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Crete: Balos Gramvousa Day Trip with Boat Ticket & Transfer

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Activity provider: Quality Travel

Crete: Balos Gramvousa Day Trip with Boat Ticket & Transfer

Activity provider: Quality Travel
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Visit some of the most famous spots of Crete on a full-day boat trip from Kissamos. Cruise along the coast, swim at the amazing Balos lagoon, and hike to the Venetian castle on top of Gramvousa island.

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Duration 1 day
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Optional audio guide
Pickup included
Pickup is from specific points near your hotel. You will receive personalized pickup information in a separate email from Quality Travel. The pickup time will be sent in the evening before you go on the boat trip. The bus with the same name will wait for a maximum of 5 minutes at the pickup point so please be there on time.


  • Breath in fresh sea air as you pass white sandy beaches and clear blue water
  • Cruise along the coast on a comfortable boat with bar-restaurant and open deck
  • Relax with more than 2 hours of beach time at the world-famous Balos Lagoon
  • Hike to the Venetian castle on top of Gramvousa island and gaze at the views
  • Enjoy hassle-free round-trip transportation from your hotel area to Kissamos port
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Experience a full-day boat trip to the westernmost part of Crete and visit two of the most famous landmarks, Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa island. Spend time paddling and enjoying the sun at Balos Lagoon and have the chance to hike up to the castle on Gramvousa on this day cruise.

Be picked up by an air-conditioned bus at a pickup point close to your hotel and you be driven to Kissamos port in Kasteli. There you will board a large comfortable boat with an open deck and a bar-restaurant. Begin your cruise along the coast and see the dramatic rockface from the water.

Reach the well-known Balos Lagoon and be fascinated by the white sand which covers the area and the shallow clear waters. Relax here for a couple of hours and enjoy the divine nature. Sunbathe, swim, snorkel or even hike to the hills surrounding the beach and take memorable photos. Next, float over to Gramvousa island which used to be a pirate's cove. Enjoy at least 90 minutes of free time to explore. Choose to hike for 20 minutes to the Venetian castle which is built on a steep 137m high rock. Enjoy panoramic views over the Aegean sea and unique landscape from here.

Finally, return to the beach, and take a quick dip before hopping back on the boat to Kissamos port. From here the bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel area. Trip Itinerary 10:40 – departure from Kissamos port 11:20 – arrival at Balos Lagoon (or Gramvousa island depending on the captain's decision based on weather conditions) 13:30 – departure from Balos for Gramvousa island (or vice versa) 13:50 – arrival to Balos lagoon 16:30 – departure from Balos 17:45 – Arrival to Kissamos port

  • Boat cruise
  • Roundtrip bus transfer to Kissamos port from specific areas
  • Free time at Balos Lagoon
  • Free time on Gramvousa island
  • Lunch menu (if option selected)
  • Audioguide for Gramvousa Castle (if option selected)
  • Pickup directly from your hotel lobby (only from pickup points near your hotel)
  • Guided tour
  • Foods and drinks (unless lunch menu option selected)
  • Sun Umbrellas (available to rent)
  • Photographer on the boat (at extra cost)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Snacks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Beachwear

Know before you go

  • If you decide to hike to the castle of Gramvousa it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 40 reviews

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The trip was amazing. Clear pickup points and the bus came earlier than we did. So in general the organisation was great. Balos and gramvousa were beautiful. The blue lagoon was a pleasure to stay in. Gramvousa history is really interesting. Would totally go again and I recommend this to anyone.

August 9, 2022

Trip was well organized and everything went smoothly. Balos and Gramcousa were beautiful places and worth a visit, had a very nice day and took lovely pictures. The title says boat but it is a big ferry. Be prepared for lines and waiting to get in and out and food or drinks because it is busloads of people that will be taking the ferry. The beaches are also very crowded because it is not just one ferry filled with busloads of people but several. I recommend being early inside the ferry leaving Balos and Gramvousa, otherwise you might not have anywhere to sit. I like ferries and didn’t mind standing up but if I had known better I would’ve just rented a car and driven there, or used more euros and done a more private tour with a schedule that would’ve hit the beaches before the crowds.

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July 16, 2022

Obě tyto pláže jsou úchvatné, opravdu zážitek co stojí za vidění. Já jen nejsem fanda těchto masových výletů na obřích lodích s tisici lidmi- proto 4*. To celkový dojem prostě kazí, ale pokud nemáte loď, tak se tam jinak nedostanete. Oběd na lodi nic extra, ale najíte se. Jinak je na lodi spousta jídla a pití, co si můžete koupit. My měli také větrno a vystupování z lodi na pláž Balos trvalo věčnost v takovém množství lidí. To se bohužel nedá nic dělat,ale výrazně to zkrátilo pobyt tam. Nicméně lokality stojí za vidění. Pokud ale vyhledáváte soukromí, tak nic pro vás. Pláž Gramvousa bez lidí musí být něco dokonalého.

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July 12, 2022

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