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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. 


  • Palaces and noble homes shore excursion in Malta
  • See the most beautiful buildings in and around Valletta, the capital
  • Visit the Casa Rocca Piccola and Palazzo Parisio
  • Private, English-speaking tour guide
  • Free port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Malta Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Historic Palaces and Noble Homes

Malta Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Historic Palaces and Noble Homes

This private Malta shore excursion will introduce you to Maltese art and history through its stately palaces and noble homes in and around Valletta, Malta’s capital. You'll start with a visit to the Upper Barrakka Gardens for a panoramic view of Malta's natural harbors and the historic towns of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa.

Then, your private tour guide will lead you to Valletta's main thoroughfare, passing various imposing buildings such as the Auberge of Castille (home to the office of the Prime Minister), the austere facade of St John's Co-Cathedral and the impressing Grandmaster's Palace, set in the heart of Valletta.

Next, you will arrive at Casa Rocca Piccola, a small 16th-century palace. It’s the private home of the de Piros (a noble Maltese family) and one of the last private Valletta palaces occupied today. Upon arrival, you will go on a guided tour through the chapel, library, a bedroom, two dining rooms, three drawing rooms, a collections exhibition and a WWII-era underground bomb shelter.

You’ll then leave Valletta and head to the village of Naxxar, where you will visit Palazzo Parisio, an outstanding example of Maltese opulence. The interiors are rich, and the landscaped gardens further reflect the splendor of this gracious home.

Before returning to your cruise ship, enjoy a scenic drive through Attard, Balzan and Lija in central Malta. Known as the Three Villages of Malta, these towns were home to many noble families during the Golden Age. With their charming village cores of narrow, winding streets lined with old homes and villas, the Three Villages are still considered an exclusive area.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Valletta port for this activity. If you are not returned to the ship in time to board, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Josephine was extremely knowledgeable and very interesting.

Daniel L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Excellent guide, Rita, expert in her field with answers to all questions,perfect English. Highly recommend.

James D

4 star rating: Recommended September 2012

Very nice to see houses off the beaten path. Our van couldn't park nearby, so the mega-buses weren't anywhere close.

The guide, Frederick, was excellent. He even made an "off-program" detour for us.

Christine O

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2016

Tour guide was great and very personal (shared lots of stories about his family). Tour a bit boring though.

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