Private Tour Vittoriosa Shore Excursion

Shore Excursions in Valletta

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When the knights of the Order of St. John came to Malta in 1530, they settled down in the harbor hamlet called Il- Birgu. Here they built their first hospital, Auberges and also fortifications as they expected the Ottomans to attack. The Ottomans attacked in 1565, the knights won the siege which remained known in history as The Great Siege of 1565. After the victory, the town was renamed Vittoriosa, the victorious city. In 1571 the Knights moved to Valletta, the new city which they themselves had built. Vittoriosa did not lose its importance as the Order’s fleet was stationed here. When Malta became a British Crown Colony in 1814, many of the buildings built by the knights now served the Royal Navy. Vittoriosa is a small town with a rich history.
Meet your private tour guide at the exit of the Valletta Cruise Liner Terminal and proceed on foot to the quay to get the Valletta – Three Cities ferry {included in the price}. It will only take about10 minutes to reach the ferry from the terminal exit. The crossing takes about 5 minutes. The guide will give an introduction to the city’s history and proceed on foot towards the city’s three gates. On the way you will enjoy lovely views of Valletta and the Grand Harbour. The guide will lead the group towards the historic center known as the ‘Collachio’, an area which was reserved for the knights, most of which is only accessible on foot. Here you will wind your way through pretty alleys and learn about its history whilst enjoying the town’s beauty. At the end of the walk you will return with your guide to the ferry {included in the price}.The ferry is adjacent to the Upper Barrakka Gardens lift to Valletta. The tour ends here and you will have the option to either return to the ship or to visit Valletta at your own leisure.    This tour has been tailored to fit your needs and can be planned according to the arrival of your ship. This walking tour of Vittoriosa lasts approximately 3 hours in total, during which time you will learn much about Vittoriosa, the Knights and the story of Malta.

What’s included

  • Fully licensed tour guide by the Malta Tourism Authority.
  • Return ferry crossing.

What’s not included

  • Entrance fee to any museum or church.