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Small Group Tour: Landscapes & Medieval Treasures

Type: Exclusive Small Group Tours
Discover the highlights on this popular tour. We start at the Blue Grotto, where you can enjoy a short caves boat trip, then a a photo stop at Dingli Cliffs and end with a walking tour of Rabat and the elegant city of Mdina.
Small Group Tour: Landscapes & Medieval Treasures
  • Maximum 12 passengers per tour
  • 4 hour, half day tour
  • Accompanied by Professional Licensed Guide
  • Tours start/end at Valletta Waterfront & Cruise Terminal
  • Tasting experience including our favourite street food 'pastizzi'
  • Flexi Cancellation


This tour is scheduled to operate frequently between April and November, but not on fixed days. Check the BOOK TOUR availability calendar for up-to-date availability.



This tour has different start times at 0830hrs, 0900hrs, 1000hrs and 1430hrs. Select a date in the BOOK TOUR availability calendar to check the tour start time.
This wonderful tour includes stunning scenery, the beautiful azure crystal clear sea, ancient towns, and insight into an island's rich culture and heritage.

We start our day with a visit to the south of the island and the beautiful Wied iz-Zurrieq, famous for the magnificent Blue Grotto. This tiny hamlet sits in a valley and has a very picturesque harbor. The grotto and neighboring system of sea caves are home to brilliant phosphorescent marine life. The 25-minute boat trip explores the incredible beauty of this natural wonder and is a "must-do". This optional boat trip is only eur10 adults, eur5 for children.

As you travel during the next part of this tour, your guide will explain the importance of the Girgenti Valley. Girgenti is a shaded fertile valley renowned for its orchards and cultivated fields. The ecosystem here is maquis, so it is green all year round. Citrus and other fruit trees thrive in the valley beneath the surrounding ridge. The old picturesque farmsteads are the homes of the local farming community who still work the fields and cultivate the orchards. On a spur overlooking the valley stands the summer palace of the Inquisitors built by Monsignor Visconti in 1625. Nowadays it is the official residence of our Prime Minister. Our journey via Girgenti will take us to the west coast of the island.

Stretching for some 4km along the west coast are the Dingli Cliffs. These cliffs have vertical or near-vertical rock faces rising from the sea to heights of up to 200m above sea level. Some of the steep slopes are terraced and this unique feature together with the expanse of the deep blue Mediterranean sea provides stunning views. Here will stop at the small 18th-century chapel which sits on the cliffs for a superb view and an ideal photo opportunity.

Our next stop is the old town of Rabat. The history of Rabat is linked to the period of the Romans (218 BC to 879 BC) and Saint Paul, who stayed for a short period after being shipwrecked, whilst on his way to be tried in Rome. The locals claim the origins of Maltese Christianity started here when the saint preached to them. During our visit to Rabat, your guide will walk you along the main street, which is adorned by typical village architecture. You will see quaint houses with traditional balconies and doors, small local shops, the band club premises, and other important aspects of local village and town life. During our short walk, your guide will include a brief stop at 'Is-Sirkien', which is the most famous 'pastizzeria' on the island, you will have the opportunity to taste our favorite street food called 'pastizzi'. These are diamond-shaped filo pastry parcels filled with mashed peas or ricotta cheese, they are delicious. 

And, as the saying goes, "Save the best till last". The medieval city of Mdina is our island's pride and joy!. It is built on a plateau in the center of the island, the city's old Baroque buildings, cathedral, and magnificent bastion walls dominate the rural skyline. Mdina, once the capital of Malta, until the modern city of Valletta was built in 1566 has had many names including Melite (Roman occupation), Medina (Arabic occupation), Citta Notabile, and Citta Vecchia (after Valletta was built). Today it is also referred to as the Silent City since it inspires tranquillity at any time of the day or night. The only way to experience and enjoy this city is on foot, exploring the quaint alleys, narrow streets, ancient buildings, and incredible far-reaching views from the high bastion walls. 

At this stage, our tour comes to an end and we make our way back to Valletta.

Additional Information

Tour Type
This is a Small Group Tour, operating with a maximum of 12 passengers. 
Tour duration is 4 hours.
Transport Type
Air-conditioned van
What is Included
Accompanied by an English-speaking professional licensed tourist guide, entrance fee into Hagar Qim Temples and Grand Harbour ferry.

Tasting Experience:
This tour includes a typical local snack-tasting experience. Food allergies: Tastings are authentic experiences, therefore alternatives of the same food or drink items are not available.
Blue Grotto Information
The optional Blue Grotto boat trip is not included in the tour rate. Allow €10/adults, €5/children which is to paid direct to the boat operators.

Access to join the boat trip is down a steepish hill. Whilst this is not a problem for most people electric cabs are available to take you up and down the road, if required, these are available for €1 per person each way. 
Getting in and out of the boats is similar to stepping in and out of a bathtub, boat staff are on hand to assist.

Boat trips operate subject to suitable weather conditions.

Book This Experience

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€59.00 Adult
€55.00 Child (4yrs to 13yrs)
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Prices Includes
Air conditioned transport
Licensed Tourist Guide
Including street food tasting experience

Not included:
Caves boat trip at Blue Grotto, allow €10/Adults, €5/Children if you would like to do this boat trip