Mdina, Mosta Dome, Crafts Village & Valletta (SUP)

Type: Guided Tours

€47.00
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Tour Details

From hotels and central locations in towns and villages
Licensed Tour Guide
This tour is available in English and Russian
Van or Coach
Included into featured historical sites
Lunch is not included in the tour price, free time will be allocated during the visit of Valletta

Tour Times & Availability

From 0830hrs, depending on pick up location
Approx. 1700hrs

Availability:
Every Tuesday

Tour Description

This tour includes some of Malta's popular attractions in one day and we start our tour with a visit to the town of Mosta. Dominating the central piazza is the Rotunda church, more commonly known as Mosta Dome . It is probably the most famous church in Malta, mainly because of it's large dome which is the fourth largest unsupported dome in Europe. For many visitors the most fascinating feature of this church was the World War II incident when during an air raid a bomb pierced the dome and fell inside the church during a service which was attended by 300 locals, but the bomb failed to explode and this the locals hailed as a miracle. You can visit the sacristy which displays the events and houses a replica of the bomb.

Our next stop is the Ta'Qali Village. Ta'Qali was once the British RAF base in central Malta, this old air field is now home to our National Footbal Stadium, a National park, conventions centre and Crafts Village which houses an array of artisans. Here we can view the local crafts and it is also the ideal place to purchase some gifts from a good selection of locally made pottery and ceramics, filigree and jewellery, cane works, stone and much more. Do not miss out on the glassblowers – decorative glass made in the traditional manner by hand and mouth; also etching and crystal cutting.

We continue our to the medieval city of Mdina. Mdina is built on a plateau in the centre of the island, the city's 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 had many names including Melite (Roman occupation), Medina (Arabic occupation), Citta Notabile (Knights of St. John) and Citta Vecchia (after Valletta was built). Today it is also referred to as the Silent City since it inspires tranquility 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 from the high bastion walls.

In the afternoon we proceed to the capital, Valletta. Our tour of the city will also allow free time for a lunch break (not included in the cost). During our visit of Valletta our guide will unfold the history of this magnificent city which was built by the Knights of St. John during the 16th and 17th centuries. Valletta is often referred to as one big open air museum and this is evident as you start to explore it and discover something different around every corner. We start our walking tour of Valletta at the Upper Barraka Gardens which offer stunning views of the Grand Harbour and magnificent fortifications, a walk down the mains streets where you can admire numerous historical buildings built by the Knights of St. John including the Auberges, Palazzos, the Grand Master's Palace and the St. John's Co. Cathedral, the Church of the Order and also home to Caravaggio's masterpiece "Beheading of St. John" amongst other treasures. We include an internal tour of the cathedral and also the magnificent and highly rated Malta 5D which is a cinematic experience that takes you on a unique and fascinating journey of discovery covering our islands golden history over the years...a fabulous ending to a great day out. At this stage our tour comes to an end and we make our way back

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