From Chania: Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay Full-Day Tour

From Chania: Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay Full-Day Tour

From $17.80 per person

Discover the westernmost tip of Crete on a scenic bus and boat trip to Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay. Dip your toes in the soft white sand of some of the most beautiful beaches you ever have seen.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 12 hours
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Pickup included
Pickup from Perivolia, Halepa, Halidon Street Alpha Bank, Chania center, Kladissos, Nea Chora, Agioi Apostoloi, Xrysi Akti, Daratso, Galatas, Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, Gerani. Pickup is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle. You'll receive specific pickup information in a separate email from the local partner (please check your spam folder).

Experience

Highlights
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters of Balos Bay
  • Climb the Venetian fortress on Gramvousa Island for unique views
  • Cross to Balos Bay at the northernmost tip of the peninsula by boat
Full description
Your day starts with a pick-up from your hotel or at a specific pick-up point with the bus. Drive towards the west side of Crete in order to reach the port of Kissamos Kasteli. After your escort gives you all the necessary information about the cruise, arrive at the port where the Gramvousa ferry is waiting for you to start the cruise. Your escort will collect the money for the boat tickets from you so you can skip-the-lines at the ticket offices. About 10:20 AM set off for the island of Gramvousa which takes approximately 45 minutes. On the ferry there is a kitchen with self service dishes, meals or snacks. You can sit back on a deck chair or in the lounge. During your cruise, see the elevation of the land along the cliff edges of Crete. This elevation has happened over 2000 years. The history of the island is explained through the microphones in different languages. Once you arrive at the island of Gramvousa you can either have a swim or you can take a hike to the top of the island to the Venetian fortress. There you have 2.5 hours before you continue to the lagoon of Balos which is 20 minutes from there. As soon as you arrive at the lagoon you will have about 3 hours to enjoy. You may at any time go back to the boat for food or also hire umbrellas if the heat is too intense. When you have enjoyed a swim and relaxation at the lagoon, the boat will take you straight back to the port of Kissamos.This is a great photo opportunity as the sun will be behind you as you look out to the scenery of the island. At 6:00 PM the ferry arrives at the port and the journey in this small paradise comes to an end. Return time in Chania approximately: 7.00 PM.
Includes
  • Bus ticket
  • Guide
  • Boat ticket (€ 30)
  • Entry ticket to the Venetian fortress (€ 1)
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • People under 3 ft 9 in (120 cm)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Know before you go

  • Walking shoes are necessary for the optional climb to the Venetian fortress
  • Lunch and water can be purchased on board the boat
  • Please bring sunscreen and a hat
  •  This tour can only be booked by those staying in the areas of Perivolia, Halepa, Halidon Street Alpha Bank, Chania center, Kladissos, Nea Chora, Agioi Apostoloi, Xrysi Akti, Daratso, Galatas, Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, and Gerani
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 235 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5
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it was fun! the bus was on time, instructions were clear, going there was easy and you're comfortable . but the information about the islands were not there . at least to get some good info because on the boat there were a lot of people and the vol was so low i couldnt hear what the guide was saying

September 29, 2020

It was very nice trip I can definitely can recommend if you don’t want to rent a car but would like to discover other places of West Crete.(which has the nicest beaches and coast lines as per feedbacks). The organizers picked us up at the closest point to our hotel , which made our ride more comfortable. From Kissamos we had a nice ferry ride to Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa island( be aware of waves during the ferry ride ). We had great time at the lagoon and the island , we also had luck with nice sunny and less windy weather. The scheduled timing was kept well .

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September 16, 2020

Marvellous place! A piece of Heaven on Earth and a real phenomenon! The bus and the boat did not really follow covid-19 measures as the capacity of people was more than should be. 1.5 m distance could not really be kept between passengers. The tour was windy, probably due to mid Sept dates but the places were totally worth it. Time at Balos is about 2.5 hours and at Gramvousa - around 1.5 hours. Water was a bit cool at that time of the year. There were umbrellas at Balos but none were free.

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September 12, 2020

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