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Kissamos: Balos and Gramvousa Private Sailing Trip with Meal

4.8 / 5

10 reviews

Activity provider: Mikros Naftilos Cruises

Kissamos: Balos and Gramvousa Private Sailing Trip with Meal

Activity provider: Mikros Naftilos Cruises

From US$ 717.75 per group up to 6

Visit the most beautiful locations in Crete on a private sailing trip from Kissamos Port. Travel in style and avoid the ferry lines and crowds. Swim, hike, or snorkel and enjoy a delicious lunch with local delicacies and drinks.

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Duration 8 hours
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  • Visit the famous Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island
  • Avoid the crowds on the ferry and enjoy a private cruise with your friends
  • Spend a day sailing, swimming, snorkeling, and hiking to the top of the Venetian fortress
  • Enjoy a Cretan meal onboard with wine, beer, and soft drinks
Full description
Arrive to Kissamos Port by car or regional bus and board the sailboat with the green sails. Enjoy the company of only your private group and the crew and skipper as you cruise along the coast to Balos Lagoon and then to Imeri Gramvousa Island.  After about 1.5 hours of sailing, reach the lagoon, home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Swim and snorkel in the turquoise water, or treat yourself to some relaxing and sunbathing on the white sand for the next two hours.  Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch onboard the ship. Your next stop is the island of Imeri Gramvousa, where you can enjoy the stunning beach and swim in the crystal-clear water. If you'd like to snap an amazing photo of the Balos Lagoon, you will have the opportunity from the top of Gramvousa after a leisurely, 20-minute hike. At the top, built into the rock, you will spot the Venetian Castle, one of the most famous fortresses in Crete.  The views from here are seriously breathtaking. After a full day of sun and sea, your skipper will start the journey back to Kissamos Port. Onboard, rest or nap in the covered cabin, hang out in the covered dining area, and utilize the bathroom with shower.
  • Sailing cruise to Balos and Gramvousa
  • Experienced skipper and crew
  • Lunch with soft drinks, wine, and beer
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Guided tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet at the entrance of Kissamos Port. On the right side of the port, look for the mooring point of the boat "Mikros Naftilos," the only sailboat with green sails.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  •  If you drive to Kissamos, there are free parking spaces available. The port is a 40-minute drive from Chania.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 10 reviews

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Me and my 4 friends celebrated my 50th Birthday on this lovely yacht.All Our trip was amazing, beautiful lagoon and breathtaking views .Owner of the yacht was so professional and caring. We visited fortress with beautiful views.After we had lovely swim ,followed by very tasty Cretan lunch.Our trip continued to lovely lagoon.Where we had rest and swim.Never forget my Birthday. Highly recommending to everyone who planning to visit sunny Crete.

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October 15, 2021

Getting to / finding the boat is easy. Nice reception, easy check-in / go on board. Unfortunately the weather was not so windy that day, so we could go without sails and only with the engine. Despite the not so calm sea and waves, the skipper maneuvered super, so that the whole group tolerated everything super. Good explanations and hints, everything nice and understandable. We headed for Gramvousa first, where we arrived before the crowds of the big ship. So we were able to secure shady spots or make the ascent to the fortress in front of the crowds and explore the shipwreck. After about 2 hours we got a delicious Greek lunch (vegetarian) and mixed fruit on board while we headed for Balos, where we anchored on the beach. We could jump off the boat, swim, snorkel and enjoy it all. On the way back there was a great swim stop. A total of 9 hours trip, everything top and safe! Our holiday highlight!

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August 29, 2020

We had a wonderful day with the whole family on the "Mikros Naftilos". The captain spoke excellent English and responded to all of our requests. We were free to choose which point we wanted to go to first, how long we would stay and could choose additional bays to swim in. A real highlight was when we sailed the last stretch at our request. The food on board was really great. We had an all-round successful day and can happily recommend this excursion at any time!

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August 8, 2020

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