Malta Shore Excursion: Private Tour Of Valletta, Vittoriosa And Hagar Qim Temple

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If youre interested in the fascinating and long history of Malta, this is the perfect shore excursion while youre in port. On this private tour from Valletta, youll learn about the Knights of Malta, visit places they built and explore the prehistoric Hagar Qim temple. Malta is an exceptional and historical island with UNESCO World Heritage-listed capital and intriguing sites. If you are a history buff, this is the shore excursion for you!


  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included

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This private shore excursion into Maltas history will take you from the cruise port in Valletta to Vittoriosa and the Hagar Qim temple. Youll start with a boat ride across the harbor aboard a traditional Maltese boat called a dghajsa, cruising to the town of Vittoriosa, You will stroll through Vittoriosas quaint narrow streets with your guide, passing by the Church of St Lawrence, the Inquisitors Palace, and several auberges and beautiful palaces built during the time of the Knights.

From Vittoriosa, you will venture to the southern side of the island, where youll visit Hagar Qim, an imposing prehistoric temple dating back to approximately 3600 BC. Many artifacts of interest have been unearthed at Hagar Qim, notably a decorated pillar altar, two table-altars and the fat lady' statues, now on display in the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.

You'll then head back to Valletta, Maltas capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Youll have free time for lunch, and then youll continue the tour with a visit to the Upper Barrakka Gardens. Next, walk past Auberge de Castille, which houses the office of the Prime Minister, on your way to St John's Co-Cathedral, the 16th-century church built by the Knights of Malta.

The Co-Cathedral also houses Maltas finest piece of art, The Beheading of St John by Caravaggio. Leaving St Johns Co-Cathedral, youll pass through Vallettas main thoroughfare, which will bring you to the Grandmasters Palace State rooms.

Youll then be returned to the cruise terminal.

Worry-Free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Malta port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Inclusions for Malta Shore Excursion: Private Tour Of Valletta, Vittoriosa And Hagar Qim Temple

  • Private vehicle
  • Boat cruise (weather permitted)
  • Private tour guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fee to Hagar Qim, St. John's Co-Cathedral and Grandmaster's Palace State Rooms
  • Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee

Exclusions for Malta Shore Excursion: Private Tour Of Valletta, Vittoriosa And Hagar Qim Temple

  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

At time of booking, Cruise Ship passengers must provide the following details under Special Requirements: Ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time.

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

The dghajsa' boats can hold up to 6 passengers (or 5 passengers and 1 guide) per boat and are not covered, so sun protection and a windbreaker are recommended.

Weight restriction of 450 kg total per boat

Guests need to be agile to embark and disembark boats.

Please note dghajsa' crossing is weather permitting

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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6 Traveler Reviews

  • This trip was very good. The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was that our guide was Ukrainian with a very thick accent making it difficult to understand her although her English was very good and when I asked her to repeat what she had said, she was happy to do so. I often repeated her words to our group some of whom could not understand well what she said. She took us all over and was conscious of the fact that we had some slow walkers age related and often had the driver take us when he could which I greatly appreciated. She was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the area and she filled us in on little details in addition to the overall history. Our group really enjoyed this trip and I would give it 4.5 stars only because our guide was difficult to understand at times.

  • Rating is based on our guide experience for this tour and as compared to next day tour Malta Highlights in a Day with My Maltese Guide which was far better for us please see separate review--in retrospect would have done 2 days with latter private tour group as sensitivity of guides/driver were far better than guide for this tour.
    For this tour specifically--To start the guide as not at correct port for our cruise ship even after providing all exact details as to ship name and date/time of arrival. Another guide was kind enough to get through to company and she made no effort to come to correct port but up to us to get to other port terminal, which then de facto, cut off one hour of tour. She was very knowledgeable and had excellent English with understanding that we wanted to know about Knights of St John. However, it seemed that we were nearly on a forced march with little sensitivity to our comfort level, especially in the heat and humidity--ie, 5 requests for a stop for beverage and bathroom facilities. And we never saw Vittoriosa.

  • Another incredible tour and guide! I would recommend it and her any day to anyone! We came out of this tour having seen and learned so much about Valletta and Malta in general. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. We even had her take us to see Emdina and other additional places.

  • Very accommodating to our interests and tweaked as needed

  • Great tour, the guide spoke perfect English nod was very knowledgeable. It was a highlight of our trip.

  • My husband and I started in Malta for a vacation that would take us all over the Meditteranean. After three weeks, I think my favorite stop was Malta. I love the city and its many lives under many different rulers. After seeing too many cathedrals to count, the one in Malta still stands out. Hagar Qim is stunningly thought proving, with its ancient secrets. Thank you for great memories.

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