OVERVIEW: Visit the ancient walled cities of Mdina and Valletta as you step back into the time of the Knights of Malta.
HIGHLIGHTS: In the city of Mdina, you will enjoy a walking tour of the palazzi, city bastions and churches including an exterior view of the Old Cathedral. There will also be 30 minutes for shopping. In the city of Valletta, you will tour the Upper Barracca Gardens, St. John's Co-Cathedral and the Magisterial Palace.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approx. 1 mile over even and cobblestone surfaces in each city. Guests will have to navigate approx. 40 steps at the cathedral and palace. In order to enter the cathedral, respectful attire which covers shoulders and knees.
Visit the ancient walled cities of Mdina and Valletta as you step back into the time of the Knights of Malta.
-Enjoy a walking tour of the city of Mdina with its palazzi, bastions and churches including the Old Cathedral (exterior view)
-Tour the walled city of Valletta including the Upper Barracca Gardens, St. John's Co-Cathedral and the Magisterial Palace
Leave the harbor front and travel through the beautiful island on your way to the city of Mdina, one of the few remaining fortified medieval cities in the Mediterranean. You'll be escorted on foot through this former capital which has played a key role in the island's history for more than 1,500 years. You’ll see the impressive palazzi and churches. You’ll stroll to the bastions and admire the stunning view of the surrounding countryside. You’ll also have the opportunity to admire from the outside the 9th century Old Cathedral with its imposing facade. Time permitting; you will have approximately 30 minutes for shopping and browsing in Mdina.
Rejoin your coach for the drive back to Valletta. You'll proceed on foot with your guide to visit the main sites of the city. You'll stop at Valletta's Upper Barracca Gardens for a panoramic view of the island's natural harbor. From this vantage point, you'll also see the fortified cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa. A visit is made to St. John's Co-Cathedral. Together with its striking interior, the church also contains Malta's finest art treasures. In the oratory of the cathedral, you’ll see Caravaggio's famous 1608 painting; “The Beheading of St. John”. With their headstones lining the church floor, today the cathedral is the final resting place for many of the Knights of Malta. Your tour continues on to the Magisterial Palace, the former residence of the Grand Masters of the Order. You'll visit the Tapestry Chamber and the State Rooms, displaying period furnishings and artwork.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard ship) and photo identification when in port
What to Wear:
-Comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.
-Hats and other forms of sun protection are highly recommended.
-In order to enter the cathedral, respectful attire which covers shoulders and knees should be worn.
-In Valletta, guests must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over even and cobblestone surfaces. Guests will have to navigate approximately 40 steps at the Cathedral and Palace. Mdina requires approximately 1 mile of walking over cobblestone streets.
-No vehicles are allowed in Mdina; therefore, this is a guided walking tour.
-Occasionally St. John’s Co-Cathedral may be closed due to religious functions.
-If the Magisterial Palace is closed due to official functions, the Palace Armory or National Museum of Archaeology will be substituted.
-To avoid congestion at the venues, tour order may vary.