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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
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A Taste of Malta
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Hop On Hop Off Valletta City Tour
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Island of Gozo
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Mdina, Mosta & Handicrafts Village
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Palazzo Parisio & Private Piano Recital
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • 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

A Taste of Malta

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: VLT-003

No tour of Malta is complete without visiting the Mosta Dome, your first stop. The famed 19th century church is visible from almost anywhere on the island. Its interior is just as impressive, especially the inlaid marble floor and the gilded, carved stone flowers set around the dome. Malta is also known for its fine wine, which you will sample at a local winery, before visiting the Ta' Qali crafts village. During free time here, you can shop at your own pace, perhaps buying handicrafts such as ceramics, lace and glassware, which are made right on the premises. Another side of Malta shows itself at the formal San Anton Gardens, built and established by Grand Master Antoine de Paule, who ruled the island in the 1600s. The garden's exotic flora includes palms, jacarandas and conifers, some of which are more than 300 years old.

Please Note: When visiting the Cathedral, knees and shoulders must be covered. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. There are occasions when the Mosta Dome is closed due to spiritual functions without any prior notice. This tour involves approximately 2 hours of a moderate walking and standing; this tour is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair.

Changes due to ship calling on Sunday: External visit and explanation of Mosta Dome. Shops in Ta' Qali will be closed however a glass factory and a filigree factory will be open especially for our guests. An additional stop at Dinghli Cliffs may be added.