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From Heraklion: Full-Day Gramvousa and Balos Tour

4.3 / 5

82 reviews

From Heraklion: Full-Day Gramvousa and Balos Tour

From $49.30 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.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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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.

Experience

Highlights
  • 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.   
Includes
  • 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

4.3 /5

based on 82 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.1/5
  • Transportation
    3.8/5
  • Value for money
    3.9/5
  • Safety
    4.2/5

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It was a good experience. Only few points to raise: the pick-up was 30 mins late. It was very windy and the boat was packed, it took very long to get off the boat, so shorter time was available to stay on the beach. If you choose to walk up to the castle, beware that there is no health and safety, few places was very dangerous, I would not do it again. Otherwise the view was beautiful, it is worth the hassle and money but the terrible wind made the experience less enjoyable.

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September 5, 2021

Insanely long tour, definitely worth the money. The places you see have to be seen. Almost like in a movie. Can recommend this to anyone who wants to swim, sunbathe and relax. By the way, the boat has very tasty food on board. Ice cream, hot food, snacks, drinks. So the 7 € lunch is worth it, but it doesn't have to be because you can buy anything

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July 27, 2021

Very pleasant moments with a very good organization from the pick-up in the immediate vicinity of the hotel until the return to the same place.Bus route to Gramvoussa very pleasant to appreciate the beauty of Crete sea side and land side then transport by very pleasant boat to discover the splendor of the places in particular the lagoon of Balos. An exceptional day for us, to really experience.

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July 20, 2021

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