Malta Highlights and Hidden Gems

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8 Hours
Availability : Mon - Sun
Max People : 16
Experience Details

Malta Highlights and Hidden Gems is a private experience, which includes Pick-up & Drop-off from your accommodation. Globaltravelbook will assist you in experiencing the best that Malta has to offer in one day while connecting you with a service provider who will transport you to your selected destinations. This experience allows you to get an understanding of the local culture by experiencing the history, architecture, food and way of life. Visit the most picturesque points in Malta, covering the most popular touristic destinations as well as hidden gems that you otherwise can’t find on your own.

Travellers must select their preferred destinations from the list in the ‘Itinerary Section’. Globaltravelbook also presents you with the preferred itineraries that previous satisfied travellers have selected (recommended itinerary). During the trip, it is important that travellers discuss the amount of time needed at each destination with their allocated driver, to ensure they have enough time for all their destinations selected. The drivers are all highly experienced and have done this experience many times, therefore, do not hesitate to ask for any tips. You are always welcome to contact Globaltravelbook costumer care for any guidance before planning your trip. 


Departure & Return Location

This experience includes pick-up and drop-off at your specified address in Malta. 

Meeting Time

Earliest Pick-up time: 7am

Latest Return time: 8pm

Travellers can set their own meeting time (experience lasts 8 hours).


8 hours

Max. Guests

16 guests per vehicle.

Groups of 16+ can request two vehicles.

Price Includes

  • Private Vehicle
  • Pick-Up & Return from any Location
  • Air-Conditioned Vehicle with Driver
  • Complimentary snack at Serkin Pastizzeria & Drink (if Mdina is selected)

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses including any optional boat rides or optional admission fees
  • Lunch
If you are 3 persons or less and do not want a private experience due to costs, you may request to join a group experience (subject to availability)

No. of People

Price (€) for Private Experience


€ 175 (total)


€ 200 (total)


€ 225 (total)


€ 275 (total)


€ 50 pp

A 50% deposit is required up to 7 days before the start date of your experience. Find the Cancellation Policy below.

Recommended Itinerary
Most popular destination selected by previous travellers. Read more about these stops in the Itinerary Section
  • The Blue Grotto & Wied iz-Zurrieq
  • Birgu
  • The Upper Barrakka (Valletta)
  • The Lower Barrakka (Valletta)
  • Mdina (The Silent City)
  • Serkin Pastizzeria - Maltese traditional snack bar (Complimentary snack and drink included)
  • Dingli Cliffs
  • Ghajn Tuffieha Tower
  • Sotto Zero Gelato Parlour
We recommend choosing up to 6 destinations. Sometimes you might have time for more then 6 destinations - this depends on how much time travellers spend at each place. We have had groups manage 7 to 8 destinations; your driver will always guide you with the best tips. Once you provide the list of locations you would like to visit, your allocated driver will take you to your selected locations, where you will have time to visit the locations at your own pace.

Stop atThe Blue Grotto

Blue Grotto should not be mixed up with the Blue lagoon in Comino, which is located on the island of Comino. The Blue Grotto is a complex of spectacular caves found along the Southern coast of Malta just across the islet of Filfla.

Blue Lagoon on Comino can be visited on the boat experience offered on Globaltravelbook (add link).

Travellers can see the main arch of the Grotto from a viewing platform, just before going down to Wied Iz-Zurrieq. Those who wish to explore the caves can do so by purchasing tickets for a ride on a traditional Maltese fishing boat, which is about 25mins long (Fee for optional boat ride is not included). Summer time: 09.00 to 17.00h | Winter time: 09.00 to 15.30h | Price: 8 euro

Travellers who do not wish to go on the boat ride can relax at one of the local bars. During the summer months one may opt to swim at the ‘Wied’ of Zurrieq. This is a unique swimming spot, “Wied” means valley in Maltese therefore; the swimming zone is set in a narrow inlet in the cliffs and guarded by a watchtower.  

Pass byBirgu

Birgu is an old fortified city, which played a vital role in the Great Siege of Malta of 1565. Birgu is located in the South of Malta around the Grand Harbour, right across the water from Malta’s capital, Valletta city. Enjoy a walk around the narrow alleys and streets or choose to sit back and relax at the at the picturesque waterfront with a backdrop of boats and Bastions. 

Tip: Cross from Birgu to Valletta to visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens in a small traditional boat. The boat ride is enjoyable and highly recommended, it is not included in the price but costs 2 euro per person

Stop atThe Upper Barrakka Gardens (Valletta)

The Upper Barrakka Gardens is located in the capital of Valletta, offering spectacular views of the Grand Harbour. If you opt to visit Birgu beforehand and choose to cross the Grand Harbour by boat ride, we recommend taking the scenic lift that will take you up to the Upper Barrakka Gardens for an additional fee of 2 euro per person (alternatively driver can collect you from drop-off point from boat ride). Travellers that opt NOT to choose the boat ride from Birgu can arrive at the Upper Barrakka Gardens with their driver from Birgu or any other location.

Tip: Take the scenic lift that links the Grand Harbour to the Upper Barrakka Gardens

Stop atThe Lower Barrakka Gardens (Valletta)

This is only available if the Upper Barrakka Gardens is chosen as one of your stops

The Lower Barrakka Gardens are not very far from the Upper Barrakka Gardens and offer spectacular views of the Grand Harbour, the Three Cities, the Valletta Breakwater Bridge, Fort Ricasoli, Bighi Palace, Fort St. Angelo and the War Memorial Siege Bell.

A 15-minute walk from The Upper Barrakka Gardens will take you to The Lower Barrakka Gardens. Therefore, you may choose to walk it to the Lower Barrakka Gardens, or, you may opt to travel the distance via transport.

Pass byMdina (The Silent City)

There is no place like Mdina. Mdina is a fortified city with a history dating back more than 4000 years! It is said that the Apostle St. Paul lived here after being shipwrecked on the islands of Malta. Mdina has a mixture of medieval and baroque architecture.

Take a step back in time by walking through Mdina’s narrow, quiet alleys and admire the architecture and views of almost all Malta.

Tip: Take a photo at the main entrance of Mdina, which was featured in the TV series Game of Thrones

Stop atSerkin Pastizzeria - Maltese traditional snack bar (Complimentary snack and drink included)

This is only available if Mdina is chosen as one of your stops

A stop at the famous Serkin pastizzeria is essential after visiting Mdina. This place is said to have the best traditional Maltese snack called ‘Pastizzi’, which is usually washed down by tea or coffee in a glass. ‘Pastizzi’ are crunchy pastry delicacies filled with local ricotta (cheese) or a pea mixture.

 Complementary ‘Pastizzi’ along with the traditional tea or coffee in a glass!

Tip: We recommend buying extra ’Pastizzi’ to take back to your accommodation

Stop atDingli Cliffs

Dingli Cliffs are Malta’s most popular cliffs and well known for breath-taking, panoramic views, located on the West coast of Malta at 220m above sea level. This area is surrounded by agricultural land, which is still not urbanised. Join the locals by walking along the footpath and stop at St. Magdalena Chapel to enjoy open sea views and the islet of Filfla from the wooden platform.

Stop atGħajn Tuffieħa Tower

The Għajn Tuffieħa Tower was built in 1637 by the Order of the Knights of St. John and is one of Malta’s most visited and photographed watchtowers due to its location overlooking two beautiful beaches: Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha (aka Riviera).

Most travellers just like to sit and relax to enjoy spectacular views, whereas others choose to go for a short walk or even a quick swim at Ghajn Tuffieha (aka Riviera). Ghajn Tuffieha is surrounded by clay slopes, cliffs and has red sand and clean clear water making it a favourite swimming spot for local and foreign bathers.

Stop atSt. Agatha's Tower

This tower was built by the Order of the Knights of St. John in 1647 and is Malta’s largest bastioned watchtower against any incursions by pirates and the Ottomans. The tower is perched over Mellieha’s golden beaches, making this spot a fantastic viewpoint.

The roof of the tower offers 360° unobstructed views of the surrounding areas including Mellieha, Ghadira Bay, Comino, Gozo and Ghadira Natural Reserve. However, opening times vary depending on the volunteers who manage the tower. According to the organisation the opening hours should be (Admission fees/donations of 2 euro are not included):

  • Winter – 16th September to 14th June (10.00 – 16.00)
  • Summer – 15th June to 15th September (10.00 – 17.00)

Pass byThe Mosta Dome

This church was almost destroyed during the Second World War when a 200kg bomb fell through the dome and failed to detonate during a morning mass attended to by 300 people. The Mosta Dome is one of Malta’s most popular churches and was given the status of ‘The Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady’ by the Vatican. If travellers wish NOT to enter, the architecture of the church is in itself fascinating to look at from the outside, however, the church boasts a unique interior, has a replica of the bomb on display and also has War Shelters under the church. (Admission fees are not included):

  • All ages: €2 (Sacristy) +€1 for War Shelters
  • Mon-Fri 9:30-17:00h | Sat 9:30-16:30h | Sun 12:00-16:00h

Stop atPopeye Village Viewpoint

A village built in the 80’s for the film set of the all time classic Popeye. Travellers have the option to visit the viewpoint, which is inaccessible by public transport. The viewpoint is opposite and overlooking the untouched village.

You may purchase tickets and visit Popeye Village, however, this is not recommended, as it would take up a whole morning. Many travellers settle for the viewpoint because of time and those who are interested, visit Popeye village another time.

Stop atSotto Zero - Gelato Parlour

One of our favourites stops for Gelato! If you are a gelato lover, this place is a must! Previous travellers have even said that Sotto Zero gelato is the best they have ever tasted. Try it out for yourself and let us know what you think. (Any Gelato purchased is not included in the price).

Stop atSt.Peter's Pool

A beautiful natural swimming spot located in the southwest of Malta with crystal clear water, surrounded by flat rocks providing the ideal opportunity for sunbathing. This place is hard to reach via public transport but our transport makes it easy, a great unique swimming spot probably like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.

Just make sure to bring whatever you need for your day out, as there are no facilities available. This natural swimming pool may not be suitable for small children and caution should be taken at times when it is windy. 

Tip: the high rocks provide an opportunity to jump into the water for the more adventurous bathers.

Pass byĦaġar Qim Temples

Standing on a hilltop overlooking the islet of Filfla on the Southern cost of Malta, these temples were built between 3600 – 3200 BC and are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Ħaġar Qim Temples are probably the best-preserved prehistoric temples in Malta. (Admission fees/donations are not included):

  • Winter – November to May (09.00 – 17.00, last admission at 16.30)
  • Summer – June to October (09.00 – 18.00, last admission at 17.30)
  • Closed on 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January and Good Friday

Adults (18-59 years): €10.00 | Youths (12-17 years): €7.50 | Children (6-11 years): €5.50 | Infants (1-5 years): Free

Tip: Allocate a good 1.5 hours if you select this stop as the fee includes the admission to Hagar Qim Temples, Mnajdra Temples (close proximity) and the Visitor Centre.

Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received within 24 hours of booking - subject to availability
  • Bring your swimming equipment, hat, sun protection and a towel if you choose the options that include the possibility of swimming
  • This experience is not recommended for Sundays, Public Holidays and Eve of Public Holidays due to risk of traffic and time wasted in vehicle
  • It is the responsibility of the persons joining an experience to communicate any food intolerances/allergy-related information. GTB or the Service Provider will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to food/drinks consumed, or items one may come in contact with while on an experience
  • This is a private experience unless otherwise specified. If you would like to join another group in order to reduce the price, this would be subject to availability
  • Contact us if you would like to customise this experience
  • If travellers choose to stay longer than the recommended time in one location, this time will be reduced from another location.
  • It is important to note that traffic conditions are out of our control, but we will compensate as best as we could if you encounter any major problems which will have an affect on your time
  • If travellers would like to extend the time of the experience, this will have to be discussed with the service provider and an additional fee will be charged
  • It is important to note that Globaltravelbook advertises the experience - the experience is delivered by a third party service provider
Cancellation Policy
  • A full refund of the deposit will be given if the booking is cancelled 48 hours prior to the start date of your booked experience. This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.