Day trip

Rethymno: Elafonisi Day Trip with Balos Lagoon Photo-Stop

Day trip

Rethymno: Elafonisi Day Trip with Balos Lagoon Photo-Stop

From US$ 53.25 per person

Relax on the beautiful shores of Elafonisi beach, surrounded by crystal clear waters and wilderness. Ride to the top of Cape Vouxa to experience the breathtaking panoramic views of Balos and Gramvousa.

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Duration 10 hours
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  • Relax and swim on the white shores of Elafonisi
  • Make a photo-stop above Balos Lagoon
  • Explore the beautiful natural surroundings
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Start your day at Elafonisi beach, with its shallow water and fine white sand. Relax on the shore for 2 hours or explore your surroundings in one of the most beautiful, remote locations in Crete. Dip your feet in the turquoise lagoon or simply stroll along the shore fringed with pink coral sand. Then, get ready for the wild road to Cape Vouxa. Ride 8 kilometers up a dirt track to the national park in a comfortable 4x4 bus. As you travel, enjoy the beautiful natural scenery around you. Finally, arrive at your destination. Step out and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of Balos Bay and Gramvousa.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Free time at Elafonisi
  • Boat (15 Euros)
  • Entrance (1 Euro)

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Water
  • Breathable clothing
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Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 13 reviews

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Amazing trip, highly recommended! It is a great way to see both beautiful beaches if you are short on time. Our tour guide was wonderful and we had an amazing time. Make sure to take water and running shoes as there is a pretty long hike down the mountain to get to Balos

April 1, 2023

The actual sightseeing and what you get to see and do are great and the scenery and beaches are stunning as is the boat trip as well. On a negative note is we weren't aware of the hike you have to do to actually get to the second beach and is quite a testing walk and slippery, so make sure decent shoes are worn. I think we must have been unlucky as the minibus we travelled in was an older one and it was very uncomfortable. Made even worse when your actually traveling for approx 2 hours at a time and when the minibus is full and the aircon does not work and it's about 35 degrees outside it is extremely uncomfortable and made some of us feel quite sick with the heat. Overall a good trip but really was ruined by traveling in a vehicle that I think shouldn't have been used in those temperatures, it was almost unbearable at times.

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April 1, 2023

Elafonisi et Balos sont 2 plages à ABSOLUMENT voir ! Cependant, si vous avez le temps et le moyen je vous conseille plutôt de voir passer une journée entière a Elafonisi. L’excursion s’est bien déroulé, les paysages (même en bus) sont magnifiques et la guide est gentille. Les - : - Avant le 1er mai il n’y a Aucun bateau a Balos ! Donc ilpossible de voir L’ile de Gramvoussa. - Peut-être un peu chère pour ce que c’est

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April 1, 2023

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