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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.


  • Private Malta shore excursion from Valletta
  • Explore sites from the Knights of Malta and the prehistoric era
  • See the Hagar Qim temple, St John's Co-Cathedral and the Grandmaster's Palace
  • 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

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Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta, Vittoriosa and Hagar Qim Temple

Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta, Vittoriosa and Hagar Qim Temple

Meet your private guide at the cruise port in Valletta after your ship docks, and then set off to begin your full-day shore excursion of Malta.

Hop aboard a dghajsa, a traditional Maltese boat, and cruise across the Grand Harbor to Vittoriosa, or Birgu, an ancient fortified city in the south eastern region of the Malta archipelago. Stroll through the narrow streets with your guide, passing by sights such as the Inquisitor’s Palace and the Church of St Lawrence along with host of palaces and auberges.

Continue south to Hagar Qim, a prehistoric temple that dates back to 3,600 BC. Explore the site with your guide and get up close to timeworn treasures as you learn about its long history. Then, return to Valletta, Malta’s UNESCO-listed capital, where you’ll enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) before visiting Upper Barrakka Gardens, St John's Co-Cathedral and the magnificent Grandmasters’ Palace.

Your full-day shore excursion concludes with a drop-off back at the cruise terminal.

Worry-Free Shore Excursion: 
We will ensure your timely return to the Malta port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details. 

Customer Reviews

Lemiel P USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Another incredible tour and guide! I would recommend it and her any day to anyone! We came out of this tour having seen and learned so much about Valletta and Malta in general. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. We even had her take us to see Emdina and other additional places.

Mary H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very accommodating to our interests and tweaked as needed

Sharon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great tour, the guide spoke perfect English nod was very knowledgeable. It was a highlight of our trip.

Barbara B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

My husband and I started in Malta for a vacation that would take us all over the Meditteranean. After three weeks, I think my favorite stop was Malta. I love the city and its many lives under many different rulers. After seeing too many cathedrals to count, the one in Malta still stands out. Hagar Qim is stunningly thought proving, with its ancient secrets. Thank you for great memories.

Susan Rae J

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2016

Rating is based on our guide experience for this tour and as compared to next day tour Malta Highlights in a Day with My Maltese Guide which was far better for us please see separate review--in retrospect would have done 2 days with latter private tour group as sensitivity of guides/driver were far better than guide for this tour.
For this tour specifically--To start the guide as not at correct port for our cruise ship even after providing all exact details as to ship name and date/time of arrival. Another guide was kind enough to get through to company and she made no effort to come to correct port but up to us to get to other port terminal, which then de facto, cut off one hour of tour. She was very knowledgeable and had excellent English with understanding that we wanted to know about Knights of St John. However, it seemed that we were nearly on a forced march with little sensitivity to our comfort level, especially in the heat and humidity--ie, 5 requests for a stop for beverage and bathroom facilities. And we never saw Vittoriosa.

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