Malta (Valletta) City Tour Excursion Reviews

Boasting an impressive history, Malta has at various points been ruled by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Habsburg Spain, the Knights of St John, France, and England. A city tour is a great way to see the old walled capital of Mdina, center of the oft-disputed isle.
Booked the hop on hop off bus, got off at Mdina which is beautiful and walked around the harbor.
Sail Date: July 2019
Booked the hop on hop off bus, got off at Mdina which is beautiful and walked around the harbor. It was very hot the day we went so didn't spend much time there , as the bus had no air conditioning and it was unbearable , we ... Read More
Booked the hop on hop off bus, got off at Mdina which is beautiful and walked around the harbor. It was very hot the day we went so didn't spend much time there , as the bus had no air conditioning and it was unbearable , we left to get back on the ship a lot earlier than planned . Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
TERRIBLE bus and terrible tour!
Sail Date: June 2019
TERRIBLE bus and terrible tour! The bus was old, barely had AC, the amount of room from the end of the seat to the seat in front of you was the width of my hand! I am a woman so my hand is not huge! The first restroom break was a joke. We ... Read More
TERRIBLE bus and terrible tour! The bus was old, barely had AC, the amount of room from the end of the seat to the seat in front of you was the width of my hand! I am a woman so my hand is not huge! The first restroom break was a joke. We stopped at a small fishing village. It was lunchtime and no one would serve us a just a beverage (understandable). Out tour guide had a nervous tic a laugh and he laughed after EVERYTHING he said! AY YI YI!! Not a fun tour, and the island wasnt particularly scenic. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The tour guide was ok.
Sail Date: May 2019
The tour guide was ok. But we would prefer to have done the tour ourselves.
The tour guide was ok. But we would prefer to have done the tour ourselves. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
This was our favorite port.
Sail Date: May 2019
This was our favorite port. You are docked right in the city by the ancient walls. Our tour guide took us to a local fishing village, then a walking tour of parts of the old town. Then we had an incredible lunch and wine in a local ... Read More
This was our favorite port. You are docked right in the city by the ancient walls. Our tour guide took us to a local fishing village, then a walking tour of parts of the old town. Then we had an incredible lunch and wine in a local restaurant. There was so much food and no sparing of the wine! We really enjoyed this. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Malta is beautiful and a real gem.
Sail Date: April 2019
Malta is beautiful and a real gem. We loved it. The tour guide was great.
Malta is beautiful and a real gem. We loved it. The tour guide was great. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Very basic site seeing bus tour.
Sail Date: April 2019
Very basic site seeing bus tour. Guide, however, was good.
Very basic site seeing bus tour. Guide, however, was good. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
My friend who isn't posting this but shared this with me.
Sail Date: April 2019
My friend who isn't posting this but shared this with me. He thought the American-speaking tour person who oversaw the portion of the tour was rude. He showed up where the ship told him to be, and was early, but said that the ... Read More
My friend who isn't posting this but shared this with me. He thought the American-speaking tour person who oversaw the portion of the tour was rude. He showed up where the ship told him to be, and was early, but said that the disorganized method that this particular tour guide functioned in was rude enough and not taken into consideration someone who may never have cruised/toured before. She should have used care to make sure that everyone knew to take a group number or make sure they followed specific instructions. Also, since tours begin so early, having coffee and pastry handy for such early morning excursions would have been nice. We did notice later in the cruise that the Newsletters that MSC so thoughtfully gives us each night for the next days events, included where on the ship you can have a light breakfast, if you can't get up early enough to have breakfast, or choose not to eat that early. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Bus was pretty average for the price, people rude and saving seats!
Sail Date: March 2019
Bus was pretty average for the price, people rude and saving seats! Mdina was really interesting and worth a visit. Don't miss a lunch at Nenu the Artisan Baker- get the Maltese tasting plate! The Battery is also fantastic!
Bus was pretty average for the price, people rude and saving seats! Mdina was really interesting and worth a visit. Don't miss a lunch at Nenu the Artisan Baker- get the Maltese tasting plate! The Battery is also fantastic! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
3 cities and a boat ride was our tour and there is a lot of walking!
Sail Date: September 2018
3 cities and a boat ride was our tour and there is a lot of walking! The boat ride is on a small Gondola like craft and was fun. The tour itself was OK, not my favorite as our guide was difficult to understand at times. Malta has ... Read More
3 cities and a boat ride was our tour and there is a lot of walking! The boat ride is on a small Gondola like craft and was fun. The tour itself was OK, not my favorite as our guide was difficult to understand at times. Malta has interesting history and would have liked to have heard more. Lots of traffic here and the shopping is good. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
My only criticism was too little time in Mdina.
Sail Date: July 2018
My only criticism was too little time in Mdina. It was a fascinating walled city and we really only had an hour. Being hungry by the time we got there, it was mostly taken up finding a nice place to eat. Will certainly want to go back ... Read More
My only criticism was too little time in Mdina. It was a fascinating walled city and we really only had an hour. Being hungry by the time we got there, it was mostly taken up finding a nice place to eat. Will certainly want to go back there and spend a lot more time exploring this ancient walled city. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Hop on Hop off bus, then walking main street Valletta , taxi back to ship.
Sail Date: June 2018
Hop on Hop off bus, then walking main street Valletta , taxi back to ship. Convenient cost of tour was charged to ships account.
Hop on Hop off bus, then walking main street Valletta , taxi back to ship. Convenient cost of tour was charged to ships account. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The taste of Malta was okay.
Sail Date: June 2018
The taste of Malta was okay. We could have walked on our own. We did so in the evening and you don't need to book a tour.
The taste of Malta was okay. We could have walked on our own. We did so in the evening and you don't need to book a tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Our tour was called "City of Kninghts and Mdina".
Sail Date: June 2018
Our tour was called "City of Kninghts and Mdina". This tour had a large group of older folks on it who should have been on their own private tour. They kept complaining that they could not hear the guide. She was not loud. We did ... Read More
Our tour was called "City of Kninghts and Mdina". This tour had a large group of older folks on it who should have been on their own private tour. They kept complaining that they could not hear the guide. She was not loud. We did not have headsets on this tour. We met at the port and bussed to the city. We walked around and went to the cathedral of St John. WOW is all I can say. Stunning. Do not miss this church. We went to the Upper gardens and the views are amazing. WE bussed to Mdina, a smaller walled city and walked around there. We got back on the bus back to Valetta and after the tour ended, wandered on our own. There is no time to shop on this tour. Lots of walking. Malta is cool. So much to do here. We barely scratched the surface. Hard to choose which tour to do on this stop. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The Hop on Hop off buses provide an audio tour in several languages.
Sail Date: April 2018
The Hop on Hop off buses provide an audio tour in several languages. Unfortunately, these buses had a hard time being on time or professional. If you never get off until the end, you'll actually be okay.
The Hop on Hop off buses provide an audio tour in several languages. Unfortunately, these buses had a hard time being on time or professional. If you never get off until the end, you'll actually be okay. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
I never knew how breath taking Malta was until I experienced it.
Sail Date: April 2018
I never knew how breath taking Malta was until I experienced it. Our tour guide was amazing. The history was interesting and awe inspiring. Going to St. John's Cathedral was an amazing treat. The only thing I wish was that we were in ... Read More
I never knew how breath taking Malta was until I experienced it. Our tour guide was amazing. The history was interesting and awe inspiring. Going to St. John's Cathedral was an amazing treat. The only thing I wish was that we were in Port longer so we could explore more. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Don't miss Rabat.
Sail Date: April 2018
Don't miss Rabat. Entire fantastical city like a Game of Thrones set. First two seasons of the Lannister Castle filmed here. Northern shore of Malta features spectaclar Mediterranean views.
Don't miss Rabat. Entire fantastical city like a Game of Thrones set. First two seasons of the Lannister Castle filmed here. Northern shore of Malta features spectaclar Mediterranean views. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The tour was pleasant and afterwards we found a wonderful restaurant for lunch.
Sail Date: November 2017
The tour was pleasant and afterwards we found a wonderful restaurant for lunch.
The tour was pleasant and afterwards we found a wonderful restaurant for lunch. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Started too late as ship was late in arriving.
Sail Date: November 2017
Started too late as ship was late in arriving. Should have changed and shorten itinerary. Driving in a bus in the complete dark is useless. Blue Grotto stop was very unwise as pitch dark and the path was very steep. Got back to ship very ... Read More
Started too late as ship was late in arriving. Should have changed and shorten itinerary. Driving in a bus in the complete dark is useless. Blue Grotto stop was very unwise as pitch dark and the path was very steep. Got back to ship very late. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
Beautiful place, full of architecture and history, but the 6 hour tour was too crammed.
Sail Date: October 2017
Beautiful place, full of architecture and history, but the 6 hour tour was too crammed. The guide went at high speed and didn't care if you were left behind to enjoy something.
Beautiful place, full of architecture and history, but the 6 hour tour was too crammed. The guide went at high speed and didn't care if you were left behind to enjoy something. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Best island yet!
Sail Date: October 2017
Best island yet! Picturesque, historical, beautiful! Friendly people, fun shopping, great restaurants.
Best island yet! Picturesque, historical, beautiful! Friendly people, fun shopping, great restaurants. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Nice city.
Sail Date: October 2017
Nice city. Loved the cathedral. Prince Charles was in town, so a lot of streets blocked off. However I got a picture of him just 1 foot away from me. Pretty awesome experience.
Nice city. Loved the cathedral. Prince Charles was in town, so a lot of streets blocked off. However I got a picture of him just 1 foot away from me. Pretty awesome experience. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Outstanding!
Sail Date: April 2017
Outstanding! Very fast paced.
Outstanding! Very fast paced. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
We loved our walking tour with Photograph Malta!
Sail Date: April 2017
We loved our walking tour with Photograph Malta! The owner/operator took us to many sights we would have missed on our own. She provided us with local knowledge and photography tips! After the tour she recommended a lovely bistro where the ... Read More
We loved our walking tour with Photograph Malta! The owner/operator took us to many sights we would have missed on our own. She provided us with local knowledge and photography tips! After the tour she recommended a lovely bistro where the four of us from the tour had a fantastic meal outside enjoying the beautiful evening. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Long a crossroads of Mediterranean trade and culture, the island of Malta has been shaped by ...
Sail Date: February 2017
Long a crossroads of Mediterranean trade and culture, the island of Malta has been shaped by countless civilizations. It was the Knights of St. John who built Valletta. A stroll around the massive, intact walls and bastions affords a ... Read More
Long a crossroads of Mediterranean trade and culture, the island of Malta has been shaped by countless civilizations. It was the Knights of St. John who built Valletta. A stroll around the massive, intact walls and bastions affords a magnificent view of the cityscape and the spectacular Grand Harbor. The former capital was Mdina, a medieval walled city locals call the "Silent City" as cars are not allowed in its streets. Valletta was founded in the 16th Century and has views of 3 cities and Fort Ricasoli. Malta was a strategic island during World War II with its airfields and Grand Harbor port. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Good over view of the city and the history.
Sail Date: February 2017
Good over view of the city and the history. The Guide was very good. We went into the city earlier on our own to Visit the Archeology Musem, San Giovanni church and to shop.
Good over view of the city and the history. The Guide was very good. We went into the city earlier on our own to Visit the Archeology Musem, San Giovanni church and to shop. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises