Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon Tour

Kissamos Port - Gramvousa Island - Balos Lagoon
14 hours

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Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon Tour. 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. From 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 boat trip to Gramvousa, you will have the chance to admire the impressive landscape. Steep rocks and hills, endless blue waters, and hidden beaches.

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 ship wreck. 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 time to explore the area and try to find the hidden pirate treasure.

Balos Lagoon Tour

In the afternoon, we will board the boat to the Blue lagoon beach of Balos.

Balos paradise, renowned for its turquoise waters and pristine white sand, boasts wild natural beauty and captivating scenery. It is the most photographed beach on Crete. If there’s one destination that is an absolute must-see on the island, it’s Balos beach. Experience its allure firsthand and immerse yourself in its enchanting atmosphere!

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

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


– An early morning bus trip to Kissamos port. On the way, you will see the wild beauty of Crete.
– A boat trip from Kissamos port to Gramvousa. The boat trip will allow you to admire the impressive landscape.
– Visit the Venetian fortress of the island and take photos of the breathtaking views. The highest point of the island is at an altitude of 137 meters.
– See the famous Gramvousa ship wreck.
– Observe around 400 different plant species on the island. Three of them are particularly rare since they are not anywhere else on earth. A variety of daisies, wild onion, and Silene. Gramvousa and Balos are under the European initiative NATURA 2000.
– There are about 98 species of birds, with the number becoming quite bigger during the migration period.
– You may also swim in the area next to the small church of St. Apostoloi.
– Visit Balos Beach, one of the best beaches in the world. 1000 words cannot describe the impressiveness of this lagoon. You will stay in this Cretan paradise for about 2 hours.
– Swim, sunbathe, do some snorkeling. The crystal waters are ideal.

What to bring:

Bring 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.


We are very careful with our pricing. What you read is what you get. The Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon Tour price is €52 for an adult, and €26 for a child. Infants are free. There is also an optional lunch package for €8 per person.

Balos Lagoon Tour – Important Information:

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 day trips. will provide you with a voucher for the tour. We accept either in electronic or paper form. We will also provide you with a google map pin of the meeting point. On the email you will receive, we include an emergency number.

We offer the Balos Lagoon beach tour from many areas of Crete. From Hersonissos, Malia, Stalida, Anissaras, Analipsi, Gouves, Heraklion, Ammoudara, and Agia Pelagia. In case you wish to cancel you can easily do that by sending an email 24 hours prior to departure.

Schedule - Days and Languages


05:30 – 06:30 am: Departure.

10:30 am: Arrival at Kissamos Port.

10:45 am: Boat Trip Departure to Gramvousa Island.

  • Embark on a scenic boat trip to the Gramvousa.

11:45 am: Arrival at Gramvousa Island.

  • Enjoy a 2 hour stop with a visit to the Venetian castle. Also an opportunity for a refreshing swim in its crystal-clear waters.

13:45: Boat Departure for Balos Lagoon

14:00: Arrival at Balos Lagoon

16:20: Boarding for Return.

17:30: Arrival at Kissamos Port.

21:30-22:30: Approx. Return Time.

Note 1: 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.

Note 2: During busy periods there is a possibility that we will first visit Balos beach and then Gramvousa island. We do that in order to avoid large crowds.

Note 3: At Balos beach the boat stops at about 10m from the beach. This is because Balos is part of the Natura program and boats are not allowed to stop.

Days and Languages:

Monday: English, Romanian

Wednesday: English, French, German and Spanish

Gramvousa and Balos Beach Tour Includes:

✅ Hotel pick up and drop off. Transportation by modern buses.
✅ Professional tour guide (live) on the bus.
✅ Insurance cover.
✅ Boat tickets included.
✅ Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 24 hours prior to departure time and receive a full refund).


❌ Entrance to Gramvousa 1€.

❌ All meals and drinks.

Not Suitable

The Gramvousa island and Balos beach day trip is not suitable for people with walking difficulties.

Balos Lagoon Tour

Cancellation Policy:

  • Full refund if cancelled 24 hours before start time.
  • Weather-dependent; if cancelled due to bad weather, choose a new date or get a full refund.

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