Day trip

Balos Gramvousa Cruise with Transfer and Boat Ticket

Activity provider: Quality Travel

Balos Gramvousa Cruise with Transfer and Boat Ticket

Activity provider: Quality Travel

From US$ 52.46 per person

Visit some of the most famous spots of Crete on a full-day boat trip from Kissamos. Cruise along the coast, swim at the amazing Balos lagoon, and hike to the Venetian castle on top of Gramvousa island.

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Duration 12 hours - 1 day
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Pickup included
Pickup is from specific points near your hotel. You will receive personalized pickup information in a separate email from Quality Travel. The pickup time will be sent in the evening before you go on the boat trip. The bus with the same name will wait for a maximum of 5 minutes at the pickup point so please be there on time.


  • Breath in fresh sea air as you pass white sandy beaches and clear blue water
  • Cruise along the coast on a comfortable boat with bar-restaurant and open deck
  • Relax with more than 2 hours of beach time at the world-famous Balos Lagoon
  • Hike to the Venetian castle on top of Gramvousa island and gaze at the views
  • Enjoy hassle-free round-trip transportation from your hotel area to Kissamos port
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Experience a full-day boat trip to the westernmost part of Crete and visit two of the most famous landmarks, Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa island. Spend time paddling and enjoying the sun at Balos Lagoon and have the chance to hike up to the castle on Gramvousa on this day cruise.

Be picked up by an air-conditioned bus at a pickup point close to your hotel and you be driven to Kissamos port in Kasteli. There you will board a large comfortable boat with an open deck and a bar-restaurant. Begin your cruise along the coast and see the dramatic rockface from the water.

Reach the well-known Balos Lagoon and be fascinated by the white sand which covers the area and the shallow clear waters. Relax here for a couple of hours and enjoy the divine nature. Sunbathe, swim, snorkel or even hike to the hills surrounding the beach and take memorable photos. Next, float over to Gramvousa island which used to be a pirate's cove. Enjoy at least 90 minutes of free time to explore. Choose to hike for 20 minutes to the Venetian castle which is built on a steep 137m high rock. Enjoy panoramic views over the Aegean sea and unique landscape from here.

Finally, return to the beach, and take a quick dip before hopping back on the boat to Kissamos port. From here the bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel area. Trip Itinerary 10:40 – departure from Kissamos port 11:20 – arrival at Balos Lagoon (or Gramvousa island depending on the captain's decision based on weather conditions) 13:30 – departure from Balos for Gramvousa island (or vice versa) 13:50 – arrival to Balos lagoon 16:30 – departure from Balos 17:45 – Arrival to Kissamos port

  • Boat cruise
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off roundtrip bus transfer to Kissamos port from specific areas
  • Free time at Balos Lagoon
  • Free time on Gramvousa island
  • Lunch menu (if option selected)
  • Skip the ticket line service
  • Guided tour
  • Foods and drinks (unless lunch menu option selected)
  • Sun Umbrellas (available to rent)
  • Photographer on the boat (at extra cost)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Snacks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Beachwear

Know before you go

  • If you decide to hike to the castle of Gramvousa it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 92 reviews

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Incredible experience, only downside was we didn't get as long in each place as stated in the itinerary (about an hour less at balos, and half an hour less at the island). Lunch was generous and the boat was comfortable and spacious. All of the staff were lovely and the bus transfer made it super easy.

October 12, 2022

We made this excursion at the end of September. The day was perfect: the very simple contact with the operator, the punctual transfer, the friendly driver, the boat (ferry) clean with a catering service. We had taken the meal option, simple and quality snack. Both stops are sublime. Do not forget to take good sneakers and aquashoes/diving goggles to make the most of it.

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October 1, 2022

Cruise was great- one of the nicest ferries I’ve been on in Greece! Balos and Gramvousa are worth seeing. I really rate this trip. However, the company Quality travel were very poor. Seven of us were given the wrong pick up location and the bus left without us without any follow up- no calls or emails to enquire why we weren’t there. We waited for close to two hours before finally (after many frustrating calls) the bus turned around to collect us. I would recommend going through a different company or catching public transport to the port to avoid the stress and frustration the seven of us experienced through this morning!

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September 19, 2022

Product ID: 419482