St. John's Cathedral, Mdina & Tarxien Temples

MLA-100 | Valletta, Malta | See Special Notes

from $159.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Valletta Valletta
  • St. John's Cathedral St. John's Cathedral
  • Mdina Mdina

You will see:

Strenuous Includes meal

Excursion Length:
Approx. 8 hours

Max. Group Size: 49

Tour Overview

Your tour begins as your board your motorcoach for a scenic 25-minute drive to Mdina, Malta's main city before the establishment of Valletta.

Together with your guide, you'll pass by the ramparts that envelope the city, strategically built on a high plateau for protection. After a short stroll, you'll enter the Cathedral of St. Paul. Located within the Mdina city walls, this baroque cathedral was built on the orders of Robert of Normandy after he took control of the island from the Arabs. In the name of Christianity, he felt the structure would rid the town of its infidel influence.

Your next destination - the Mdina Glass Shop. After a 15-minute drive to the Ta'Qali Crafts Village, you'll enter this unique factory renowned for its glass blowing, glass fusion and lamp work. You're certain to be awestruck by the beautifully shaped Mdina glassware in its traditional marbled, blue-green color, and tempted to purchase souvenirs of their handiwork.

A short drive brings you to the Tarxien Temples. These ancient ruins were once part of an imposing temple complex built by prehistoric man dating as far back as 3000 B.C, featuring a central building of three parallel sets of double apses. Walls exhibiting low relief work and friezes of animals and spiral patterns, a decorated altar table and a colossal stone statue, still remain. Tarxien Temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of six inscribed as 'The Megalithic Temples of Malta' in the World Heritage List.

Your tour continues as you board your motorcoach for a 20-minute drive to Qormi, a locality built beside one of Malta's largest valleys. Populated since the Bronze Age and best known for the number of bakeries, and vineyards, a traditional Maltese lunch awaits here at Razzett L'Antik (The Old Farmhouse). A vast selection of Maltese delicacies is on the menu, as is a glass of wine or mineral water.

After a sumptuous meal, you'll drive to Valletta where you'll embark on a walking tour starting at theBarrakka Gardens. Nearby is St. John's Co-Cathedral. As you approach, you'll note its surprisingly austere exterior contrasts the dazzling interior of gilded tracery and marble mosaic floor. The floor is inlaid with the glittering tombs of 400 knights and the barrel vault is painted with scenes from the life of St. John the Baptist. The oratory displays a moving painting by Caravaggio.

Your tour concludes with a walk back to your motorcoach, and a relaxing drive back to the pier. With Malta behind you, you leave with a myriad of unforgettable memories of a lifetime.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes

 

Attire that covers shoulders and knees should be worn in the cathedral.

On Sundays, Public Holidays and on state events tour groups are not allowed inside the cathedrals due to mass services. The visit to St. John's Co-Cathedral will be replaced by a visit to the Museum of Archaeology in Valletta. The Cathedral of St. Paul in Mdina can be replaced by a visit to the Mdina Experience (Audio Visual) or the Domus Romana (formerly known as the Roman Villa).

Glassblowers at Mdina Glass will not be working on Sundays and Public Holidays, but the showroom and workshops will be open.

Tarxien Temple will be closed from May 2015 until the end of 2015 for construction. Therefore, the tour will visit Ħaġar Qim Temple instead. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

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Wheelchair Accessibility:

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