Valletta

An UNESCO-protected Mediterranean port
The capital of the island of Malta
St. John’s Co-Cathedral

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Valletta

A 16th century city

The UNESCO-protected port of Valletta, the capital of the island of Malta, is one of the must-see stops for every Mediterranean cruise of merit.

You can admire this port, constructed in the second half of the 16th century by the Frenchman Jean de la Valette and moulded by the religious and military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, from your MSC ship even before disembarking. The over 300 monuments rising in little more than half a square kilometre make this a place with one of the greatest density of historical attractions to visit during a cruise, not mentioning other attractions such as its beaches, seaside locales and restaurants.

An excursion to the island can start right from its capital, Valletta, which enchants the cruise-goer with its famous Maltese balconies, which decorate the facades of houses in its old quarter. Surrounded by a multitude of churches, which the islanders assure are as many as the days of the year, the St. John’s Co-Cathedral is one of Malta’s biggest tourist attractions.

The National Museum of Archaeology, on the other hand, hosts prehistoric artefacts found on the island. By the Grand Harbour, one can visit the underground passages of Auberge de Castille and the beautiful Baracca Gardens, which overlook the harbour; at night, when the city gates would close, its porticoes served as shelter for travellers. To get a taste of the life of Malta’s ancient nobility, visit Casa Rocca Piccola.

A 16th century Palazzo now the residence of the 9th Marquis De Piro, it has period furnishings and has a bomb shelter built for protection against bombings during the Second World War. The set of the film Popeye can still be seen from Malta’s largest beach, as well as the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieha with a fresco of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Christ; according to tradition, Saint Luke, who was shipwrecked on the island with Saint Paul, is the author of this Byzantine-style fresco.

Must see places in Valletta

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  • THE NEOLITHIC TEMPLES & MARSAXLOKK BAY

    KULTUR OCH HISTORIA

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    The islands of Malta and the nearby Gozo are home to an intriguing set of eleven prehistoric monuments, seven of which are classed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely the marvellous Megalithic Temples of Malta. One of these fascinating sites of early engineering and worship forms the first stop on this half-day tour and will take you to the southeast of the island. These temples are among the oldest free-standing buildings ever found in the world – some pre-date the Egyptian pyramids – and make highly evocative representatives of a bygone age. You’ll then continue on to the pretty fishing village of Marsaxlokk, situated on the shores of Malta’s second-largest natural bay, to see the traditional, brightly coloured “luzzu” fishing boats. In keeping with a seafaring tradition that possibly goes back as far as the Phoenicians, all of these luzzi have a pair of eyes painted on the bow, perhaps to make sure they always know where they’re going. Your coach ride back to the port and your ship then lets the tour draw to a leisurely close. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
      • Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

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        Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      • Längd
        4 h

      • Frånpris för vuxenSEK459per person

      • Frånpris för barn 2-13 årSEK329per person

    • DOLPHIN EXPERIENCE

      NATURLIGA UNDERVERK

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      Travelling with children? Look no further than our dolphin day, ideal older for kids and nature lovers alike. Leave the pier heading for the Marine Park where we will have a short talk on dolphin behaviours and learn how to interact with these gentle mammals. We will then proceed to the dolphin pool where you will meet and play with trained bottlenose dolphins for about 20 minutes. Free time in the Marine Park before returning to the vessel. Please note: guests must be good swimmers and in good physical condition in order to participate in this tour. Participants must be at least 8 years of age. Do not forget your towel and wear your swimsuit. Guests must sign a waiver before taking part in the tour. During autumn and winter calls, the duration of the tour will be 2.5 hours with no free time. You can book this tour only during your cruise.
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      • Möjlighet att simma

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      • Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

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        Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      • Längd
        4 h

      • Frånpris för vuxenSEK1509per person

      • Frånpris för barn 2-13 årSEK1389per person

    • ISLAND PANORAMIC TOUR

      NATURSKÖNA VÄGAR

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      If you want an introduction to the towns and the landscapes of Malta, join us on this panoramic coach drive around the island. Your first stop will be the old fortified town of Vittoriosa, located on the south side, and the first home of the Knights when they arrived in Malta 1530. Rich in tourist attractions, including the waterfront, the casino, Malta Maritime Museum and St. Lawrence’s Church to number but a few, you will enjoy a guided walking before to move to Senglea for a photo stop at the Vedette Watch Tower; keep your camera ready to frame the superb harbour views. Next on the list is a coach drive to to the pretty fishing village of Marsaxlokk, situated on the shores of Malta’s second-largest natural bay. Enjoy some free time and make sure not to miss the traditional, brightly coloured “luzzu” fishing boats. In keeping with a seafaring tradition that possibly goes back as far as the Phoenicians, all of these luzzi have a pair of eyes painted on the bow, perhaps to make sure they always know where they’re going. Last but not least on your tour list is the Blue Grotto, at Wied iz-Zurrieq. You will have the opportunity to view the Grotto from on top before you will be given some free time at Wiediz-Zurrieq for those who wishes to take the 20 minute boat ride (not included in the price). Please note: though all sites visited are wheelchair-friendly with the exception of the viewpoint to see the Blue Grotto, Vittoriosa terrain is mostly cobblestones and might be uncomfortable for guests using a wheelchair. If wheelchair guests want to take part, they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and their wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
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      • Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

        Svårighetsgrad
        Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      • Längd
        4 h

      • Frånpris för vuxenSEK272per person

      • Frånpris för barn 2-13 årSEK205per person

    • HARBOUR CRUISE & WINE TASTING TOUR

      NÅGOT SPECIELLT

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      To visit the island state of Malta, leave your ship and board a modern motorboat to embark on a relaxing sail along the scenic Maltese coastline, along the way passing by the lovely Cottonera area made up of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa, which are collectively known as The Three Cities. Nearly opposite Cottonera lies the Maltese capital, Valletta, whose harbour you will approach via the water route. The city has retained much of its architectural heritage and one of its most iconic sights is Valletta waterfront, a marvel of 18th-century Baroque architecture that has been extensively restored. Do take your camera to capture awe-inspiring views of the waterfront, while also enjoying a wine-tasting session at this unique location. Before returning to the port, you will stop at a renowned jewellery for shopping. Please note: the feasibility of the excursion is subject to wind / sea conditions on the day of call. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair; there is a flight of stairs to have access to the boat.
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      • Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

        Svårighetsgrad
        Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      • Längd
        3:30 h

      • Frånpris för vuxenSEK459per person

      • Frånpris för barn 2-13 årSEK329per person

    • JEEP TOUR

      NÅGOT SPECIELLT

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      Get set to enjoy four hours of uninterrupted fun on a guided tour around the north of Malta by jeep. After leaving the ship and boarding the waiting vehicle, your first stop will be at Ghadira Bay, near Mellieha, to see the square-shaped St. Agatha’s Tower, also called the Red Tower due to its striking colour, which was completed in the middle of the 17th century. After a chance to enjoy the superb views of the nearby Gozo and Comino islands from this historical spot, you’ll continue your drive along a scenic off-road route to Golden Sands Bay, a wonderful stretch of fine sandy beach. Then it’s on to the lovely Mtalheb, with a photo stop on the way, and finally the walled city of Mdina – Malta’s one-time capital – before you return to the port and your ship. Please note: participants must be at least 4 years of age, provided that they can be properly seated and wearing a seatbelt. The safari leader will provide you with information only in English during the trip. Comfortable shoes and casual clothing recommended. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women, for guests with walking difficulties or with back or neck problems. It is available in the morning on full day calls and in the afternoon on afternoon calls.
      • Ingen guide tillgänglig

      • Begränsat antal platser

      • Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

        Svårighetsgrad
        Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      • Längd
        4 h

      • Frånpris för vuxenSEK672per person

      • Frånpris för barn 2-13 årSEK485per person

    • RABAT, MOSTA & MDINA

      STADSUTFLYKT

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      Half a day off the ship and three of Malta’s must-sees are the measure of this entertaining sightseeing tour that begins with a short coach journey to the first of the destinations: the medieval walled city of Mdina, constructed by the Knights of Malta in the second half of the 16th century and once the capital of Malta. Also dubbed “The Silent Town” due to heavy restrictions on the use of motorised vehicles within its walls, Mdina is a place to explore entirely on foot. You will get to stroll through the lovely old city and have a chance to marvel at its old bastion. Next up is the town of Rabat, where you will take a short walk and enjoy some time to browse for a souvenir. The last place on the tour itinerary will then be the nearby town of Mosta to check out its fabulous Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, which was consecrated in 1871 and whose Rotunda boasts one of the world’s largest unsupported domes. A short coach ride back to the port and your ship then brings the tour to a close. Please note: as your visit to Mdina will be entirely on foot and involves long periods of walking, the tour is unsuitable for guests with walking difficulties. Although all sites visited are wheelchair-friendly, Mdina terrain is mostly cobblestones and might be uncomfortable for guests using a wheelchair. If wheelchair guests want to take part, they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and their wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. On Sunday calls, the visit to Mosta Cathedral will be external. Conservative attire recommended for visiting places of religious importance.
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      • Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

        Svårighetsgrad
        Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      • Längd
        4 h

      • Frånpris för vuxenSEK485per person

      • Frånpris för barn 2-13 årSEK365per person

    • VALLETTA AND MDINA

      STADSUTFLYKT

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      When in Malta, you can do no better than to pay not only the island’s current capital of Valletta, but also the former capital of Mdina a visit, both of which are the fascinating destinations on this half-day tour. Valletta is first up, where you will go to see the wonderful Barrakka Gardens – a beautifully landscaped public park – to savour breathtaking views of the Grand Harbour, after which you will head for St. John’s Co-Cathedral, built by the Knights of Malta in the second half of the 16th century. The ornately decorated interior is rich in treasures, including a masterpiece by Caravaggio. The tour then continues on to the medieval walled city of Mdina, which is situated in the middle of the island and is also called “The Silent City” due to restrictions imposed on motorised traffic. You will get to visit the Baroque-style St. Paul’s Cathedral, which presides impressively over the town, before enjoying a walk through the narrow streets and lanes of this piece of living history. Your tour then draws to a leisurely close with your return to the ship. Please note: as your visit to Mdina will be entirely on foot and involves long periods of walking, the tour is unsuitable for guests with walking difficulties. Even though all sites visited are wheelchair-friendly, Mdina terrain is mostly cobblestones and might be uncomfortable for guests using a wheelchair. If wheelchair guests want to take part, they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and their wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. If the call falls on a Saturday afternoon, the visit to the St. John’s Co-Cathedral will be external; guests will visit the National Museum. Conservative attire recommended for visiting places of religious importance. This tour is not available on Sunday calls.
        • Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

          Svårighetsgrad
          Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

        • Längd
          4 h

        • Frånpris för vuxenSEK512per person

        • Frånpris för barn 2-13 årSEK392per person

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      Malta

      Thousands of years of history
      Thousands of years of history

      Malta has been a contended land for as many as 10,000 years and is located in the middle of the Mediterranean where past and present coexist in harmony.

      This archipelago-state is formed by three main islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The oldest human settlements, dating back to the Neolithic age, were located north of Birzebbugia, in Ghar Dalam, where the so-called Dark Cave is found. A location that, instead, combines Christian tradition, architecture and curios is Mosta where one can visit the church of Santa Maria Assunta, that has one of the largest domes in the world.

      A vacation in Malta should also include an excursion to the centre of the island, to the town of Mdina, the ‘silent’ or ‘notable’ city, protected by tall walls, with its narrow alleys lined with crafts shops, little restaurants and small shops. From here you have the best view in the whole island.

      To learn about Malta’s prehistory, you should go south, towards he hypogeum of Hal Saflieni, in Paola:this is an underground construction on three levels dug out of the rock between the 4th and 3rd millennium B.C., and used as a shrine and burial ground, or you can chose to visit one of the seven megalithic temples erected between   Malta and Gozo. In Gozo’s main town, Rabat, one can visit the strongly fortified citadel that towers 150m above the town.