Duration 🌞 Full Day

Gramvousa & Balos! From Rethymno


Every Thursday and Sunday from May till October


From Adelianos Kampos, Bali, Georgioupolis, Gerani, Kavros, Koumpes, Missiria, Panormo, Platanias, Rethymno town, Sfakaki, Skaleta, Stavromenos


Duration 11 hours approximately / Stay at Gramvousa 2 hours / Stay at Balos Lagoon 2 ½  hours

We travel by bus from Rethymno to the outskirts of Chania and the port of Kastelli.

A boat will be waiting to take us to the island of Gramvousa and the beautiful lagoon of Balos. Words cannot describe the impressiveness of this place. Swim in the lukewarm, shallow, turquoise waters, relax on the pink sandy beach, which is filled with shells, and admire the natural beauty, the rocks and the cliffs rising above you!

When sailing you will have the chance to see a large cave, which is thought to be an ancient shipyard. At the end of the bay, you will see an impressive geological phenomenon. Over time, Crete’s western side is rising, and its eastern side is sinking. The coastline can be traced over the rocky shores.

In Gramvousa you will see a rusty shipwreck. This is “Dimitrios P”, a motor ship that sank in 1968.

From the Venetian fort on the island of Gramvousa there is a breathtaking view over Balos. Bring comfortable shoes if you would like to climb the about 20 minutes climb to the fort. Or if you prefer, you can stay on the beach to swim. You might want to wear swimming shoes in these clear, bur rocky waters.

The boat continues to Balos (or the other way around depending on the itinerary).

This exotic beach-lagoon and rare natural monument is situated between the Gramvousa peninsula and Cape Tigani.

The boat is open to enter at all times and the self-service bar is open throughout the cruise, offering Cretan traditional delicacies and other dishes.

Don’t forget your swimwear for our stay in the white/pink coral sanded lagoon of Balos.


Indicative Time-Table:

9:45Arrival at the port of Kissamos
10:30Departure for Gramvousa island
11:30Arrival at Gramvousa
13:30Departure from Gramvousa
13:45Arrival at Balos and swimming around (disembrakation at Balos is not allowed)
16:30Departure from Balos
17:45Arrival at the port of Kissamos
19:30 – 20:30Arrival at your Hotel / pick up point




✅ Pick-up & Drop-off service (mainly from hotels at Adelianos Kampos, Georgioupoli, Gerani, Kavros, Missiria, Sfakaki, Stavromenos, Panormo, Platanias, Rethymno Town is provided. If pick up from your hotel is not possible you will be picked up from the closest pick up point)

✅ Transport by air-conditioned coach

✅ Local Guide


Not Included:

Boat ticket (29€ per adult / 14,50€ children from 4 to 12 years old) – Paid on the spot in cash

Municipality fee (1€ per adult / children free of charge up to 18 years old) – Paid on the spot in cash

Personal expenses



Children up to 3 years old free of charge and travelling on parents’ lap

Children 4 – 11 years old 50% discount


Cancellation policy:

For cancellation up to 2 days prior to arrival no cancellation fees

For cancellations 1 day prior to arrival 100% cancellation fees

Non-show 100% cancellation fees



  1. For bookings 2 days before departure please contact us in order to check availability!
  2. Please provide fullname, telephone number (country code included), e-mail and accommodation details (hotel name & address) upon booking.
  3. Please arrive on time to the given pick-up point. Unfortunately, there is no option to wait for latecomers. In case of delay, missed pick-up, missed departure time, no refunds.
  4. The travel agency reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour due to adverse weather conditions or insufficient passengers number or force majeure 12 hours prior to departure time with a notification to the traveler.


Upon booking you will receive from us in a separate mail your activity’s voucher with specific pick-up details (please check your spam folder as well)


For clarifications please send us a mail at online@travelid.gr or contact us at +30 2810 335 227

We are at your disposal from Monday to Friday 09:00 am till 20:00 pm and Saturday 09:00 till 15:00 pm