront, and perhaps a nice place for lunch, but the half day tour is fine as well.