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From Kissamos: Balos Gramvousa Sailing Cruise with Lunch

1. From Kissamos: Balos Gramvousa Sailing Cruise with Lunch

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Aegean sea and admire stunning views as you sail for Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island. Take time to swim and explore these incredible locations at your own pace. Start your morning at Kissamos port and board a private sailboat. After learning the safety procedures on board from your experienced skipper, set sail on a private cruise for Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island. Relax on board while taking in the spectacular views of the Cretan coast. Learn a bit about sailing on the trip with the help of your skipper. After 1.5 hours at sea, reach Balos Lagoon. Soak up the sun on the pristine shores of Balos Beach or even go for a swim in the clear water. Next stop: Gramvousa Island. Hike to the extraordinary castle built high up on the island and admire panoramic views of the horizon from above. Take your time exploring this rugged island or practice your snorkeling. At noon, relax on deck and enjoy a delicious lunch cooked on board. If it's too hot, take a break in the cabins. Admire the beautiful views of the sea once more as you head for the port.

Rethymno: Gramvousa Island Day Trip & Balos Beach

2. Rethymno: Gramvousa Island Day Trip & Balos Beach

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.

From Kissamos Port: Balos and Gramvousa Private RIB Cruise

3. From Kissamos Port: Balos and Gramvousa Private RIB Cruise

Book a private rigid inflatable boat (RIB) vessel and an experienced skipper to explore the western parts of Crete with your family or friends. Departing from Kissamos Port, board your boat and ride the waves to the famous Balos Lagoon and to the historic Gamvousa Island. The skipper will take you on an adventurous or relaxed ride (according to your preferences) and provide drinks and snacks on the way.   At your first stop, Balos, you’ll anchor and explore the area’s white sand beaches and vivid turquoise waters for 1.5 hours. You’ll then head to Gramvousa, an island with a medieval fortress at the top of the hill. There, you can sunbathe, snorkel, and swim for another 1.5 hours before returning to Kissamos.

Kissamos: Balos and Gramvousa Private Sailing Trip with Meal

4. Kissamos: Balos and Gramvousa Private Sailing Trip with Meal

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.

Rethymno: Balos and Gramvousa Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

5. Rethymno: Balos and Gramvousa Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

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: Balos Lagoon Private Tour with Transfer

6. From Chania: Balos Lagoon Private Tour with Transfer

The premise of getting lost in Crete is simple. We will get you ‘lost’ in one of the world’s most spectacular and awe-inspiring seascapes. Wild but with a soft heart. Hosting a palate of ever-changing blues. Perfectly mixing fossilized pink shells with soft white sands. And teeming with extraordinary wildlife. Balos Laguna is an unforgettable must. The ultimate experience is to discover this Great Cretan Seascape on your own relaxation rhythm without being bonded to ferryboats. Let us take you along the off-road route of Gramvousa Peninsula. When the road ends, prepare to hike down to the mountainside until you reach the paradise of Balos Lagoon. Now imagine yourself basking in the warm waters of heaven on earth. Not to mention how much your Instagram feed will be thanking you. This is your Balos escape. Dreamed by you, planned by us.

Crete: Sailing Cruise to Balos & Gramvousa with Lunch

7. Crete: Sailing Cruise to Balos & Gramvousa with Lunch

Full Day PRIVATE Cruise out of Kissamos Port to BALOS beach and GRAMVOUSA island Check in: 10am embarkation in Kissamos port Check out: 5pm disembarkation in Kissamos port Description of the cruise: As soon as you embark, we will start our trip to the beautiful Balos beach for our first stop, anchoring, for swimming and relaxation. You will have enough time to swim and explore the seabed if you wish as we will provide you the necessary snorkeling equipment. Then we will sail across, to Gramvousa island, for the next stop. In this second stop you will have the opportunity to visit the old pirate fortress on the top of the hill. On both stops the crew will take you out at the beach on our inflatable auxiliary boat if you wish!!! Included: Snacks, fruits drinks and lunch will be offered during the cruise to complete a beautiful day on the sea.

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What people are saying about Kissamos

Our guide Ingrid was on top and the organization was great. English was supposed to be the only language of the guide and luckily she spoke French too! Provide cash for the boat. The boat crossing is about 1 hour but with a crowded boat. Come early to get seats. The possibility of eating and buying drinks on board is really very practical after an intense day like this! At first we were able to discover the fort of Gramvousa with an exceptional view of the turquoise waters after an intense climb to the top and then relax in the crystal clear waters. (PS: think about water shoes, very practical when it's very rocky). After 1h30 of relaxation in Gramvousa, barely 10min by boat towards Balos, to admire and enjoy a few hours of its incredible waters. Watch out, lots and lots of people. Excursion at the top in any case, I recommend 100%

Fabulous...Gravmoussa and Balos Bay aboard this sailboat, it is the optimal access. The ride and the pleasure of being on board offer exceptional well-being. And the welcome is both simple and warm. We were lucky to have Iléas and Hector as skipper...brilliant, extraordinary...2 very nice people. As for the meal...delicious!!! Thank you to the mother of Iléas for her pasta in prawn sauce, in addition to the Cretan salad from Iléas...they can open a restaurant, no problem... Hector, very gentle, composed, very pleasant. .and in addition, he speaks French..the cruise has just gone from fabulous to sublime...a must-do activity if you set foot in Crete..

Excellent day and experience! The boat was is very good conditions and very well maintained. Ready to depart at the time agreed. We had Vasilis and Konstantino (the owner and the kipper) together on the cruise and besides being very experienced sailors, they both were very gentle and easygoing. Our group was at easy and we had an excellent time together. No need to mention how wonderful the arrival at Gramvoussa and Balos was. The best day of our holidays in Creete. Thanks to the crew.

Excellent day ! A landscape not to be missed. The climb to the fortress of Gramvousa is difficult, you have 20 minutes but the view is worth it. The bus ride went well, with a very friendly guide who speaks several languages and makes communication easier. The small downside, the boat is extremely crowded, people were sitting on the ground because there was so little space, moreover, the food is expensive for sandwiches and self-service.

Beautiful experience, our skippers Costa and Stelvio magnificent, despite being the rough sea made our adventure special. Very kind and thoughtful that everything was to our liking, great lunch! Until next time. I recommend them !!!