Day trip

Crete: Balos & Gramvousa Boat Cruise including Bus Transfer

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Activity provider: Altino Travel

Crete: Balos & Gramvousa Boat Cruise including Bus Transfer

Activity provider: Altino Travel
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From US$ 60.49 per person

Journey to an exciting pirate island, adventure through the remains of its Venetian fortress and take a refreshing swim in a stunning lagoon on this boat trip.

About this activity

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Duration 14 - 17 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French, Polish
Pickup included
The exact pickup time and location will be sent via email the day before the activity takes place.


  • Feel the warmth of the sun and take in glorious landscapes on this boat trip
  • Enjoy a cruise to the island of Gramvousa and explore its Venetian fortress
  • Swim, relax and enjoy the amazing scenery of the protected Balos lagoon
  • See how Crete is rising out the water on one side, and sinking on the other
  • Learn about the history of the area thanks to your knowledgeable guide
Full description

Take in the beauty of Crete and its nearby islands on this boat trip. Travel to the pirate’s island, Gramvousa, explore the Venetian fortress, and head to the idyllic Baloos lagoon, filled with rare species of fauna and flora, for a refreshing swim.

Your trip starts with a bus to Kissamos. From the port of Kissamos, the boat will depart to Gramvousa.

While on the boat trip, you’ll observe the geological phenomenon of Crete, with the island rising out of the sea on the west side – and sinking in the east.

Your first stop is the island Gramvousa, with its Venetian fortress, built between 1579 and 1584 by the Venetian occupiers. Take your time exploring the fortress, which was also used by pirates – a legend claims that there’s a great treasure buried there. An old shipwreck near the beach has become a part of the landscape, and the turquoise water is ideal for snorkeling.

The next stop is the Balos lagoon, with its white sand and shallow, warm water, perfect for a swim. Due to millions of crushed shells, in many places, the sand has a lovely pink hue. The protected area houses many rare species of flora and fauna, such as Eleonora falcons, shags, and cormorants. Swim or explore, then head back after your full experience around these islands.

  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Boat ticket to Gramvousa & Balos
  • Guide
  • Municipality fee
  • Food & Drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

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Excellent shipping with this company. Picked us up in front of the hotel, a smiling lady who speaks several languages then dropped us off at the bus to start the journey. Important to specify, the bus was comfortable, air conditioning that works, driver with very good driving. Everything is well organized to go from the bus to the boat, the tickets are bought in advance, we really have nothing to do except enjoy. What about the places visited, just excellent and unique, really unique. You will never see BALOS anywhere else on earth. I won't go into details so as not to spoil the surprises for you. Don't think about taking a car and making the journey yourself, it would be too tiring and you won't see the corners you need to know. Let yourself be carried away by this professional team who know their field well. Great day, rarely experienced this, thanks again.

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June 1, 2022

From Heraklion to Kissamos about 2:30 hrs by bus on the highway was tiring but once you arrive at Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island it is totally worth the long journey. TIP: There are certain viewpoints in both places, but they are 20 minutes away, you should think twice about whether you do this or rather swim on the fantastically beautiful beach and enjoy the water.

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May 28, 2022

Product ID: 412176