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Malta: Marsamxett Harbour and Grand Harbour Cruise by Night

1. Malta: Marsamxett Harbour and Grand Harbour Cruise by Night

Enjoy an interesting and relaxing cruise through two natural harbors, the Marsamxett Harbour, and the famous Grand Harbour. Delight in the beauty of these harbors rich in history and traditional Maltese culture. On this tour, you will also visit ten of Malta's creeks. As you depart the Strand Sliema, you will cruise inside Sliema Creek, around Manoel Island to Lazzaretto Creek, better known as the Yacht Marina, round Ta'Xbiex to Msida & Pieta Creeks, cruising by the battlements and fortifications surrounding Valletta and Floriana to the Grand Harbour. Then, you will proceed to Menqa Creek, Marsa Creek, and the inner basin to see the Malta Ship Building Yard. You will continue on to the French Creek and the Dockyard Area, round the Three Cities Senglea, Cospicua, and Vittoriosa, and back to Sliema, cruising right inside 10 creeks.

The Best Traditional 2 Harbours Day Cruise of Malta

2. The Best Traditional 2 Harbours Day Cruise of Malta

Travel long Malta's Harbours in a traditional Maltese boat. See historical forts, battlements and creeks. Experience Malta's living past at busy dockyards and marinas. This cruise leaves from Sliema Ferries. You will go around the two natural harbours and their ten creeks. A detailed, live commentary will provide you with information about the history of Valletta and the Three Cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa which date back to 1565. Learn about the role the three cities played in the seige of Malta during World War II. While onboard, you have access to a fully stocked bar to help you relax.

Malta: Malta Island Bus Tour and Boat Tour

3. Malta: Malta Island Bus Tour and Boat Tour

Get a taste of the unique island of Malta on a bus tour and boat tour. Discover over 7,000 years of history as you drive past heritage sites, popular attractions, and beautiful natural landscapes.  Running during the summer months of the year (May onwards), the hop-on hop-off route starts from Bugibba, passing through Qawra and St Julian's and on to Malta’s capital city Valletta. You'll then make your way south where you will be able to experience and visit historic temples and sights along the way. Following your stop at the Blue Grotto, the tour heads back up north and inland stopping at Roman sites and points of interest and then back to Bugibba via Golden Bay on the North-West coast. With over 30 stops and 50 points of interest along the route, discover this Maltese Island like never before. Experience key sights including the Mosta Church and Dome; Ta’Qali Craft Village; and Rabat with many Roman Sites such as the restored Roman Villa, St Agatha’s Catacombs, and the medieval town of Mdina. Enjoy the famous 'Three Cities' and the Tarxien Temples believed to be built around 3000 BC. Marsaxlokk is a traditional and picturesque fishing village that is sure to delight you. Take the opportunity to visit the beautiful Blue Grotto. You will discover plenty of things to do on this island tour. Plus you can combine your hop-on-hop-off tour with a harbor cruise. Summer hop-on hop-off stops may include: • Bugibba Jetty • Malta National Aquarium • Qawra Seafront • Spinola Bay, • St. Julians • Sliema Ferries • Valleta – City Centre • Valletta Waterfront • The Three Cities • Vittoriosa Marsaxlokk • Fishing Village • Blue Grotto • Hagar Qim Temples & Mnajdra Temples Ta • Q'ali • Mosta • Mdina • Rabat • Golden Bay

Vittoriosa: Tour Of The 3 Fortified Cities Incl. Boat Trip

4. Vittoriosa: Tour Of The 3 Fortified Cities Incl. Boat Trip

The Three Cities is a collective description of the three fortified cities of Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Senglea. The oldest of the Three Cities is Vittoriosa, which has existed since prior to the Middle Ages. The other two cities, Senglea and Cospicua, were both founded by the Order of the Knights of Saint John in the 16th and 17th centuries respectively. During this half day tour, you will have the opportunity to appreciate these unique historical fortified cities and admire magnificent churches, traditional piazzas, incredible fortifications, and architectural treasures found all around the Three Cities area. Pieces of living history kept alive by hundreds of years of preservation! We start with a panoramic drive past the city of Cospicua, a double fortified harbour city and the largest of the three cities, to reach the city of Vittoriosa, this glorious city has been inhabited since the time of the Phoenicians, but the current city dates back from the time of the Order of the Knights of Saint John. Vittoriosa was chosen as the capital city of Malta instead of Mdina upon the arrival of the Order in the year 1530. Enjoy a fascinating walking tour through the narrow streets of the city admiring and appreciating all the historical buildings and captivating treasures found at every twist and turn. Upon arrival at the stunning Vittoriosa waterfront, board a traditional Maltese “Frejgatina” (a small, carvel-built fishing boat) for a delightful tour of the colourful harbour creeks. The tour ends at Senglea, named after Claude De La Sengle, the Grand Master who founded the city, Senglea is also known as “Civitas Invicta” a name given to the city for managing to resist the Ottoman invasion during the Great Siege of 1565. The island on which Senglea lies was joined by a land bridge to Cospicua during the time of the Knights of St. John and as a result, it became peninsular in shape. From the Gardjola Gardens located at the tip of the peninsula enjoy a stunning 360° view of the Grand Harbour, including the impressive Fort Sant Angelo, from where the Grand Master Jean Perisot De La Valette led the defence of the island during the Great Siege of 1565. During the whole tour knowledgeable and experienced guides will be providing you with riveting information and enhance your experience through narration and engaging storytelling.

Valletta and 3 Cities Private 4-Hour Shore Excursion

5. Valletta and 3 Cities Private 4-Hour Shore Excursion

Benefit from pick-up outside the cruise terminal at Valletta and see the city's UNESCO World Heritage monuments. Visit Barracca Gardens to get panoramic views of the Grand Harbour. Admire the colored balconies of Merchant Street and look inside St. John's Co-Cathedral. Walk down to the waterfront to take a private water taxi to Vittoriosa on the opposite side of the harbor. Explore the historical "3 Cities" of the Cottonera area to get a feel for the spirit of Malta and its culture. Go to the Gardjola Gardens to get a magnificent view from the old watch tower. Walk along the imposing city walls and venture down tiny streets to explore the old city and the Inquisitor's Palace. Cruise around the Grand Harbour by traditional dghajsa boat and get stunning views of the ancient fortifications. Return to the waterfront in Valletta, where a guide will accompany you back to the cruise terminal.

3 Cities - Discover Birgu in a 2 hour private guided tour

6. 3 Cities - Discover Birgu in a 2 hour private guided tour

If there ever were a place that has escaped the ravages of development and succeeded in keeping its original character, Birgu is that place. Birgu is a small harbor city with a rich history. Embark on a 2-hour guided walking tour to discover this unique character with the help of an expert guide.  Meet your guide near the berthing place of the ferry in Cospicua. Listen to a fascinating introduction to the history of the 3 cities, known as The Cradle of Maltese History. Proceed then on foot toward the city’s 3 gates, passing massive walls and arriving in the center of the maritime town.  Your guide will lead the group toward the historic center known as the Collachio, the main quarters of the Knights of Malta prior to the building of the new city, Valletta. Here, walk through pretty alleys along the Auberges of the Knights, the Inquisitors Palace, and through the famous Grand Harbour, which has historically provided a shelter for whomever had control over the Maltese Islands.  Along the way, your guide will offer fascinating insight into the town’s history, the story of Malta, and the legends of the knights, while you soak up the unmatched beauty of the area.

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What people are saying about Birgu

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3.8 / 5

based on 551 reviews

I state that there was a bit of wind so the sea was rough for the duration of the visit. In addition to this, the tour is worth it to admire Valetta, Sliema and the Three Cities during the evocative lights of the evening. The guide explained things very clearly (he is in English) Strongly recommended to sit on the right side to fully enjoy the view.

Really atmospheric, seeing the island by night is such a different experience to seeing it through the day. As for the cruise itself, it was very unhurried and very informative. Very polite staff. Would highly recommend, but make sure you get there at least 30 minutes before departure time, so you can get a good outside viewing seat. Enjoy !

It was a great experience! A lot of interesting information shared and it was cool to see the city and harbour from the sea! Totally recommended.

The view was great. We were picked up by a bus. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

LOVELY JOURNEY TO SEE VALLETTA FORM A TOTALLY DIFFERENT ANGLE ANS SPECTACULAR