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Malta: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

1. Malta: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

Explore Malta's incredible estates, history, and sights at your own pace. Take the exclusive hop-on, hop-off tours, and ride at your own convenience on the open-top double decker buses. During your tour, you can stop at any of the following major attractions in the city, on these routes: South Malta Route (Red Route) • Valletta • Tarxien • The Temples and Hypogeum • The Three Cities • Marsaxlokk Fishing Village • Ghar Dalam Museum • Blue Grotto • Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples • The Limestone Heritage • The Falconry Centre • Sliema North Malta Route (Blue Route) • Valletta • San Anton Gardens • The Crafts Village • Aviation Museum • Mosta Church • Mdina • Roman Villa • Mgarr Church • Golden Bay • Bugibba Square • Splash and Fun Water Park • Mediterraneo Marine Park • St. George’s Bay • Spinola Bay You will get free transport to the tour departure point. Transport can be organized from every hotel in Malta.

Full-Day Cruise to Comino & Blue Lagoon with Food & Drinks

2. Full-Day Cruise to Comino & Blue Lagoon with Food & Drinks

This cruise has the simple aim of giving you the maximum amount of time to enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of Comino's Blue Lagoon. When you want to relax, snacks, beverages and air-conditioning are available aboard the boat, or get some air on the upper deck. The boat leaves the Sliema ferry dock at 10:30 AM and returns at 5:30 PM, which gives you 7 hours to enjoy the sun and sea however you want. Savor a light sandwich lunch. The Blue Lagoon, between the small island of Comino and smaller islet of Cominotto, is a basin of clear, turquoise water with a white sandy bottom and abundant marine life. It's great for swimming and photos, but even better for snorkeling. Equipment is available onboard.

Malta: Marsamxett Harbour and Grand Harbour Cruise by Night

3. Malta: Marsamxett Harbour and Grand Harbour Cruise by Night

Enjoy an interesting and relaxing cruise through two natural harbors, the Marsamxett Harbour, and the famous Grand Harbour. Delight in the beauty of these harbors rich in history and traditional Maltese culture. On this tour, you will also visit ten of Malta's creeks. As you depart the Strand Sliema, you will cruise inside Sliema Creek, around Manoel Island to Lazzaretto Creek, better known as the Yacht Marina, round Ta'Xbiex to Msida & Pieta Creeks, cruising by the battlements and fortifications surrounding Valletta and Floriana to the Grand Harbour. Then, you will proceed to Menqa Creek, Marsa Creek, and the inner basin to see the Malta Ship Building Yard. You will continue on to the French Creek and the Dockyard Area, round the Three Cities Senglea, Cospicua, and Vittoriosa, and back to Sliema, cruising right inside 10 creeks.

From Malta: Gozo Tour with a Difference

4. From Malta: Gozo Tour with a Difference

Spend the day on Gozo and compare its green landscape and historical monuments to Malta. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, and then cross by ferry to visit the megalithic Ggantija Temples, built more than 5,550 years ago. Drive to Marsalforn to board a trackless train for a 40-minute ride past Marsalforn Bay, Qbajjar Bay and Xwejni Bay. Get panoramic views of the salt pans. Next, visit the Crafts Center to taste some of the traditional food of Malta and purchase traditional crafts. Continue to Dwejra Bay to discover the Inland Sea and mushroom-like rock formation of Il-Ġebla tal-Ġeneral. Take a short boat trip, weather permitting. Explore the capital city of Victoria and see landmarks such as the Bronze Age fortifications of the Cittadella – formerly Il Castello – developed by the Phoenicians and converted to an Acropolis in Roman times. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in Rabat before taking the ferry back to Malta.

From Valletta: Rabat, Mdina, & San Anton Gardens Tour

5. From Valletta: Rabat, Mdina, & San Anton Gardens Tour

Embark on a guided trip from Valletta to the San Anton Palace to explore the lush gardens before visiting some of the highlights of Rabat and Mdina, also known as the Silent City. Step into the unique underground galleries and tombs of St. Paul’s Catacombs, entry tickets included. San Anton Palace and GardensFor your first stop, visit the San Anton Palace in Attard, the official residence of the president of Malta since the office was created in 1974. Originally built in the early 17th century as a country villa for Antoine de Paule, it was later expanded into a palace in 1623. The palace was used as a residence by subsequent grand masters, being enlarged several times in the process. It was once the headquarters of the rebel National Assembly, and it later became a residence for the civil commissioners, governors, and governors-general of Malta. The palace is surrounded by the extensive San Anton Gardens, parts of which have been open to the public since 1882. During your tour, you’ll get to explore the garden before continuing to the next stop which is Rabat. RabatRabat is a town in the Northern Region of Malta and is home to the famous St. Paul’s Catacombs. These catacombs were used in Roman times to bury the dead. The catacombs are now looked after by Heritage Malta. Part of St. Paul's Catacombs, the part accessible from the Parish church, was where, according to tradition and as recorded in the bible, St. Paul stayed for three months when he was shipwrecked on the island in 60 A.D. After getting to know the unique underground galleries and tombs of St. Paul’s Catacombs, you’ll head to the next and final stop of the tour: Mdina. MdinaMdina, also known by its other titles Città Vecchia or Città Notabile, is a fortified city in the Northern Region of Malta, which served as the island's capital from antiquity to the medieval period. The city is still confined within its walls and has a population of just under 300. Follow your guide around this quaint yet historic city, and marvel at its several Baroque features as well as its longstanding medieval character. Discover what gave rise to the city’s popular nickname “Silent City," used by both locals and visitors. Mdina is on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and it is now one of the main tourist attractions in Malta.

Malta: Malta Island Bus Tour and Boat Tour

6. Malta: Malta Island Bus Tour and Boat Tour

Get a taste of the unique island of Malta on a bus tour and boat tour. Discover over 7,000 years of history as you drive past heritage sites, popular attractions, and beautiful natural landscapes.  Running during the summer months of the year (May onwards), the hop-on hop-off route starts from Bugibba, passing through Qawra and St Julian's and on to Malta’s capital city Valletta. You'll then make your way south where you will be able to experience and visit historic temples and sights along the way. Following your stop at the Blue Grotto, the tour heads back up north and inland stopping at Roman sites and points of interest and then back to Bugibba via Golden Bay on the North-West coast. With over 30 stops and 50 points of interest along the route, discover this Maltese Island like never before. Experience key sights including the Mosta Church and Dome; Ta’Qali Craft Village; and Rabat with many Roman Sites such as the restored Roman Villa, St Agatha’s Catacombs, and the medieval town of Mdina. Enjoy the famous 'Three Cities' and the Tarxien Temples believed to be built around 3000 BC. Marsaxlokk is a traditional and picturesque fishing village that is sure to delight you. Take the opportunity to visit the beautiful Blue Grotto. You will discover plenty of things to do on this island tour. Plus you can combine your hop-on-hop-off tour with a harbor cruise. Summer hop-on hop-off stops may include: • Bugibba Jetty • Malta National Aquarium • Qawra Seafront • Spinola Bay, • St. Julians • Sliema Ferries • Valleta – City Centre • Valletta Waterfront • The Three Cities • Vittoriosa Marsaxlokk • Fishing Village • Blue Grotto • Hagar Qim Temples & Mnajdra Temples Ta • Q'ali • Mosta • Mdina • Rabat • Golden Bay

Malta: Hagar Qim Temples & Highlights Of The South Full Day

7. Malta: Hagar Qim Temples & Highlights Of The South Full Day

Start by visiting one of Malta's oldest quarries which has been transformed into an attraction for tourists and locals alike. Located in Siggiewi, The Limestone Heritage Park & Gardens is a unique and innovative attraction which highlights the beauty of the Maltese stone and its incredible 22 million years of history, relish the opportunity to immerse yourselves in the islands’ history, through an engaging audio-visual presentation and a very informative audio guided walkthrough, this attraction offers an immense insight into the islands’ compelling history and broad culture. Afterwards visit the megalithic temples complex of Hagar Qim, located on the southern edge of the island on a hilltop overlooking the sea and the islet of Filfa, these temples are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth, dating back to c. 3600-3200 BC and recognized in 1992 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are described by the World Heritage Sites committee as “unique architectural masterpieces”. Next stop is Wied Iz-Zurrieq (Zurrieq Valley) where you will get to visit the magnificent Blue Grotto and appreciate the fantastic scenery and breath-taking views surrounding the entire site. The Blue Grotto is a complex of seven caves found along the southern coast of the island. Featured in numerous movies, such as Cutthroat Island (1995), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) & Troy (2004), this extremely popular site attracts thousands of visitors each year, with many opting to see the amazing grotto up-close via local boat trips. Weather permitting you will also have the time and opportunity to visit the grotto and caves by taking one of the boat trips organized by several local providers and available at a small fee payable on location. After lunch you will visit the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk. It is the largest fishing harbour in Malta, and has been so since antiquity. Traditional “luzzu’s” (brightly coloured traditional fishing boats) and larger fishing vessels line the sheltered harbour in a colourful display that has been the subject of countless photoshoots. The village is also popular for its charming and large open-air market, selling a vast assortment of food and a wide array of durable goods. During our visit you will have enough time to take a stroll and explore the market, looking for ‘that’ perfect deal! The tour ends with a visit to Ghar Dalam, Malta’s oldest prehistoric site, dating back to c. 5200 BC. Ghar Dalam is a 144 metre long phreatic tube and cave, located in the outskirts of the village of Birzebbuga. The cave contains the bone remains of animals that were stranded and subsequently became extinct in Malta at the end of the Last Glacial Maximum, such as the dwarf elephant, hippopotamus, giant swan, deer and bear, which have not lived on the Maltese islands for thousands of years. Due to its paleontological and archaeological significance this site is viewed as one of Malta's most important national monuments.

Valletta, Mdina, and Mosta Night Tour

8. Valletta, Mdina, and Mosta Night Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Valletta, and then take a bus tour of the city to see the monuments illuminated after dark. Admire the floodlit fortifications and stop on the waterfront to take souvenir photos. Proceed to Barrakka Gardens to get a breathtaking view of the Grand Harbor. Then, stroll over to the Malta 5D show and watch in awe as the history of the island is brought to life from a fresh perspective. Next, travel to the 3rd largest unsupported dome in the world at the 18th-century Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta. Hear the story of the World War II bomb that failed to explode and spared the lives of around 300 people. End with a visit to the silent city of Mdina and explore the former capital on foot. Walk down the quaint alleys and narrow streets, and admire the illuminations of St. Paul's Cathedral. Get a breathtaking view of the island from the bastion walls, and enjoy some free time for a coffee.

Vittoriosa: Tour Of The 3 Fortified Cities Incl. Boat Trip

9. Vittoriosa: Tour Of The 3 Fortified Cities Incl. Boat Trip

The Three Cities is a collective description of the three fortified cities of Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Senglea. The oldest of the Three Cities is Vittoriosa, which has existed since prior to the Middle Ages. The other two cities, Senglea and Cospicua, were both founded by the Order of the Knights of Saint John in the 16th and 17th centuries respectively. During this half day tour, you will have the opportunity to appreciate these unique historical fortified cities and admire magnificent churches, traditional piazzas, incredible fortifications, and architectural treasures found all around the Three Cities area. Pieces of living history kept alive by hundreds of years of preservation! We start with a panoramic drive past the city of Cospicua, a double fortified harbour city and the largest of the three cities, to reach the city of Vittoriosa, this glorious city has been inhabited since the time of the Phoenicians, but the current city dates back from the time of the Order of the Knights of Saint John. Vittoriosa was chosen as the capital city of Malta instead of Mdina upon the arrival of the Order in the year 1530. Enjoy a fascinating walking tour through the narrow streets of the city admiring and appreciating all the historical buildings and captivating treasures found at every twist and turn. Upon arrival at the stunning Vittoriosa waterfront, board a traditional Maltese “Frejgatina” (a small, carvel-built fishing boat) for a delightful tour of the colourful harbour creeks. The tour ends at Senglea, named after Claude De La Sengle, the Grand Master who founded the city, Senglea is also known as “Civitas Invicta” a name given to the city for managing to resist the Ottoman invasion during the Great Siege of 1565. The island on which Senglea lies was joined by a land bridge to Cospicua during the time of the Knights of St. John and as a result, it became peninsular in shape. From the Gardjola Gardens located at the tip of the peninsula enjoy a stunning 360° view of the Grand Harbour, including the impressive Fort Sant Angelo, from where the Grand Master Jean Perisot De La Valette led the defence of the island during the Great Siege of 1565. During the whole tour knowledgeable and experienced guides will be providing you with riveting information and enhance your experience through narration and engaging storytelling.

Malta: Marsaxlokk Incl. Sunday Market, Blue Grotto & Qrendi

10. Malta: Marsaxlokk Incl. Sunday Market, Blue Grotto & Qrendi

Discover iconic sites on the island of Malta like the famed Blue Grotto on this day trip from Valletta. Enjoy riveting information and engaging storytelling from your guide. Peruse the treasures at the Marsaxlokk market and take a guided walking tour of Qrendi. Be picked up from your hotel in Valletta and hop aboard an airconditioned bus. Relax on the drive through the countryside to the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Admire the largest fishing harbor in Malta that has been in operation since antiquity. Capture pictures of the brightly brightly-colored traditional luzzu fishing boats. Take a stroll thorugh the streets to uncover delightful restaurants and nice cafés huddled along its entire promenade. Soak up the vibe in its large open-air market which sells a vast assortment of fish, locally honey, and fruit jams, and traditional sweets. Peruse local wines, liquors, souvenirs, clothes, shoes, traditional lacework, custom jeweler, and handcrafted accessories. Continue to the Wied Iz-Zurrieq (Zurrieq Valley) to visit the fantastical sea caverns of the Blue Grotto. Snap pictures of the impressive main arch, which is approximately 30 meters in height. Marvel at views of the Honeymoon Cave, the Cat’s Cave, and the Reflection Cave. Appreciate this locations which was featured movies like 'Cutthroat Island' (1995), 'The Count of Monte Cristo' (2002), and 'Troy' (2004). Weather permitting, have the time to purchase an optional boat ride into the grotto. Head to the village of Qrendi for a guided walking tour of one of Malta’s traditional villages. Walk to the main square to the hub of the village, see its parish church, and be led through a maze of winding, narrow streets. Return to your accommodation in Valletta at the end of your tour.

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Great way to see the island without having to pay for private transportation to different destinations. We did the blue/North route which took about 180 min, but make sure to ask for a map and a timetable when you check-in at the stand because the times and stops are slightly different than on the ad. Also I suggest doing some research in advance about which stops you would like to do, because time only permits approx. 1-2 stops in a day. But overall great flexibility on where you want to stop, interesting commentary about each stop, and a relaxing ride that gives you an overview of the island.

Courteous, thoughtful and helpful staff. Breathtaking views of the Blue lagoon. Competitive price. Experienced crew. I felt really safe with them in charge. Lots of options to upgrade on the standard cruise. Several stops on the journey where you can get off and explore. Umbrella, deck chairs and snorkeling equipment available for rent. They mixed the best rum and coke I've had so far in Malta.

Sitting up high, wind on our faces, Beautifully lit spaces was a wonderful thing!!!! However, we were the last pick up and had to sit inside bottom for the first half of the trip… so ask about pickup locations! Might want to eCab to a closer starting point????

I really enjoyed this tour of Rabat and Mdina. It was like stepping back in time. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and great fun, happy to answer our questions, no matter what language. Mdina is a special place and magical by night.

Very enjoyable day out. All buses were punctual. Commentary was clear and informative.