The Two Capitals Day Tour

My suggested itinerary for the visitor with little time to tour Malta would be to tour the old and the present-day Capitals.

The tour starts with a drive round the walled Capital Valletta, to view the fortifications of the city and the harbours on either side of it. You will next travel up to the Upper Barracca Gardens on high grounds, for the spectacular view of the Grand Harbour. Follow up with a short leisurely tour of the city, and admire the splendid buildings on the way to St. John's co-Cathedral, where you will have a conducted tour of what was the Conventual church for the Order of St. John, and feast your eyes on this celebration of high Baroque, doubtlessly the island's principal monument, also housing the two Caravaggio paintings in the Oratory.

Another short walk down Republic street will show you more of Valletta's sumptuous buildings. Your tour of the city will end by the Grand Master's Palace, where the transport awaits you.

On for a drive through Attard, Balzan, and Lija, 3 late medieval villages, just where the inhabitants of Mdina came to live, when the danger of being dragged away into slavery by marauding pirates, was over.

Continue on to Mdina, another walled city, which served as the island's Capital up until when Valletta was built. This now sleepy city, is perched on a hilltop, having an irregular plan of narrow winding streets intended to confuse the enemy. The city was from all times the seat of the island's nobility, whose lovely centuries-old palaces you will go past, whilst walking the streets, to revel in the city's old-world charm.

The above offered itinerary, involves one entrance fee, that for the co-Cathedral, the cost being 10 Euros/person (reduced for seniors), not included in the quoted costs.

The proposed itinerary is only a suggestion, it can be altered or trimmed to your preference, even as the tour progresses.

Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
Grand Harbour Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
The Grand Harbour
Valletta Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
'The Cursed City of Steps', to quote Lord Byron
St John's Co-cathedral Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
St John's Co-cathedral
Narrow Streets of Mdina Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
Narrow Streets of Mdina