Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea Vintage Bus Tour
  • Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea Vintage Bus Tour

    During this tour you will visit the 3 cities onboard an authentic vintage bus.

    Step back through the mists of time as you drive to the fortress of Cottonera which is widely known as the Three Cities, these being Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea. These cities were built and fortified by the Knights of Malta. You first start with an informative drive through Cospicua. Cospicua has been inhabited since Neolithic times. Prior to the 18th Century it was known as Bormla, a name which is still in use. Its fortification walls, constructed to protect the town and its neighbours Vittoriosa and Senglea, were built by the Knights of Malta. Construction began in 1638 but was not completed for another 70 years. In 1722, Grand Master Marc’ Antonio Zondadari declared Bormla a city and in view of its strong bastions named it Citta Cospicua. 

    You will then visit Vittoriosa, ideally situated for safe anchorage and over time it has developed a very long history with maritime, mercantile and military activities. Prior to the establishment of Valletta as a capital city of Malta, military powers that wanted to rule the Maltese islands would need to obtain control of Vittoriosa due to its significant position in the Grand Harbour. Vittoriosa is now a location of several tourist attractions. The historic Vittoriosa Waterfront contains the former Palace of the General of the Galleys and the Order of St. John’s treasury. The area was refurbished in the early 2000s and both buildings are used for other activities: the former is now a casino, while the latter is home to the Malta Maritime Museum. A second museum, the Vittoriosa 1565 Museum, is also located in the town and is dedicated to the siege and the battle in the town in 1565.

    The third city is Senglea, joined by a land bridge to Cospicua during the time of the Knights of St. John and as a result it became a peninsular in shape. During the time of the Knights of St. John, Senglea was used as a hunting area and was known as L’Isola di San Giuliano. In 1311 St. Julian’s church or chapel was founded. This was the first building to be constructed. On 8 May 1552 the foundation stone of Fort St. Michael was laid. Work on the fort, which was designed by Architect Pedro Pardo was completed in 1553. Construction of walled town Senglea took place during the following decade. The area, which had until the 1550s been known as Isola di San Giuliano or Isola di San Michele, was given city status by Grand Master Claude De La Sengle and was named after him.


    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
    "Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
    "This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
    "This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"



    • Hora de Inicio10:00 AM
    • Lugar de comienzo: Pick up from the following areas at the following time:

      Cirkewwa at 0930 hrs
      Mellieha at 0945 hrs
      Xemxija at 0950 hrs
      Golden Bay at 0950 hrs
      St. Paul's Bay at 1000 hrs
      Bugibba at 1010 hrs
      Qawra at 1015 hrs
      St. Julian's at 1030
      Sliema at 1045 hrs
      Valletta at 1030 hrs
      Attard at 1015 hrs

      Return transport is provided from Sliema Ferries at 1500 hrs, 1600 hrs & 1800 hrs.

    • Duración: 2 hours
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • 2-hour tour around the 3 cities in vintage bus

    No Incluye

    • Gratuities
  • 7/10

    Recomendación de los pasajeros 70%
    Rating basado en 3 Críticas verificadas

    Nuestros clientes

    • Margaret W
      Publicado el Lunes, 18 de noviembre del 2019

      Great experience even though it was bad rain. Informative guide/driver, short but sweet tour. Great photos of the vintage bus.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Marilyn
      Publicado el Domingo, 27 de agosto del 2017

      This was a good tour - vintage bus was a novelty. i think that there could be more to improve the tour.

        Calificación General: 6/10
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