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Valletta, Malta-port

Malta’s major port and capital, the entire city of Valletta was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. The centerpiece is the impressive 19th century Mosta Dome, visible from anywhere on the island, with its inlaid marble floor and the gilded, carved stone flowers set around the interior dome. For a tranquil afternoon, stroll the San Anton Palace Gardens, artistically laid out in Three Villages - Attard, Lija and Balzan. Or, for spectacular vistas, take a day tour to Dingli Cliffs, which offer striking views of the sea and rugged coastline. Valetta is also a portal to day trips to nearby Mdina, with its landmark Baroque Cathedral of St. John; and Rabat, the provincial township that was once part of the Roman city of Melita, where you can explore several fascinating archaeological digs.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A Tale of Two Cities
    Light Activity /Walking
  • A Taste of Malta
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Island of Gozo
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Island Panorama
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Mdina, Mosta & Handicrafts Village
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Rabat, Mdina & Dingli Cliffs
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Scenic Sights of Malta
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Three Cities & Valletta Harbor Cruise
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Valletta and the Malta Experience
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Valletta Highlights & Malta Experience
    Light Activity /Walking

A Tale of Two Cities

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: VLT-009

Experience the highlights of both Valletta and Mdina on this mostly walking tour.

Your tour begins with a short drive around the impressive bastions of Valletta and past Fort St. Elmo, making a brief stop for photos to admire Fort Manoel and Marsamxett Harbor. Next, you will drive into the heart of Valletta, Malta's Capital City.

Leaving your coach behind, you will commence a guided walking tour to the Upper Barracca Gardens which dates back to the 18th century and was originally the private garden of the Italian Knights that resided nearby. From this location you will be treated to a panoramic view of Malta's natural harbors and the historic cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa. From there, you will continue on with a walk past Auberge de Castille, St. John's Co-Cathedral, Auberge de Provence in Republic Street and the Magisterial Palace.

Rejoining your coach, you'll make the 30-minute drive to Mdina, a medieval walled town that was once the capital of Malta. Inhabited by the Phoenicians around 700 BC, this historical village is also rumored to have been where the Apostle St. Paul lived after his famous shipwreck on the island. A guided walking tour through Mdina's narrow streets showcases its most historical landmarks, including St. Paul's Cathedral. From the town's Bastions, you will be treated to a wonderful panoramic view of the Island.

Following your time in Mdina, you will transfer back to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of easy to moderate walking and standing. There will be some steps and slight inclines to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun caps; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests may wish to bring a bottle of water from the ship.