Multi Day Tours

2 Day Trail of the Knights
2 Day (7/8 hours each day)

Stunning views from the Vedette in Senglea


Tour Description

Day 1
Senglea, Birgu & Mdina

Follow the trail of the Knights on this excellent 2 day tour and discover how the Order changed our towns and villages, landscapes and cultures.

We start with a visit to Senglea, which is one of the ancient Three Cities situated on the Grand Harbour. Here we will visit the Vedette, one of many watchtowers constructed overlooking the Grand Harbour. Here you can admire views of the harbour and Valletta's magnificent bastions. We proceed onto Bormla, the second of the Three Cities before reaching the most important city known as Birgu or Vittoriosa. In 1530 when the Knights first arrived in Malta they went to the island's capital Mdina, but Grandmaster L'Isle Adam moved to Birgu just two years later and this is where they settled. Here we will go on a walking tour of the 'Collacchio', the historical centre of Birgu which is a maze of narrow winding streets. During our tour you will pass the original Auberges which the Knights lived in and the first hospital of the Order. We will visit St Joseph's Oratory which is a small church museum containing various relics of the Knights and other items of interest connected with the church and Birgu. The actual magisterial hat and sword used by Grandmaster de Valette during the Great Siege of 1565 have been recently restored and are exhibited here. At this point we make our way to the Birgu Waterfront. This is lined with majestic buildings because according to the Knights, visitors had perforce to approach Malta by sea and their assessment of the island was coloured by their first glimpse of its buildings which included beautiful and impressive palaces. Stores and warehouses were also built.

The second part of our tour takes us to the centre of Malta and the Medieval City of Mdina.

Mdina is built on a plateau in the centre of the island, the city's old Baroque buildings, cathedral and magnificent bastion walls dominate the rural skyline. Mdina, once the capital of Malta until the modern city of Valletta was built by the Knights had many names including Melite (Roman occupation), Medina (Arabic occupation), Citta Notabile and later Citta Vecchia (after Valletta was built). During our walking tour of Mdina we also include a visit to the Cathedral which dominates the main square of this walled city. It is a gem of baroque architecture which was built in 1694. During our tour you will also see other important buildings related to the period of the Knights.

Day 2
Valletta, Lija, Balzan, Attard & San Anton Gardens

We start the second day of our tour with a visit to Valletta. Valletta was built by the Knights of St. John in 1566 to further defend the harbour. The construction of the city was commissioned by Grandmaster de Valette. The Upper Barraka Gardens will be our first stop. From here one can see stunning views of the Grand Harbour and its impressive fortifications. This is followed by a walk through important streets so you can admire the beautiful Palaces and other historical buildings built during the period of the Knights. We will include an internal tour of some very important sites such as the magnificent St. John's Co- Cathedral, which was the church of the Order and also home to Caravaggio's masterpiece "Beheading of St. John" amongst other treasures and we will also visit the Grand Masters Palace with the State Rooms and the Armoury(this houses an impressive arms collection).

After a lunch break we continue with a drive through the three villages called Lija, Attard and Balzan. These charming villages surround the Presidential's Palace and San Anton Gardens. You will notice some magnificent private palazzos which were built during the 17th century. The Palace and surrounding gardens were built by Grandmaster Antoine de Paule who was proclaimed head of the Order in 1620.

Prices & Details:

Prices are based on the group size and are not per person. The size of transport is provided based on the number of passengers in your party.

2024 Tour Prices
Includes private transport with driver and guiding services:
eur958 for 1 to 3 passengers
eur1,288 for 3 to 6 passengers
eur1,596 for 7 to 9 passengers
eur1,903 for 10 to 12 passengers
eur2,208 for 13 to 16 passengers
Contact me for a larger group of 17 to 50+

LOW Season Discounts
If you are visiting between December 1 and 22 or January 5 and March 7 a discount is available on this tour.

For 2025/26 rates and bookings send an enquiry via the How to Book/Make an Enquiry form below.

Not Included
Entrance fees - To save unnecessary time-wasting and queuing we can include your entrance fees. Allow eur25 per person for St. John's Co. Cathedral, Fort St. Elmo (replaces Grand Masters Palace State Rooms/Palace Armoury due to refurbishment works).

The cost of lunch is not included in the tour rate, however free time for a lunch break will be allocated.

How to Book
To book, click on How to Book/Make an Enquiry below, complete the form and send. I normally reply within 48 hours confirming my availability.

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