The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum & Tarxien Temples

4 hours | Valletta | M L A - 2 5 5
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$ 249.95
Min. age: 12 years (See special notes)
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Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Tap into your inner Indiana Jones and discover some of Malta's most exceptional ancient sites. The first treasure you'll explore is the Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni, the island's oldest underground temple and necropolis. Only 80 visitors each day can experience this astonishing site and Princess has arranged a visit just for you! Hypogeum literally means "underground," and when you enter you'll see a series of chambers, halls and passages on three different levels ranging in age from 3600 to 2500 B.C. The second level features sophisticated stonework and boasts a number of temple-like rooms including the Oracle Room, the Decorated Room and the Snake Pit. Your next destination is the Tarxien Temples, an imposing complex featuring decorative friezes, an altar table and a colossal stone statue. The adventure continues to Wied iz Zurrieq, one of the oldest towns in Malta where you can explore on your own.

Special Notes:

This tour requires walking over some uneven and broken ancient surfaces. Not recommended for guests with limited mobility or in wheelchairs. Wear warm-weather clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring a hat and an adequate sun protection. This tour is only available to a maximum group of 10 persons.
Please note that due to health and safety reasons, no one under the age of 12 years will be admitted to the Hypogeum. Additionally, please take into consideration that the Hypogeum is an enclosed space and this might cause mild discomfort to those susceptible to claustrophobia. Comfortable shoes (but no flip flops) should be worn for the visit as due to the high humidity levels within the site, some areas may be slightly slippery.
The Visitor Center at the Hypogeum, which includes a display area and an audiovisual presentation, is wheelchair accessible. The archaeological site itself however is NOT accessible to wheelchairs due to its configuration.
This tour is very popular and typically sells out quickly, especially due to the limited space available at the Hypogeum.
Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.
Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.


Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from Valletta Cruise port for transfer to Paola

  • Transport type: Air Conditioned Motorcoach
  • Travel time: 00:20
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Restroom available: No

Visit of Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

  • Time at site: 01:00

Drive to Tarxien Temples

  • Transport type: Air Conditioned Motorcoach
  • Travel time: 00:10
  • Wheelchair accessible: No

Visit the temples of Tarxien

  • Time at site: 00:45

Drive to Wied Iz Zurrieq, location of the Blue Grotto

  • Transport type: Air Conditioned Motorcoach
  • Travel time: 00:30

Free time and optional boat ride in Grotto caves

  • Time at site: 01:20

Reboard bus for return transfer to port

  • Transport type: Air Conditioned Motorcoach
  • Travel time: 00:40