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.
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
Interesting city....good shuttle service
Sail Date: December 2016
Interesting city....good shuttle service
Interesting city....good shuttle service Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Arriving in Malta by sea is a great experience, superb harbour, fantastic battlements.
Sail Date: November 2016
Arriving in Malta by sea is a great experience, superb harbour, fantastic battlements. Really interesting history. Good guide.
Arriving in Malta by sea is a great experience, superb harbour, fantastic battlements. Really interesting history. Good guide. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
We basically walked the city.
Sail Date: October 2016
We basically walked the city. One of our favourite ports to explore - the waterfront area is beautiful.
We basically walked the city. One of our favourite ports to explore - the waterfront area is beautiful. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
I would not advise anyone to take this excursion.
Sail Date: October 2016
I would not advise anyone to take this excursion. Firstly, Carnival was late to the shore, and because of that, our tour guide treated us the entire day like it was our group's fault we were late. She got into altercations with a few ... Read More
I would not advise anyone to take this excursion. Firstly, Carnival was late to the shore, and because of that, our tour guide treated us the entire day like it was our group's fault we were late. She got into altercations with a few of the guests due to very insensitive, smart things she would say. I think she forgot that WE were paying HER for the excursion and we weren't there to do her bidding. She had a lot of pride for her country, and didn't allow anyone to ask her questions. She just talked, talked and talked. For those in the group with walking challenges (Like my mother),she walked way too fast. One couple actually opted to take a cab back to the ship after the first stop because her pace was not enjoyable. She wanted to get through everything on the tour, but most of us were checked out after an hour or two. Additionally, we had an 8.5 hour day and no breaks for bathroom or food! We were told that we were going to have "lunch". We didn't get that until 1pm and it was really only snacks. At least we got unlimited wine (although we had to get up and serve ourselves). Do yourself a favor when you go to Malta and don't take this excursion. Next time, I could say on the ship and be happy. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
This was another interesting city and a good tour.
Sail Date: October 2016
This was another interesting city and a good tour. There was a significant amount of walking -- and at a pace a bit too fast for my liking. Expensive
This was another interesting city and a good tour. There was a significant amount of walking -- and at a pace a bit too fast for my liking. Expensive Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
four cruise ships in harbour most passengers wanting the same busses which kept on breaking down - ...
Sail Date: September 2016
four cruise ships in harbour most passengers wanting the same busses which kept on breaking down - not a good combination
four cruise ships in harbour most passengers wanting the same busses which kept on breaking down - not a good combination Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
crowded - no explanation/guide
Sail Date: September 2016
crowded - no explanation/guide
crowded - no explanation/guide Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The palaces were wonderful and our guide was good.
Sail Date: September 2016
The palaces were wonderful and our guide was good. Large group wasn't a problem. The national gardens were trees, trees and more trees. Only a few ordinary flowers to look at.
The palaces were wonderful and our guide was good. Large group wasn't a problem. The national gardens were trees, trees and more trees. Only a few ordinary flowers to look at. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
The trip was very good and the bus driver was excellent.
Sail Date: September 2016
The trip was very good and the bus driver was excellent. On our way back to the ship he dropped us off in a street very near to the Pietta military cemetery where we visited my great-grandfather's grave from WWI. A very moving and ... Read More
The trip was very good and the bus driver was excellent. On our way back to the ship he dropped us off in a street very near to the Pietta military cemetery where we visited my great-grandfather's grave from WWI. A very moving and personal experience. The graveyard is very peaceful and extremely well kept. We then enjoyed a pleasant stroll through the town back to the ship Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Really loved this place.
Sail Date: September 2016
Really loved this place. It was still very evident the mass bombing that went on there.
Really loved this place. It was still very evident the mass bombing that went on there. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
This is a beautiful place, so much history, loads of really old buildings, decided to take the open ...
Sail Date: August 2016
This is a beautiful place, so much history, loads of really old buildings, decided to take the open top bus tour, it is only €10 but was discounted to €7.50' for this you could take in all 3 tours but would probably need more than ... Read More
This is a beautiful place, so much history, loads of really old buildings, decided to take the open top bus tour, it is only €10 but was discounted to €7.50' for this you could take in all 3 tours but would probably need more than a day to do so. We chose the red route, which we were advised was leaving in 10 mins but over 30 mins later we were still waiting, be aware that they do NOT run to any timetable. Malta is really historic, it looks quite drab and dusty in places with loads of areas that seem derelict and quite run down. Once away from the main areas you are in countryside, again though not very scenic. The commentary was good if a little out of sync. Including the boat trip we were on the bus for over 4 hours so be careful of timings. The sail away from the harbour was wonderful, stunning views in every direction. You really need more than a day to appreciate Malta. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Did the city tour and harbor cruise-both were real good.
Sail Date: August 2016
Did the city tour and harbor cruise-both were real good. Guide was quite disinterested-spent much more time conversing with the bus driver in their native tongue than he did describing spots along the way. First boat had mechanical ... Read More
Did the city tour and harbor cruise-both were real good. Guide was quite disinterested-spent much more time conversing with the bus driver in their native tongue than he did describing spots along the way. First boat had mechanical issues so we all ended up walking a long way to get the second one and were delayed a while. Several older folks who struggled with that but even with those issues it's a great place to see. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
It was a good tour but due to traffic it was not as good as it should have been .
Sail Date: July 2016
It was a good tour but due to traffic it was not as good as it should have been . We got dropped off in the town and it was a lovely city and enjoyed our own exploring. It was 35+ deg on the day
It was a good tour but due to traffic it was not as good as it should have been . We got dropped off in the town and it was a lovely city and enjoyed our own exploring. It was 35+ deg on the day Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
enjoyed the scenic tour but wish we had done the city tour ourslves
Sail Date: July 2016
enjoyed the scenic tour but wish we had done the city tour ourslves
enjoyed the scenic tour but wish we had done the city tour ourslves Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
This was a very naturally beautiful place.
Sail Date: July 2016
This was a very naturally beautiful place. In a first for the ship, a couple on the ship got engaged here.
This was a very naturally beautiful place. In a first for the ship, a couple on the ship got engaged here. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
What a gem - its such a modern city with an ancient look.
Sail Date: July 2016
What a gem - its such a modern city with an ancient look. Was my favourite
What a gem - its such a modern city with an ancient look. Was my favourite Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Hop on Hop off only cost 10 Euros each and you could cover whole island if you wanted.
Sail Date: June 2016
Hop on Hop off only cost 10 Euros each and you could cover whole island if you wanted.
Hop on Hop off only cost 10 Euros each and you could cover whole island if you wanted. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Knowledgeable interesting guide, comfortable coach, enjoyable trip.
Sail Date: June 2016
Knowledgeable interesting guide, comfortable coach, enjoyable trip.
Knowledgeable interesting guide, comfortable coach, enjoyable trip. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Tour of the island by bus, they bring you to the blue grotto, Plenty of free time to walk in the ...
Sail Date: May 2016
Tour of the island by bus, they bring you to the blue grotto, Plenty of free time to walk in the old town.
Tour of the island by bus, they bring you to the blue grotto, Plenty of free time to walk in the old town. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Part of the same tour; Interesting place to visit.
Sail Date: May 2016
Part of the same tour; Interesting place to visit. Ship was given colour guard in costume and 7 gun salute on leaving port
Part of the same tour; Interesting place to visit. Ship was given colour guard in costume and 7 gun salute on leaving port Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
This tour gave us NO time at all to even see Valletta, which was a very big disappointment.
Sail Date: April 2016
This tour gave us NO time at all to even see Valletta, which was a very big disappointment. We couldn't do the grotto tour because of the weather, so went to Mdina instead. It was fine, but didn't have much time, and would ... Read More
This tour gave us NO time at all to even see Valletta, which was a very big disappointment. We couldn't do the grotto tour because of the weather, so went to Mdina instead. It was fine, but didn't have much time, and would rather have seen Valletta. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
lots of fun
Sail Date: November 2015
lots of fun
lots of fun Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We enjoyed this very interesting tour.
Sail Date: September 2015
We enjoyed this very interesting tour. The tour guide was very helpful and knowledgable. We had some free time too which was nice and we were able to buy some gifts.
We enjoyed this very interesting tour. The tour guide was very helpful and knowledgable. We had some free time too which was nice and we were able to buy some gifts. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
we wish we had booked the ship excursion offer!
Sail Date: September 2015
we wish we had booked the ship excursion offer! The earplugs in the HOHO bus were useless and there was hardly any commentary. Very hot upstairs with no roof and long waiting times at the stops.
we wish we had booked the ship excursion offer! The earplugs in the HOHO bus were useless and there was hardly any commentary. Very hot upstairs with no roof and long waiting times at the stops. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises