From Heraklion: Full-Day Gramvousa and Balos Tour

4.4 / 5

48 reviews

From Heraklion: Full-Day Gramvousa and Balos Tour

From $49.44 per person

Discover one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece on a fantastic cruise to the most western part of Crete. Stop at the island of Gramvousa, where you can see hundreds of birds and plant species. Go to the lagoon at Balos and swim.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 15 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Russian, French, Polish, German
Pickup included
Pick-up outside hotels on the main road only from Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Chani, Ammoudara and Heraklion.


  • Discover an extraordinary geological phenomenon
  • Sail to the "Pirates' Island" of Gramvousa
  • Swim in the lagoon at Balos
Full description
Following pick-up along the Malia to Agia Pelagia main road, travel by air-conditioned coach to the west of Crete. Stop at the small village of Skaleta, near Rethimnon. Enjoy a cup of coffee or breakfast and then continue to Kissamos to board a boat and start your cruise. Admire a vast cave that was most likely an ancient shipyard. See sea turtles and dolphins playing in the water. Marvel at the geological phenomenon of the simultaneous lifting and sinking of 2 sides of the island: the western side rises 6 to 9 meters above sea level. Disembark on the island of Gramvousa, with its Venetian castle. Also known as "Pirates' Island," Gramvousa used to be a hiding place for rebels. The broader area of Gramvousa forms one of the most significant hydro-biotopes of the eastern Mediterranean. Here, you can encounter over 100 bird and 400 plant species. Enjoy plenty of free time to swim at a gorgeous beach. Admire the wonderful colors and take a few photos of the famous shipwreck. Alternatively, feast from an (optional) lunch on board. Continue your cruise to the lagoon of Balos and discover one of the loveliest sites in Greece. Get a breathtaking view of the lagoon, before the return journey to the meeting point.   
  • Transfers by modern fully air-conditioned coach
  • Transportation by reliable boat
  • Experienced drivers
  • Guide
  • Boat ticket €16 for adults, €8 for children aged 4-12 years
  • Lunch
  • Municipality fee (€1)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat
    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Face mask or protective covering
    • Sunscreen

    Know before you go

    • English and German-speaking tour guide every Monday
    • English and French-speaking tour guide every Thursday
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4 / 5

    based on 48 reviews

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    To see absolutely beautiful island, certainly a lot of time to get there about 3h30 by bus from heraklion piis 45 min by boat but it's worth the trip. Expect not to be alone on the island, it is the disembarkation of tourists at each stopover. I absolutely do not regret this beautiful day!

    July 21, 2020

    The destinations are breath taking, there's no need for any more word. But the tour is definitely not 12 hours and wasn't on time. I was supposed to be picked up by 6:40, but the bus arrived at 7:10, and I wasn't dropped off until 21:00. I recommend this tour to anyone who isn't mobile, but if you could, just rent a car and drive there yourself. Also the guide wanted to charge me 17e for the ship, while the tour manager told me it was 16e, which was sketchy.

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    June 29, 2019

    Highly recommended! Absolutely recommend it.

    I did this activity in September with my partner, a whole day between the beauties of these two islands Balos and Gramvousa was beautiful. Staff of the very polite ships we had lunch on board and everything was also very well organized. I absolutely recommend it. I did this activity in September with my partner, it was a beautiful day in the beauties of these two islands Balos and Gramvousa. Staff of very courteous ships had lunch on board and everything was also very well organized. I absolutely recommend it.

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    January 5, 2019

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