2. VALLETTA & BIRGU – IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE MALTESE KNIGHTS
Valletta & Birgu – In the footsteps of the Knights of St. John. This private, half – day guided tour begins at the newly refurbished Triton Fountain, just outside the entrance to the nation’s capital.
The Triton fountain itself a symbol of the island nation’s bond with the sea. It is here where you will meet your private tour guide who will commence the tour.
During this tour you will get the chance to see some of the most exciting and historic attraction these grand Maltese cities have to offer.
Undoubtably the most prevalent architecture in this this tour was built in baroque style which was adapted specifically on the islands by The Order of the Knights of St. John.
Originally Hospitallers in the holy land they would eventually settle in Malta.
The tour begins entering the new city gate of Valletta, built between 2011 and 2014, it is the fifth structure to be built to serve similar purposes on that same site.
Repurposed, renewed architecture characterises the city with many buildings serving a modern-day purpose, such as the first attraction on the visit, The Palace of the Grand Masters which currently serves as the Presidential palace.
In Valletta, the tour will also allow the participants to marvel at the New Parliament Building which today holds active sessions of the Maltese House of Parliament.
You will then take a ferry across the Grand Harbour, which was also built by the Knights, towards the three cities, Isla, Senglea and the former seat of the Order, Birgu.
Visiting Senglea, the tour will visit Gardjola Gardens, boasting the former watchtower built at incredible vantage point at the very tip of the city’s bastions.
Although the Ottoman Empire are no longer a threat, participants of the tour can view a splendid panorama of Valletta’s Fort St. Angelo over the Grand Harbour.
The tour then goes to Birgu, a heavily fortified city which housed one of the most notable bases for the Knights, succeeding in repelling the Ottoman empire during the Great Siege of Malta in 1565.
After this conflict, Brigu was given the title “Città Vittoriosa”, The Victorious City to commemorate this event. It is occasionally referred to by this name.
It was also a settlement before the arrival of the knights, in fact it is one of the oldest on the island with many former invaders settling on the shores.
This was due to Malta’s deep, natural harbours which could house far larger navies than similar spaces in other locations ever could. This is yet another reason many different peoples have attempted to occupy the Islands.
It is here where you can find many film locations, such as Fort St. Angelo, which portrayed the “Red Fortress” in the highly acclaimed television series, “Game of Thrones”.
Completing the tour and saying goodbye to the guide is possible in either Birgu or in Valletta.
This tour will start in Valletta.
price and bookings
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language of your choice
A local licensed guide, conducted in one of 20 available languages.
It is possible to organise trips for groups of up to 500 people. On request.
Upper Barrakka Gardens
The Grandamasters Palace - The Presidential Palace
Grand Harbour Panorama
The Parliament of the Republic of Malta
and many more!
The tour does not require adding a meal.
up to 4 hours
The morning tour starts between 8 and 10a.m. Afternoon between 1 and 3p.m. According to the customer’s choice and the availability of the guide.
The tour starts in Valletta. You may book private transfers. Additonal fees apply.
up to 7 days
Free cancellation up to 7 days before the tour. For more info See T&C.
Payment in EUR or GBP within 48 hours after booking the trip. See T&C.
Malta tour with a private driver who picked us up directly from the hotel and was at our disposal at all times was the best choice for our group of 6. We visited Malta calmly and without haste - the guide fantastically adapted to the expectations and pace of the tour for participants
Active holidays - yes, seaside relaxation - all the more! During our guided walk along the beaches and cliffs, we also found a moment to rest and contemplate the Mediterranean landscape, accompanied by refreshing local specialties and Maltese landscape-well recommended!:-)
rodzinka z Olsztyna
Rodzinne wakacje na Malcie były dla nas wyzwaniem logistycznym - i trudno mi sobie wyobrazić lepszą pomoc niż wycieczka zorganizowana przez Ready4Malta. Nasz przewodnik oraz kierowca stanęli na wysokości zadania - dzieciaki się nie nudziły, a my - rodzice - uniknęliśmy stresu nawet w momencie niespodziewanego załamania pogody w styczniu.