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Rethymno: Balos and Gramvousa Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

Rethymno: Balos and Gramvousa Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From US$ 16.67 per person

Discover the westernmost tip of Crete on a scenic bus and boat trip to Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay. Dip your toes in the soft white sand of some of the most beautiful beaches you ever have seen!

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
French, English, German
Pickup included
• Hotel pickup is available in the areas of Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros, and Georgioupoli • 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 activity provider • All the pickups from Rethymno Old Town will be from the bus stop of the church of four martyrs


  • Swim in the crystal clear waters of Balos Bay lagoon
  • Climb the Venetian Fortress on Gramvousa Island for unique views
  • Relax on gorgeous Gramvousa Beach
Full description
Depart Rethymno at approximately 07:45 and travel by bus along the new national road towards the westernmost tip of Crete. Pass the bay of Souda and the former Cretan capital of Chania before your arrival in Kissamos. Upon arrival, climb aboard a boat and cross to Balos Bay at the northernmost tip of the peninsula. Relax on the 1-hour boat trip, and get 2.5 hours at Balos Bay to enjoy the soft white sands and unique blue and green waters of the lagoon. Next, take a 20-minute boat ride to Gramvousa Island for plenty of time to enjoy an unforgettable swim in the crystal clear waters. If you are feeling energetic, take an optional 137-meter climb up to the 16th-century Venetian Fortress for an incomparable view of the surrounding surroundings. Enjoy approximately 1.5 hours at peace on Gramvousa Island, and then take a 1-hour boat ride back to Kissamos. Upon arrival, continue to Rethymno by bus at the end of the laid-back tour.
  • Bus ticket and transfers by modern fully air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros, and Georgioupoli)
  • Guide in English, German, and French (Tue-Thu-Sun)
  • All the legal taxes
  • Professional Driver
  • Liability insurance coverage
  • Free time to explore Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island
  • Boat ticket (€ 29)
  • Entrance ticket to the Venetian Fortress (€1)
  • Lunch (available for purchase on boat)
  • Personal expenses
  • Sun Umbrellas (available to rent)
  • Photographer on the boat (at extra cost)
  • Pickup from remote hotels such as Grand Rimondi
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
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
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Beachwear

Know before you go

  • Walking shoes are necessary for the climb to the Venetian Fortress
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 355 reviews

Review summary

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A nice day trip but a very long day from Rethymnon. Bus and boat well organized. And Gramvousa and Balos are beautiful, really worth it! I thought less good that you had to pay in cash eur 28.00 pp while you could pay with the shipping company. The boat was also too full, a family with 2 small children had to sit on the stairs because of too few chairs, the hot food was already finished before we could take something.

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July 16, 2022

The trip was well organized. It's good that we were at the hotel 10 minutes before the actual pick-up time - otherwise we would have missed the bus... overall the trip was very nice. However, it is also a major tourist attraction and as a result, the ferry to Balos is very crowded.

June 4, 2022

Everything worked out great, the bus ride was entertaining thanks to the multilingual tour guide. The predicted times were met. All in all, we liked the trip very much and if you don't want to be just the two of you and want to get to know the country and its people, I recommend it.

May 31, 2022

Product ID: 107590