When it comes to Malta sightseeing tours, traditional isn’t always better. From Segway rides to jeep safaris and horse riding, we explore the best alternative ways to see the island
Walking tours are so 2015. This year, it’s all about the weird and wonderful ways to explore Malta’s best sites and attractions. Valletta Segway tours are a great way to see the city. To explore the island’s countryside, quad bike riding and jeep safaris are great for tracking down hidden spots while getting an adrenaline rush. Feel the urge to get back to nature? There’s always horse riding and kayaking tours. Whatever your style, follow this guide to Malta sightseeing tours with a twist and let the journey become an experience in itself.
At the start of the century, the Segway was a futuristic concept ahead of its time. Nowadays, the self-balancing vehicle is a popular tool for sightseeing and adds an edge to the traditional tour. Instead of taking a slow walking tour of Valletta, why not speed through the capital on a pair of wheels and see the city’s many historical sights in record time, without breaking a sweat. If balance isn’t your forte, don’t worry; Segway is much easier (and safer) to handle than new-age hoverboards. Excursions in Malta offers Segway tours of Valletta and the traditional village of Dingli.
Cars can only get you so far in Malta. To really explore the countryside, you’ll need an off-roading vehicle. Jeep safaris, offered by companies such as Captain Morgan, take visitors to a range of popular sites and hard-to-reach places. During such a tour, guests can feel the need for speed with an exhilarating drive right to the cliff’s edge at Dingli, continue along the northern coast to gaze at the beautiful beaches, and venture into the remote areas less frequented by visitors. If a Jeep doesn’t get the adrenaline pumping, Captain Morgan also offers tours in a chauffeur driven Landrover Defender.
While cycling across Malta is fun, why stick to two wheels when you can have four? Quad bike riding tours are great way to explore while getting the adrenaline pumping, and usually range from a couple of hours to a full day. Excursions in Malta’s full day trip takes riders on an action-packed discovery of many the island’s key sights, including Mizieb, Red Tower, Popeye Village, Golden Bay (where there’s a pit stop and lunch), Mgarr, Fomm Ir-Rih, Mtahleb, the silent city of Mdina, Rabat, Dingli Cliffs, and Blue Grotto.
Whether you’re exploring local villages or taking in stunning coastal views, every experience is more exciting when you’re on horseback. Local riding schools like Golden Bay Horse Riding and Bidnija Horse Riding organise expeditions along a multitude of beautiful routes, such as the northern coastline, the unspoiled countryside of Bidnija and the picturesque villages of Mellieħa and Wardija. Both enjoyable and rewarding, horse riding is a unique way to explore the island and get back to nature.
See the island from a fresh perspective by commandeering a kayak. The most energetic of our alternative Malta sightseeing tours, kayaking gives visitors the chance to explore the island’s secluded caves and hidden coves, while working off those hearty Maltese meals. Gozo Adventures offers sea kayaking tours of L’0Ahrax Point, Golden Bay and St Paul’s Island, where guests can enter the Xemxija Bay caves – famously used as water entries to bunkers during WWII.