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Malta Shore Excursion: Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour

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Malta Shore Excursion: Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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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.
  • Private Malta sightseeing shore excursion
  • See the best sights in Valletta and around the island
  • Free time to shop or have lunch
  • Private, English-speaking tour guide and private vehicle
  • Visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens and Grandmaster’s Palace
  • Free port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

If you’re in port in Malta and have only a single day to see this beautiful Mediterranean isle, take this private shore excursion to see the best sights in your own private vehicle.
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Private tour guide
Private vehicle
Port pickup and drop-off
Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
If arriving by ship, you will need to walk along the quay and through the terminal building. The guide will be waiting for you as you exit the terminal.

Note: In the unlikely event that your ship docks in Senglea (across the harbor from Valletta), the ship will provide a complimentary boat transfer across to Valletta. Please take this shuttle and proceed through the terminal building as per the normal instructions to the meeting point.


  • Valletta Grand Harbour

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Meet your driver when your cruise ship docks in Malta, then hop inside your comfortable, private vehicle and set off to begin your shore excursion.

Stop first in the postcard-perfect village of Marsaxlokk. Take in the harbor-front sights and snap photos of the luzzus (multi-colored fishing boats). Then, continue to Wied iz-Zurrieq, a rocky inlet that affords beautiful views of the famous Blue Grotto and Filfla island.

Continue past Mosta Dome, one of Europe’s largest unsupported domes, and travel into Valletta, Malta’s fortified capital city. Here, see the Grandmasters’ Palace, the former residence of Malta’s Grand Masters and currently the seat of parliament.

Next, travel to Upper Barrakka Gardens, the highest point in Valletta, where you’ll pause for photo opportunities of the city and the Grand Harbour. Finally, see Valletta’s ancient bastions before returning to 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.
Stop At:  
Visit the characteristic fishing village of Marsaxlokk – bobbing luzzus in the harbour, lace tablecloths fluttering in the breeze and the daily ritual of mending nets. Here they will have some free time for to take photos and wonder round a small local open air market.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Mosta Parish
This large and imposing Church was built by voluntary labour and donations, and is said to be the third largest in the world. Higher internally than the Pantheon in Rome and larger in diameter than the Dome of St. Paul’s in London. During the Second World War a large bomb came through the dome while the church was full, but fortunately failed to explode.
Stop At:  
Grandmaster's Palace
Formally the abode of the Grand Master’s this now house’s the offices of the President. Designed by Girolamo Cassar, the building was completed in 1574. The building houses many suits of armour, 16th and 17th century paintings and frescoes.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Upper Barrakka Gardens
From these gardens you can enjoy unrivalled views across one of the world's largest and deepest natural harbours, Grand Harbour, and over to the Three Cities.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • At time of booking, Cruise Ship passengers must provide the following details under Special Requirements: Ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Clients will need to wear face masks in transport and museums.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY A.von Brockdorff Services Ltd.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Malta Shore Excursion: Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Malta Shore Excursion: Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Malta Shore Excursion: Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Malta Shore Excursion: Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Malta Shore Excursion: Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Malta Shore Excursion: Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour.


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Beautiful Country
, Nov 2019
We hired a private car with driver and guide . She met us on time and the driver was good. We found the guide knowledgable but not very personable. When her mic went out shortly after our tour started she did not speak loud enough for us to hear and when problem was brought to her attention she said yes that’s a problem but did not even attempt to speak louder. Most of the time driving she did not really talk about the surroundings. Once we where stopped at different sites she did seem knowledgeable and would answer questions.
Private Tour in Malta
, Sep 2019
We visited Malta as part of a cruise and was able to save some money by using Viator with a private tour. Our Guide met us at the Port and began sharing very interesting information about Malta as soon as we closed the doors to the van. We were a party of six; two of us have visited Malta before, but four had not. We discussed the best places to visit with the Guide so that the four would get a good idea of what Malta has to offer. He listened to our questions and gave complete answers. As the day went on, he realized that we may be running short on time to visit the main Cathedral in Valletta, so he contacted people he knew and made sure we would be able to get in for the visit. Sure enough, we made it just in the nick of time and they were waiting on us. We appreciate the extra effort he gave our party and would book again.
Ideal Highlights of Malta in 6 hours!
, Sep 2019
This tour was great. We were on a cruise so had limited time. Julia was our guide and Lele was our driver. We quickly and efficiently moved about the island seeing the highlights. Our guide was well-versed in the rich history of Malta and ensured we saw the sights and learned some history. Medieval Medina was the highlight along with the colorful fishermen’s harbor.
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Very good Guide
, Jun 2019
Malta is a wonderful place to visit. Our guide was very nice (turn the visit to spanish - wich was VERY helpful) has a perfect knowledge of the history and culture of the island. Highly recommends that tour for people visiting the island by cruise!!!
Malta trip was wonderful. We had a...
, Feb 2018
Malta trip was wonderful. We had a private van that took us all over this gorgeous island. We did some walking through a Palace and towns. Our guide was super. She was a local that knew her way around this island. I would recommend the tour for anyone.
Tour was good and interesting. It was...
Robert B. K
, Jan 2018
Tour was good and interesting. It was on Sunday and very crowded.
Fab was a fantastic guide! We loved...
, Nov 2017
Fab was a fantastic guide! We loved her humor and she gave us different options for our tour that we loved. Malta is a beautiful city and a must see.
We were met at the cruise ship by...
, Oct 2017
We were met at the cruise ship by Oresto. He was very knowledgeable re Malta....he was full of historic information and also a pleasant man so our experience was very enjoyable. Recommend.
Wonderful tour and fantastic guide...
Vicki S
, Jul 2017
Wonderful tour and fantastic guide. We learned so much and saw so many areas of the island. Highly recommend!
The trip began with a visit to the...
Karen G
, May 2017
The trip began with a visit to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk, which lived up to the reputation of a laid back village. The tour continued to Valletta where we walked through the city and to the Parliament Building. We were fortunate to watch a 5D movie of Valletta which explained the history of the city. It was unfortunate to have several buildings being renovated and therefore not able to visit. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and shared the beauty of this historical city. Would recommend.

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