Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon Tour

Kissamos Port - Gramvousa Island - Balos Lagoon
14 hours

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Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon Tour. Our bus and tour guide will pick you up in the morning around 05:30 am. The return is around 22:00. We use only the best boats, buses and tour guides for our tours and activities.

Our first stop is a coffee shop outside Rethymno. Here you can have a coffee or a breakfast. After that we will drive towards the port of Kissamos. There we will begin our cruise to two of the most popular places on Crete. The Gramvousa island, and the Balos lagoon beach.

During the one hour cruise to Gramvousa, you will have the chance to admire the impressive landscape. Steep rocks and hills, endless blue waters, and hidden beaches. You can also see the geological phenomenon of the tilting of Crete. It is rising out of the sea in the west and drowning in the east.

Note that according to the number of guests on the two locations the order of visits might change. In such an event we will visit Balos lagoon first. In the schedule section we explain the timings. We depart from Kissamos for the return journey around 16:30. We will also do a small stop at the same place as in the morning.

Gramvousa Island

We will get off the boat at Gramvousa island. It has a reputation as the “pirates’ island”. During the old ages its residents used to loot the passing boats.

It is famous for its Venetian fortress that once kept the Turks away. And also for the old wreck that was left there many years ago. Now it has become a distinctive land mark.

You may climb up the sheer rock to the castle ruins. Enjoy amazing views of the deep blue and green waters of the lagoon. In Gramvousa you will have time to swim. And also explore the area and try to find the hidden pirate treasure.  You may take photos of the breath taking views, or have lunch aboard.

Balos Lagoon Tour

In the afternoon, we will board the boat to the Blue lagoon of Balos. Whatever you may have heard about Balos lagoon beach, nothing can compare to how you feel when you set foot on it.  The dozens of different shades of turquoise in the lagoon, the vibrant waters, the golden sand, the tamarisk trees, and also the reddish shells are going to blow your mind.

Gramvousa Island and Balos Lagoon forms one of the most important hydro biotopes and nature reserves of Crete.  More than 100 bird species and 400 plant species. Balos is under the protection of the Natura 2000 program.

The Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon tour is one of the best full day tours on Crete.


Bring comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles for a good grip.

Pack a swimming suit, a towel, a hat, snorkel equipment, sun glasses, and a sun cream.

Optional and Advices:

Do not bring too much money. Every business accepts bank cards.

Try to limit your luggage. Too much weight is always a problem.

Water, lip balm.

Leave your valuables at your hotel. Bring your personal medication and prescriptions.

You must always carry a copy of your passport with you.

Pick-Up Locations

We offer Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon Tour from many locations across Crete. Visitors staying in Hersonissos (Chersonissos), Koutouloufari, Piskopiano, Malia, Stalida (Stalis), Anissaras, Agkisaras, Analipsi, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Karteros, Heraklion, Ammoudara, and Agia Pelagia can easily take part. For better understanding of our pick up points please visit the following page: Meeting Points. Please note that because of the size of the page the list is only visible on big screens.

Important Booking Information

On the ticket of the Gramvousa and Balos tour we will provide full details about the meeting point. We will carefully select the closest and safest meeting place based on your hotel location.

We include a Google pin point and a photograph of the meeting point. This ensures that you can easily identify and locate the meeting spot with confidence.

Our team is always available to assist you. Feel free to contact us at any time. We will provide you an emergency telephone number. This will ensure a stress free experience from the moment you embark on your tour or activity. Your satisfaction and comfort are our top priorities.


We are very careful with our pricing. We dislike hidden extras. What you read is what you get. If you need further information please contact us. The Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon Tour is €52 for an adult, and €26 for a child. Infants are free. There is also a lunch package for €8 per person.

Itinerary and Important Information

We prioritize punctuality and aim to provide you with a seamless experience throughout the Gramvousa and Balos excursion.

05:30-06:30: Departure

  • Begin your journey with an early morning departure.

11:15: Arrival at Kissamos Port

  • Arrive at Kissamos Port to kickstart your nautical adventure.

11:30: Boat Trip Departure to Balos Lagoon

  • Embark on a scenic boat trip to the enchanting Balos Lagoon.

11:50: Arrival at Balos Lagoon

  • Enjoy a 1 ½ hour stop at Balos Lagoon, accompanied by an insightful escorted tour. Explore the remnants of this historically rich island, delving into its compelling history.

14:00: Arrival at Gramvousa Island

  • Reach Gramvousa Island, offering an opportunity for a refreshing swim in its crystal-clear waters.

15:30: Boarding for Return

  • Board the boat for the return journey to Kissamos port, where our bus awaits.

16:30: Arrival at Kissamos Port

  • Return to Kissamos port, marking the end of the maritime adventure.

21:30-22:30: Approx Return Time

  • Anticipate an approximate return time back to Ammoudara/Heraklion/Gouves/Analipsi/Anissaras/Hersonissos/Stalida/Malia.

Note: Due to the duration of the trip, we include an extra stop for coffee both in the morning and the evening to ensure your comfort.

Different Timetables for Pickups:

  • Timetables vary for pickups in different areas. For accurate timing and precise location details, our dedicated Customer Service team will provide you with the necessary information, including a Google Maps pinpointing the exact pickup location.

Days and Languages

Monday: English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Hungarian.

Wednesday: English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Romanian.


The following list contains everything that is included in the price of the Gramvousa and Balos excursion you are viewing.

Services and Products Included

✅ Hotel pick up & drop off area: Heraklion, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gournes, Gouves, Hersonissos, Kokkini Hani, Koutouloufari, Malia, Piskopiano, Stalis-Stalida.
✅ Transportation by modern air-conditioned buses.
✅ Professional tour guide (live) on the bus.
✅ Insurance cover.
✅ Printed or mobile tour vouchers accepted.
✅ Boat tickets included.
✅Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 24 hours prior to departure time and receive a full refund).


We do our best in avoiding any hidden costs for our customers. In the event that any hidden costs appear, through one of our suppliers, please contact us and we will solve the matter with no further discussion.

Services and Products Excluded from the Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon tour:

❌ Entrance Tickets to Archaeological Sites or Places of Interest.

❌ All meals & drinks, unless mentioned otherwise in the tour description or the included section above.

❌ Any other destination not mentioned in the itinerary.

Not Suitable

This tour is not suitable for people with walking difficulties.

You have to be able to walk approximately 1/2 hour, at a slow pace, on uneven surfaces and steps.

Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon Tour