Surviving the Siege: The Savage Summer of 1565

Visit Malta and meet Maltese besieged in this infernal corner of hell that is Birgu during 1565. Hear their tales of bravery, brutality and misery as you experience the true meaning of desperation and compelling willpower!

The guide was excellent and in detailed accounts. The Corsaire was very passionate in his story telling that engulfed us into those period of time with excellent role playing, enthusiasm and made us want to know more. Thanks guys!! Looking forward for any new tours you will be doing next

Tour Details


Centuries later, tales of the 1565 Great Siege of Malta, still echo powerfully, but very few know of the authentic Maltese perspective to this story, hidden away! Visit Malta and find out!

Guided by a local who fought during the siege, witness his recorded acts of defiance. Yet, you’ll discover that not every local you meet shares his fanatical sentiment.

Accompany him through a day under siege, understanding why the determined Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent seeks to annihilate, the “deceitful” Knights of St. John and their “evil” Maltese Corsairs once and for all.

Witness the resilient Maltese caught in the cross-fire as you plunge into the grim and gory reality of the siege. Unearth unsettling and terrible truths and debunk enduring myths that many still believe true.

Step unto the blood-stained walls alongside the cunning Grand Master Jean de Valette whose fighting spirit is as ferocious as the ruthless violence he dishes out to both foe and friend alike.

If you have any illusion that war is glamorous, then this tour acts as a quick antidote. Join the men and women of Malta – the sick, wounded, and dying, the rich and poor, the very old and the very young – their fate to be decided today in Birgu!

On this day, you’ll become part of a band of elite warriors and islanders determined to fight to the death, which may very well be the case as a catastrophic turn of events unfolds in Birgu and other Malta famous places.

Tour Highlights

  • Uncover the identify of real-life Maltese hero portrayed by your guide, and meet his besieged Maltese community.
  • Visit Malta and explore the complexity of Maltese allegiances during the siege. Can all be trusted, or does the rabbit hole go deeper?
  • Learn about the experiences and thoughts of your average Maltese person caught in this crossfire. What were his and her thoughts?
  • Question whether certain brutalities and events really happened or has the siege been over dramatized and glorified?
  • Find out in Malta famous places, after the smoke of the guns and explosions settle, whether any of men and women you meet will still be alive!

Tour Theme

Courage and resilience – Calmness and focus under pressure – Innocence and naivety – Thin veil between good and evil – Dangers of Fanaticism and Oppressors – Anti-War – Hope for a better tomorrow.

Location Highlights

  • Birgu (Vittoriosa) City Gate (Porta d’Aragon)
  • Galley Greek (Dockyard Creek)
  • Views of Senglea and Fort St Angelo
  • Malta Maritime Museum
  • Parish Church of St. Lawrence
  • Church Close
  • Grand Harbour Views
  • Kalkara Harbour Views
  • The former Sacra Infermeria
  • Many offbeat tracks and charming streets less travelled by tourists
  • The Auberge of Castille and Portugal
  • Old Armoury of the Knights
  • Auberge of Germany
  • Defensive walls and bastions
  • Post of Castille

Further Information

• Comfortable walking shoes. • A hat in summer (although the narrow streets will be mostly shaded). • Warm clothes in winter as Birgu can be chilly.
Professional Maltese Tour Guide, in costume portraying a 16th 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 gory details, explicit content 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 mostly on even paved ground. However a great number of steps must be tackled throughout and to go on top of the ramparts and 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 5 minutes away from the bus stop, and nearby parking is available.
No, but in case of emergencies a number of coffee shops , bars and restaurants with toilets’ are available.
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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