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Vittoriosa and Valletta Full Day Second World War Tour

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Valletta, Malta
Vittoriosa and Valletta Full Day Second World War Tour

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Step into Malta’s Second World War history on a full-day tour of wartime sites in Vittoriosa and Valletta. Explore fortifications and a maze of air raid shelters, see a former British military base, and take in artifacts from the era in the National War Museum. Along the way you'll find out how the British came to Malta, and why Rommel believed that Malta was the key to controlling North Africa. This full-day wartime Malta tour includes all entrance fees, with pickup and drop-off at selected hotels.
  • Full-day wartime Malta tour
  • Learn about the island's key role in WWII
  • Visit air raid shelters in Vittoriosa
  • Walking tour of Valletta's military landmarks
  • Includes the National War Museum at Fort St. Elmo
  • All entrance fees included
  • Pickup and drop-off at select hotels
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9:00 AM
Departure Point: Hotel transport is provided from the following areas at the following time: Cirkewwa at 8:30 hrs Mellieha at 8:40 hrs Xemxija at 8:50 hrs Golden Bay at 8:50 hrs St. Paul's Bay at 9:00 hrs Bugibba at 9:05 hrs Qawra at 9:10 hrs St. Julian's at 9:10 hrs Sliema at 8:55 hrs Valletta at 8:40 hrs Attard at 8:30 hrs Dates: See Availability Return point: Returns to original departure point
Meet a driver at your hotel for a morning departure, then board a comfortable bus for the trip to Vittoriosa, where you’ll see fortifications that date back to the Knights of Malta.

Learn how the British used the fortifications in their defensive strategy, then follow a guide into the underground air raid shelters that were used through the Second Great Siege of Malta.

Take a short walk through Vittoriosa, then continue to Valletta, the capital city that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step off the bus at the Upper Barrakka Gardens, where you’ll find sweeping views of the Grand Harbour, and find out why Malta came under fire when Mussolini declared war on the Allied forces.

Explore Valletta on foot, from a palace used by Napoleon Bonaparte to a WWII-era Victory Kitchen, a statue of Queen Victoria, and an opera house destroyed in the bombings.

Enjoy some free time for lunch, then spend the afternoon at the National War Museum in Fort St. Elmo, taking in exhibits of weapons, artifacts, and mementoes. This full-day wartime Malta tour concludes with return transfer to your original departure point.
Stop At:  
Fort St Elmo - National War Museum
After some free time for a lunch break you will walk to the lower level of Valletta to the Malta War Museum. The museum itself is situated at Fort St. Elmo, an original defensive system built by the Knights which also was modified to serve the British military purpose. Among the numerous exhibits are the fuselage of one of the legendary Gloster Gladiators and well as the E-boat (human torpedo).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vittoriosa Waterfront - Birgu Waterfront
The tour will begin in Vittoriosa where you will see the fortifications which date back to the times of the Knights and were later used by the British for their defensive purpose. You will visit the maze like, underground Air Raid shelters and relive the conditions of what has been referred to as the Second Great Siege of Malta. These subterranean bomb shelters were excavated in the solid rock and were extended as the war progressed.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Grand Harbour
After a short walk of Vittoriosa you will be driven to Valletta by bus. You will walk to the upper Barrakka Garden which enjoys a spectacular view of the Grand Harbour (the largest natural harbor of the Mediterranean Sea), which was a British military base and the main reason why Malta came under fire as soon as Mussolini declared war on the Allied forces.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Supreme Travel Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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, May 2022
Supper Mario was our guide and full of knowledge not only about ww2 but all history of Malta I day we'll spent touring sites and Valletta with Mario and our driver manwell who saw us home safe
Awesome day
, Sep 2021
The tour was epic, the guide very knowledgeable. Underground shelters were amazing providing a real insight into the hardship of war.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Super Mario
, Feb 2020
This was an excellent tour. I am not sure if it would be as good without Super Mario and his personal touches but we learnt so much. The two museums were very interesting as well. Extremely good value for money
2 travelers found this review helpful
An Essential Tour
, Oct 2019
We were fortunate to have Victor as our tour guide on this small group tour of World War II-related sights. We went to museums and locations that are probably a bit off the beaten path of tourists, but are nonetheless essential for understanding the tortuous history of Malta during WWII. With the historical focus mostly on the Knights of Malta, this more contemporary look at the history of Malta tells one more about what Malta is all about today than anything else I saw on the island. The trials and tribulations of the Maltese and all they suffered through during the war truly came alive in a way that really brought forth the sacrifices that have influenced the nation today. Our small group applauded Victor at the end of the tour and he remarked that he was inspired by our interest in this subject. Don't miss this tour if you have the time to spend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Tour
lee l
, Sep 2019
So I like history, especially WW2 hence why i choose this tour. The tour was perfect for me a small group, and the good thing not only did we learn about the WW2 but also about he history of Malta and the previous invasions/knights/power of the in all it was not all about WW2. It was interesting and i learnt a lot of things that i didnt know about Malta during WW2, like the amount of bombs, how close it came to fallen into the Axis hands if the SS Ohio didnt make it. So well worth the money i really enjoyed it. Our guide for the day - Marthese-she was excellent, polite, knowledgeable and answered any questions i had, and good hearing from a Maltese side experience from her family. OUTSTANDING Highly Recommend
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Great day out
, Jun 2019
Local Maltese guide with lots of info passed down through family members who were there during the war. Loved the WWII bunkers & archive info and the various places we travelled to. We were in time to hear the canon fired across the harbour at Noon too, thoroughly recommend for anyone who wants a more in depth look at how the island dealt with the war.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very comprehensive, if a little...
Grant W
, Nov 2017
Very comprehensive, if a little tiring as much of the day long tour is conducted on foot. But I wouldn't have missed it for the world as it was something that has long been on my bucket list. Our guide was very friendly and informative and the scenery simply breathtaking.
Good trip a very full day did it in...
Pete F
, Nov 2017
Good trip a very full day did it in March not sure if the length would suit a hot summer's day but fascinating Its not just for WW2 buffs but gives you a flavour of the island at war, The highlight is Fort St Elmo and the museum, the guides highly knowledgeable and the tour interesting
Our tour consisted of 5 things, and...
Kevin F
, Jun 2017
Our tour consisted of 5 things, and I'll rate each of these items separately. 1 Pickup at Cirkewwa Ferry 2 Malta-at War Museum 3 Walk through Historic Valetta 4 National War Museum at St Elmo 5 Drop Off 1 The pickup was a bit chaotic, as no one showed up to pick us up. We tried to call the main number provided by the website, but no one answered the phone. We had to call Viator direclty, and after about 15 minutes of trying Viator was able to contact the operator and arranged to have someone pick us up. We were about an hour late. The bus driver claimed he witnessed an accident and had to wait to file a police report. Of course, there is no way for us to verify this. Interestingly, the operator called several of his/her colleagues at the Ferry Terminal to check that we were real people waiting for them. 2 This part of the tour was fantastic. We had an excellent guide who took us through the museum, including the old WW2 bunkers. He told us some excellent stories about the life in the bunkers, and life in Malta during WW2. Highly recommended. 3 The walk about Historic Malta was interesting, but not really relevant about WW2. We took about an hour lunch break separately, which was nice, but ate up a lot of time that was really unnecessary. 4 This was museum was quite fascinating, and very interesting. However, we were left to our own devices to wander through the museum. Other than the admission to get in, I'm not sure what the value add of the tour was. 5 The tour was kind enough to drive us across the island during rush hour to drop us off back at Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal. Overall, I don't think the tour was good value for money, given that we paid 150 GBP for our family. However, the customer service after the pickup error was reasonable given the circumstances.

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