In the Shadow of Napoleon Bonaparte: Valletta 1798

Discover Napoleon’s conquest and stay in Malta, and the brutal aftermath that will forever shape Malta’s destiny (and its people) in this one-of-a-kind unique thing to do in Malta.

This tour will teach you things about Malta's past that you won't learn about in the guide books or on any other tour. The guide kept the group engaged with incredible stories from Malta's intriguing past. I highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in history or culture that wants to experience Valletta from a whole new perspective. A truly unique tour, not to be missed!

Tour Details


Join us for an unforgettable tour of Valletta and discover the fascinating story of Napoleon Bonaparte’s conquest of Malta, and the brutal aftermath in this one-of-a-kind unique things to do in Malta.

In the first part of this Valletta tour, hear how the Knights of St John lost Malta to the French Revolutionary force whilst admiring Valletta Malta tourist attractions

Your guide will speak through the eyes of infamous 18th century character, who witnessed these events and was a native of Malta with a reputation as a tough sea wolf.

Follow in Napoleon‘s footsteps as we explore the grand palaces of Valletta and take in the stunning views of Malta’s Grand Harbour. Discover the secrets of the palaces where Napoleon stayed and indulge in the rumours of passionate escapades.

Hold on tight as we explore the aftermath of Napoleon’s departure from Malta, where his enlightened plans crumbled into rebellion, taking the second part of the tour on a dark turn.

Betrayal, infidelity, unrest, and deception abound in this gripping tale where heroes become villains and vice versa in the wake of Napoleon’s departure.

Witness first-hand the crucial role your host played during this chaos and violence that followed, as you make your way to the picturesque Marsamxett Harbour on the other side of Valletta.

You’ll be amazed to hear that as serene as it is enchanting, Marsamxett harbour witnessed one of the most dramatic events ever, in a deadly mission, shrouded in secrecy and intrigue, played out in the shadows.

Tour Highlights

  • Experience the stunning views of Valletta Malta tourist attractions such as our Grand Harbour and feel the same breeze that once brought Bonaparte‘s mighty fleet inside.
  • Discover the majesty of limestone palazzi and timeless architectural treasures as you learn about Napoleon’s six-day stay on the island.
  • Immerse yourself in the intrigues of the time, where loyalties shift and brother is pitted against brother.
  • Feel the suspense of plots brought out of desperation and witness the true meaning of courage through the inspiring stories of those who lived it as one of your unique things to do in Malta.
  • Re-live the time as your guide, portrays a real-life adventurer, and an active witness through this pivotal moment in history and brings to life the heroism and sacrifice of those who stood up against Napoleon.

Tour Theme

Desire for Power – Legacy and Impact – Struggle for Identity and Independence – Fear of Change – Betrayal and Loyalty – Unwavering courage in the face of death

Location Highlights

  • Upper Barakka Garden / Grand Harbour View
  • Auberge de Castile
  • Auberge de Italie
  • Merchant Street
  • Castellania
  • St John’s Cathedral (side)
  • Monte di Pieta
  • Banca Giuratale
  • Valletta Food Market
  • National Library
  • Grandmaster’s Palace
  • Manuel Theatre
  • Independence Square
  • Marsamxett Harbour

Further Information

• Comfortable walking shoes. • A hat in summer (although the narrow streets will be mostly shaded). • Warm clothes in winter as Valletta can be chilly.
Professional Maltese Licensed Tour Guide, in costume portraying a real 18th century character to better tell this remarkable story.
Entry to buildings is not included.
Participants must be 16 years old or above due to adult content involving sex, adultery, and more.
Our tours typically have a small group size to ensure a personalized experience.
The tour will only be cancelled in case of extreme weather conditions.
Unless there is extreme rainfall, the tour will still happen. If the tour is cancelled, we will notify you beforehand and refund your order. We will always prioritize the safety and comfort of our cleints first.
Your journey begins at the very top of this page. First step is to head to the top of page, and kindly fill in the details of your ideal date, preferred tour and add any extra tidbits that can jazz up your experience. Then just click on “Send Booking request” and we’ll be in touch with you within 48hours Once we’ve established a date and time and sorted all the details, we will provide details for a minimum €20 deposit. The rest of the amount is paid on the date of the tour. Deposits are refundable if tours cancelled at least 48 hours before and via email on: [email protected]
Cancellations or change of bookings are only allowed if received via email notification on [email protected] at least 48 hours before the tour commences.
Our tours are designed to be safe and enjoyable for all clients. We prioritise safety above all else and work with experienced guides and tour operators to ensure that all activities are conducted safely.
The tour is on even paved ground. However, a number of descending steps must be tackled to visit Marsamxett Harbour
The tour includes around 17 stops.
The route, sights, and topics may vary slightly depending on weather and any building works.
Approximately half an hour of walking is involved.
Yes, all tours must be booked in advanced.
The meeting place is less than 10 minutes away from a public car park and the bus stop is also less than 10 minutes’ walk away.
A Public Bathroom available at the meeting place. Another bathroom is available halfway during the tour.
Yes, the tour is offered in English.
Although much appreciated, it is solely up to you to decide whether or not to tip your tour guide.
Just email us on [email protected] and we will be glad to help out.
Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in with your guide.

Tour Pricing

Group Size


1 to 2 people

€ 140

3 to 4 people


5 to 10 people


11 to 15 people


16 to 30 people


30 or more people


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