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Friday 25 April 2014: Mdina Evening Tour (minimum no of pax 17) @ EUR 45 per person

Mdina, the old capital city of Malta, is the Island’s most picturesque city. The tour starts with a walk through the narrow streets of this small city, which allows the visitors to take in the highly ornate facades of the palazzi belonging to the most important Maltese noble families. The oldest palazzo, Palazzo Santa Sofia, dates back to the 15th century. Dominating the city is the imposing Cathedral built by the famous Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafa. The dome of this sacred building was Gafa’s masterpiece and is now considered as one of the symbols of the city.

The walk leads to the bastions, one of the highest points in the area, from where visitors can admire a panoramic view of the Island. Overlooking the whole area, it is easy to understand why the medieval soldiers used this part of the city as look-out post in order to intervene should there be attacks in the surrounding areas.

The walk is followed by dinner in one of Mdina’s exquisite restaurants.

 

Saturday 26 April 2014: Three Cities Evening Tour (minimum no of pax 17) @ EUR 50 per person

The tour will start with a crossing from Valletta to the Three Cities by boat, a splendid way of experiencing the Grand Harbour. Upon arrival in Vittoriosa (or Birgu, as it is better known by the locals), the tour proceeds with a walk along the streets of this city. The name ‘Vittoriosa’ derives from the vital role the city played in the Great Siege of 1565, namely the victory of the Knights of St John and the Maltese over the Ottoman forces. A monument commemorating this victory can be admired in the main square of the city.

Vittoriosa was the area first selected by the Knights to serve as headquarters of the Order, before the building of the city of Valletta. In fact, the first buildings erected by the Knights are to be found here. Practically none of these buildings, however, are intact as the area was heavily damaged during the Second World War. Some of the old buildings have been totally rebuilt whilst others have been restored and are nowadays residences, offices or restaurants. The evening tour ends in one of these restaurants for an exquisite dinner.
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