Three Cities & Wine Tasting (SUP)

Type: Guided Tours

€30.00
A great tour taking you to the heart of our ancient harbour
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Tour Details

From hotels, cruise terminal and central locations in towns and villages
Licensed Tour Guide
This tour is available in English, German, French and Italian
Van or Coach

Tour Times & Availability

From 0840hrs, depending on pick up location
Approx. 1300hrs

Availability:
Every Tuesday

Tour Description

The Three Cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa are located to the south of Valletta and form part of the magnificent Grand Harbour. These cities have endured so much in the past including the Great Seige of 1565 against the might of the Ottomon Empire and of course endless bombardments during WWII. This short half day tour is a mere introduction to these unique cities, their history, heritage and people.

The Threes Cities are located inside fortifications known as the 'Cottonera Lines' which where built by the Knights of St. John to protect these cities during the 17th and 18th centuries. We start our tour with a visit to Senglea. Senglea was built on a peninsula and could only be accessed by a bridge on one side and from the sea from the other three sides. As you enter the city you will notice the magnificent church which is dedicated to the Nativity of Our Lady. Today Senglea is flanked on one side by a ship yard, on the other side the stunning yacht marina and at the point of the city one can enjoy magnificent views of the harbour.

As soon as you leave Senglea you will immediately arrive in the second of the three cities, Cospicua. This history of this ancient maritime city can be traced back to the Phoenicians era at 600 BC. The Knights of St. John built the first Dock Yard during the 18th century, however it was the during the British rule in Malta (1800 to 1964) that Cospicua was used extensively by the Royal Navy. Today the old dock yard area has been transformed into a beautiful marina and a new university.

The last of the Three Cities and undoubtedly the oldest and most important is Vittoriosa. Otherwise and more commonly known as Birgu, the history of Birgu is heavily linked to the Knights of St. John. In 1530 when the Knights first arrived they made Birgu the capital. They fortified the area and built their Palazzo's, hospital, churches and the castle of St. Angelo, this large fortification was separated from the main city of Birgu connected only by a draw bridge. Today, it is known as Fort St. Angelo and is still commands a prominent place at the heart of the Grand Harbour. The Birgu waterfront, once lined with Galley's nowadays is lined with super yachts from all over the world!

The final part of this tour includes a visit to one of the oldest wineries. Wine making in Malta dates back many many years and we will visit these 400 year old cellars where you can experience some authentic Maltese heritage. You can sample some wines during the visit.

Tour Ratings & Reviews

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Rated by Margaret ELLIS on 10/10/2017
Wine tasting was well done

Rated by Kaydee McGILLIVRAY on 25/09/2017
Best wine tour I've had and I've been to many in Napa, California. This was very personal and I learned a lot.

Rated by PAGANIN on 11/06/2017
interesting

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