The former capital of Mdina and the beautiful 16th century walled Valletta will provide a perfect introduction to Malta.
Embark on a scenic drive to Malta’s old capital, Mdina, one of the world’s finest examples of a living medieval city.
Once in the heart of the ‘Silent City’, your guide will host you on a walking tour through the narrow, winding medieval streets. Soak up the atmosphere of this old Arab capital, where the squares and houses are characterised by their Norman architecture. Admire the stunning views from the bastions, over the valley and the surrounding areas. Following your guided walk, enjoy some free time to explore further. Mdina Cathedral is certainly worth a visit, with its beautiful mosaics of St Peter and St Paul, or simply relax at one of the cafés watching the world go by.
Your next stop is the present day capital, Valletta. Continuing through the historic streets you’ll visit St John’s Co-Cathedral, complete with elaborate in-laid marble tombstones and monumental artwork. Have your camera at the ready, as you pass the Grand Master’s Palace, which today houses Malta’s Parliament and President’s Office. From the highest point of the 16th-century bastion walls that the Knights of St John built to protect the city are the Barrakka Gardens. From the vantage point, enjoy splendid views of the Three Cities and the Grand Harbour.
Note: Modest attire is required in the cathedrals; shorts are not acceptable and shoulders should be covered. The tour has three hours of walking and some stairs. Comfortable shoes are recommended. St John’s Co-Cathedral is closed on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and Public Holidays. Guests will visit the National Museum of Archaeology as an alternative.