31 October 2016 – Malta
Note:  for additional photos, please visit our Malta Photo Gallery

This would be our second visit to the gorgeous country/island of Malta.  The first visit we did a HOHO tour of the North part of the Island, so this time around we were seeking to visit the Southern region.   We found Victoria from “Tours by Locals” web site and hired her for a customized tour.  There were 10 of us in the group and based on our individual interests set a plan in motion.   We were to visit the fishing village of Marsaxlokk, the Blue Grotto, the Ancient Temple Monoliths, the Catacombs of St. Paul (fitting since it was Hallowe’en!), a spectacular view of the sunset from Dingli Cliffs, and finally, a short visit to the medieval fortified village of Mdina.   

The sail in (or sail out) of Malta is always a treat, however as we sailed in this trip, we were enshrouded in fog and heavy rain.  

Visibility was moderate, but many cruisers still enjoyed the view from the Starboard side:

Our first stop on our tour was the colourful fishing village of Marsaxlokk.

and then the famed Blue Grotto:

Then off to view some Ancient Temples (> 5,000 years old)

Then fitting as it was Hallowe’en – a visit to the Catacombs of St. Paul

We then managed to get to Dingli Cliffs for a spectacular sunset!!!  great timing by Victoria and her very able driver!

After the amazing sunset, we stopped off at the medieval city of Mdina.   We had visited Mdina during our first visit to Malta – but this was a completely different perspective visiting this ancient city at night.

After Mdina, we expected to return to our ship, but Victoria treated us to a hilltop view of Valletta at night.  It really was quite pretty and we enjoyed the special bonus at the end 🙂

After an amazing 6+ hour tour with our awesome guide, Victoria – we returned to the port where we were greeted by the beautiful Constellation.   As this was our last port of call, it would be the last “embarkation” of the Connie on this trip.

My rating/review on “Tours by Locals” web site

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