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Southern Gems & Grand Harbour Small Group Tour

Type: Exclusive Small Group Tours
Visit the Hagar Qim Temples, the Blue Grotto, Marsaxlokk Fishing Village, and Birgu, located in the Grand Harbour, as you go through the intriguing southern region of Malta.
Southern Gems & Grand Harbour Small Group Tour
  • Maximum 12 passengers per tour
  • Accompanied by Professional Licensed Guide
  • Including UNESCO Hagar Qim Temples, Blue Grotto, Marsaxlokk, Birgu & Grand Harbour
  • Entrances fees and ferry included
  • Try a typical Maltese snack
  • FLEXI Cancellation


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Start at 0845hrs/Return at 1630hrs

We start our day with a visit to the ancient UNESCO temples of Hagar Qim. Before entering the temples we start at the visitors centre which will help you understand how these magnificent temples were built over 5000 years ago! We then continue with our visit to the actual temple site. This temple has some of the largest and heaviest megaliths out of all the temple sites around the Maltese Islands, some slabs weighing a staggering 20 tons.

Our next stop is the beautiful Wied iz-Zurrieq, famous for the magnificent Blue Grotto. This tiny hamlet sits in a valley and has a very picturesque harbour. The grotto and neighbouring system of sea caves are home to brilliant phosphorescent marine life. A 25-minute boat trip (which is optional) explores the incredible beauty of this natural wonder and is a "must-do". You will visit many of the caves and can admire the amazing crysal clear azure sea.

We then continue to our next stop and an opportunity to experience a little local culture when visiting the pretty traditional and active fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Marsaxlokk, is a quaint fishing village and is characterized by low lying buildings and the colourful traditional fishing boats known as the 'luzzu'. A small market lines the seafront, and you will have some free time to wander around, grab a drink and enjoy the ambience of this seaside village.

Next is a the stunning Cospicua waterfront, which offers magnificent views of the Three Cities. Here we will enjoy Malta's favourite lunch time snack, the traditional 'FTIRA', which is also recognized by UNESCO as a cultural intangible! The ftira is a flat bread made from sourdough and is typically filled with tuna chunks, tomatoes, capers, olives or anything you like really. Complimenting your ftira is our national soft drink, 'KINNIE'. This is made from bitter oranges and wormwood extracts, and is best served cold, with ice and a slice of lemon. It has a delicous bittersweet taste. 

The final part of our tour, is a 2 hour walking tour of Birgu. This walking tour will step you back in time, to an era dominated by the gallant Knights of St. John. We start at the entrance to this fortified city and make our way through three gateways. Our walking tour will take us to the heart of the city, through the narrow streets and quaint alleys known as the 'collacchio', an area of old Palazzo's which were the original Auberges occupied by the Knights'. We will visit the quaint piazza, the heart and sole of this ancient community before joining the waterfront. The Birgu and Cosipicua waterfronts are considerd to be one of the most beautiful harbours around the Maltese islands. In the past they would have been occupied by galleys and pirate ships, nowadays magnificent yachts occupy the berths. At this stage our walking tour ends. 

We continue along the waterfront to the ferry terminal for a short ferry crossing accross the Grand Harbour. During this short ferry crossing you will be surrounded by the maritime cites of Cospicua to the south, Senglea to the West, Birgu on the East and the magnificient view of Valletta's fortifica*tions straight ahead...it is amazing sight to see. On arrival in Valletta we take the panoramic elevator to the upper level of the city and back to the tour starting point. 

Additional Information

Tour Type
This is a Small Group Tour, operating with a maximum of 12 passengers. 
The tour will return to Valletta at approx. 1645hrs.
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

Tour starts at :

€98.00 Adult
€93.00 Child (under 13yrs)
Total €0.00
Prices Includes
Air conditioned transport
Licensed Tourist Guide
Entrance fees (Hagar Qim Temples)
Typical local snack - Ftira and Kinnie
Grand Harbour Ferry

Caves boat trip at Blue Grotto