Guided tour

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

4.3 / 5

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Activity provider: Supreme Travel Limited

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

Activity provider: Supreme Travel Limited

From US$ 27.42 per person

Discover the wonders of the San Anton Gardens, Rabat, and Mdina, all on this guided tour starting from Valletta. Enjoy round-trip transportation and entry tickets to St. Paul’s Catacombs in Rabat.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
You will be picked up from your hotel or the next nearest point.

Experience

Highlights
  • Step back in time as you venture underground through St. Paul’s Catacombs
  • Experience local day-to-day life while walking around Mdina’s narrow streets
  • See the San Anton Gardens, where the president's official palace is situated
  • Admire examples of Baroque and Medieval features while in the Silent City
  • Learn the history behind the sites you visit with a licensed guide at your side
Full description

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 Gardens

For 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.

Rabat

Rabat 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.

Mdina

Mdina, 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.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Licensed Guide
  • St. Paul's Catacombs entry ticket
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • This tour involves a moderate amount of walking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 47 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.2/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5

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A good half day tour with a pleasant guide and cool coach ride. However, I am not happy with the lack of communication between the tour operator and the driver, because the operator confirmed by email that I'd be returned to my hotel. But the driver took me to another city, Sliema, which was further away from Birgu, to take another bus all the way back to Birgu! This ruined my evening plans.

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July 30, 2022

Very nice tour. Although setting up the pick up location wasnt easy and I ended up wasting two hours travelling to Valletta when I could have been picked up from my hotel in st Julian. This is definitely something that should be improved as other visitors had the same issue

July 24, 2022

a worthwhile trip but lots of pick ups and drop off increased our coach time on our day. I gues this would depend on numbers. we would have loved more time in Mdina and could have had this option rather than visit the catacombs which I learnt were not for us. a shame we struggled to understand the guides English as she was very knowledgeable. glad we went

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May 22, 2022

Product ID: 148544