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From Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Kissamos, Balos & Gramvousa

1. From Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Kissamos, Balos & Gramvousa

Set off on a day trip by bus and boat to the magnificent Balos Lagoon and the Gramvousa island, on the northwestern coast of Crete. Travel by air-conditioned bus to the port of Kissamos and board the boat for a cruise with swim stops and a visit to a castle. After an early morning pickup near your hotel, sit back and relax as you pass through beautiful scenery to get to the Port of Kissamos. There, you'll pay for the cruise and board the boat which will take you in the sea for about an hour till you reach Gramvousa island. Once at Gramvousa, you'll have 1.5 hours of free time to explore the Venetian Fortress which offers breathtaking views from the top. Otherwise, you can stay on the boat to take advantage of the bar restaurant or you can relax at the beachside. Afterward, the boat will continue for about 20 minutes to reach the Balos Lagoon. There, you'll have 2.5 hours of free time on the beach. Swim, snorkel, sunbathe and explore the dunes in the background. In the afternoon, the boat will begin the cruise back to Kissamos and from there you will be driven back to your Hotel area in Rethymno.

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

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

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.

Spinalonga Boat Trip from Elounda Port

3. Spinalonga Boat Trip from Elounda Port

Board one of the traditional wooden boats from Elounda port and let the experienced local crew take you to Spinalonga island. The boat trip begins at approximately 9:30 AM every day from the main port of Elounda village. Stay on the island for an hour and 10 to 20 minutes. In case you stay longer due to the covid situation you might not get on the next one because the capacity of the boats has been reduced and have to wait an extra hour. The last boat trip from Spinalonga usually departs at 6:30 PM. If you want to learn more about the island, you can find local licensed guides on the pier who will bring the island's history to life. Originally, Spinalonga was not an island – it was part of the island of Crete. During Venetian occupation, the island was carved out of the coast for defensive purposes and a fort was built there. During Venetian rule, salt was harvested from salt pans around the island. The island has also been used as a leper colony. Spinalonga has appeared in novels, television series, and a short film.

From Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Gramvousa Island & Balos Bay

4. From Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Gramvousa Island & Balos Bay

Depart Rethymno at approximately 07:45 and travel by bus along the new national road towards the westernmost tip of Crete. Pass the bay of Souda and the former Cretan capital of Chania before your arrival in Kissamos. Upon arrival, climb aboard a boat and cross to Balos Bay at the northernmost tip of the peninsula. Relax on the 1-hour boat trip, and get 2.5 hours at Balos Bay to enjoy the soft white sands and unique blue and green waters of the lagoon. Next, take a 20-minute boat ride to Gramvousa Island for plenty of time to enjoy an unforgettable swim in the crystal clear waters. If you are feeling energetic, take an optional 137-meter climb up to the 16th-century Venetian Fortress for an incomparable view of the surrounding surroundings. Enjoy approximately 1.5 hours at peace on Gramvousa Island, and then take a 1-hour boat ride back to Kissamos. Upon arrival, continue to Rethymno by bus at the end of the laid-back tour.

Knossos Palace & Archaeological Museum Private Tour

5. Knossos Palace & Archaeological Museum Private Tour

Enjoy a tour of the mythological Labyrinth with your own licensed guide who will take you through Knossos, focusing on the highlights of the area and its most prominent features. Afterward, the driver will take your group to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion where your private tour will continue. Discover Knossos, the capital of Minoan Crete, considered Europe’s oldest city. Hear about the islands long history from your guide and learn about the peak of the Minoan culture in 2000 B.C. Later visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion where you can marvel at the findings of the first civilization of Europe, the Minoans. The tour will guide you through the ages, in a period of time that extends over a 5.000 years, from the neolithic to the roman era.

Georgioupolis: Full-Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

6. Georgioupolis: Full-Day Trip to Elafonisi Island

On this full-day trip, you’ll travel from Georgioupolis to the southwest corner of Crete and spend a relaxing day on the pink beaches of the small island of Elafonisi.  During the 3-hour drive to the island, you can sit back and relax, admiring the beauty of the lush green landscapes, traditional villages, and a small church built inside a cave along the way. After taking a short break to stop for a drink, you’ll reach your destination, Elafonisi,  a picturesque bathing paradise with an island that can be easily reached by foot. The water on the island is shallow, clear and gleams with beautiful shades of blue and green. You’ll have plenty of time to unwind on the beach and to purchase snacks and drinks on the island before returning to Georgioupolis in the evening.

Crete: Private Transfer from or to Ports & Airports

7. Crete: Private Transfer from or to Ports & Airports

Use a reliable, safe and low cost private one-way transfer for any Heraklion Airport in Crete, Chania or Heraklion Port to hotels in the Rethymno area and vice versa.  Based on your flight, the local operator will confirm the time you wish to depart from your hotel. In the same manner, the local driver will meet you from the airport or port to transfer you to your hotel. The transfer will be conducted with an 8 seat minibus or bus with 18 seats. You will be notified by email about the pick-up details. Choose between a variety of one-way transfer options between Chania, Heraklion and Rethymno areas.

Chania: Private Transfer to/from Chania Airport (CHQ)

8. Chania: Private Transfer to/from Chania Airport (CHQ)

Ensure your trip to Chania is stress-free with a convenient private transfer to or from Chania Airport (CHQ). Pick from 3 vehicle options, depending on what you need. Choose from a sedan or a business vehicle that can fit 4 passengers and 3 standard-sized pieces of luggage if traveling in a smaller group. For groups of up to 6 passengers, choose the minivan that can fit 8 pieces of luggage. Meet your driver at the airport's arrivals hall or the lobby of your hotel, get some help with your luggage, and enjoy an easy trip to or from Chania Airport.

Santorini to Heraklion Crete: Ferry Ticket & Hotel Transfer

9. Santorini to Heraklion Crete: Ferry Ticket & Hotel Transfer

Travel quickly from Santorini to Heraklion, Crete and avoid waiting in line at the ticket office by easily booking a one-way ferry ticket paired with a one-way transfer from your hotel or Airbnb to Athinios Ferry Port. Choose between either a fast ferry trip or a long relaxing boat trip in the Aegean Sea. Begin by booking and providing your Santorini accommodation details and the personal information of all participants in your group. Next, receive your pre-booked ferry e-ticket and personalized information for your Santorini pickup point and time on the day of your trip. After you receive your e-ticket, enjoy a safe, stress-free ride to Athinios Ferry Port and board the ferry to Crete. Finally, sit back, relax, and enjoy your trip on the Aegean Sea.

Heraklion: Private Transfer to/from Heraklion Airport (HER)

10. Heraklion: Private Transfer to/from Heraklion Airport (HER)

Book a convenient private transfer to or from Heraklion Airport (HER) and take some of the stress out of your journey. Choose from 2 vehicle options to suit your needs. For groups of 4 passengers or fewer, choose a sedan that can fit 3 standard-sized pieces of luggage. If you're traveling in a group of 6 passengers or fewer, pick the minivan option, which can fit 8 standard-sized pieces of luggage. Enjoy friendly meet-and-greet service from an English-speaking driver at the airport's arrivals hall. Have some help with your luggage, then sit back and relax.

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What people are saying about Crete

We had an amazing time on this excursion, learning about the history of Greece and the city of Rethymno. Lunch at Lake Kournas was lovely. Our guide, Christine, was friendly and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend this trip to others!

Nikos was amazing. Very friendly & accommodating, even offered to stop if we wanted to get water. He also gave us suggestions for what to do & where to go along our route.

The pickup was on time. Great entertainment during the trip, by Mecki the tour guide. Elafonisi is definitely worth a visit! Highly recommended

Manousos was great, extremely friendly and a good driver. Highly recommended to use for your transfer to Rethymno!

The driver was extremely courteous, safe and friendly. Gave us some tips of what to see on the island on the way.