Malta: The Three Cities And Wine Tasting Tour - Valletta

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Pick up from hotels in the following areas:, Cirkewwa at 0830 hrs, Mellieha at 0840 hrs, Xemxija at 0850 hrs, Golden Bay at 0850 hrs, St. Paul's Bay at 0900 hrs, Bugibba at 0905 hrs, Qawra at 0910 hrs.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Pick up from hotels in the following areas:
    Cirkewwa at 0830 hrs
    Mellieha at 0840 hrs
    Xemxija at 0850 hrs
    Golden Bay at 0850 hrs
    St. Paul's Bay at 0900 hrs
    Bugibba at 0905 hrs
    Qaw.. read more
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

This three cities tour is a collective description of the three fortified cities of Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Senglea. During this tour you will walk through the various narrow streets shaded by many historic churches and buildings.
You will then drive to Marsovin Cellars in Marsa. The wine tasting tour commences with a historical introduction amongst original artifacts.

Highlights

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Free snacks included
  • Hotel pickup included

Know More about this tour

During the tour you will drive past Cospicua, a double fortifiedharbor city and the largest of the three. It was also given atitle as Citta Cottonera, but erroneously the title is now used to definethe whole region. You will then arrive in Vittoriosa.

Vittoriosa is ideallysituated for safe anchorage and over time it has developed a very longhistory with maritime, mercantile and military activities. Prior to theestablishment of Valletta as capital and main city of Malta, militarypowers that wanted to rule the Maltese islands would need to obtaincontrol of Vittoriosa due to its significant position in the Grand Harbour.The third city Senglea is also called Civitas Invicta because it managedto resist the Ottoman invasion at the Great Siege of 1565.The nameSenglea was given by the grandmaster who built it, Claude De LaSengle. The island on which Senglea lies was joined by a land bridgeto Cospicua during the time of the Knights of St. John and as a result, itbecame peninsular in shape. During this tour you will walk through thevarious narrow streets shaded by many historic churches and buildings.

You will then drive to the Marsovin Cellars in Marsa. The winetasting tour commences with a historical introduction amongstoriginal artefacts, followed by an explanation about the process ofhow the locally grown grapes are pressed, fermented and eventuallytransformed into wine. A walk through the 400-year-old Ageing Cellarsis an authentic and true piece of Maltese heritage. The wine sampling isheld in the Marsovin wine bar, where trained staff guide guests througha wine tasting session to sample different Marsovin wines accompaniedby a selecion of local savouries like maltese bread and cheese. At thebar one also has the opportunity to purchase local Marsovin wines. At the end of this tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Inclusions

Snacks

Wine tasting

Transport by coach

Local guide

Local taxes

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Traveler Reviews

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  • 12-Sep-2019

    This was a nice introduction to the the Three Cities. I had been to them before on other tours, but each one showed a different side of each. For those wishing to spend only a half day touring, this was an easy way to get a glimpse of some sites that one should visit separately if time allowed. The wine tasting was excellent and we learned a lot about the unique nature of the wines of Malta. The amount of walking is moderate on somewhat hilly surfaces. Our guide was very knowledgeable, but I was surprised that we spent no free time in Birgu (Victoriosa) nor did she note the terrific Malta at War Museum at the entrance, where we stopped for a very short break. So bottom line--it is a good overview of the three cities for people with very limited time, but less attractive for those interested in more depth and detail.

  • 02-Mar-2018

    This trip was basically a One City Trip plus Wine Tasting. The coach parked up in a port where we immediately walked away stopping on a pretty bridge overlooking the harbour around Vittoriosa. The Guide explained that as the other two Cities had been bombed during the war it wasn't worth going to them. We then proceeded for a walking tour of Vittoriosa which was excellent.
    After that we got back onto the coach and went to the Marsolin wine cellars where we were given a talk about the winery and visited the cellars where the wine was stored. This was followed by the wine tasting, white red and rose and a some lovely buffet type food, Feb 2018

  • 13-Jan-2018

    Eh, the tour of the Three Cities was ok, but I would hardly call the wine part a tasting. It was a tour of the winery and lots of opportunity to purchase wine, but minimal tasting.

  • 05-Jul-2017

    This was a pleasant enough activity, despite the heat. There were some delays but not the fault of the tour operator. Evelyn the tour guide was pleasant and engaging. She also engaged the local community throughout the tour, no doubt paving the way for smooth acceptance of tours in the private areas of Valletta . When I read the small print that this was a Supreme tour I was concerned as our other experiences with this company left us not wanting to utilise them ever again.

  • 30-Jun-2017

    OK, to be clear, this review relates only to this particular tour package I've added a separate comment re the wine tasting separately below.
    This tour was a big disappointment. Having booked a couple of weeks before our trip to Malta, I found myself spending half a day chasing the local tour operator the day before the actual tour, trying to confirm pick up arrangements. The contact number provided on the Viator ticket did not work and I was only able to get in contact with the operator after a bit of Googling.
    The pick up arrangements were finally confirmed at 7.50pm the evening before the tour, with a hotel pick up time of 8.55am the following morning.
    At 9.05am the following morning we were bundled into a a minibus that a had seen better days and deposited on a busy road junction in the middle of St Julians, along with guests from several other tours that this operator was providing.
    For the next 45 minutes there was a general lack of communication: no-one was told when the appropriate tour bus would arrive, leading to a large number of confused and stressed guests standing by the road.
    An hour after our original pick up time we were put onto a bus and the tour finally began.
    Our tour guide, Mark, seemed pleasant enough, but appeared to be reciting a well rehearsed script. On many occasions his comments contradicted details that we'd seen on previous tours earlier in the week, suggesting that his knowledge came from a piece of paper, rather than local experience.
    The tour of the three cities turned out to be a 25 minute walk through one of the cities with the other two being pointed out as there's not much to see there before being shuffled back onto the bus for the trip to the wine tasting: no time for a rest room or refreshment break in the 34 degree heat.
    The wine tasting took place at the Marsovin winery: a well established local producer. This part was actually very good which was a positive reflection on the team at Marsovin rather than the local tour operator. In fact, our tour was joined by a number of other guests who had booked the wine tasting independently.

    In summary: my recommendation would be to make your own way to Vittoriosa hop on the Valetta - Three cities ferry for around 3 return which will drop you off in the same place as this bus tour and spend some time walking around the city - take some time to grab a coffee/ Cisk and a pastizzi from one of the local side street cafes. Then arrange a separate trip to the Marsovin winery and take the wine tasting and tour separately as this really is worth it.

  • 13-Jun-2017

    Trip was spoiled by heavy rain but Mark the tour guide was very infromative.

  • 14-Feb-2017

    Fabulous. Walk of the three cities and fabulous wine tasting experience. Lovely cellars great wine tasty snacks

  • 09-Feb-2017

    Mark was our guide and he was great! He knew all about the sites and was great about giving you good information about what you were seeing. The wine tasting was also great at Marsovin wine cellar. It was my wife and my first wine tasting and the manager there was excellent at explaining the wines and what to look for. A great tour.

  • 02-Feb-2017

    Guide was very good - easy walk - tons to see
    wine tour was visually great...but when the wine they served at the end the last wine was so awful, that everyone on our 20 tour gagged on it. .
    Why serve a terrible wine the last one served....the guys own words, this wine will take 20 years to mellow - WHY SERVE IT?
    The other wines served were actually really good and I purchased 5 bottles... just beware on ending your experience with that taste

  • 30-Nov-2016

    Mark the tour guide was very informative. The tour was very interesting of the three cities. The winery tour was exceptional as was the wine tasting and snacks. A very enjoyable tour and the transfers were a bonus and pick up times good.

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