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Valletta Waterfront (Pinto Wharf) Tours

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Valletta Waterfront (Pinto Wharf)
Stretching along Grand Harbour, below the fortified city and opposite the Three Cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua, the beautifully restored Valletta Waterfront (Pinto Wharf) is the grand frontage of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Right next to the cruise port, it’s the gateway to Valletta and the rest of Malta.
 
The Basics
Cruise passengers stroll along Valletta Waterfront as soon as they arrive in port. The scenic promenade is home to gourmet restaurants, ocean-view bars, and the Forni Shopping Complex. Most Valletta city tours include a walk along the seafront promenade, and hop-on hop-off bus tours stop right outside. For the best views, take a cruise across Grand Harbour to the Three Cities and admire the wharf from the water.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is a Tourist Information Center along Valletta Waterfront, which opens to coincide with cruise ship arrivals.
  • City tours by horse-drawn carriage (karozzini) leave from along the waterfront.
  • The Valletta Waterfront is wheelchair accessible, and an elevator runs up to Barrakka Gardens in the historic city.
 
How to Get There
Valletta Waterfront is in the pedestrianized part of the city and can be reached on foot in 10 minutes from the Valletta bus terminus. An elevator runs between Barrakka Gardens and the waterfront, offering direct access to the fortified city. Ferryboats also cross Grand Harbour for tours of Vittoriosa and the Three Cities. There is plenty of parking around the gateway to the old city.
 
When to Get There
The waterfront can be unbearably busy when cruise liners are in port, especially at arrival and departure times. The waterfront hosts free children's activities (face painting, balloon modelling, puppet shows) on weekends, and Maltese music and dancing performances Thursday evenings during the summer (July to September). The waterfront is also the center of numerous local events, including the Malta Fireworks Festival in April, the Jazz Festival in July, and the Global Run Valletta race in October.
 
History of the Valletta Waterfront
Once a series of 19 baroque bonded warehouses, the waterfront is now a leisure complex for locals, tourists, and cruise passengers. Manuel Pinto da Fonseca, Portuguese Grand Master of the Knights of St. John, commissioned the original buildings. He was also responsible for Auberge de Castille and the present offices of the prime minister. Damaged during World War II, the waterfront is part of an award-winning landscape renovation project, mixing old-style facades with modern buildings.

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Valletta and The Three Cities Harbor CruiseDay Cruises

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
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Valletta: Two Harbors Cruise by NightNight Cruises

Valletta: Two Harbors Cruise by Night

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See Valletta light up after dark on this cruise through the city’s two natural harbors, passing the ten creeks that flow into the Mediterranean on either side of the capital city. You’ll see historic forts and battlements from the water, with a guide on board to point out interesting landmarks along the way. This Valletta harbor cruise includes pickup and drop-off at hotels in select locations.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Malta's Panoramic South Hop On Hop Off TourHop on Hop Off

Malta's Panoramic South Hop On Hop Off Tour

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Explore the south of Malta at your own pace with on a hop-on hop-off bus tour from Valletta. The double-decker open-top bus travels between important southern landmarks with audio commentary offered in several languages. Stops include popular sites such as the Tarxien Temples, Blue Grotto, and the fishing village of Marsaxlokk. 
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'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Tour in MaltaDay Trips

'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Tour in Malta

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Discover the Lands of Ice and Fire on this full-day tour of Malta’s 'Game of Thrones' filming locations. On this tour, which was designed and is led by two actors who appeared on the HBO TV series, get up close to the ancient forts, parkland, and streets that set the scene for the Red Keep and King’s Landing—among other top sites—in season one and two of the series. You also hear behind-the-scenes trivia about the series as you explore Mdina, Rabat, and other countryside locations.
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  • 9 hours
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Malta under the stars guided tour of Valletta Waterfront, Rabat & MdinaHalf-day Tours

Malta under the stars guided tour of Valletta Waterfront, Rabat & Mdina

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Drive around the fortifications of Valletta, which are beautifully lit at night, and stop at the Valletta Waterfront in Grand Harbour. Built during the time of Grand Master Pinto, this area comes alive at night, attracting Maltese and tourists alike to its many bars and restaurants. Some free time will be given. Discover Rabat in the centre of the island and walk along its narrow winding streets before reaching Mdina, Malta’s Silent old Capital City – at night a mysterious city which looks so different from what it looks like during the day. A city of palaces and churches, once only inhabited by noblemen, its history goes back to the times of the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Normans, and the Knights of St John. From the ramparts of Mdina you will be able to see practically half the island sparkling in front of you.
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VIP hop on hop off tourDay Trips

VIP hop on hop off tour

See the Malta the way it was meant to be seen with a personal driver for 8 whole hours which can guide you on the best route options to create your own sightseeing according to your own liking. This trip will not include more than 8 people. Included in the Tour is a Private Air-conditioned Brand new Minivan which will provide the transportation services for only 8 People (Maximum), personal driver plus suggested route/destinations. In addition to the above, a bottled water and a traditional Maltese snack will be included, bought fresh from a local shop made from local produce. Travelers can opt for the option to be picked up at their preferred destination at no extra charge.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Driver (Malta) + The Malta Experience, Lunch & the Falconry CentreDay Trips

Private Driver (Malta) + The Malta Experience, Lunch & the Falconry Centre

See the Malta the way it was meant to be seen with a personal driver for 8 whole hours which can guide you on the best route options to create your own sightseeing according to your own liking. This trip will not include more than 8 people. Included in the Tour is a Private Air-conditioned Brand new Minivan which will provide the transportation services for only 8 People (Maximum), personal driver plus suggested route/destinations. In addition to the above, a bottled water and a traditional Maltese snack will be included, bought fresh from a local shop made from local produce. Lunch is also included in this tour, which includes a choice between Lasagne, Fresh Salad, Chicken & Mushroom Pie, Spinach & Tuna Pie or Quiche (choice of main course is to be given 1 day prior), Freshly Baked Gateaux or Fresh Fruit Salad (depending on the season) & 1 bottle of local still water & a glass of local red/white wine. The admission to the Malta Falconry Centre is also included.
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  • 8 hours
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Full Day Tour in Malta (Driver) including The Malta Experience + LunchDay Trips

Full Day Tour in Malta (Driver) including The Malta Experience + Lunch

See the Malta the way it was meant to be seen with a personal driver for 8 whole hours which can guide you on the best route options to create your own sightseeing according to your own liking. This trip will not include more than 8 people. Included in the Tour is a Private Air-conditioned Brand new Minivan which will provide the transportation services for only 8 People (Maximum), personal driver plus suggested route/destinations. In addition to the above, a bottled water and a traditional Maltese snack will be included, bought fresh from a local shop made from local produce. Lunch is also included in this tour, which includes a choice between Lasagne, Fresh Salad, Chicken & Mushroom Pie, Spinach & Tuna Pie or Quiche (choice of main course is to be given 1 day prior), Freshly Baked Gateaux or Fresh Fruit Salad (depending on the season) & 1 bottle of local still water & a glass of local red/white wine. Pick-up and drop-off is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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