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Valletta: World War II Malta Full-Day Walking Tour

Activity provider: Supreme Travel Limited

Valletta: World War II Malta Full-Day Walking Tour

Activity provider: Supreme Travel Limited

From US$ 57.24 per person

Learn the history of Malta during World War II on a 4-hour walking tour of Valletta. See war memorials and sights, such as the RAF Monument, Porta Reale, Pjazza Teatru Irjal, Strada Stretta, Misrah San Gorg, Victoria Gate, and Santa Maria Memorial.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pick-up from your Malta hotel

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the Siege of Malta on a walking tour of Valletta
  • Visit the underground tunnels and rooms of the Lascaris War Rooms
  • Pay your respects to the fallen forces at various war memorials
  • Go to the Siege Bell overlooking Valletta Harbor
  • Enjoy panoramic views from Upper Barracca Garden
  • Hear about the Victory Kitchens during years when food was scarce
  • See where the Royal Opera House was extensively bombed in 1942
Full description
Travel back in time to the dark days of the Siege of Malta, a military campaign in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and learn about the fight for the control of the strategically important island between 1940 and 1942. Your guide will set the scene, when Malta pitted the air forces and navies of Italy and Germany against the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. The opening of a new front in North Africa in mid-1940 increased Malta's already considerable value. British air and sea forces based on the island could attack Axis ships transporting vital supplies and reinforcements from Europe. General Rommel, in de facto field command of the Axis forces in North Africa, recognized Malta’s importance, and in May 1941 he warned that "without Malta the Axis will end by losing control of North Africa." Along the walk, see the commemorative RAF Monument to the 2,298 Commonwealth aircrew who lost their lives in various World War II air battles. Go to Porta Reale, a curtain wall at the center of the Valletta Land Front. Continue to Pjazza Teatru Irjal, site of the former Royal Opera House that was extensively bombed in 1942. Walk along vibrant Strada Stretta, and see the Misrah San Gorg (St. George’s Square), site of a George Cross awarded to the island in 1942. Continue to the Queen Victoria Statue in Republic Square. Next, learn about the community kitchens, know as “Victory Kitchens,” built to avoid food waste at a time of shortage. Go to Victoria Gate, built on the site of the old Del Monte Gate, and pay your respects to the fallen sailors of Operation Pedestal at the anchor-shaped Santa Marija Memorial. Continue to Upper Barracca Garden to see the statues of Winston Churchill and other prominent men. Admire the Siege Bell Memorial overlooking the Great Harbor of Valletta, built in 1992 to honor the 7,000 people who lost their lives in the Siege of Malta. You will also enter the underground complex of the Lascaris War Rooms, where the air defense of Malta was conducted, along with some of the great Mediterranean sea battles. It was also here that General Eisenhower and his Supreme Commanders, Admiral Cunningham, Field Marshal Montgomery, and Air Marshall Tedder directed the Invasion of Sicily in 1943.
Includes
  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • Ticket to Air Raid Shelters
  • Ticket to Malta War Museum
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Comfortable shoes

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I have registered for a refund. Over 60% of places advertised that would be visited on this tour were not. Extremely disappointing. I would recommend people do the museums on their own.

October 8, 2022

Very good activity going all around Valletta and seeing different historical buildings.

February 26, 2022

September 17, 2021

Product ID: 51439