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Approximately 3½ Hours
Meals not included
From the pier it's just a short walk to board a traditional Maltese boat called a dghajsa. Once aboard, you will cross the harbor that drew Carthaginians and Swabians, Hapsburgs and Aragonese, Romans and Britons to form the nation that Malta is today.
Disembark at the Vittoriosa jetty for a walking tour through this fascinating and ancient city. Walk past the Freedom Monument and St Lawrence Church towards the Maritime Museum. The building sits over the site of an old slipway where the Knights used to repair their ships. Today there is a bustling marina full of sailing boats and super yachts. This amazing setting is the perfect metaphor for the layers of history that comprise the nation of Malta.
Visit the Inquisitor's Palace -- an architectural gem built in 1530s. It served as law courts until the 1570s, when it became the tribunal (and prison) of the Inquisition.
The dghajsa returns you to Valletta.
Don't miss the impressive Fort St Angelo on the tip of the peninsula. The British occupied the fortress in the 19th century and, for a while, it served as the headquarters of the Mediterranean Fleet.
Wear comfortable, non-skid walking shoes.