Malta Tour Guide - Private Tours by Joan

Malta Tour Guide - Private Tours by Joan

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Private customised tours with a very experienced and friendly local guide. If you want to experience the real Malta, discover our wonderful island..the history, culture and people I can handle any type of itinerary. I can provide tours for any duration and my suggested itineraries are ideal for one day cruise ship visitors or multi day tours if you are visiting for a longer vacation. Visit my website for great touring ideas or just get in touch and I will be more than happy to suggest touring ideas. I look forward to hearing from you. Joan.
Island of Malta, Malta

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Danny
Los Angeles, CA19 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
If you are traveling to Malta, you need to book Joan's private tour. My family travels frequently, always uses a private guide, and has very high expectations. We went to Malta as soon as travel opened up and could not have been more pleased with the country, and especially Joan!! She was the highlight of a beautiful weekend. It felt like she was a celebrity in Malta as everyone seemed to know her!

Starting with my first email inquiry, Joan was kind, professional, and helpful. When we booked the trip US visitors were still banned from Malta, and we were not sure if we could go. Joan continually updated us on how the island was doing, and told us that the island would likely open up before our travel date. Sure enough, she was right.

She meticulously curated our itinerary and made sure to touch on the interests of every member of my family. In addition to being extremely knowledgeable about Malta and it's history, Joan is down to earth, fun, and hilarious. When I say extremely knowledgeable I mean it. She knew EVERYTHING about Malta's long rich history.

Our family went on her classic full day tour which included a walking tour of Valleys, a visit to the Hagar Qim temples, the most delicious lunch in Marsaxlokk, and concluded with a wonderful walk through Mdina. Joan even sprinkled in some Game of Thrones facts for my family member who loves the show. It was also clear that she tries her hardest to make sure the itinerary fits the tour group.

If you are looking for a high end tour that is still reasonably priced, you must choose Joan. We cannot recommend her enough.
Written June 27, 2021
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Zachary G
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May 2022
I contacted Private Tours by Joan to arrange a half-day guided tour of a few of Malta's best preserved Neolithic temple sites. Joan was highly responsive and drew up a plan that met my schedule. On the day of the tour everything went smoothly - Joan has clearly mastered her territory, knows how everything runs, how to dodge the big tour groups, and seems to know a big chunk of Heritage Malta's staff. She was an incredible font of information about the temples and made things completely clear that I hadn't grasped on my own from reading a book. It was a fabulous experience and the only thing I regret is that I wasn't able to book a full day with Joan. I suspect that when I reflect back on the week I spent in Malta, several of the most vivid memories will come from this half day tour with Joan.
Written June 1, 2022
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kiera1999
Leicestershire, UK481 contributions
Oct 2022
We had a wonderful day's tour with Joan, exploring some Malta highlights. Travelling with my elderly mother, it suited us to have a private tour and not only did Joan and Chris take us everywhere we wanted to go, Joan enriched our experience hugely by passing on some of her incredible knowledge of Malta and its history. Joan is a fountain of knowledge and we learnt so much that day, as well as having all the background of the places we visited explained to us. Chris drove us all in their comfortable car.

We started off at Mdina, going early to beat the crowds, then it was on to Ħaġar Qim to see the prehistoric temple complex. We had a wonderful lunch at Marsaxlokk, with a stop along the way for a peek at the Blue Grotto from the top of the cliffs, and then we finished up with a tour of beautiful Birgu (having already explored Valletta ourselves).

We thoroughly enjoyed our day and would recommend Joan's tours to anybody.

Thank you Joan and Chris!
Written November 13, 2022
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AlbuquerqueD_W
Albuquerque56 contributions
May 2022
Our highest recommendation for Malta Tours – Private Tours by Joan - and for Joan and Julia! Joan combines an encyclopedic knowledge of Malta with a true and deep affection for the country. Her energy is inexhaustible and her experience is invaluable! And Julia is a delightful host whose enthusiasm and knowledge are infectious. Chris in the home office was efficient and responsive. Since there were three of us we opted for the van over a car. The van was brand new, roomy, and was very skillfully driven by Doreen. We took the “standard” three day tour, which involved a two day tour with Joan on Malta and a day tour with Julia on Gozo. All of the arrangements were simply first rate and the tour flowed logically and efficiently. There is so much to see and do that our planned three day visit simply was not enough to do the islands justice. We suggest doing a four day tour with Malta Tours and then reserving three or four additional days to explore and to revisit places you will have seen during the tour. However you choose to do a tour, though, Private Tours by Joan should be your choice.
Written May 24, 2022
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charlotcassar
Marsascala, Malta25 contributions
May 2022
Booked Joan for a conference/corporate event, hosting some 30 professionals. We wanted the international group to get a taste of what Malta has to offer. Joan took care of literally everything allowing us to concentrate on the various other aspects of the conference. The service was impeccable and exceeded expectations. The tour was tailormade for our specific needs. Totally blown by Joan's extensive knowledge of the islands, and her professional approach, knowing how to gauge the audience to provide the best experience possible. Highly recommended!
Written June 1, 2022
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Jackie M
2 contributions
Jun 2022
Our tour on Sunday with Brigitte was wonderful! We were put right at ease by her warm and bright personality. She was professional, kind, and very knowledgeable. The morning she planned for us expertly avoided both crowds and queues and saved us valuable time. When we arrived at Mdina, the city was a quiet and peaceful backdrop of Brigitte's interesting stories and facts about the city. She even knew the perfect place to stop for a cool refreshment for our daughter (and me!). She guided us to the Blue Grotto and then Hagar Qim, sharing information about Malta, the Maltese people, culture, food, religion, history - everything we wanted to learn about! We so enjoyed our morning tour with Brigitte, and hope to meet her for another tour again next summer.
Written June 22, 2022
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Thank you so much for your comments about Brigitte, she is such a valued member of our team
Written June 25, 2022
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jetset222
Atlanta, GA7 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We chose Joan based on her Bio and reviews. We thought we would have a good experience but she exceeded any and all of our expectations. First of all, she is passionate about her work, Malta, and making sure your travel investment is rewarded. We learned she completed a Masters during Covid and her command of Maltas history was amazing. She took us to all of the itinerary stops but even added locations as time permits. She is clearly the well respected “Queen” amongst her peers and workers at the exhibits we visited. Yes, she knows how to get doors to open!

We had lunch on our 2 day tour at restaurants that were as authentic as they get- not touristy at all. She was totally organized, anticipated traffic issues and was perfectly prepared. Our driver, Chris, in Malta is the ultimate professional as well. On Gozo our driver and Mercedes were just perfect.

Since we arrived 2 days before our tours, she even made suggestions for places to go on our own.

For us it’s now off to Sicily with our next guide and we can only hope he will be a close second to Joan.
Written May 16, 2022
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Rvg
Minneapolis, MN2 contributions
Sep 2022
We (six of us) toured with Joan over the course of three days. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious. Joan did a superb job of introducing us to the neolithic temples of Malta and Gozo, the Order of St John (the Knights Hospitaller), and selected scenic spots on both Malta and Gozo. Joan shared her encyclopedic knowledge of the many UNESCO sites we visited. For a thorough introduction to Malta and Gozo contact Joan.
Written September 27, 2022
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Liz W
Sonoma County, CA15 contributions
Apr 2022
My husband and I did two of Joan's full-day tours - the megalithic temples tour and the Gozo island tour. Both were superb! Joan is extremely knowledgeable and her passion for the fascinating history and culture of Malta comes shining through. She worked with us ahead of time to make a couple changes to the suggested itineraries to accomodate things we wanted to include. She is super professional and easy to communicate with. We have traveled a lot and this is the first time we have hired a private guide (we like to do a lot of our own research and explore on our own). The guided tours with Joan were such a great experience that we are now sold on hiring a private guide. We are able to see so much more and learn so much more than we ever could have on our own. Many thanks to Joan and her husband Chris!
Written April 27, 2022
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William Harry Mitchell
London, UK1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Couples
We had a three day tour with Joan at the start of this month and we could not have been happier with the service.
Both Joan’s excellent guiding and the transport services supplied by Maltatours.com were exactly what we were looking for.
We took the Discover Malta and Gozo tour and it was a wonderful introduction for two first timers to the archipelago.
I’m a huge history buff and I could not catch Joan out with any of my questions, she always found an answer, she clearly loves the history and culture of her home islands.
We stopped off in a number of places to get some delicious local food and Joan’s knowledge wasn’t just kept back for the time we were with her, we got a host of recommendations for places to visit in the evenings. You must have her take you to the Pastizzeria in Xaghra on Gozo to try the pea pastizzi. Yes Joan we still think it was better than the cheese and ham one! But hey, go judge for your self.
Thank you again to Joan and Chris for a wonderful 3 days.
Written November 18, 2022
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