Day trip

From Heraklion: Gramvousa and Balos Cruise with Hotel Pickup

4.5 / 5

76 reviews

Activity provider: Cretan Odyssey

From Heraklion: Gramvousa and Balos Cruise with Hotel Pickup

Activity provider: Cretan Odyssey

From US$ 55.64 per person

Set sail to Gramvousa Island and Balos Lagoon on a guided day trip. Explore scenic locations, swim along the coast, and stroll up to the castle on the hill to admire picturesque views.

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Duration 15 hours
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Live tour guide
German, French, English, Polish, Italian
Pickup included
Pickup available from Sisi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Anissaras, Agkisaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Karteros, Amoudara, Agia Pelagia and from centrally located points in Heraklion town. You will receive a personalised email about the exact place and time of pick-up, within 24 hours after making the booking. Please check your spam folder.


  • Gasp at the immense natural beauty of the quiet western coast of Crete
  • Navigate along the shoreline and admire the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea
  • Climb up the rocky hill at Gramvousa to explore the castle and take in the views
  • Relax and swim in the crystal clear Balos Lagoon, away from Cretan crowds
  • Get acquainted with a lesser-known but equally beautiful side of the island
Full description

Start with pickup from Heraklion or the surrounding area. Drive over to Kastelli by bus to board your boat. Balos are Gramvousa are located on the West part of the island. Depending on the area your hotel is located is around 4 hours by bus to the place where the boats depart. Embark the boat from the village of Kasteli and head over to Balos Lagoon and enjoy plenty of time to swim in the quiet crystal clear waters, walk across the golden sand beach and soak in the sun as you relax. Cruise across the western Cretan sea and arrive at the tranquil Gramvousa. Swim along the coast and stroll up to the castle on the hill to admire panoramic views of the natural landscape as you hike up to that point. The drivers will be awaiting you at the port, in order to begin the drive back to Heraklion.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional driver
  • Tour guide
  • Boat cruise
  • Entrance fee to the natural park
  • Liability insurance coverage
  • Lunch and drinks (available for purchase)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Beachwear
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 76 reviews

Review summary

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lovely day out exploring different parts of the island. spend around 6hours on the bus and 7.5hours on the boat and on the islands. nice hike up to the Venetian Castle at Gramvousa and a relaxing couple of hours at Balos. boat can be chilly, best to pack a jacket

September 24, 2022

Superb trip. Even though the bus and boat time is very long, it is worth it. The beaches are amazing, similar to the pictures you see on the internet…a magical day. The lunch is really very good and inexpensive (7€/person). Bring sneakers if you want to go up to see the fortress (note this is not specified). I recommend this excursion!

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September 1, 2022

I recommend this activity because Gramvoussa and Balos are unique places to visit. On the other hand, you have to like the road because the trip by coach is very long to reach the port. But everything went very well for the transfer, the coach ride and the cruise. You should know that we have about 1h30 of free time in Gramvoussa and about 2h30 of free time in Balos. So you have time to swim in these two places.

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August 29, 2022

Product ID: 419055