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How to Spend 3 Days in Valletta

How to Spend 3 Days in Valletta

Three days in Valletta give you ample time to soak up the historic city’s atmosphere, tick off top sights by land and by sea, and go island hopping around the Maltese archipelago. Here are a few ways to experience the best of Valletta in 72 hours.

Day 1: Explore the City

Malta’s compact size makes it a great place to explore on foot, meaning that walking tours are one of the most enjoyable ways to see the sights. Most walking tours cover landmarks such as St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the Grand Master’s Palace, and the new Parliament building, and point out Baroque architectural details that you may otherwise have missed. Tours by Segway follow a similar itinerary but cover more ground in a shorter time, while hop-on hop-off bus tours have the added appeal of letting you set your own itinerary and pace.

Nighttime tours let you see Valletta, as well as the nearby historic cities of Mosta and Mdina, at their most atmospheric. Options include ghost tours, open-top bus tours, and walking tours that tend to include tickets to Malta 5D, a multimedia show about Maltese history and culture.

Day 2: Get Out on the Water

Get a different perspective of Malta and its surrounding islands on a cruise. Full-day sightseeing cruises typically sail all the way around the Maltese coastline and anchor at secluded bays that can only be reached by boat, so that you can enjoy free time snorkeling or swimming. Some cruises let you disembark at the car-free island of Comino for a stroll or to visit the famed Blue Lagoon. Other, shorter, cruises typically stay closer to Malta’s coastline and cover the Grand Harbour, coastal villages, and the Three Cities, a collective name given to the ancient fortress cities of Senglea, Cospicua, and Vittoriosa.

Back on dry land, nighttime entertainment options include immersing yourself in traditional Maltese culture with a folklore dinner-and-show package or soaking up the nightlife of Paceville and St. Julian’s on a bar crawl of some of the area’s best nightlife spots.

Day 3: Explore Gozo

On your final day, head over to Gozo—a 30-minute ferry ride from Cirkewwa Harbour—to explore more of the archipelago. Full-day Jeep and coach tours of the island typically include hotel pickup and drop-off, and take you to top attractions such as the UNESCO-listed Ggantija Temples, Ramla Bay, and the hilltop citadel in Victoria—excursions let you skip the stress of car hire and navigation. If you prefer some flexibility, make your own way to Gozo to take in views of mountainous terrain aboard a hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus, which allows you to travel at your own pace. 

Stay on Gozo for dinner to discover why the island is famed for its food. You’ll find plenty of excellent restaurants focused on fresh, local produce around Mgarr Harbour, from which you can catch the ferry back to Malta afterward.

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Gozo Full-Day Jeep Tour w/ Private Boat to Gozo & return (to avoid queuing)

Gozo Full-Day Jeep Tour w/ Private Boat to Gozo & return (to avoid queuing)

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Explore the island of Gozo by Jeep on a full-day tour from Malta. Discover both the highlights and hidden corners of Gozo in a Jeep that can travel on small country roads where larger vehicles cannot venture. Visit top attractions such as Victoria, Qala Belvedere, and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ggantija Temples, along with many other destinations across the island. Includes driver-guide, lunch and food tastings, transportation by Jeep, and hotel pickup and drop-off from select locations.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Valletta Segway Tour and The Malta Experience

Valletta Segway Tour and The Malta Experience

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The ideal introduction to Valletta, this two-part experience includes a guided Segway tour of Malta’s capital and admission to the Malta Experience. Save energy as you roll around town by Segway, viewing the city’s top attractions without breaking a sweat. Then get familiar with the city’s rich history at the Malta Experience, a show that gives an overview of Malta's story, from prehistoric times to the present.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.90
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The Original Valletta Walking Tour

The Original Valletta Walking Tour

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Malta’s UNESCO-listed capital is best explored on a walking tour. This small-group tour of Valletta is limited to 30 participants, and has plenty of time to take in all the highlights.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.98
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City Sightseeing Malta Island Bus Tour (Plus Optional Cruise)

City Sightseeing Malta Island Bus Tour (Plus Optional Cruise)

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Get acquainted with Malta and its sights on a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your ticket, you can sit back and relax as you’re whisked around north and south Malta by open-top, double-decker bus. See attractions such as the Blue Grotto and Three Cities using the south route, and take in Rabat, Mosta, and Castille on the north route. Plus, listen to the onboard audio commentary to learn more about Malta and its history. Entrance fees not included. Choose between a 1- or 2-day pass.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Valletta and The Three Cities Harbor Cruise

Valletta and The Three Cities Harbor Cruise

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Take a boat cruise that shares the highlights of Valletta's two natural harbors and ten creeks. Includes informative commentary about the region from its history to the present.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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The Dark Side of Valletta

The Dark Side of Valletta

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If you've already done the typical city tours of Valetta, embark on something completely different on this ghost tour. Walk the streets of Malta’s capital and discover some lesser-known buildings and corners to hear spine-tingling tales from the city's history, including the haunted house of Saint Ursula, and the ghost of the Co-Cathedral.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Round Malta Cruise Full Day Tour

Round Malta Cruise Full Day Tour

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With this cruise tour, see the Maltese coastline in all its glory and anchor at secluded bays that are difficult to reach except by boat. Travel along the coast while listening to informative live commentary. Disembark on the car-free island of Comino for a stroll or a swim. Back on the boat, there’ll be time to anchor at a scenic bay, where you will have the option to try snorkeling.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Paceville Pub Crawl, Malta

Paceville Pub Crawl, Malta

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Indulge in the nightlife in Malta on a wild night on the town in Paceville. Meet your host and group at a rooftop bar in St. Julian's and get the most out of Malta’s club scene as you hop from fun pubs and salsa bars to the biggest clubs, where you enjoy VIP access. Each stop includes one free drink and additional discounts.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Comino Sunset Cruise including Open Bar

Comino Sunset Cruise including Open Bar

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Spend the afternoon exploring Comino and the Blue Lagoon on this cruise, with plenty of time to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe along the coast. Enjoy the use of showers and an air-conditioned cabin on board the boat, with an open bar of beer, wine, and soft drinks available throughout the day, then watch the sun set over the Mediterranean Sea. This afternoon Comino cruise includes pickup and drop-off at hotels in selected towns.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Valletta, Mosta and Mdina Night Tour

Valletta, Mosta and Mdina Night Tour

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See three historic cities at their most atmospheric on a 4-hour night tour of Valletta, Mosta, and Mdina that includes tickets to Malta 5D, a multimedia show about Maltese history and culture. You’ll have time to photograph Malta landmarks illuminated after dark, take in a legendary small-town church, then finish the night on a walking tour of Mdina’s car-free streets. This 4-hour night tour includes pickup and drop-off at selected hotels.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.49
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Malta by Night Open Top Bus Tour

Malta by Night Open Top Bus Tour

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See Malta’s historic streets and landmarks light up after dark, on an immersive evening tour of the island in an open-top bus. Hear stories about island history and culture throughout the tour, and enjoy an hour of free time to explore the city of Mdina, the former capital of Malta. This bus tour includes pickup and drop-off at hotels in select towns.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Gozo Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Gozo Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Explore Gozo at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour that reveals the highlights of Malta's sister island. Stop at top sights and magnificent beaches, and hop off to visit any location in depth, such as the Ggantija Temples or a sandy beach. Includes an audio system with commentary in 16 languages.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.95
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