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Upper Barrakka Gardens

Upper Barrakka Gardens Tours and Activities

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Perched on eastern Valletta’s harbor walls, Upper Barrakka Gardens is one of the city’s top attractions. Created in 1661, the shaded gardens center on a fountain, statues, and colonnaded terraces that command views over Malta’s Grand Harbour.

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292 Triq Sant' Orsla, Valletta, Malta
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Valletta Private Walking Tour

Valletta Private Walking Tour

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See the sights of Valletta on a 3-hour private walking tour with a guide who provides insight into the history and architecture of Malta's capital. Explore both the top attractions and less-visited locations in the city, hearing interesting facts as you go. Enjoy the personalized service of a private guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$184.67
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$184.67
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The Original Valletta Walking Tour

The Original Valletta Walking Tour

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Malta’s UNESCO-listed capital is best explored on a walking tour. This small-group tour of Valletta is limited to 30 participants, and has plenty of time to take in all the highlights.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.78
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$20.78

Valletta Food Tour

Valletta Food Tour

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Experience the culture of Malta’s capital city through its cuisine during a food and walking tour that reveals Valletta’s top sights and bites. You’ll explore on foot for a more intimate glimpse into the Old Town, and discover dishes that you might otherwise have missed due to the language barrier. Plus, exploring in a small group limited to 10 people means you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.17
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$46.17

Best of Valletta Walking Tour

Best of Valletta Walking Tour

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This tour will take you through the most beautiful parts of Valletta to admire its architecture, learn about its history and get a better idea of what makes Malta so unique. Being guided through a city by a professional and passionate tourist guide will give a better perspective of all you will be seeing.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.47
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$18.47

Malta Shore Excursion: Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour

Malta Shore Excursion: Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour

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Leave the cruise port behind and spend the morning exploring beautiful Malta on this private, half-day shore excursion. In the company of your very own driver-guide, you’ll be whisked around the archipelago of Malta. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the UNESCO-listed capital city of Valletta, taking in top sights like the Grandmaster’s Palace and the Mosta Dome from the comfort of your private vehicle. You’ll also visit Upper Barrakka Gardens and have free time to explore at your own pace.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$216.99
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$216.99
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Valletta Walking Tour - City of the Knights Hospitallers

Valletta Walking Tour - City of the Knights Hospitallers

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Our Valletta walking tour is the perfect introduction, as our guides will help you orientate yourself and point out all the famous landmarks, as well as those beyond the beaten path. We do not believe in repetitive and boring details, instead we shall learn about the scandals, murders, mystery and triumph that have shaped this city "built by gentlemen for gentlemen".
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.08
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$23.08

Valletta City of the Knights 3.5-Hour Walking Tour

Valletta City of the Knights 3.5-Hour Walking Tour

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Discover the Maltese capital of Valletta, the ‘City of the Knights’, on a 3.5-hour walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage city. Visit the the magnificent St John’s Co-Cathedral, see the Grand Master's Palace, and admire views of the Grand Harbor from the Upper Barrakka Gardens.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.25
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$54.25

Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina

Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina

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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.
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  • 4 hours
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$196.22
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$196.22
Price varies by group size

The Valletta Street Food Walking Tour

The Valletta Street Food Walking Tour

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This is a tour which is ideal for a client who enjoys tasting local specialities , who wants to get an insider's view about local cuisine and traditions and at the same time discover the historical center of Valletta with an experienced licensed tour guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.40
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$40.40

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

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

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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.
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  • 4 hours
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$197.37
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$197.37
Price varies by group size

Valletta in a Day!

Valletta in a Day!

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Join us in Valletta, the Capital City of Malta for a full day tour! Meet our professional guide at the main entrance, opposite the New Parliament and walk to the Upper Barracca Gardens, offering a breath-taking panorama of the Grand Harbour. We proceed through Merchants Street to the Archaeology Museum, exhibiting a spectacular range of artifacts dating back to Malta's Neolithic period (5000 BC) up to the Phoenician Period (400 BC). Afterwards, we will walk to and visit St. John’s Cathedral and Museum. Lunch will be served in a typical family-run restaurant. We will then visit a 17th century noble-man house before heading to the Malta Experience, a must see audio-visual experience in Valletta. We then make our way to the starting point and end of tour. NOTE: Minimum number of participants : 1 Maximum number of participants: 12 We also organize customized private tours on request.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$184.67
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$184.67

Valletta (UNESCO) guided tour, Malta Experience (included), Cathedral (optional)

Valletta (UNESCO) guided tour, Malta Experience (included), Cathedral (optional)

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Our guided walking tour through the vibrant streets of Valletta will allow you to discover the beauty and charm of the fortified city built by the Knights in 1566. The Order of St. John ruled over the islands for 268 years and left a unique cultural legacy of which Valletta is the prime example and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We first enjoy a breathtaking view of the Grand Harbour from the Upper Barracca Gardens. Then we visit St. John’s Co-Cathedral (optional or free time), including the Caravaggio masterpieces in the Oratory, the Flemish tapestries and the church museum. The Co-Cathedral houses one of the most beautiful marble inlaid floors in the world. Going down Republic Street you will walk past the Grand Masters’ Palace and the recently restored St. George’s Square before watching the Malta Experience, an audiovisual show where Malta’s history throughout the centuries is brought back to life.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.94
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$39.94

Valletta City of Gentlemen guided walking tour

Valletta City of Gentlemen guided walking tour

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This is a fun tour. We give you historic facts and also fun and curious facts about Valletta. We welcome all questions, especially difficult ones because if we don't know the answer, we will find it out.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.08
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$23.08

Fantastic Valletta Self-Guided Audio Tour

Fantastic Valletta Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Valletta is Malta's miniscule capital, built by the Knights of St John on a peninsula that's only 600m by 1km. The city's founder decreed that it should be 'a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen', and it retains its 16th-century elegance. It may be tiny, but it's packed full of sights; when Unesco named Valletta a World Heritage site, it described it as 'one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world'. Perfectly suited for discovery on foot, our self-guided audio tour allows you to set the pace and explore at your leisure as you uncover the stories of this amazing city. To discover this fascinating city in your own time and at your own pace just download this self-guided audio tour, pop in your headphones, open the map that comes with your download and start walking. You will see a myriad of different sights – everything from palaces and a magnificent cathedral to beautiful gardens - and also sample local cuisine. Please note this tour is only available in English.
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  • 2 hours
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$15.29
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$15.29

Private Tour of Valletta, Malta's Capital City

Private Tour of Valletta, Malta's Capital City

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A bespoke private tours service with 30 years of knowledge in the tourism industry! Malta Shoreline Excursions is dedicated in delivering a memorable private tour experience. Our guides are passionate and view their work as a vocation rather than just a job. Visit some of the most prominent sites in Valletta, Malta's capital city. Your personal guide will cater to your needs and interests while providing you with an in depth understanding of Malta's culture, history and way of life.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.74
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$149.74
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Destination Weddings on the serene island of Malta, Weddings Abroad

Destination Weddings on the serene island of Malta, Weddings Abroad

Without any hassle at all we let the bridal couple chill out in the crucial phase before the marriage ceremony, after having tended to and taken care of all the formalities and paper work required for the publication of Banns. After the nostalgic ceremony in the venue of the couple‘s choice we guide the couple to beautiful scenic locations to celebrate their accomplished marriage with an appropriate send off.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$865.66
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Discover Valletta Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover Valletta Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover Valletta's beauty and charm on our half-day guided walking tour through the vibrant streets of the fortified city built by the Knights of St. John in 1566, which today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. • Central meeting point easily accessible on foot, by bus or car, from cruise ship or ferry • Tour with professional guide available in a number of languages • Ideal half-day introduction to Valletta, leaving time for you to explore the city on your own for the rest of the day • Learn about the history of Valletta • Discover all the important landmarks • 15 minutes of free time to enjoy the breath-taking view of the Grand Harbour • 45 minutes of free time to visit St. John’s Co-Cathedral and Museum (not included), including the Caravaggio masterpieces and one of the most beautiful marble inlaid floors in the world • walking tour ends at the Malta Experience where you can purchase tickets (not included) to watch the audio-visual show where Malta’s history is brought back to life
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.40
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$23.40

Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Valletta with official tour guide

Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Valletta with official tour guide

The private official tour guide will pick you up in your hotel in the center of the city, in the cruise port or in the meeting point we have in the center of Valleta. During your tour you will enjoy getting to know the most emblematic and historical sites of Valleta. Valleta is the actual capital city of Malta. The city was built by the Knights of St. John in 1566. You will enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the harbour while you stroll around the Barracca Gardens and look out over the Grand Harbor. You will then walk across the historical buildings of the city, including the church of the Order, home of a Caravaggio masterpiece. Amongst other sites you will discover: - The New Parliament building and the ruins of the Royal Opera House - The Auberges of Castille and Italy - St. John’s Co-cathedral  Church of St Paul's Shipwreck - St. George’s Square - The Grand Master’s Palace - Much more! Your private official tour guide will be at your full disposition during the 4h of the tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$167.36
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$167.36
Price varies by group size

Valletta Photo Walk

Valletta Photo Walk

My aim is to document your experience in the city and bring out its unique character, as well as your own! Having said this, being a Maltese local, I'll happily help you with your trip, give you a brief history of Malta and Valletta, and also give you local tips on places to visit and food to try out which you might otherwise miss out on.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$213.09
per group
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$213.09
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Family Tour - The Building of Valletta

Family Tour - The Building of Valletta

Following their heroic defence of Malta during the Great Siege of 1565, the Knights of St. John set about constructing a new, impregnable fortress city, named after its founder, Jean de Valette. Over time, the new city was embellished with an impressive array of buildings, designed by some of the best European architects of the era, and filled with priceless works of art. Today, Valletta is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and elegant cities in the world. What was the story behind its construction? What were the most important buildings? Who were the important characters in its development? What was it like living there in the time of the knights? This tour is intended for families with children (ideally aged 8+) and combines education with a fun-factor, taking the form of a walk with a trained, professional guide, combining rich story-telling and a series of hands-on activities and games to enhance learning while keeping participants entertained.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$173.13
per group
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$173.13
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Valletta Audio Self Guide Walking Tour (Mobile App)

Valletta Audio Self Guide Walking Tour (Mobile App)

Our professional licensed tourist guides went around the city and created 17 specific audio points of the top spots of the city. We have created a visit trail around the city, your app will guide you around making sure you can maximise your experience in this amazing city. To complement the audio points, our team went out and about to create a multitude of starpoints which complement the audio points to make your experience a memorable one. Recommended restaurants, photo spots, souvenir shops and public conveniences are all available at your fingertips. If you want to extend your experience the app offers you various extras which you can add on at your convenience. All this is available offline, all you need to do is download your map from the comfort of your home or hotel and you are ready to navigate!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$8.66
per group
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$8.66
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Private 8 hour tour to Valletta, Marsaxlokk & Mdina from Valletta (Hotel-cruise)

Private 8 hour tour to Valletta, Marsaxlokk & Mdina from Valletta (Hotel-cruise)

Explore the major attractions of Malta with your own private guide on a full-day tour from the cruise port of Valleta. Start with a city tour of Valleta, continue to a traditional fishing village where you can sample fresh seafood, then discover the landmarks of Mdina—the former capital city. See historical sites including St Augustine Church & Priory in Valleta and St Paul's Cathedral in Mdina.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$622.12
Price varies by group size
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$622.12
Price varies by group size

Valletta Private Tour – explore the capital of Malta

Valletta Private Tour – explore the capital of Malta

The guide will pick you up at convenient for you time and place and you will go straight up to Valletta city. You will visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens, the former Church of the Knights Hospitaller to admire the Caravaggio masterpieces, the Palace Square. After that, the guide will give you an opportunity to chose the rest of the sights to see – you will be able to decide where to go – Casa Rocca Piccola, the Palace and/or Knights’ Armoury, War or Archaeology Museums. In the end you will be taken to your hotel or to the cruise port.
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  • 3 hours
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$570.00
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$570.00
Price varies by group size

Valletta and Birgu Private Tour

Valletta and Birgu Private Tour

A bespoke private tours service with 30 years of knowledge in the tourism industry! Malta Shoreline Excursions is dedicated in delivering a memorable private tour experience. Our guides are passionate and view their work as a vocation rather than just a job. Visit some of the most prominent sites in Valletta and Birgu. Your personal guide will cater to your needs and interests while providing you with an in depth understanding of Malta's culture, history and way of life.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$184.67
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$184.67
Price varies by group size

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