From Rethymno: Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay

From Rethymno: Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay

From $20.41 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

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 12 hours
Starting time 7:30 AM
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Driver
English, German
Pickup included
Hotel pickup is available in the areas of Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros, and Georgioupoli. 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 lagoon
  • Climb the Venetian Fortress on Gramvousa Island for unique views
  • Relax on gorgeous Gramvousa Beach
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Bus ticket
  • Guide in English, German, French or Russian
  • Boat ticket (€ 29)
  • Entrance ticket to the Venetian Fortress (€ 1)
  • Lunch (available for purchase on boat)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
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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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Know before you go

  • Boat tickets are not included (27€ to be paid on site); the local partner will make sure you don't wait at a ticket line
  • Walking shoes are necessary for the climb to the Venetian Fortress (entry fee €1 paid on site)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 200 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5
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The tour was great and Balos was beautiful. The only thing we didn't like was that the apparent soft white sand they promised was filled with rocks and seashells and cigarette stubs of other people. It was also very hard to get into the water because there are slippery rocks every where. It would've been great to get the tip to wear swimming shoes so you don't hurt yourself like I did. But everything was greta

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September 5, 2020

The most beautiful beach I've ever seen... The program is well-organized, it takes 12 hours as it is indicated. You can spend around 3 hours on Balos beach and 1,5 hours in Gramvousa island. We didn't go up to the ruins, we chose a beach as well in Gramvousa, because it would be very hard, the temperature was ~35°. The day is fully suggested, you must be there and see yourself.

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August 2, 2019

Great day!

Me and my boyfriend had a lovely day! The guide was great (George) and we really appreciated the bus picking us up and dropping us off very close to the hotel! Would really reccomend. Would advice to bring shoe to swim in for beach no 2 since it is very rocky and we saw some sea urchins. But tottaly worth it it was so beautiful!

July 29, 2019

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