North 'Hop On Hop Off' Bus Tour

Type: Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus Tours

Explore the the north and central highlights

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Tour Details

You can join this tour at any of the bus stops along the route or if you are not staying close to a bus stop transport is provided FREE of charge to the start of the tour. Details will be provided on the service voucher which you will receive after you have booked.
Recorded Commentary.

Free earphones provided. This tour is available in the following langauges:
Maltese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Danish.
Double Decker Open Top Buses
Not included into attractions at the locations stops
This sightseeing tour can be completed without getting off the bus in 3 hours 30 mins.

Tour Times & Availability

0900hrs (every 30 min after)
1700hrs (every 30 min before)

This tour is available daily throughout the year, except on Christmas Day.

Tour Description

You can join the North bus tour from any of the bus stops or from the main bus terminus in Sliema.

The main tour highlights include:

Castille, Valletta
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.

San Anton Gardens
These magnificent gardens are located in the grounds of the San Anton Palace – the official residence of the President of Malta. Probably the best known of our public gardens, San Anton was first laid out by Grand Master Antoine de Paule between 1623 and 1636. You can wander along paths and terraces which are lined with enormous trees, hedges, flower beds and old stone pots full of plants to any of five ponds with ducks, fountains and water lilies.

Crafts Village & Mdina Glass
Here can view the local crafts and it is also the ideal place to purchase some gift from a good selection of locally made pottery and ceramics, filigree and jewelery, cane works, wrought iron 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.

Mosta Dome Church
The church’s dome is the fourth largest unsupported dome in Europe. Mosta Dome is also popular with visitors as it was at this church the World War II bomb pierced the dome during a service, fell inside the church during a service and failed to explode, this locals hailed as a miracle.

The centre of Rabat 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. During this stop you can visit St. Paul's Grotto and Church, the Wignacourt Museum, catacombs and Romanus Domus which is a typical Roman Townhouse typical of that period.

Medieval City of Mdina
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.

Mgarr Village
The small town of Mgarr is very popular with locals for its many restaurants specialising in the local food feast of FENKATA, Rabbit meal. There at least seven restaurants in the small piazza.

Golden Bay
Two of the islands most popular beaches; Golden Sands and Ghajn Tuffieha are located in this stunning bay.

St. Paul's Bay
Named after the islands patron saint 'St. Paul'. It was in this bay that St. Paul was shipwrecked in AD60.

Malta's largest tourist resort.

Mediterraneo Marine Park
Situated alongside the sea, at “White Rocks” in Bahar ic-Caghaq, the Malta Marine Park succeeds in combining entertainment with education, offering guests an insight into the underwater world of dolphins & sea lions, the dexterity of tropical birds, and the laid back but alert turtles, frogs, snakes, iguanas and spiders.

Sliema Ferries
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.

Tour Ratings & Reviews

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Rated by Graham Lipthorpe on 14/03/2018
Well organised and useful trip which gives the chance to see numerous in testing places.

Rated by Zivile Kaubriene on 26/06/2017
As any other Hip on Hip off busses takes you to the most famous places where you can jump off and walk around. Just a wee warning if you pick to sit on the second floor of the bus make sure you apply plenty of sun cream as I burned the first day like a lobster :) I advised to spend more time in Mdina, it was capital before and very beautiful city. We took a horse ride and were disappointed the driver said it will last up to half an hour but was finished in 15 min and we paid 30 Eur, its no worth it, if you too afraid to be lost in there just follow one of the horse cabin and they will take you around the city with no extra charges :) Very enjoyable journey :) Thank you to the company :)

Rated by Wendy Wilmott on 15/03/2017
Enjoyed this tour very much a bit windy but very good

Rated by Ruth Carter on 03/06/2016
Excellent commentary



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