This tour is available daily throughout the year, except on Christmas Day.
You can join the South bus tour from any of the bus stops or from the main bus terminus in Sliema.
The main tour highlights include:
Valletta which was built by the Knights of St. John in 1565. The bus will stop at Castille place from where you visit Barraka Gardens which offer stunning views of the Grand Harbour and magnificent fortifications. Everyday at noon the 'Noon Gun Salut' is fired from the lower part of the gardens, a spectacle worth seeing. If you intend staying in Valletta take a walk down Merchants and Republic Streets where you can admire numerous historical buildings built by the Knights including the Auberges, the Grand Masters Palace and the St. John's Co. Cathedral. Valletta is also ideal for shopping and lunch. You can also exchange lines at this stop.
Other stops in Valletta include the panoramic fortified route around the city, Fort St. Elmo and the National War Museum, the award winning Malta Experience and the stunning Valletta Waterfront.This beautifully renovated 18th century wharf is also the main cruise ship terminal and has an excellent range of restaurants and cafeterias.
Birgu forms part of the Three Cities and is the oldest fortified city of the Grand Harbour. In 1530 the Knights of St. John first settled in this area. Here you can visit the historical centre of the city which known as the 'collachio', the area which was occupied by the Knights'.
Tarxien Temples & Hypogeum
Tarxien was the first temple site to be excavated and it offers a unique collection of circa. 3000 BC sanctuaries. Stone idols and tablets, domestic animals carved in relief, altars and screens decorated with spiral designs and other patterns, oracular chambers and riches enhance the attractions of these temples. Located close to Tarxien Temples is the unique Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. This ancient underground monument is 12 metres below street level. It consists of a network of passages, chambers and caves cut on three levels, similar to the interior of a megalithic temple. The most impressive part of the temple is the "Holy of Holies" and one of the most important prehistoric masterpieces known as the "Sleeping Lady" was also found here.
PLEASE NOTE If you intend visiting the Hypogeum you cannot enter this site unless you have prebooked your tickets.
This southern town is a great example of typical southern lifestyle. The main piazza is dominated by the main church, however the piazza (centre) is hive of activity in the morning.
Marsaxlokk Fishing Village
Experience a little local culture at the pretty traditional fishing village of Marsaxlokk. This quaint village which is characterized by low lying buildings and the colourful traditional fishing boats known as the 'luzzu', hundreds of them fill up the bay. There is also a small local market from Mon to Sat and a big market on all day on Sunday's. Marsaxlokk is also renowned by the locals as the BEST place to eat fresh fish at one of the many restaurants.
A series of caves along the coast which are accessible by boat...you will be amazed by the crystal clear sea. If you would like to take the short 25 minute boat trip they operate subject to suitable weather conditions and the cost is €7 per person.
Hagar Qim Temple Complex
These unique ancient temples where built over 7000 years ago!
Sliema Ferries & Harbour Cruise
This is the main Malta Sightseeing Bus Terminus. Sliema is probably the busiest commercial area on the island. There are numerous shops, restaurants and cafeterias here and it is also the start and end of the Harbour Cruise. This excellent 90 minute cruise will take you around the two natural harbours on either side of Valletta - Marsamxett Harbour and the Grand Harbour. A detailed commentary will unfold the history of Valletta and the Three Cities connected with two Great sieges of 1565 and 1942, as well as all the other places of interest including the historical forts, battlements and creeks which can only be admired from the sea. We cruise into every creek showing you the closest possible views.
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