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.
The main reason I give this tour an average rating is because the tour guide gave us very little ...
Sail Date: July 2015
The main reason I give this tour an average rating is because the tour guide gave us very little directions upon returning to the port and how to get back to our ship! We spent over an hour walking in the wrong direction based on our tour ... Read More
The main reason I give this tour an average rating is because the tour guide gave us very little directions upon returning to the port and how to get back to our ship! We spent over an hour walking in the wrong direction based on our tour directors advice to get back on our ship however, that being said Malta is a must do tour. The Knights of Malta are infamous and indeed a must see for historical relevance alone. I enjoyed the tour but the end was a big mess-up! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did the 3 Cities Tour in Valletta - We enjoyed visiting the different areas; however, there was ...
Sail Date: June 2015
We did the 3 Cities Tour in Valletta - We enjoyed visiting the different areas; however, there was quite a bit of history and talking in this tour - and with quite a few people, it was hard to take it all in. I would have preferred to see ... Read More
We did the 3 Cities Tour in Valletta - We enjoyed visiting the different areas; however, there was quite a bit of history and talking in this tour - and with quite a few people, it was hard to take it all in. I would have preferred to see more of the area rather than listen to so much history by a guide that was just so-so in my opinion. The water portion of this tour just stayed in the harbour basically and described the different areas around the harbour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Nice but if you get car sick, take medication beforehand as it's very windy roads.
Sail Date: June 2015
Nice but if you get car sick, take medication beforehand as it's very windy roads.
Nice but if you get car sick, take medication beforehand as it's very windy roads. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Such a good guide who managed group well.
Sail Date: May 2015
Such a good guide who managed group well. Very informative and some one who loved her island and promoted it very positively. Will certainly visit Malta again, a clean and beautiful island. Good retail stop.
Such a good guide who managed group well. Very informative and some one who loved her island and promoted it very positively. Will certainly visit Malta again, a clean and beautiful island. Good retail stop. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Whistlestop tour running behind a guide on a mission.Tour not long enough.
Sail Date: November 2014
Whistlestop tour running behind a guide on a mission.Tour not long enough.
Whistlestop tour running behind a guide on a mission.Tour not long enough. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Costa Cruises
Rain and an arrogant guide made for a dull trip.
Sail Date: October 2014
Rain and an arrogant guide made for a dull trip. We enjoyed the beauty of Valletta, but wish we had more time and better weather.
Rain and an arrogant guide made for a dull trip. We enjoyed the beauty of Valletta, but wish we had more time and better weather. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Nice open top bus gives a look around.Easy walk off ship into Vlletta
Sail Date: September 2013
Nice open top bus gives a look around.Easy walk off ship into Vlletta
Nice open top bus gives a look around.Easy walk off ship into Vlletta Read Less
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Good bus tour which ended in a boat tour of the harbour.
Sail Date: July 2013
Good bus tour which ended in a boat tour of the harbour. For once I felt this tour was good value for money
Good bus tour which ended in a boat tour of the harbour. For once I felt this tour was good value for money Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Enjoyed going on the bus tour and had a great guide who informed us of the history of the area.
Sail Date: May 2013
Enjoyed going on the bus tour and had a great guide who informed us of the history of the area. Toured the City center on our own.
Enjoyed going on the bus tour and had a great guide who informed us of the history of the area. Toured the City center on our own. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
I think this was the name of the tour we took.
Sail Date: April 2013
I think this was the name of the tour we took. It involved a bus ride around the city and other parts of the island with a variety of stops to get off and explore briefly. It was a great way to get a good idea of what Malta is like.
I think this was the name of the tour we took. It involved a bus ride around the city and other parts of the island with a variety of stops to get off and explore briefly. It was a great way to get a good idea of what Malta is like. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Valletta not for me, hated the place
Sail Date: February 2013
Valletta not for me, hated the place
Valletta not for me, hated the place Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
Hop on Hop off bus tour---the worst HOHO we'veeverused!
Sail Date: November 2012
Hop on Hop off bus tour---the worst HOHO we'veeverused! we were told to get on, get off three times and the commentary was worse than useless, being mainly adverts for shopping and little to do with the places we were passing. ... Read More
Hop on Hop off bus tour---the worst HOHO we'veeverused! we were told to get on, get off three times and the commentary was worse than useless, being mainly adverts for shopping and little to do with the places we were passing. However Malta is lovely, especially the wonderful harbour area. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Did not like our tour guide - left behind at the start & was told it was our fault
Sail Date: September 2012
Did not like our tour guide - left behind at the start & was told it was our fault
Did not like our tour guide - left behind at the start & was told it was our fault Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Mdina was a beautiful walled city with narrow, cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and ...
Sail Date: July 2012
Mdina was a beautiful walled city with narrow, cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and beautiful old architecture that is well kept. We went through the Mdina Cathedral, which was beautiful. There was a panoramic view of Malta ... Read More
Mdina was a beautiful walled city with narrow, cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and beautiful old architecture that is well kept. We went through the Mdina Cathedral, which was beautiful. There was a panoramic view of Malta and we were given time for pictures. There was about a half hour given for shopping in the quaint boutiques with reasonably priced silver jewelry and souveneirs. Valetta was almost as beautiful as Mdina with a visit to St. John's Cathedral and another half an hour for shopping. We visited a lovely terrace & gardens which offered a lovely view of the Mediterrean Sea. At noon, a soldier ceremoniously fires a cannon off. We were told this by a resident and not the tour guide. I would have rated this excursion higher but the tour guide seemed in a hurry and did not wait for the entire group to assemble before moving on. Some of our group missed St. John's completely because they were left in the dust by the tour guide and he took them back there during our free time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Guzzi was a guide recommended to our friends who live in Barcelona.
Sail Date: June 2012
Guzzi was a guide recommended to our friends who live in Barcelona. He showed us an amazing number of places on Malta, including a boat tour of the Blue Grotto and M'dina, but we never felt rushed.
Guzzi was a guide recommended to our friends who live in Barcelona. He showed us an amazing number of places on Malta, including a boat tour of the Blue Grotto and M'dina, but we never felt rushed. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Pre-booked Hypogeum on-line before leaving home.
Sail Date: June 2012
Pre-booked Hypogeum on-line before leaving home. (They only allow 80 people in a day) Took the city bus there and back. Amazing! Also did a HOHO bus we found as soon as we got off of the ship.
Pre-booked Hypogeum on-line before leaving home. (They only allow 80 people in a day) Took the city bus there and back. Amazing! Also did a HOHO bus we found as soon as we got off of the ship. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Valetta Malta Ship tour and visited Blue Grotto and the fishing village of Marsaxlokk.
Sail Date: May 2012
Valetta Malta Ship tour and visited Blue Grotto and the fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Tour was excellent.
Valetta Malta Ship tour and visited Blue Grotto and the fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Tour was excellent. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Malta is a small yet powerful and important island in the center of the Mediterranean Sea.
Sail Date: May 2012
Malta is a small yet powerful and important island in the center of the Mediterranean Sea. Situated 50 miles south of Sicily and 207 miles north of Libya, Malta has been an integral part of the "Middle Sea" history. The island ... Read More
Malta is a small yet powerful and important island in the center of the Mediterranean Sea. Situated 50 miles south of Sicily and 207 miles north of Libya, Malta has been an integral part of the "Middle Sea" history. The island is no more than 122 square miles making it one of the world's smallest states and yet is known as one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The list of invaders and occupiers reads like this: Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Habsburg Spain, Knights of St. John, French and the British all share a part of Maltese history. In reading The Middle Sea and The Holy Wars this small island played such a pivotal role in shaping histories of every country bordering the Mediterranean Sea. The name Malta appears to be a derivative of the Greek word "melti" which means "land of honey". Another potential name "Maleth" comes from the Phoenicians which means "haven" due to the many bays and coves on the island. Prehistoric fossils are also being found including pygmy hippos and elephants. The island dotted with megalithic temples of a design dating back between 4,000 -- 2,500 B.C. The island was soon occupied by many foreign interests, often resulting in massacres and bloody battles up until 870 A.D. in which the Byzantines invaded the island and held on to it for nearly 200 years when the Normans ousted the Arabs in 1091, returning the island to Christianity. For the next 700+ years the island was conquered and re-conquered by multiple forces and left nearly devastated by one plague in 1675. With the Treaty of Paris in 1814, the island officially became a part of the British Empire. During World War II, the British heavily defended the island from heavy Italian bombardments. Often called the "second siege of Malta", the British recognized the important strategic location of the island in thwarting Axis nation shipping in the Mediterranean. Due to the bravery of the residents of Malta during WWII, the King of England awarded the "George Cross" to the citizens for their acts of bravery heroism. This was only the second time in British history that this honor was bestowed. The George Cross remains a part of Malta's flag to this day. Now a part of the European Union, Malta gained its independence from Britain on September 21, 1964 and has vowed to remain a neutral country. For Malta we took a very expensive but very private tour to multiple locations on the island. If you've not read, The Siege of Malta, The Middle Sea, or The Holy Wars, The significance of these sites may be insignificant. The Bible also tells of the Apostle Paul's shipwreck on this island and his subsequent incarceration in the catacombs on the island. The actual catacombs are open for public viewing. I think we were both moved as to what we had seen. We've also decided that the is no way to describe the majesty of this island or how nice people were everywhere we went. When people ask us our favorite cruise port it will now be Valletta, Malta. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We also visited several other ports that are not listed on the port options.
Sail Date: April 2012
We also visited several other ports that are not listed on the port options. Salvador de Bahia - Brazil - Very boring and not much to see Recife - Brazil - Dirty and a bit boring unless you visit the markets in the olde gaol cells (very ... Read More
We also visited several other ports that are not listed on the port options. Salvador de Bahia - Brazil - Very boring and not much to see Recife - Brazil - Dirty and a bit boring unless you visit the markets in the olde gaol cells (very interesting - good prices) Malaga - Spain - very nice, great seafood paella right near where the ships dock. The cathedral is beautiful. Hop on hop off bus is a good way to see lots. Alicante - Spain - also very nice. Hop on hop off bus is also the best way to go. Disembarkation port of Venice was fabulous. Must do a gondola ride, walk on the bridge of sighs, visit the street vendors at come out at night. Venice is expensive but savour the moment. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises