Rabat Mdina and San Anton Gardens Group Tour with St. Paul's Catacombs
  • Rabat Mdina and San Anton Gardens Group Tour with St. Paul's Catacombs

    This group tour includes transport, local guide & Catacombs Ticket.

    San Anton Palace is a palace in Attard, which is the official residence of the President of Malta. It was originally built in the early 17th century as a country villa for Antoine de Paule, a knight of the Order of St. John. The palace was used as a residence by subsequent Grand Masters, being enlarged a number of times in the process. It was the headquarters of the rebel National Assembly during the uprising of 1798–1800, and it later became a residence for the Civil Commissioners, Governors and Governors-General of Malta. It has been the official residence of the President since the office was created in 1974. The palace is surrounded by the extensive San Anton Gardens, parts of which have been open to the public since 1882.

    Rabat is a town in the Northern Region of Malta. The name of the town is derived from the Arabic word for 'suburb' as it was the suburb of the old capital Mdina. Rabat is home to the famous Catacombs of St. Paul. These catacombs were used in Roman times to bury the dead as, according to Roman culture, it was unhygienic to bury the dead in the city Mdina and parts of Rabat were built on top of an ancient Roman city. The Maltese Catacombs were never meant to be hiding places during persecutions or as living quarters. The Catacombs of St. Paul are now looked after by Heritage Malta. Part of St. Paul's Catacombs, the part accessible from the Parish church which is dedicated to the same Saint, was where, according to tradition and as recorded in the Bible, St. Paul stayed for three months when he was shipwrecked on the island in 60 A.D.

    Mdina also known by its titles Città Vecchia or Città Notabile, is a fortified city in the Northern Region of Malta, which served as the island's capital from antiquity to the medieval period. The city is still confined within its walls, and has a population of just under 300. The city was founded as Maleth in around the 8th century BC by Phoenician settlers, and was later renamed Melite by the Romans. Ancient Melite was larger than present-day Mdina, and it was reduced to its present size during the Byzantine or Arab occupation of Malta. During the latter period, the city adopted its present name, which derives from the Arabic word medina. The city remained the capital of Malta throughout the Middle Ages, until the arrival of the Order of St. John in 1530, when Birgu became the administrative centre of the island. Mdina experienced a period of decline over the following centuries, although it saw a revival in the early 18th century. At this point, it acquired several Baroque features, although it did not lose its medieval character. Mdina remained the centre of the Maltese nobility and religious authorities, but it never regained its pre-1530 importance, giving rise to the popular nickname the "Silent City" by both locals and visitors. Mdina is on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and it is now one of the main tourist attractions in Malta.


    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
    "Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"



    • Hora de Inicio2h30pm (See pickup time in departure location)
    • Lugar de comienzo: Hotel pickup from Cirkewwa, Mellieha, Xemxija, Golden Bay, St. Paul's Bay, Bugibba, Qawra, St. Julian's, Sliema, Valletta or Attard

    • Duración: 4 hours
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • Local taxes
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transportation

    No Incluye

    • Gratuities
  • 6/10

    Recomendación de los pasajeros 60%
    Rating basado en 2 Críticas verificadas

    Nuestros clientes

    • sdroedel
      Publicado el Lunes, 29 de julio del 2019

      I would have given 5 stars but I felt the Tour guide was rushing us through the tour. That plus a young baby was crying and screaming during most of the tour made it quite unpleasant.

        Calificación General: 6/10
    • The3hyatts
      Publicado el Lunes, 27 de noviembre del 2017

      The overall trip was good but the transportation requires a little more time to give the participants more time in the catacombs during daylight hours and before closing. Maybe it's better if the majority of travelers meet at a more central location so the bus drivers don't have to travel all over town just picking up and dropping off travelers. That poor bus driver! Pick up and drop off takes up a considerable amount of time for multiple tours. Wasn't impressed with the gardens, nice to see the palace for the president but there wasn't much to see in the gardens. Seeing the catacombs was great and we're glad we went but for the price and time we could've gone on our own but we wouldn't have heard the background from the tour guide, she was knowledgeable and gave us insights into the history of Mdina and Malta in general.

        Calificación General: 6/10
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