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In recent years a new boutique hotel has opened on the Senglea waterfront, and the former Auberge de Castille has been redeveloped as the private American University of Malta (AUM).


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$43.26 Tours & Sightseeing

Explore Malta in a Self-drive Electric Car Tour

The self drive electric-cars, complete with pre-programmed GPS not only take you on the perfect tour, but explain what you are looking at, too. Get all the benefits of an organized excursion with the freedom of being in your own quirky electric car. This tour encompasses everything from the famous Malta Film Studios, a trendy super yacht marina, and imposing forts to the tiny charming streets that characterize this area. With each turn of the wheel, your talking car tells you about the sights. More than 50 places of interest along the way to enjoy at your own pace. The cars are unbelievably fun, safe, and easy—not to mention environmentally responsible.Start off by admiring the yachts in the beautiful Grand Harbour Marina. Then enjoy the trendy waterfront lined with cafés and restaurants, before touring to the secluded sandy beach of Rinella Bay.In as little as two and a half hours, your car will take you around Malta’s famous Three Cities (Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua), Kalkara and Smart City. The incredible views from Gardjola Gardens are hard to leave, but with so many awe-inspiring churches, traditional piazzas, and architectural riches to see, you'll need to tear yourself away at some point. If history and culture is what brought you to this area, you sure won’t be disappointed. The car will drive you past all of the following museums so feel free to step out and allow yourself to be transported back in time whether it’s at the Maritime Museum, the Inquisitor’s Palace, National Museum of Ethnography, or Malta at War Museum.

$43.84 Cultural & Theme Tours

Valletta Guided Walking Tour Including St John's Co-Cathedral

You’ll be picked up from your selected Malta hotel and taken to the entrance of the fortified city to begin your walking tour of Valletta, Malta’s capital city containing some of the country’s richest heritage. See all of the main attractions, landmarks and monuments of this fantastic city on a leisurely walk with your guide, who'll provide commentary about the sights you see throughout your tour, letting you enjoy a more meaningful and immersive experience. First, visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens, a beautiful public park whose terrace offers panoramic views of Grand Harbour and the old towns of Senglea and Vittoriosa. After soaking up the scenery, walk to St John’s Co-Cathedral, built for the Knights of St John in the 1500s. This sacred place of worship is a gem of Baroque architecture, as you'll discover as you wander through the towering halls. In the church's oratory and museum, marvel at spectacular works of art, including paintings by famed Italian artist Michelangelo Caravaggio. Walk past the Grandmasters’ Palace and the recently restored St. George’s Square before watching the Malta Experience, an audiovisual show where Malta’s history throughout the centuries is brought back to life. Afterward, your guide will drive you back to the hotel. You'll leave with a whole new appreciation for Maltese history, architecture, art and culture — not to mention the beautiful island scenery.

$35.76 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Valletta Sightseeing Cruise with Hotel Pickup and Drop-Off

Leave your selected Malta hotel by air-conditioned minibus/coach and travel to Sliema. Step on board your sightseeing cruise boat and take to the water to cruise around the city’s peninsula. As you relax out on deck, listen to your the commentary and learn all about Valletta’s sights, culture and history.Glide past the Grand Harbour – Malta’s main port – and look out for the famous Three Cities, a collective name given to the fortified ancient cities of Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Senglea on the south side of the peninsula. Hear how their people successfully fought the Ottoman Invasion during the Great Sieges, and learn of the Knights of St John who rewarded them.After spending roughly 1.5 hours cruising past the historical forts, battlements and creeks, return to port and finish your day with free time to stroll along Sliema's main shopping area or relax in one of the main cafes before your return transfer at 6pm. Your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off.

$34.61 Tours & Sightseeing

Vittoriosa and Senglea Half-Day Tour with St Lawrence Church

Leave your selected hotel on the island of Malta by air-conditioned coach and travel to Vittoriosa, the historic town originally known as Birgu. In the 16th century, Birgu and the neighboring towns Bormla and Isla defended the island when it was attacked by the Ottoman Empire. The battle was subsequently called the Great Siege of 1565, and the three towns were honored with new names, Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea, by Malta’s Knights of St. John. Today, the towns are collectively referred to as the Three Cities.Walk around the center of Vittoriosa with your guide, and learn about the town’s history. After exploring the streets and old battlements, visit St. Lawrence’s Church. Reputedly one of the oldest churches in Malta, the imposing place of worship is said to have been given as a gift from the Normans in the 11th century. Head inside to marvel at its ornate Baroque interior and pink-tinted marble columns. Then, weather permitting, take a harbor boat for a tour along the Vittoriosa waterfront.Afterward, travel the short journey to the neighboring town of Senglea by coach. The town is popular for its views over Malta’s main harbor, Valletta’s peninsula. Take a walk along the seafront and gaze at the old fortifications that line the waterside.Having explored Senglea, head back to your coach and finish your tour with a hotel drop-off.

$78.45 Shore Excursions

Malta Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Historic Palaces and Noble Homes

This private Malta shore excursion will introduce you to Maltese art and history through its stately palaces and noble homes in and around Valletta, Malta’s capital. You'll start with a visit to the Upper Barrakka Gardens for a panoramic view of Malta's natural harbors and the historic towns of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa.Then, your private tour guide will lead you to Valletta's main thoroughfare, passing various imposing buildings such as the Auberge of Castille (home to the office of the Prime Minister), the austere facade of St John's Co-Cathedral and the impressing Grandmaster's Palace, set in the heart of Valletta. Next, you will arrive at Casa Rocca Piccola, a small 16th-century palace. It’s the private home of the de Piros (a noble Maltese family) and one of the last private Valletta palaces occupied today. Upon arrival, you will go on a guided tour through the chapel, library, a bedroom, two dining rooms, three drawing rooms, a collections exhibition and a WWII-era underground bomb shelter. You’ll then leave Valletta and head to the village of Naxxar, where you will visit Palazzo Parisio, an outstanding example of Maltese opulence. The interiors are rich, and the landscaped gardens further reflect the splendor of this gracious home.Before returning to your cruise ship, enjoy a scenic drive through Attard, Balzan and Lija in central Malta. Known as the Three Villages of Malta, these towns were home to many noble families during the Golden Age. With their charming village cores of narrow, winding streets lined with old homes and villas, the Three Villages are still considered an exclusive area.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Valletta port for this activity. If you are not returned to the ship in time to board, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$17.31 Cultural & Theme Tours

Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea Vintage Bus Tour

Step back through the mists of time as you drive to the fortress of Cottonera which is widely known as the Three Cities, these being Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea. These cities were built and fortified by the Knights of Malta. You first start with an informative drive through Cospicua. Cospicua has been inhabited since Neolithic times. Prior to the 18th Century it was known as Bormla, a name which is still in use. Its fortification walls, constructed to protect the town and its neighbours Vittoriosa and Senglea, were built by the Knights of Malta. Construction began in 1638 but was not completed for another 70 years. In 1722, Grand Master Marc’ Antonio Zondadari declared Bormla a city and in view of its strong bastions named it Citta Cospicua. You will then visit Vittoriosa, ideally situated for safe anchorage and over time it has developed a very long history with maritime, mercantile and military activities. Prior to the establishment of Valletta as a capital city of Malta, military powers that wanted to rule the Maltese islands would need to obtain control of Vittoriosa due to its significant position in the Grand Harbour. Vittoriosa is now a location of several tourist attractions. The historic Vittoriosa Waterfront contains the former Palace of the General of the Galleys and the Order of St. John’s treasury. The area was refurbished in the early 2000s and both buildings are used for other activities: the former is now a casino, while the latter is home to the Malta Maritime Museum. A second museum, the Vittoriosa 1565 Museum, is also located in the town and is dedicated to the siege and the battle in the town in 1565.The third city is Senglea, joined by a land bridge to Cospicua during the time of the Knights of St. John and as a result it became a peninsular in shape. During the time of the Knights of St. John, Senglea was used as a hunting area and was known as L’Isola di San Giuliano. In 1311 St. Julian’s church or chapel was founded. This was the first building to be constructed. On 8 May 1552 the foundation stone of Fort St. Michael was laid. Work on the fort, which was designed by Architect Pedro Pardo was completed in 1553. Construction of walled town Senglea took place during the following decade. The area, which had until the 1550s been known as Isola di San Giuliano or Isola di San Michele, was given city status by Grand Master Claude De La Sengle and was named after him.