Water activity

Guided Boat Tour to Balos & Gramvousa with Transfer & Lunch

2.2 / 5

6 reviews

Activity provider: Cretanholidays
Water activity

Guided Boat Tour to Balos & Gramvousa with Transfer & Lunch

Activity provider: Cretanholidays

From US$ 73.73 per person

Visit Gramvousa and Balos Bay, experience the beautiful waters and magnificent natural formations of Greece.

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Duration 8 - 10 hours
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Live tour guide
German, English
Pickup included
you will receive an email with details about the pickup location and time please wait 5 -10 minutes prior your scheduled time at the pickup location
Wheelchair accessible


  • Explore Imeri Gramvousa fortress and enjoy the beautiful beach
  • Admire the turquoise lagoon at the paradise beach of Balos
  • Spend time at your leisure, swimming, sunbathing and exploring
  • Enjoy Greek cuisine on board the boat
Full description
Enjoy a full-day excursion with pick-up and drop-off service from the Rethymnon and Chania areas. Your professional guide will accompany you as you depart from the port and cross the bay of Kissamos, passing through Tarsanas, a cave believed to be an ancient shipyard. You will sail the turquoise water around Agria Gramvousa and Vouxa Cape before arriving at Gramvousa Island, where you can visit the Venetian Castle and have time to sunbathe and cool off in the sea. If you choose to spend your time on the island exploring rather than relaxing, you can admire the spectacular views from the top of the fortress. The next stop is the famous lagoon of Balos, Tigani. Enjoy the incredible beach known as one of the most beautiful locations on all of Crete. You will also enjoy a meal on board and be able to rest in the air-conditioned underdeck of the boat, whenever you feel to. After arriving back at Kastelli the air-conditioned busses are waiting for you to transfer you back to your hotels.
  • Pickup service from specific points in Rethymnon and Chania area
  • Boat Travel
  • Tour guide
  • Lunch on board
  • Drinks
  • Cleaning fee for Gramvousa bay (1,00 Euro) collected at the port of Kastelli
  • Tips (optional)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Sports shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • During spring and autumn, a light jacket is recommended
  • To hike up to the fortress of Gramvousa, you should bring comfortable walking shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

2.2 /5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

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I can only recommend the organization or the online platform GetYourGide. Uncomplicated, bookable from home, everything worked out. Information was received by email in good time before the trip, and everything else met what was agreed. The experience itself was also super nice, even if the day was very long with 10-12 hours, but you prepare for it. The food on the ship was good, there were also cocktails, etc. We had read the comments in advance and were walking with sturdy shoes. However, many people on the ship came in pines and then had problems walking over the stony paths when docking in Balos. So I ask myself: "Can't people read?" Therefore, when hopping from the ship to Balos, there were long queues that could have been avoided because people simply couldn't walk. Sturdy shoes are advisable here! I can recommend this experience, VG Simone

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August 13, 2021

Overloaded boat, very unpleasant

August 26, 2021

First of all, the place is very pretty and worth the trip. But not with this excursion. You will be on a crowded ferry and not enough seating for everyone as benches are removed due to the covid, yet the boat seemed full! The meal is a self-service canteen type, not bad but far from exceptional. Once in balos, the ferry dumps hundreds of people on the beach, people in a small group will look at you annoyed and even you, you will be annoyed to be en masse and take a photo in the company of dozens of others. people per m2. But the worst part is that despite the title "guided tour" you will have no guide! Find out on your own, you will have no information on this day, the history of the castle… Really to be avoided!

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June 25, 2021

Product ID: 395112