Daily from May till October
Duration 11 hours approximately / Starting time 08:00 am – Ending time 18:30 pm – 19:30 pm
Stay in Gramvousa 2 hours / Stay in Balos approximately 3 hours
Discover the westernmost tip of Crete on a scenic bus and boat trip to Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay.
Caves & Amazing Nature
Departing from the port of Kissamos and while sailing, you will admire a huge cave, that is believed to have been the ancient shipyard of “Tarsanas”. At the end of the Gulf you will notice an impressive geological phenomenon where, as a result of the passage of time, the western part of the island is rising, while the eastern part is sinking. This phenomenon was mainly created by catastrophic earthquakes that took place in 66 BC and 365 BC. According to scientific estimates, this geographical phenomenon still continues today, but at a much slower rate.
Gramvousa Pirate Island & Balos Lagoon
After approximately 1 hour, the boat arrives at the port of Gramvousa. The island’s eminent castle was built by the Venetians in 1579 at the highest point of the island, on top of a steep rock at a height of 137m. It is surrounded by a wall of 272m. It has a rough triangular shape and each side is 1km in length. Gramvousa castle played an important role in the history of the region. The panoramic view, its majesty and the legend of the pirate’s hidden treasure, will tempt you to visit it. The walk takes approximately 20 minutes.
TIP!! You should first visit the Castle in Gramvousa and then swim in the cool water…!
Following the 2 hour visit to Gramvousa, the boat will depart for the lagoon of Balos, a journey of approximately 15 minutes. As there is no harbour at the lagoon, the boat will either drop anchor in the cove of Gramvousa (Tigani), about 200m from the beach, at a depth of approximately 4m, where disembarkation will take place from large boats, or approach the beach where disembarkation can take place directly onto the beach. Your stay at the lagoon, where you can enjoy a fantastic swim, will last for about three hours.
08:00-09:20 Pick up from Chania region
10:00 Arrival at the port of Kissamos
10:20 Departure for Gramvousa island
11:30 Arrival at Gramvousa
13:30 Departure from Gramvousa
13:45 Arrival at Balos
16:30 Departure from Balos
17:45 Arrival at the port of Kissamos
18:30-19:30 Arrival at your Hotel
The timing of the program is approximate, depending on traffic and weather conditions
✅ Hotel pick-up and drop-off (Pick up mainly from hotels at Kolimbari, Tavronitis, Maleme, Gerani, Platanias, Agia Marina, Stalos, Kalamaki, Agioi Apostoloi, Halepa, Chania 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 luxury bus
✅ Guide in the bus
✅ Pre-Recorded instructions on board
❌ Round trip boat tickets & municipality fee (20€ per person / Children up to 12 years old pay 10€) – Paid on the spot in cash
❌ Pick-up and drop – off service from/to Kalyves area +6€ per person with a minimun number of 4 people
❌ Food & Drinks
Children up to 2 years old free of charge and travelling on parents’ lap
Children from 3 to 12 years old 50% discount
For cancellations up to 2 days prior to departure date, no cancellation fees
For cancellations 1 day prior to departure date, 100% cancellation fees
Non-Show, 100% cancellation fees
- For bookings up to 2 days prior to departure please contact us in order to check for availability.
- Please provide fullname, telephone number (country code included), e-mail and accommodation details (hotel name & address) upon booking.
- 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.
- 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.
- In our office, Aretousas 38 street, Heraklion, Crete
- Directly upon booking from our webiste with your debit/credit card
- Payment link sent by us with your debit/credit card easily and safely
Payment of reservations up to one day before the tour.
Upon reservation you will receive from us in a separate e-mail your voucher with specific pick-up information (please check your spam folder as well). Please be aware that you will have to bring the voucher with you during the trip.
For any further clarification, please feel free to contact us from Monday to Friday 09:00 am to 20:00 pm and Saturday from 09:00 am to 15:00 pm.
Book now through our website or contact us for more information at 0030 2810 335227 or send us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org