Full-Day Mosta, Mdina, and Rabat Tour from Valletta (2023)

  • 8 hours (approx.)

  • Pickup offered

  • Mobile ticket

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Visit three Malta cities in one day on this full-day tour from Valletta. Admire the famous Mosta Dome, visit St. Paul's Cathedral and Ta Qali Crafts Village in Mdina, enjoy a walking of historic Rabat, and take in the views from the Dingli Cliffs.

  • Full-day Mosta, Mdina, and Rabat tour from Valletta

  • Admire landmarks such as the Mosta Dome and St Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina

  • Tuck into a delicious 3-course lunch at a local restaurant in Rabat

  • Enjoy spectacular views along Malta’s coast from the Dingli Cliffs

  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, lunch and round-trip transport

  • Ideal tour for first-time visitors to Malta or those short on time

What's Included

  • Lunch

  • Driver/guide

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Drinks

  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to your preferred meeting point, or request pickup.

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Start time

08:30 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

8:30am is the first pickup. Please contact your local supplier to arrange a convenient pickup point and location. Hotel pick-up service starts prior to the booked start time.


What To Expect

Mdina Old City

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

St. Paul's Grotto

1 hour 30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Ta' Qali Crafts Village

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Mosta Rotunda

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

San Anton Gardens

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Dingli Cliffs

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Infants must sit on laps

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

  • Infant meals not included

  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

  • Stroller accessible

  • Service animals allowed

  • Near public transportation

  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible

  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level

  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.

  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.

  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Oct 2022

The tour was great and the guide very informative. A very big group so at times it was hard to hear the guide and had to split the group in 2 when going to catacombs etc due to being so small. Felt rushed at times due to being a large group. The lunch that was included was absolute rubbish. Im a vegetarian and got a plate of packet frozen chopped vegetables.

Response from Host, Oct 2022

Good Afternoon Peta-LCan you please send us an email on tours@sms.com.mt with the date of the tour so we can investigate more please?

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Elizabeth was a...


Aug 2022

Elizabeth was a knowledgeable and excellent guide. She made this tour an excellent experience for our entire family

Response from Host, Aug 2022

Dear KatheriThanks for your positive comments and we are glad that you did enjoy the tour.We would be passing these comments to the guide. Thanks again and hope that you would be able to join another tour if ever you would visit our island again.

Maybe recommend off season, but summer peak season - not so much.


Aug 2022

The tour was fine. Information on the Island was interesting. But it was a lot of standing around and waiting. Waiting to start tours, waiting to get into entrances, waiting to move on to next location, waiting to get taking back to hotel. The tour itself was fine, but a few things: would not recommend in the summer with children, extremely hot, and tons of walking in the heat and humidity. The AC on the coaches not much comfort. Maybe best to do this tour when weather is a little cooler.

Response from Host, Aug 2022

Dear Tracey_CThanks for your comments and we did take note.Unfortunately yes there are times when you have to stay waiting to go into entrances but please keep in mind that it is the peak of the season so we get a lot of tourists during this time. Also yes at the moment it is very hot but it very normal for this time of year.I suggest you visit our island again in autumn when the weather would be cooler.

Good tour


Apr 2022

Very nice tour with expienced guide. We saw many interesting places in a day. Try to do it when you are in Malta

Response from Host, Apr 2022

Good Afternoon OscarF,Thank you for your positive comments and we are very glad to hear that you have enjoyed our tour. Maybe if you wold visit again our island you would be able to join one of our tours again :)

Enjoyable, informative day !


Feb 2022

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Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. A very full and well -planned itinerary filled the day. With a visit to the San Anton Gardens, the Dingli Cliffs, Mdina, catacombs at Rabat, 3 course lunch, the craft Village and Monsa dome it's certainly great value and worth doing.

Response from Host, Feb 2022

Thank you for the positive commentsWe are glad to hear that you have enjoyed the tour.

Excellent Day

Nancy L,

Nov 2019

We had a good start to the tour with Malta 5D where we watched a short movie on the history and culture of Malta with 3D effects.Next we visited a filigree studio and a glass blowing shop where we were able to watch artisans at work. Our next stop was Mosta Parish and the Rotunda. The Church dates back to the early 1600's and has the largest dome that is supported only on the exterior walls and with no pillars. During bombing in WW2, 4 bombs struck the Church, one of which pierced the dome, but none exploded. The Mostin saw this as a miracle, no one was hurt and the Church was not badly damaged. The included lunch in Mdina was next and we (at a table for 6) did not find the meal appetizing. Our group was overly crowded in with another larger group on the second floor of the restaurant and the food so highly peppered that much remained uneaten. Anyway we had vanilla ice cream for dessert which was soothing.After lunch we had free time to explore the town including St. Paul's grotto and the catacombs, a huge network of underground tunnels and caves originally used for burials but used as a shelter during WW2.Next we drove to the Dingli Cliffs, the highest point in Malta with a beautiful view over the ocean. Located next to the cliffs was the Church of Mary Magdalen which was originally built in the 15th century and has recently undergone extensive restoration.The tour ended after a walking tour of Mdina, a walled city on a hilltop that was the original capital of Malta until Valletta was founded by the Knights of St. John. There was a very interesting mix of Moorish, Spanish, Baroque and classical architecture with many picturesque narrow streets. From the ramparts we had a magnificent view stretching from St. Paul's Bay and past Valletta. Our guide for the day was very knowledgeable and provided insight on the history of Malta. All in all a very enjoyable day.

Response from Host, Nov 2019

Dear Nancy L,Thanks for your postive comments.With regards to the lunch we will be checking with the restaurant.We hope that if you every visit Malta again you would join one of our tours again.

Our guide lacked enthusiasm and...


Feb 2017

Our guide lacked enthusiasm and spirit on this tour. The van was quite dirty and old and not the modern vehicle we had expected. You do see a lot of the island on this tour and it is a great value for the money. The hotel pick up and drop off is also quite convenient. If you don't mind a packed mini van, this is quite a deal. Unfortunately, this tour does not take you into the impressive St. Paul's Cathedral and worthwhile church museum.

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Une organisation deplorable


July 2019

Pour les transferts 1 chauffeur et 1 guide non professionnels Le guide pour la visite était très gentil mais peu passionnant pourtant des sites très intéressants ,un repas médiocre.. .

Response from Host, July 2019

Good Afternoon,Thanks for your comments.Kindly can you sent us more details on tours@sms.com.mt to investgate more.


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How long to spend in Mdina and Rabat? ›

You can do a two-city day trip to Mdina and Rabat with enough time to explore much of what these ancient Maltese cities have to offer. The tiny region of Mdina, the old capital, is one of the most popular tourist cities in Malta.

Can you walk between Mdina and Rabat? ›

The centre of Rabat, however, is only located about a five-minute walk away from the main gates of Mdina so this is not an inconvenience in the slightest. If you are arriving from the north of the island, there are also a number of direct buses that will get you there.

Is it worth staying in Mdina Malta? ›

Mdina is one of the most unique places to visit in Malta and is the perfect option for a day trip from Valletta. The history of Mdina can be dated back to the Bronze Age and for thousands of years this site has always been a fortified area due to its strategic position.

How long does it take to visit Mdina? ›

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Was Game of Thrones filmed in Mdina? ›

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Pretty isn't it? This peaceful piazza deep in the silent city of Mdina actually saw quite a lot of Game of Thrones action. The square housed the exterior of Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish's debauched brothel, featured in several episodes in season one.

Is Rabat a walkable city? ›

Rabat is a great city to take walks in, as it is not very large and you can easily get to the main spots on foot.

When should I visit Mdina? ›

If you think Mdina's a nice place to visit during the day, it's even nicer in the evening after the sun sets. It's a lot quieter and the dimly lit streets create even more of an atmosphere. It's also a great excuse to try out a few of the nice restaurants inside Mdina and at Saqqajja Hill, just outside the Main Gate.

What is the dress code for the Mdina Cathedral? ›

The Cathedral does not have an extremely strict dress-code, but shawls are provided for women who show up with bare shoulders and narrow-heeled shoes like stilettos are not allowed, for fear of damaging the marble flooring over time. Special slippers are available for purchase at the front desk.

What are the Three Cities Malta worth visiting? ›

Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua, known as the Three Cities of Malta, are pieces of living history kept alive by hundreds of years of preservation, and the occasional miracle. The fortified cities sit like a trio of villages in the heart of Malta's historic centre, directly across the Grand Harbour from Valletta.

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How much is a taxi from Valletta to Mdina? ›

Valletta to Mdina by taxi

You may have to pay taxi fare between €30 to €40 depending on traffic and taxi services. Keep in mind that this is a one-way fare and plan your budget accordingly.

How long is the journey from Valletta to Mdina? ›

The distance between Valletta, Malta and Mdina, Malta is approximately 11.33 km, which can typically be travelled in 35 min.

How long to spend in Valletta? ›

Although many people visit Malta for its beaches it's certainly worth visiting Valletta for at least a day so you can see some of its main attractions. To see it in its entirety though I would suggest spending 3 days in Valletta so you don't find yourself rushing around too much.

Is Rabat nicer than Casablanca? ›

When it comes to nightlife, Casablanca has a more lively scene and a younger vibe. There is a more energetic feel to Casablanca. So, if you are after a laid back city break, Rabat might be a better choice for you. However, if you want to feel the buzz of a busy city, Casablanca might be a better destination.

What is the best month to visit Rabat? ›

The month with the least amount of rain in Rabat is generally around July. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in July first to make sure it's still a good time to go.

Which is better to visit Rabat or Fes? ›

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Rabat and Fez, we can see that Fez is more expensive. And not only is Rabat much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Rabat would let you spend less money overall.

Can you wear shorts in Rabat? ›

Shorts are good to go as long as they are not too short. Opt for city shorts, capri pants, or long loose trousers especially if you go to untouristic areas like distant Moroccan villages. Sleeveless shirts are accepted but keep in mind again that tank tops will attract unwanted attention.

Can you wear shorts in Morocco? ›

Can you wear shorts in Morocco? Yes, there is no problem with wearing shorts in Morocco. You will see this just about everywhere. However, in rural Morocco, you might want to stick with longer shorts, capri length or full length pants.

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What movie was filmed in Mdina Square? ›

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Is it safe to travel to Rabat Morocco? ›

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In the coldest month – January – the typical maximum temperature ranges from 12 to 20 °C (54 to 68 °F) during the day and the minimum from 6 to 12 °C (43 to 54 °F) at night.

Is Mdina open on Sundays? ›

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The Ferry service between Valletta, the Three Cities and Sliema is an excellent way to explore the areas around Malta's capital during your stay in Valletta. The ferry runs from early morning till late evening, and in the busier summer, it even runs till midnight. A day-return adult ticket is just €2.80 per person.

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How many days is good in Malta? ›

Spending a full 7 days in Malta will allow you to explore its lovely cities and visit the myriad historical and UNESCO World Heritage sites while also giving you enough time to relax in the Mediterranean sunshine and experience the stunning coastline with its crystal clear waters.

Can you Uber in Malta? ›

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What is the cheapest way to get around in Malta? ›

The bus is the cheapest way to get around the island.

Maltese buses are also the only means of public transport in Malta, there is no metro or tramway on the island. A standard bus ticket costs 1.5 euros, 2 euros in summer and 3 euros for the night bus.

Do Malta taxis take credit cards? ›

Taxis usually don't have credit card facilities. However, you can pay either cash or via credit card through the app when booking.

Can you walk between the 3 cities in Malta? ›

As a result, you'll discover that many of the iconic churches, forts and palaces are much older here than in Valletta. Exploring the Three Cities can be done in a single day via a combination of walking and Grand Harbour taxi boat transfers.

Can you see Malta in 1 day? ›

But is it possible to 'do' Malta in a day? You'd struggle to walk around Malta in 24 hours, but the island is simple to get around on public transport and you can pack lots of Malta's top sights into one day – if you follow this Malta itinerary, that is.

Is Valletta a walkable city? ›

Don't miss the National War Museum, which is housed within the fort's lower level. Valletta is a compact, pleasant, and charming city to walk in, with little vehicle traffic and lots of history and stories. Join us on this walking tour of the best sights in Valletta.

Can you walk around Malta in a day? ›

You are able to walk the entirety of the Maltese coastline and the variety that can be found from the rural countryside, to historical fortifications through to beautiful bays and sheer cliff-faces. The entirety of the coast should probably be broken down into smaller chunks of around 4-6 hours each.

Is 2 days enough in Malta? ›

Is 2 days in Malta enough? We usually spend a weekend in Malta. We have been there several times, and we think that two days in Malta is a minimum to feel the atmosphere of the island. If you want to explore Gozo island, the Blue Lagoon and relax on the beach, we recommend going to Malta for a week.

Are Mdina and Rabat the same place? ›

Right next to the walled city of Mdina, there is Rabat, a charming village full of houses with colourful doors and balconies and quaint streets. It grew around Mdina, built by those who couldn't afford a palace inside the walls but wanted to be close by in the case of an attack.

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It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 7 days in order to fully appreciate everything Medina has to offer.


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