3. VALLETTA & SLIEMA – THE PAST AND THE PRESENT
Valletta & Sliema – The past meets the present. This private, half – day guided tour begins at the Tigne Point in Sliema, the touristic heart of the island, where your private tour guide will meet you.
The tour will guide you round this sprawling town showing you special spots off the tourist track, enjoyed almost exclusively by locals in the know. Including a beautiful scenic path around the coastline of Sliema.
We will also show you some terrific vantage points to view the picturesque panoramic view of Valletta.
Then a walk along the promenade of Sliema, known as the Sliema front, with a view of the same magnitude off the coast to one side. On the other a view of the numerous restaurants, shopping centres and other attractions. Originally a quiet fishing village, the population increased relatively quickly from the late 17th century. Today it is quite affluent and undoubtably the commercial hub of the islands. This will then take the group to the ferry terminal.
We will then cross the Marsamxett harbour by ferry, towards the Grand, historic capital of the islands. Despite her size of just less than 1km, Valletta houses an unbelievable number of historic monuments with almost all of note.
The contrast between these two cities is of great significant, and can be used as a metaphor for Malta as a nation, the past meeting the present day in a culturally rich fusion.
It is because of this that the city in her entirety is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded in 1566 by the Knights of the Order of St. John and named after perhaps their most famous commander, Grandmaster Jean Parisot de La Vallette, who himself laid the first stone of the city’s great bastions.
The City was designed by Papal architect Francesco Laparelli, himself a student of the famed Michelangelo, requiring over 4,000 workers to complete his plans!
The density of the historic monuments, most in a baroque style with some having been renewed, make for a fascinating cultural tour.
Buildings such as the Grandmaster Palace, Auberge de Castille, The Royal Opera house and both the upper and lower Barrakka gardens were immensely historically important and today still serve an administrative, cultural, or public purpose.
The end of the tour and farewell to the guide takes place in Valletta.
If your group wishes you may add optional attractions. We recommend the glorious baroque-styled St. John’s Co. Cathedral. Which can be booked through the reservation form.
This tour will start in Sliema.
price and bookings
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
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.
City walking tour + ferry crossing, €1.5 pp. Not wheelchair accessible.
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.