From Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Gramvousa Island & Balos Bay
- Pickup available
- Skip the line
- Duration: 12 hours
per group up to 8
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 ...
We took this trip on 23d September! Thanks a lot to the great guide George/Georgios for smooth organising, being funny and answering all our questions. Best guide we had while staying in Crete! Weather was windy but it the blue water was still worth it.
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 th...
Great day beautiful beaches the boat trip is a very large boat which inforces facemasks as it’s considered to be a transport even though you’re outside the coach travel from Hernossis It’s very long eight hours return but we very much enjoy the trip and would recommend
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...
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.
Very good trip ! Fast, first on the beach, comfortable and fun ! Try this trip, we love it !
Visit the city of Chania and Falasarna Beach on this 11-hour 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.
I enjoyed every single moment of this wonderful trip. The Old Town of Chania is definitely one of the jewels of Crete, very romantic atmosphere. The natural beauty of Falasarna is simply breathtaking, amazing beach with whitish sand and crystal clear water.
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 garde...
Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore Ancient Polyrrinia on an electric mountain bike. See more of the area in less time and learn about its history from your expert local guide. Meet your guide and get an instructional session on how to use the electric mountain bike. Begin your journey from Kissamos center, then head up into the surrounding green hills on a quiet road, passing through small villages. Stop to see the ruins of an old Venetian villa, hidden in the middle of a village. Continue along the valleys, until you find the entrance to a local gorge. Tackle steep climbs with little effort, thanks to your bike's motor. When you've reached Polyrrinia, you'll park the bikes next to the Roman aqueduct, and continue exploring the village on foot. There's plenty to see: the wood-carving shop, the rock-cut houses, the view over Kissamos Bay from the top, the Holy Fa...
Visit Balos, one of the best beaches in Crete, just 60 km northwest of Chania Town. The beach captures your heart twice over, once with a heart-stopping view and then from up-close as a dream swimming spot. Make your way to Balos through a road from Kaliviani, a village close to Kissamos. Cross this 10km-long road by an air-conditioned Land Rover and then hike for 20 minutes. See the spectacular Balos lagoon from the hills above the beach. Enjoy the white sand, soft seabed, and crystal clear water of Balos. Opposite the beach, you can see the rocky island of Gramvoussa. On top of this island lies a steep Venetian castle with a gorgeous view of the region and the sea.
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Friendly and attentive guide. We were only 4 customers out of the 8 possible so top. The tour lasted longer than expected with a return to sail because the weather permitted. Unlimited drinks and hearty and good meals.
Excellent time spent with the family to enjoy the sea, the sun and the magnificent Cretan landscape. Very friendly guide.
Heavenly! Friendly skipper, departure on time, clean boat, delicious snack, drinks for all tastes I absolutely recommend
Excellent experience and great captain! Everything was perfect and our 2 kids enjoyed a lot. I definitely recommend.
Very pleasant cruise to see the lagoon of Balos and Gramvoussa. We also made a stop to swim in turquoise water.