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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 Heraklion Area: Day Trip to Gramvousa Island and Balos

2. From Heraklion Area: Day Trip to Gramvousa Island and Balos

Start your day with pick-up from the nearest point to your hotel. Drive towards the west side of Crete in a bus to reach the port of Kissamos Kasteli. After your escort gives you all the necessary information about the cruise, arrive at the port to board the ferry boat to Gramvousa. Your escort will collect the money for the boat tickets from you so you can skip the lines at the ticket offices. At about 10:30 AM, set off for the island of Gramvousa on the ferry, which has a restaurant with self-service meals and snacks. Sit back on a deck chair or in the lounge for the journey of approximately 45 minutes. During the cruise, marvel at the cliff edges of the wildest part of Crete and learn about the history of the island with the onboard commentary played through the speakers in various languages. Upon arrival in Gramvousa, either have a swim or take a hike to the top of the island to the Venetian fortress. Enjoy 2.5 hours on Gramvousa before you continue to the lagoon of Balos, which is 20 minutes away. As soon as you arrive at the lagoon, you'll have a little less than 3 hours to enjoy the area. You may go back to the boat at any time for food or also hire umbrellas if the heat is too intense. In the early evening, board the boat to head back to the port of Kissamos, where a bus will be waiting to return you to your hotel area.

From Rethymno: Chania and Falasarna Beach Tour

3. From Rethymno: Chania and Falasarna Beach Tour

Visit the city of Chania and Falasarna Beach on this guided tour. En route to Chania, the tour leader will provide important information about the day. Chania, one of the oldest cities in Crete, is known for its diverse cultural heritage. Explore the old town, see the archeological ruins and learn about its fascinating history. Walk along the narrow alleyways and discover the beauty of this popular city. Head to Falasarna Beach, located on the western coast of Crete. It is ranked as the best beach in Crete and one of the top 10 beaches in Europe. Relax on the light-colored sand and swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean.

From Rethymno: Roundtrip to Gramvousa Island & Balos Lagoon

4. From Rethymno: Roundtrip to Gramvousa Island & Balos Lagoon

Make your cruise worry-free with a roundtrip transfer from Rethymno to Kissamos port in an air-conditioned bus. Ride in a well-maintained and comfortable bus and leave the navigation to your local driver. Have an onboard guide during your trip.  Be picked up in the morning from your accommodation in Rethymno. Sit back and relax on the drive to the Kissamos port where you can purchase a cruise ticket to swim in crystal-clear water of Balos Lagoon and see the Venetian castle of Gramvousa.  Let your driver worry about traffic and getting to the port on time while you relax. Once you return to the port on the boat, your driver will be waiting to whisk you back to your accommodation in Rethymno. 

From Chania: Bus Trip to Kissamos for Balos Gramvousa Cruise

5. From Chania: Bus Trip to Kissamos for Balos Gramvousa Cruise

Make your cruise trip to Balos Lagoon and Grambousa island easy with a roundtrip bus transfer from a location near your accommodation in the Chania area to the Kissamos port. Travel aboard a comfortable bus with plenty of legroom.   Be picked up from a point near your hotel early in the morning and travel hop aboard a spacious, airconditioned bus. Relax and take in the scenery as you drive west until you reach Kissamos. Purchase a ticket at the port of Kissamos for the Balos Lagoon and Grambousa island. Cruise to a cave, that is believed to have been the ancient shipyard of “Tarsanas," admire the port of Gramvousa and a 16th-century castle, visit the lagoon of Balos and a stunning beach.   Enjoy sailing to Balos Lagoon and Grambousa island and arrive back at the port of  Kissamos where your bus will be waiting to take you back to your departure point near your accommodation. 

Heraklion,Malia &Agia Pelagia:Day Trip to Knossos Palace

6. Heraklion,Malia &Agia Pelagia:Day Trip to Knossos Palace

The most famous landmark of Crete, Knossos, is the absolute “must” for everybody who decides to spend his or her vacation on our beautiful island. On one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Greece, we find the center of one of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world and through the excavations, the legends and the history of the place we learn about its settlers: the Minoan people, the rulers of the Mediterranean. With its small palace, the room of murals, the royal tombs and the royal mansion, Knossos is probably the most significant token of a civilization that left such marks in history that can never be erased. The intricate structure of the palace corridors gave it the name Labyrinth, where, according to the myth, the legendary Minotaur used to live. The marvelous architectural plan, the use of rare and luxurious materials, the advanced techniques of construction and drainage system and the massive size of the palace of Knossos make it, even today, the most amazing sight on Crete. We return to the city to visit the newly renovated Archaeological Museum, which exhibits traditional architecture and preserves exquisite and valuable ethnographic and historical material from the ancient period of Cretan history. A stroll in the city of Heraklion will end up a perfect day –shopping in its modern stores, enjoying our coffee or lunch in one of its many restaurants or just exploring its superb medieval buildings. 10:00 Arrival Knossos Palace 12:00 Departure from Knossos Palace 12:20 Arrival Heraklion – Visit to Archaeological Museum (optional) 15:30 Departure from Heraklion DURATION: app. 7 hours STAY IN KNOSSOS: app. 2 hours STAY IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM: app. 2 hours STAY IN HERAKLION: app. 1 hour

Crete: Food & Wine Tour

7. Crete: Food & Wine Tour

Experience the day-to-day life of the Cretan villages and share with the locals their knowledge on local products and delicacies. After meeting your guide, head to the region of Kisamos, famous for its olive oil and wine production. Visit the oldest olive tree in the world that still produces olives and learn about the history of its sacred land. Next, it’s time to taste organic extra virgin olive oil. Visit a family-owned, olive mill, specializing in the artisan production of organic olive oil using millstones and presses. Get an introduction to Cretan olive oil and olive oil quality, while visiting the production facilities, and tasting various delicious olive oils. Make your way to a family-run farm to sample the famous dairy products of the region, such as freshly produced cheese and yogurt. Roll up your sleeves and grab your baskets as you walk into the farmer’s vegetable garden to select the products for your next mission. Take part in a hands-on cooking class and discover the most tempting recipes of the Cretan cuisine, selected to be matched at their best with the farm olive oils and wine. While your meal is slowly cooked over a fired wooden oven, walk around the tiny hilltop village and collect herbs to make your own mountain tea. Continue into the farmer’s cellar where you are free to sample different wines, straight from the barrels. And if this wasn’t enough for your taste buds, go on to sample what is considered the best honey in the region at a small family-owned business. By the end of this culinary adventure, you will have enjoyed the best treasures of this sacred land.

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What people are saying about Kissamos

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Whoever travels to Crete MUST take this tour. Why? Because here you have the opportunity to see a beautiful piece of earth that is second to none. Both locations, Gramvousa and Balos, are extremely well-kept and beautiful places that give you a great time, no matter how long you can enjoy them. Swimming in Balos, unique, the beach, the crystal clear water, unbelievably beautiful. Price-performance ratio for this tour is great, the transport reliable and safe and the guide or the guidines :-) was a very personable person who also knew how to tell about the country and its people, which made the respective routes entertaining and interesting. We are very happy that we decided to do this tour and would do it again at any time.

We really enjoyed the excursion with Markidis Travel (via Get Your Guide). We were warmly welcomed and accompanied throughout the day. Christos travel guide provided us with all the background information and information in both German and English. It was a very informative excursion with enough time to explore the city of Chania and enjoy Falasarna beach. An all-round successful excursion. Also then the good care by Kostas and Christos from Markidis Travel.

Paradise islands turquoise waters a real moment of happiness we were amazed Departing from heraklion Trip by bus of almost 3 hours tiring but it was worth it

I'm excited! I have seldom had such a pleasant tour. The driver and the company were great. I will only book tours with both of them.

Incredible views, 2 islands and 2 different activities that you can enjoy. Long day but worth it if you are an adventure seeker