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Balos and Gramvousa Day Cruise from Rethimnon

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Visit the pirates’ island and discover the true treasure of Crete, Balos Lagoon!
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All about the Balos and Gramvousa Day Cruise from Rethimnon.

Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island Day Cruise with Bus Transfer from Rethimnon

Departure from Kissamos port and after about an hour on boat with amazing views of the Kissamos golf, we reach Gramvousa, the pirates’ island. There, you shall stay for about 2 hours and you can either walk to the Venetian castle or stay at the beach or on boat to enjoy the views and swim in the cool crystal clear water of the island. Gramvousa is also ideal for snorkeling, especially around the old shipwreck. Then we get on boat again and after 20 min we reach Balos lagoon where you spend about 3 hours swimming in the lukewarm, shallow, turquoise blue waters, relax in the pink sandy beach, which is filled with shells, and admire the natural beauty, the rocks and the cliffs rising above you!

Important notes:

  • Both Gramvousa and Balos are NATURA 2000 areas, so the following are strictly prohibited: any kind of pollution, collection of rocks, fossils, shells, ancient findings, plants, animal hunting, free camping, fire and smoking around fauna, any activity that may threaten or damage the ecosystem and archaeological sites.
  • Before disembarking in Gramvousa and Balos, you may want to purchase, bottled water, soft drinks, snacks, coffee, sandwiches, beach items, etc. from the bar.
  • You may use your credit card for purchases on board the ship.
  • There is a free parking area at the port of Kissamos.
  • The Municipality of Kissamos, when issuing the ticket, receive 1 € (paid in cash) for passengers over 13 years old, who will visit the lagoon of Balos.
  • A hat, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes are essential under high temperatures, especially during the summer months.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Bus transfer from and back to your hotel
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Boat cruise to Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa island – €27 payable on the day
  • Snacks, food, drinks etc
  • €1 fee for Kissamos municipality – payable on the day
  • Umbrella for the beach (you can have your own with you or rent one on boat)
  1. 7:00 - 8:10 Pick up

    Pick up from your hotel or a hotel nearby and drive to Kissamos Port. Your tour leader will collect the money for the boat on bus and arrange your boarding passes.

  2. 9:45 - 10:30 Arrival at Kissamos Port and Boat Departure

    After your arrival at the port we depart at apprx 10:30 for our cruise to Balos and Gramvousa. After an hour on board you will reach the area. You will spend 3 hours enjoying the crystal clear water of Balos lagoon and 2 hours exploring the pirate island, Gramvousa. The order of visits depends on the boat your group is taking.

  3. 17:45 Arrival back at the port and Departure

    You are back at Kissamos port after a day full of nice views and relaxation at between 17:45 – 18:00. Your bus transfer follows back at your hotel.

  4. 19:15 - 20:30 Return

    You are back at your hotel by 20:30 – depends on the hotel you are staying.

Detailed Pricing

Bus Transfer Fee

  • Participants under 5 years old travel for free
  • Participants from 6 to 12 years old pay €9
  • Participants over 13 years old pay €18

Boat ticket for the cruise is extra and collected by our guide on bus:

  • Participants under 2 years old travel for free
  • Participants from 3 to 12 years old pay €13
  • Participants over 13 years old pay €27

 

Discounts:

You are entitled to a discount if you are:

  • A Student, person with disability, member of a large family (4+ chi), passenger over 65 years old or an “ANEK SMART” card holder.
  • The amount of the discount is 4€ for passengers over 13 years old and 2€ for passengers between 3-12 years old.
  • These discounts are given upon presentation of a relevant ID.
  • These discounts are not cumulative, thus only the highest will be counted in case you are entitled to more than one.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Included:
  • Bus transfer from and to your hotel
Excluded - Extras:
  • Boat cruise to Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa island – €27 payable on the day
  • Snacks, food, drinks etc
  • €1 fee for Kissamos municipality – payable on the day
  • Umbrella for the beach (you can have your own with you or rent one on boat)