Licensed to Steal: Blood, Booty and Corsairs in Valletta

Embark on an adventure where survival, brutality, and desire collide, revealing the darker side of Valletta whilst viewing malta sightseeing places. Hear of tales risk takers, misery maximized for gold, love gone terribly wrong, exotic delicacies with a shocking past and much more during one of the best Malta tours.
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"Saha Chris! What can we say.. The best and most inspiring way to learn about Malta. Chris.. You are the best guide and we have been around a bit (whoring ha!)!. This tour was personal and genuine and really was the most informative way of learning about Maltese history. The main draw is the main man! Chris you made us feel comfortable and we laughed lots and lots and enjoyed you company and that of your friend. If you want to feel welcomed to Valetta and generally to Malta then you can't look further than a true Maltese guy who is proud of the heritage and aware of the present and future of Malta. The history of the Causair is something that is fascinating and little known about. Let Chris tell you a little more about this that you don't know.The tour takes you to the highs and lows of the past centuries, war and migration of the beautiful island. From looting to slave trades to the history of navigation, Chris covers it all. With humour and warmth. Please go on this tour as you won't find anything better! We loved it and when we come back we will have some fun! Can't wait to see you again bro.. Love James and Fiona xx"

Tour Details

Overview

The Secrets of Valletta’s Corsairs Await one of the best Malta Tours on the island. Unleash the hidden chapters of Malta’s maritime legacy during the Knights’ period, as you journey back in time through an action-packed adventure of survival, torture, and promiscuity gone wild. Prepare to be enthralled as you delve into the captivating and colorful lives of Valletta’s legendary Corsairs, feared protectors of Malta’s shores whilst enjoying top Malta sightseeing places

Our tales may rival Hollywood, but these are real-life adventures that will leave you breathless. From forbidden love affairs to daring escapes and exotic worldwide delicacies with a violent past, our expert guides will bring Malta’s rich history to life in a thrilling and engaging manner.

Who were the Corsairs of Malta? Why were they indispensable to the Knights of St John? Heroes or villains? How you would become a licensed corsair and rise through the ranks? Discover why these legendary figures were hailed as protectors by everyday Maltese people yet despised by the feared Holy Roman Inquisition! Learn why even an angry Pope is forced to get involved.

Embark on a unique maritime cultural voyage as we traverse the historic streets and buildings of Valletta, where each location holds a piece of Malta’s raw and captivating history, echoing with cryptic and politically incorrect sayings and customs from this devious past.

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the streets that whisper untold tales of valor and an equal amount of immense suffering, as we together unravel the dark secrets of Valletta where you literally “Get Rich or Die Trying!”.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage City and top Malta sightseeing places, tracing the dark footsteps of the legendary Corsairs during the Knight’s period.
  • Immerse yourself in tales of audacious plunder, brutality, unrestrained desires, and ingenious schemes that shaped Malta’s History
  • Find out who exactly is involved in this terrible tale, who profits from other’s misery, and how deep the rabbit hole goes. You’ll be surprised, hopefully not too shocked!
  • Learn about the real truth behind the cause of Malta’s most prominent historical events, still affecting our culture today.
  • Enjoy stories expertly retold by your guide of battles both at sea and within brothels…On one of the best Malta Tours where the hunter suddenly find himself the hunted.

Tour Theme

Daring to Dream – Freedom vs Responsibility – Brotherhood and Loyalty – Risk-Taking and Adventure – Consequences of Greed – Ethics of Piracy – Profit through misery

Location Highlights

  • Auberge de Castille
  • St James Cavallier
  • De Valette Statue
  • Auberge D’Italie
  • Merchant Street
  • Castellania
  • Monte di Pieta
  • Banca Giuratale
  • Valletta Food Market
  • Church of the Jesuits
  • Old University Building
  • St. Ursula Church and Convent
  • Lower Barrakka Garden/ Grand Harbour View

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 Tour Guide, in costume portraying a real 17th 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 clients 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, 5 steps must be tackled to go on top of the ramparts to witness the panoramic views.
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 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

Price

1 to 2 people

€ 140

3 to 4 people

€160

5 to 10 people

€210

11 to 15 people

€250

16 to 30 people

€350

30 or more people

€450

Have any questions?

Wondering about something? If it's not in sight or a bit fuzzy don't hesitate! Email us at [email protected]

Prefer joining a scheduled tour?

Prefer a shared adventure? Our scheduled tour is your jam. Click 'Book a Scheduled Tour' below to view our scheduled tours calendar and join equally awesome folks.

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June 12, 2024
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
€15.00 per person

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