Valletta, Malta

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Overview

Learn about Malta’s bravery during World War II on this 3-hour private Valletta walking tour. Visit key sites and monuments associated with the 1940-42 Axis bombardment, including the poignant Siege Bell monument. Learn about the tunnels and community kitchens established in Valletta, and discover how locals maintained their daily lives. Hear about events like the Illustrious Blitz, and visit the National War Museum for additional insight into the island's wartime struggles.
  • Private 3-hour World War II walking tour of Valletta
  • Visit sites linked to the 1940-42 Siege of Malta, when the island was bombed by Axis forces
  • See the ruined Opera House and memorials including the Siege Bell monument
  • Learn about Valletta’s wartime tunnels and community kitchens, set up to feed people
  • Hear about events such as the Illustrious Blitz and the San Marija Convoy
  • Tour the National War Museum (own expense) to see the 1942 George Cross and other exhibits
  • Enjoy in-depth stories and personalized attention from a private guide
Meet your private guide in central Valletta and set out into the honey-stoned streets to uncover one of its darkest chapters — the years between 1940 and 1943 during WWII.

Malta’s part in the war began in 1940 when Italy's leader, Mussolini, declared war on the island and it became a stepping stone for Hitler and the Axis forces to gain control of North Africa. From then on, Valletta endured sustained bombardment as the Axis powers aimed to bomb or starve the population into submission.

Over more than two years, the island became one of the most intensively bombed areas in the war, and her survival against the odds was an inspiration.

Learn about the Siege of Malta between 1940 and 1942, and see sites associated with Malta’s bravery in the face of destruction. View the imposing Siege Bell Memorial overlooking the Grand Harbour, and hear about the tunnels built under Valletta to shelter residents. Learn, too, about the ‘Victory Kitchens’ set up to feed people, and how locals tried to maintain their daily lives throughout the bombardments.

See the gutted shell of the Royal Opera House, destroyed in a 1942 German bombing raid, and pay your respects at various commemorative statues and memorials.

As you walk, hear details of key events, including the Battle of Grand Harbour and Illustrious Blitz, when the Axis powers repeatedly bombed the HMS Illustrious aircraft carrier in Valletta in 1941.

Along the way, enjoy a guided visit to the National War Museum (own expense) at Upper Fort St. Elmo. View the exhibits and audio-visuals illustrating Malta’s ordeal during WWII, including the struggle to get supplies to the island, and see the 1942 George Cross medal awarded to the population for their courage.

After three hours, your tour finishes in central Valletta.

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S
, Jul 2018

WWII is such an important part of Malta's history making this tour a must. Matthew was personable and knowledgable. This was reasonably priced for such personal attention (just my husband and myself). I consider it money well spent and would say.

v
, Jan 2018

Matthew Matt was our guide, and he did an amazing job guiding us through Valletta. The private tour was the guide and just us. Matt shared very detailed and interesting information about Malta's crucial role during WWII. The majority of the tour was walking outside, which was great, because there is so much to see and learn about on this tour. The tour ended with visiting Fort St. Elmo, which hosts the National War Museum. Matt walked with us through the museum and focused on the important events. I would highly recommend this tour!

K
, Oct 2017

Our guide Matthew was extremely knowledgeable and informative. We found the tour fascinating and an excellent way to consolidate the facts of Valletta and Malta's involvement in this period of history.


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