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From Chania: Balos & Gramvousa Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From Chania: Balos & Gramvousa Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS
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Likely to sell out Booked 18 times yesterday

Discover the westernmost tip of Crete on a scenic bus and boat trip to Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay. Dip your toes in the white sand of the beaches.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Duration 12 - 14 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle. You'll receive specific pickup information in a separate email from the local partner (please check your spam folder).


  • Swim in the crystal clear waters of Balos Bay
  • Climb the Venetian fortress on Gramvousa Island for unique views
  • Cross to Balos Bay at the northernmost tip of the peninsula by boat
Full description

Leave Chania behind and head on a day trip to Kissamos on a guided tour. Enjoy a boat trip to Gramvousa Island and Balos Lagoon Beach and admire the landscape and panoramic views.

Your day starts with a pickup from your hotel or at a specific pick-up point with the bus. Drive towards the west side of Crete in order to reach the port of Kissamos Kasteli.

After receiving all the necessary information about the cruise from your escort, arrive at the port where the Gramvousa ferry awaits you to start the cruise. Your escort will collect the money for the boat tickets from you so you can skip the lines at the ticket offices.

At about 10:40 AM set off for the island of Gramvousa which takes approximately 45 minutes. Help yourself to the ferry kitchen with self-service dishes, meals, or snacks. You can sit back on a deck chair or in the lounge.

During your cruise, see the elevation of the land along the cliff edges of Crete. This elevation has happened for over 2000 years. The history of the island is explained through microphones in different languages.

Once you arrive at the island of Gramvousa you can either swim or take a hike to the top of the island to the Venetian fortress. There you have 2.5 hours before you continue to the lagoon of Balos which is 20 minutes away.

Enjoy 3 hours at the lagoon. You may go back to the boat for food at any time or hire umbrellas if the heat is too intense. After a swim and relaxation at the lagoon, the boat will take you straight back to the port of Kissamos.

This is a great photo opportunity as the sun will be behind you as you look out to the scenery of the island. At 6:00 PM the ferry arrives at the port and the journey comes to an end. Return time to Chania is approximately 7.00 PM.

  • Bus tickets and transfers by modern fully air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guide in English
  • All legal taxes
  • Professional Driver
  • Liability insurance coverage
  • Free time to explore Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island
  • Boat ticket and Venetian Fortress entry ticket (€30)
  • Personal expenses
  • Sun Umbrellas (available to rent)
  • Photographer on the boat (at extra cost)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Lunch and water can be purchased on board the boat
  •  This tour can only be booked by those staying in the areas of Perivolia, Halepa, Halidon Street Alpha Bank, Chania center, Kladissos, Nea Chora, Agioi Apostoloi, Xrysi Akti, Daratso, Galatas, Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, and Gerani
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 549 reviews

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The Lagoon is extremely rocky and slippery, make sure you invest in swimming shoes as its very dangerous. The place is beautiful but a lot of rocks. The island was so much better than the lagoon and wish that was an all day tour instead. The boat trip was very long.

August 9, 2022

If you are looking for a solution to simply visit Balos, this is a good alternative! Just be careful not to be afraid of transport! Indeed, waking up at 6:30 (for us) arriving in Balos at 12 p.m., in the meantime? Car + Bus + Boat The only solution for this food is the boat which is really not great If you like beautiful beaches then go there, if you hesitate between Balos and Elafonisi either do both because they are to be done otherwise we have them one preference for Elafonisi (prettier, less travel and more time on the beach)

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August 6, 2022

It was an excellent trip! The bus travel was comfortable and not too long, the rest of the trip was on a large boat with toilets, food etc. available on board. The balos lagoon was absolutely stunning, the colour of the water looks unreal. There was enough time at this stop to swim, sunbathe and take some amazing photos. The second stop at the Gramvousa Island was a little too short, the climb up had to be rushed and there was barely any time to cool down in the water. The place was gorgeous though! This was my favourite trip I took at my holidays and would 100% recommend it!

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August 4, 2022

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