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Malta: Cospicua, Birgu, and Senglea Tour with Boat Trip

Malta: Cospicua, Birgu, and Senglea Tour with Boat Trip

From US$ 36.72 per person

Discover the three fortified cities of Cospicua, Birgu, and Senglea on a guided day trip. Admire historic churches and squares before embarking on a cruise around the Grand Harbour in Valletta.

About this activity

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
Pickup included
The activity provider will send you an e-mail to confirm your pickup time and location. If your designated pickup location is a hotel, please wait outside, next to the main entrance door of the hotel. For other pickup locations that are not hotels, your confirmation email will detail where you must wait for pickup.

Experience

Highlights
  • Appreciate The Beauty Of The Three Fortified Cities
  • Enjoy A Delightful Cruise Of The Colourful Harbour Creeks
  • Experience Breath-taking Views Of The Grand Harbour And Fort Sant Angelo
Full description

The Three Cities is a collective description of the three fortified cities of Cospicua, Birgu (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.

Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus or coach
  • Licensed guide
  • Vittoriosa walking tour
  • Boat tour on a traditional Maltese Frejgatina
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • The boat tour is subject to weather conditions. If the boat tour cannot be done due to poor weather conditions, the extra time will be spent visiting the 3 cities
  • The time shown on your voucher is the approximate start time of the activity and not the time when you will be picked up. You will receive confirmation of your pickup time after booking
  • The tour will be guided in the language you book, however, sometimes your tour might be provided in multiple languages by a multilingual guide
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5

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Really enjoyed learning about and seeing the other cities. The boat trip around the harbour was my fave part of the tour. Our guide Sylvia was a true professional, swapping from Spanish to English to cater to all participants. There is alot of walking, so be sure to wear comfy shoes and water.

November 16, 2022

Organized and very good guided tour.

October 23, 2022

fantastic tour boat ride was stunning and Maria our tour guide was super informative, knowledgeable and very helpful

October 5, 2022

Product ID: 425402