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About Malta

The fortifications at Malta's Grand Harbour speak volumes about her past, indeed her reputation for valour during the Second World war earned her the George Cross and there aren't too many islands you can say that of!

Mosta and Medina (the silent city) will vie for your attention if you want to go wandering.


Shore excursions in Malta

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Mdina, Rabat and Trolley Train

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Discover Mdina and Rabat on foot and by trolley train.

Embark on a scenic drive to Mdina, the old medieval capital of Malta. Then it’s all aboard the trolley train for a 30 minute guided tour. Enjoy an informative commentary about the history, culture and architecture of Rabat, Mtarfa and Mdina.

En route, you’ll pass the famous Roman Catacombs of St Paul and St Agatha. Have your camera at the ready to capture the beautiful St Paul's Church, which was built above a grotto where St Paul is said to have taken refuge after being shipwrecked on Malta in 60 AD. As you enter the town of Mtarfa, one landmark stands out above all else, the Clock Tower, built in 1895 by British forces and recently lovingly restored. Your trolley train continues over the old railway bridge past the historic Notabile Railway Station to the Mdina Bastions. Your final destination is through Greek Gate Tunnel up to the terminus near Domus Romana.

Then it’s time for your guide to host you on a walk through the narrow streets of Rabat to discover the city’s charms. Before you head back to the ship, you’ll have some free time to explore Mdina at your leisure, browsing through the souvenir shops or simply relaxing at one of the cafés.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach, trolley train and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking included on this tour. The terrain is uneven in parts. Wheelchairs cannot be stored onboard the trolley train due to space limitations. Order of sites may vary. Seats on the train are wooden and the ride can be bumpy at times.

Six Must See Sights

Activity low

Duration: 3 hours

A scenic coach ride that passes by 6 of the best sights in Malta.

Embark on a scenic drive through Malta’s stunning countryside before reaching one of the islands largest natural harbours, Marsaxlokk. Admire this enchanting fishing village with its colourful fishing boats, known locally as luzzu. Continuing along the coastal road, you’ll pass through the village of Zurrieq where you can see the Blue Grotto from the coach and the eerie rock island of Filfla. Filfla is a sanctuary for numerous migrating birds, but was once used as target practice by the British Forces.

Heading inland, you’ll drive to the outskirts of the old capital, Mdina, where you’ll enjoy views of the medieval walled town. Passing through Mosta you’ll see Mosta Church, its unsupported dome is the 3rd largest in the world. Have your camera at the ready, for a photo stop overlooking St Paul’s Islands. The island is believed to be the place where St Paul was shipwrecked whilst on his way to Rome to face charges.

Back in the capital, Valletta, admire the stunning harbour views from the high vantage point at the Valletta fortifications. Before returning to the ship, you’ll also see the Great Siege Bell, which commemorates over 7000 serviceman, merchants and civilians who died whilst defending Malta during World War II.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach. This is a scenic drive only and all sightseeing is conducted by coach. Passengers must be able to negotiate the steps onto and off the coach. On Sundays Marsaxlokk has traffic restrictions in place and can only be viewed from a distance.


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