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Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Gramvoussa Island & Balos Lagoon

4.6 / 5

37 reviews

Activity provider: Markidis Travel
Water activity

Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Gramvoussa Island & Balos Lagoon

Activity provider: Markidis Travel

From US$ 57.46 per person

Embark on a full-day trip to Gramvoussa Island and Balos Lagoon. Travel to the port of Kissamos and board the boat for a wonderful cruise with swim stops and a castle visit.

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Duration 1 day
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Pickup will be done at specific points near your hotel. Please be ready at least 10 minutes before the scheduled pick up time


  • Experience a hassle-free roundtrip transfer to Kissamos port
  • Swim or snorkel in the turquoise waters and admire the unique scenery
  • Opt to visit the venetian Fortress of Gramvousa and awe at the views
  • Hop on a boat for a cruise along the northwest of Crete
  • Make use of the onboard bar restaurant or relax at the beachside
Full description

Set off on a day trip by bus and boat to the magnificent Balos Lagoon and the Gramvousa island, on the northwestern coast of Crete. Travel by air-conditioned bus to the port of Kissamos and board the boat for a cruise with swim stops and a visit to a castle.

After an early morning pickup near your hotel, sit back and relax as you pass through beautiful scenery to get to the Port of Kissamos. There, you'll pay for the cruise and board the boat which will take you in the sea for about an hour till you reach Gramvousa island.

Once at Gramvousa, you'll have 1.5 hours of free time to explore the Venetian Fortress which offers breathtaking views from the top. Otherwise, you can stay on the boat to take advantage of the bar restaurant or you can relax at the beachside.

Afterward, the boat will continue for about 20 minutes to reach the Balos Lagoon. There, you'll have 2.5 hours of free time on the beach. Swim, snorkel, sunbathe and explore the dunes in the background.

In the afternoon, the boat will begin the cruise back to Kissamos and from there you will be driven back to your Hotel area in Rethymno.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from specific points
  • Roundtrip bus transfer
  • Boat ticket
  • Food and drinks (bar on the boat)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • Babies under 1 year

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Beachwear
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • You can also bring a packed meal if you decided to not use the onboard bar restaurant
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 37 reviews

Review summary

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We absolutely loved it. Especially how the tour was well organized and on time. Also our driver Kostas was very nice and his bus was very clean and comfortable with air conditioner very well set that it was cool enough but we didn’t feel cold neither. We experienced both Balos and Elafonissi beach tours with Markidis travel and we would have chose them again. When it comes to the tours themselves, if you don’t have enough time and want to experience something new, go for Balos tour. We went to the top of Gramvousa (bring some better shoes than flip flops) which might be a bit hard to climb for some people, so bear that in mind, especially when you go down. Then the beaches are magnificent but they are rocky, so, again, it might not be comfortable for everyone. Elafonissi beach is also very pretty but it is a bit “boring”- comfortable sandy beach with sunbeds and umbrellas. We enjoyed it as well but we would just prefer Balos over Elafonissi.

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April 1, 2023

This trip was amazing the driver and tour guide we lovely people and super super helpful even driving us back up a massive hill to our hotel instead letting us walk back from the meeting point which we had set as our hotel was out of the catch area. The tour guides spoke three languages and all amazingly well. I’d highly highly recommend doing this trip it gives some relaxing time in a beautiful cove and then some awesome views at a old ruin site. completely amazing !!

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April 1, 2023

We had a lovely time on this tour. We were collected from a nearby bus stop at around half 8, which was confirmed in advance. We were taken to the port where we took a boat to Gramvoussa which took about an hour. We did the walk up to the fort which took around 40 minutes up and back - amazing views. The lagoon was another 15 minutes by boat and we had lots of time to relax there. We returned home around 8pm. It was a long day but lots was packed in, and Anastasia and Costas were fantastic guides. Recommend!

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April 1, 2023

Product ID: 415969