Day trip

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

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

From US$ 20.37 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 white sand of the beaches.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 12 - 14 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
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 pickup 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 receiving all the necessary information about the cruise from your escort, arrive at the port where the Gramvousa ferry awaits 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.

At about 10:20 AM set off for the island of Gramvousa which takes approximately 45 minutes. Help yourself to the ferry 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 microphones in different languages.

Once you arrive at the island of Gramvousa you can either swim or 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 away.

Enjoy 3 hours at the lagoon. You may go back to the boat for food at any time or hire umbrellas if the heat is too intense. After 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 comes to an end. Return time to Chania is approximately 7.00 PM.

Includes
  • Bus ticket
  • Guide
  • Boat ticket (€ 30)
  • Entry ticket to the Venetian fortress (€ 1)
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
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
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive 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

4.3 /5

based on 417 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.4/5
  • Transportation
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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it was nice. but a bit to short .. about 2 hours on the ferry and about 4 hours on the beach. also the trip with the bus from Chania to kissamos also took like 2 hours in total. so basically stay on road like 4 hours and 4 hours on the beach. not really worth it.

September 21, 2021

The experience is great, the beach is very good and the castle on the island has amazing views. It would be great to have more time, at least 30 min more on each of the places. On the other side, I don’t know what’s the guide’s job apart from picking the tickets and telling us the time to be back at the boat.

September 8, 2021

I had an amazing time! Balos Beach is paradise to me. Simply a stunning beach. Gramvousa fort is steeped in history. The beach is beautiful, too. Our tour guide, Stella, and our driver, Peter, were both great people, competent and friendly. I would do the trip again the next time I visit Crete.

August 22, 2021

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