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Valletta World War II Private Walking Tour

Valletta, Malta

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Learn about Malta’s bravery during World War II on this 3-hour private Valletta walking tour. Visit key sites and monuments associated with the 1940-42 Axis bombardment, including the poignant Siege Bell monument. Learn about the tunnels and community kitchens established in Valletta, and discover how locals maintained their daily lives. Hear about events like the Illustrious Blitz, and visit the National War Museum for additional insight into the island's wartime struggles.
  • Private 3-hour World War II walking tour of Valletta
  • Visit sites linked to the 1940-42 Siege of Malta, when the island was bombed by Axis forces
  • See the ruined Opera House and memorials including the Siege Bell monument
  • Learn about Valletta’s wartime tunnels and community kitchens, set up to feed people
  • Hear about events such as the Illustrious Blitz and the San Marija Convoy
  • Tour the National War Museum (own expense) to see the 1942 George Cross and other exhibits
  • Enjoy in-depth stories and personalized attention from a private guide
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Private tour
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Ticket to National War Museum
Valletta, Malta

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Fort St Elmo Il-Belt Valletta, Valletta VLT 1741, Malta
Meet your private guide in central Valletta and set out into the honey-stoned streets to uncover one of its darkest chapters — the years between 1940 and 1943 during WWII.

Malta’s part in the war began in 1940 when Italy's leader, Mussolini, declared war on the island and it became a stepping stone for Hitler and the Axis forces to gain control of North Africa. From then on, Valletta endured sustained bombardment as the Axis powers aimed to bomb or starve the population into submission.

Over more than two years, the island became one of the most intensively bombed areas in the war, and her survival against the odds was an inspiration.

Learn about the Siege of Malta between 1940 and 1942, and see sites associated with Malta’s bravery in the face of destruction. View the imposing Siege Bell Memorial overlooking the Grand Harbour, and hear about the tunnels built under Valletta to shelter residents. Learn, too, about the ‘Victory Kitchens’ set up to feed people, and how locals tried to maintain their daily lives throughout the bombardments.

See the gutted shell of the Royal Opera House, destroyed in a 1942 German bombing raid, and pay your respects at various commemorative statues and memorials.

As you walk, hear details of key events, including the Battle of Grand Harbour and Illustrious Blitz, when the Axis powers repeatedly bombed the HMS Illustrious aircraft carrier in Valletta in 1941.

Along the way, enjoy a guided visit to the National War Museum (own expense) at Upper Fort St. Elmo. View the exhibits and audio-visuals illustrating Malta’s ordeal during WWII, including the struggle to get supplies to the island, and see the 1942 George Cross medal awarded to the population for their courage.

After three hours, your tour finishes in central Valletta.
Stop At:  
Valletta City Gate
This is the starting point of the tour.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fort St Elmo - National War Museum
Guided visit to the National War Museum to see the most important exhibits.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Colour my Travel

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Learn more about cancellations.

Traveler Tips

  • "Wear comfortable shoes, you will get your steps in for the day!" See review
  • "Be sure that you can walk on hard stones, uphill at times, navigate some stairs." See review
  • "WWII is such an important part of Malta's history making this tour a must." See review


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Excellent tour
, Oct 2019
This excellent tour took us through Valletta’s history during WW2. Our guide was terrific, very knowledgeable and interesting. Good job, Matthew. Be sure that you can walk on hard stones, uphill at times, navigate some stairs.
WW2 Malta walking tour
, Oct 2019
We cannot thank our guide, Matthew enough. We felt that what he did not know about Malta and it's past just was't worth knowing. He did not stop giving us information from go to whoa and he knew all of the dates, days and years, of all events. It was an emotional time for me, Allan, as my father, who was in the Royal Navy, was there when it was all happening. These memories that Matthew gave us will last a lifetime. A big thank you.
World War 11 tour
, Sep 2019
Never happened. The guide Matthew, wearing a yellow shirt , I never saw. I was at the City Gate from 1355 to 1430. The City Gate is entrance to the Gardens with the horse and cabs standing by it.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hi Adrienne, we are really sorry about this but I think you were in the wrong city completely. I have a feeling you went to Mdina since that is where you can see a garden and horse cabs and not Valletta (horse cabs are not allowed near entrance to the city) as Matthew was waiting at Valletta City Gate for a full 50 minutes and I tried calling you too but couldn't get through.
Not to be missed!!
, May 2019
My family and I loved our WW2 history tour with Mario! Mario is a retired history teacher from Malta and has firsthand accounts of life during the war from family. He also gave us some other important background information to help us understand what was going on in Malta prior to that time period. We started at the Parliament building and ventured out to different areas of Valetta. We asked a lot of questions and appreciated Mario's insights and explanations. Wear comfortable shoes, you will get your steps in for the day! Mario made some excellent suggestions for other activities and museums might interest us for our week in Malta. He also helped us with pronunciations of Maltese words. My father was born in Sliema in 1941 and immigrated to the US with my grandparents in 1955, so I was especially drawn to this tour, and Mario exceeded all of our expectations. We ended near Fort St. Elmo, so ended up visiting the Malta Experience, Knights of Malta Hospital and Fort St. Elmo after the tour. I cannot say enough about how amazing Mario and this tour was!
Excellent WW2 walking tour with Matthew Camilleri (Colour My World)
, Mar 2019
With an 8 hr cruise stop in Valletta, we booked a 3 hr "Valletta WW2 Private Walking Tour". It was an easy walk from the ship to the meeting place at the Upper Barrakka Gardens. We appreciated the personal attention of our guide, Matthew Camilleri (Colour My Travel). In turn, he appreciated our interest in everything WW2. He showed us all the sites listed on the tour (Opera House, Victory Kitchens, National War Museum, etc.), & shared many stories, including personal family stories, with us about the Blitz, Siege of Malta, etc. We saw the exhibit being built at the St Johns Co-Cathedral for the only signed Caravaggio painting in the world. We asked about the Knights of Malta & Matthew shared stories & pointed out many relevant sites along the way. We hope to return to Malta, would definitely tour with Matthew again, & would highly recommend him to others.
Excellent! Highly recommend!
, Jul 2018
WWII is such an important part of Malta's history making this tour a must. Matthew was personable and knowledgable. This was reasonably priced for such personal attention (just my husband and myself). I consider it money well spent and would say.
Matthew Matt was our guide, and he...
, Jan 2018
Matthew Matt was our guide, and he did an amazing job guiding us through Valletta. The private tour was the guide and just us. Matt shared very detailed and interesting information about Malta's crucial role during WWII. The majority of the tour was walking outside, which was great, because there is so much to see and learn about on this tour. The tour ended with visiting Fort St. Elmo, which hosts the National War Museum. Matt walked with us through the museum and focused on the important events. I would highly recommend this tour!
Our guide Matthew was extremely...
Kathrin J
, Oct 2017
Our guide Matthew was extremely knowledgeable and informative. We found the tour fascinating and an excellent way to consolidate the facts of Valletta and Malta's involvement in this period of history.

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