We had planned a Mediterranean 10-day cruise from Venice to Rome aboard Celebrity Constellation Sept 27-0ct 7that included several port visits-one which was Malta /Gozo. As we have never been there before, I was tasked by our group of ten to do some research that might include some private tours of these two islands and their world famous UNESCO designated sites.
I found in my research through Instagram MaltaPrivateTours and Rita Fsadni and immediately found her quite helpful with information that included price and a proposed program that covered two full days of visiting the islands of Gozo and Malta. It caught our attention and interest right away.
We agreed on her proposed program that covered many of our group's interests that included UNESCO heritage sites, cultural and culinary interests and my own personal interest -to see an old ww2 airfield.
Rita and her team-Barabra delivered a great touring experience. Our visit to Gozo began by taking a ferry and to see island sites. We spent a full day seeing such magnificent sites that included the Ggantija Temple the prehistoric site dating back to 3600BC; the salt pans at Qbajjar Bay, Victoria /Rabat, and the Citadel Bay. We experienced a fine lunch down in Marsalforn Bay. It was a full day of ongoing information and experiences that all enjoyed.
Similarly, and for the Malta part, we visited Mdina the old capital city, a beautiful medieval town, a small fortified city with narrow streets with many symbols left from the Crusader period and before. Not far was the old ww2 airfield (what was left )at ta'kali, that played a vital role in the defense of Malta during the war. We also visited the limestone museum and understood the impact of this resource on the architecture of many buildings in Malta/ Gozo throughout the centuries.
We also toured Valletta, the Capital City which was designated European Cultural Capital City for this year but also has a permanent title of World Heritage Site. We walked the Upper Barracca Gardens and enjoyed a great view of the Grand Harbour.
Part of our interest was to visit Marsaxlokk, the fishing village, an idyllic, colorful picturesque fishing village with equally colorful boats. We walked along the promenade to see the fishermen mending/cleaning their nets, repairing/painting their boats.
We had a great lunch near the harbor followed by a small boat ride, down at the Grand Harbour, starting at Vittoriosa/Birgu, the city lived in by the Knights until Valletta was built up, to the Valletta side, a refreshing way of finishing the tour, hassle-free, no traffic and getting to see the Harbour from a different perspective.
Overall a delightful and well-designed 2-day program that was delivered in an informative and engaging way that made our trip quite memorable.
I would highly recommend Rita and her team at maltaprivatetours-check out Instagram and other platforms -for any of your touring and travel interests while in Malta. I would rate it 9.5 out of ten in all categories that include: price and value, knowledge, and information delivered by the tour guide, engagement with customers, comfort of transport, quality of sites visited, program design that included adaptability and flexibility depending on interests, and tour time over both days.