Mdina & Central Highlights Tour (MR)

Type: Guided Tours

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Tour Details

From hotels and central locations in towns and villages
Licensed Tour Guide
This tour is available in English, German, Spanish, French and Italian
Van or Coach
Included into featured historical sites
Local lunch included, drinks are extra

Tour Times & Availability


Operates on Tuesday and Friday thoughout the year

Tour Description

This tour takes us to the central part of Malta that is dominated by the ancient medieval city of Mdina.

Mdina is built on a plateau in the centre of the island, the cities old Baroque buildings, cathedral and magnificent bastion walls dominate the rural skyline. Mdina, once the capital of Malta until the modern city of Valletta was built in 1565 has had many names including Melita (Roman occupation), Medina (Arabic occupation), Citta Notabile (Knights of St. John) and Citta Vecchia (after Valletta was built). Today it is also referred as the Silent City since it inspires tranquillity at any time of the day or night. The only way to really experience and enjoy this city is on foot, explore the quaint alleys, narrow streets, ancient buildings and magnificent far reaching views form the high bastion walls.

Our tour will then continue to the old town of Rabat. Here we will make our way through the narrow streets to the centre which is dominated by the imposing St. Paul's Church which overlooks the piazza. Rabat, can claim the origins of Maltese Christianity. It was here in AD60 that the Apostle St Paul is said to have stayed after being shipwrecked on the Islands. There are also a number of catacomb sites located in Rabat and we do visit the St. Paul's catacombs during this tour.

Lunch is included in a local restaurant and later we take a scenic drive through the rustic countryside to Dingli Cliffs on the west coast. These cliffs are characterised by vertical or near-vertical rock faces rising from the sea to heights of up to 70-130m above sea level. Some of the steep slopes are terraced and this unique feature together with the expanse of the deep blue Mediterranean sea provide stunning views.

The final part of the tour includes a visit to the botanical gardens of San Anton and the impressive Mosta Dome church which is the fourth largest unsupported dome in the world. Finally, we will visit the Artisans Crafts Village. Here you can admire the local glassblowers, filigree, pottery and variety of other local crafts with time for some shopping.

Tour Ratings & Reviews

The ratings and reviews that appear below are provided by independent travellers about this tour/attraction and the company that operate it.
Rated by Peggy Wang on 17/10/2016
Late start and too many visits to shopping places

Rated by Sally Fahim on 04/07/2016
Excellent tour guide Maria. Wished we spent more time in the Crafts village.

Rated by Shizue Watanabe on 14/05/2016
I was waiting for pick up van for one hour. It was pity.

Rated by George Hudson on 18/04/2016
Very interesting historical tour. Excellent tour guide.

Rated by Craig Headman on 11/04/2016
A very good tour. Not enough time in a few places, notably the shopping area, but it is difficult to include everything. Our guide was quite good, interesting yet organized with a large group. My suggestion would be to eliminate the Botanical gardens (though I enjoyed them), because they can be seen from Valletta easily...this would add time to Mdina and/or shopping. The Dingli Cliffs could also be eliminated (though their inclusion was a reason for me to purchase this tour). They may well be impressive, but absolutely not from the viewpoint that we saw. Overall, we enjoyed the day, and lunch was good.



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