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About Malta

The fortifications at Malta's Grand Harbour speak volumes about her past, indeed her reputation for valour during the Second World war earned her the George Cross and there aren't too many islands you can say that of!

Mosta and Medina (the silent city) will vie for your attention if you want to go wandering.


Shore excursions in Malta

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Tale of Two Cities

Activity high

Duration: 4½ hours

The former capital of Mdina and the beautiful 16th century walled Valletta will provide a perfect introduction to Malta.

Embark on a scenic drive to Malta’s old capital, Mdina, one of the world’s finest examples of a living medieval city.

Once in the heart of the ‘Silent City’, your guide will host you on a walking tour through the narrow, winding medieval streets. Soak up the atmosphere of this old Arab capital, where the squares and houses are characterised by their Norman architecture. Admire the stunning views from the bastions, over the valley and the surrounding areas.

Your next stop is the present day capital, Valletta. Continuing through the historic streets you’ll visit St John’s Co-Cathedral, complete with elaborate in-laid marble tombstones and monumental artwork. Have your camera at the ready, as you pass the Grand Master’s Palace, which today houses Malta’s Parliament and President’s Office. From the highest point of the 16th century bastion walls that the Knights of St John built to protect the city are the Barrakka Gardens. From the vantage point, enjoy splendid views of the Three Cities and the Grand Harbour.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Modest attire is required in the cathedrals; shorts are not acceptable and shoulders should be covered. The tour has 3 hours of walking and some stairs. Comfortable shoes are recommended. St John’s Co-Cathedral is closed on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and Public Holidays. Passengers will visit the National Museum of Archaeology as an alternative. If time permits, some free time will be given in Mdina and Valletta.

Free time at 2 Sites

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 3¾ hours

A perfect tour to explore 2 of Malta’s popular resorts independently.

Leaving the quayside, and accompanied by your escort, you’ll take a trip towards Vittoriosa, for some free time to explore this charming waterside city.

Re-board your coach and drive to the southern-most part of the island, Marsaxlokk, Malta's largest fishing village. Here, you can spend your free time browsing the bustling open market selling a variety of souvenirs and local crafts. Take the opportunity of snapping a few photos in this picturesque bay with its hundreds of colourful fishing boats, or just stop for a coffee in one of the many cafés along the seafront and watch the world go by.

Relax on your coach on the transfer back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The time spent in Vittoriosa is around 45 minutes and in Marsaxlokk around 1½ hours. This tour is non-guided and does not include any meals, refreshments or entrance fees. You are advised to carry Euros. The level of walking is at passengers’ discretion.

Golden Sands Beach by Double Decker

Activity lowFamily

Duration: 4½ hours

Have some fun in the sun, and take a scenic ride onboard an open top double-decker bus to Golden Sands Beach.

All aboard, for an hour’s audio guided scenic drive on an open top double-decker bus. Golden Sands lies on the north-western coast and offers one of the best sandy beaches on Malta.

Departing Valletta, you’ll drive through the town of Hamrun, and past the St Cagetan sanctuary, and the ancient aqueducts of Santa Venera. You will also pass by San Anton Palace, which is the residence of the President of Malta. Continue past Attard towards the outskirts of Mdina where you’ll be able to see the Mosta Dome from afar. Drive through the countryside and the rural villages of Zebbiegh and Mgarr before arriving at Golden Sands Beach.

After a short walk to the beach, you’ll have approximately 2½ hours to soak up the sun and enjoy a swim.

After your stay, you’ll meet at the agreed time for the return drive to the ship. On the return transfer you will drive past St Paul’s islands and along the panoramic coast road.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by Double-Decker bus and on foot. This tour is un-guided and does not include any meals, refreshments, sun beds or entrance fees. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. The beach is public and therefore may become busy.

Mdina and the Hidden Gem Palazzo

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Sample the sights of medieval Mdina, then head off the tourist track to peek into the Palazzo Parisio.

Transported to a bygone era, the ancient capital of Mdina is one of the finest examples of a fortified Arab citadel in Europe, this unique city boasts an abundance of magnificent architecture. As you wind your way through a labyrinth of narrow streets it’s easy to see how the Maltese withstood several invasions by using the imposing walls and majestic buildings to serve as their defences. Enjoy a visit to the baroque St Paul Cathedral, before continuing to the bastions to capture panoramic views of the island.

In the heart of the picturesque village of Naxxar is the stunning Palazzo Parisio, known to many as ‘Mini Versailles’. The relatively modest façade masks a sumptuous and flamboyant chateau, lavishly decorated across the centuries in exuberant style by the most eminent craftsmen of the time. Your guide will host you on a tour of the interior, rich with fine frescoes, magnificent marble, rare paintings and extravagant gilding. The internationally recognised landscaped gardens are acclaimed as being among the finest in Europe. During your visit, you can enjoy a slice of cake and a cup of tea or coffee.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is not suitable for children under 6 years old. There is approximately 2 hours of walking over paved and cobbled terrain. On Sunday calls there will be an exterior visit to Cathedral only.

Mdina, Rabat and Trolley Train

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Discover Mdina and Rabat on foot and by trolley train.

Embark on a scenic drive to Mdina, the old medieval capital of Malta. Then it’s all aboard the trolley train for a 30 minute guided tour. Enjoy an informative commentary about the history, culture and architecture of Rabat, Mtarfa and Mdina.

En route, you’ll pass the famous Roman Catacombs of St Paul and St Agatha. Have your camera at the ready to capture the beautiful St Paul's Church, which was built above a grotto where St Paul is said to have taken refuge after being shipwrecked on Malta in 60 AD. As you enter the town of Mtarfa, one landmark stands out above all else, the Clock Tower, built in 1895 by British forces and recently lovingly restored. Your trolley train continues over the old railway bridge past the historic Notabile Railway Station to the Mdina Bastions. Your final destination is through Greek Gate Tunnel up to the terminus near Domus Romana.

Then it’s time for your guide to host you on a walk through the narrow streets of Rabat to discover the city’s charms. Before you head back to the ship, you’ll have some free time to explore Mdina at your leisure, browsing through the souvenir shops or simply relaxing at one of the cafés.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach, trolley train and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking included on this tour. The terrain is uneven in parts. Wheelchairs cannot be stored onboard the trolley train due to space limitations. Order of sites may vary. Seats on the train are wooden and the ride can be bumpy at times.


A selection of cruises to Malta

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