• Location: Valletta, Malta
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • Private Malta shore excursion to Valletta and Mdina
  • Explore the two capitals of Malta - the old one Mdina, and the current one, Valletta
  • Admire the most beautiful and historic buildings in Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens
  • 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 Valletta and Mdina

Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina

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

Travel first to the fortified city of Mdina, Malta’s ancient first capital. Stroll through Mdina’s narrow, winding streets, taking in the blend of baroque and medieval architecture. Pass by extravagant palaces still used today by the old Maltese nobles, and enjoy the view from the timeworn bastions that protect the city. You’ll also see Mdina Cathedral and the Museum of Natural History.

Next, continue to Valletta, Malta’s modern capital and a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the pretty city on a walking tour with your private guide, and visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens, which affords stellar views of the Grand Harbour, as well as the 16th-century St John’s Co-Cathedral, which contains two masterpieces by Caravaggio and a wealth of baroque art.

Your tour then concludes with a drop-off 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

Linda J United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Mdina is a beautiful city that takes you back into time. It was the original capital. You must walk into the city because tourist cars are not allowed. Delivery vehicles and private residence are only allowed into the city. The streets are cobblestone and very narrow. You can take a ride on a horse drawn carriage to give you the feel of the city. It is my favorite place on the island of Malta.

Barbara C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide Donna was excellent and enhanced our experience. There were six family members on our tour ranging from retired to 11 and everyone enjoyed it.


4 star rating: Recommended March 2017

We were picked up at the Port on time. We had booked the excursion for the four of us. However we had two more friends who wanted to come along. The tour company accommodated us without any fuss. The van we were traveling in was very comfortable. The guide was very well versed with the historical facts and kept us informed at all the locations. He was especially good about the old city of Mdina. Malta has some great picturesque spots and we stopped and took in the beauty of the place. We returned to the ship on time. It was a very good experience.

Cynthia N USA

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

Helenia along with our expert driver Kevin, provided a very special day for us. Helenia speaks excellent English and had prepared a well thought out and comprehensive tour. Her enthusiasm and love of the area really shines through.


4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Excellent , knowledgeable guide, we did the half day tour but personally would have liked more time in Mdina , we had time constraints as we were on a cruise ship .

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