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Valletta Malta Walking City Sights Excursion

Valletta, Malta (Excursion ID S3412)

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  • Duration
    4 hours
  • Activity Level
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    All Ages
  • Languages
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  • Round trip transportation from your Valletta Cruise pier!
  • Air-conditioned and fully licensed transportation!
  • Guided walk through Valletta Center and Barracca Gardens!
  • Entrance ticket to St. John's Co-Cathedral!
  • Ticket for Malta Experience Show!

Put on your walking shoes for an adventure in the center of Valletta Malta in what could pass as an open-air museum! A guided walk of the Barracca Gardens and Valletta Center, as well as entrance into St. John's Co-Cathedral, are included.

You will meet your guide outside your Valletta cruise port, your air-conditioned transportation will take you on the very short drive to the historic center of Valletta, the southernmost capital of Europe! Named for Jean de Valette who was responsible for the victory in the Great Siege of 1565, the architecture here ranges from Baroque to Modernist, with an incredible array of churches, palaces, and museums. Your guide will be giving you information about the area, city, and history of Valletta Malta.

Your guide will walk you along the busy streets of Valletta to Barracca Gardens. The gardens were originally as a site for the knights of the Italian langue of the Order of Saint John to relax and enjoy some recreation but were opened to the public following the end of the French occupation of Malta in 1800. In the park, there are several monuments and memorials to a number of prominent people, including Gerald Strickland, Sir Thomas Maitland, and Sir Winston Churchill. There is an upper and a lower gardens section.

From there, you will have a stunning panoramic view of the Grand Harbor, which has been in use since prehistoric times. This is where the Battle of Malta was fought in the 13th century. Just a short walk from Barracca Gardens is your next stop, St. John's Co-Cathedral. A co-cathedral is a cathedral church which shares the function of being a bishop's seat, or cathedral, with another cathedral, often in another city. The cathedral was commissioned in 1572 by Jean de la Cassiere, Grand Master of the Order of St. John. It has undergone a complete restoration and is one of Malta's most popular sights. Do not let the ordinary, rather plain exterior fool you as the interior is extremely ornate. The interior has intricate marble carved stone walls, columns with 3-dimensional statues, bronze sculptures and even the tombs of 400+ knights and officers of the order.

At St. John's Co-Cathedral, you will see the painting "The Beheading of St. John the Baptist", which is one of Caravaggio's masterpieces and the only one he signed. After years of struggle, in 1606 this famous painter killed a man during an argument. Rather than face justice, he fled Rome for Naples, eventually moving to the island of Malta. In return for the painting of the beheading, he was granted a papal pardon for the murder and membership of the Knights of Malta. This famous artist was none other than Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio, Caravaggio being the place of his birth.

Before returning to your Valletta cruise port, you will watch the Malta Experience Show, a 1-hour movie presenting a wealth of information about the island and its history!

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Walk through the old streets of Valletta and visit the beautiful Barracca Gardens. Then you will enjoy the Malta Experience Show, where you will learn the vast history this country has. This Valletta Excursion is a must!


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Mineral Wells, TX
Our first time
     5/5  May 2019
We were lucky to do this excursion as well as very blessed our guide knew this city very well. He told us a lot and shared his passion. I loved Valleta and hope to visit there again in the future.
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     5/5  March 2018
Being our first time visiting this port this tour had exactly what we wanted. Our guide Elias was very educated and had so much history to share with us. Very personalized and easy going had answers to all of our questions. This city is impressive. Has many palaces and forts. The Barrakka Gardens offers breathtaking views and was perfect to relax before we continued our tour. St. John's Co-Cathedral was our favorite. The description is true. The outside is pretty plain but once you are inside you are left speechless. Every corner is a masterpiece. La Valletta was in my top 3 ports during our Mediterranean cruise
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Oakland, California
     5/5  October 2018
The St. John's Co-Cathedral is majestic! We are so glad that we did this excursion instead of another one we had also looked at from the ship. We ended up going to more places and we paid much less! Our guide really made the day so interesting and we learned so much about the history and some local stories of Valletta and Malta from a local.
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