Day trip

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

Activity provider: Markidis Travel

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

Activity provider: Markidis Travel
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From US$ 53.97 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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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

5 /5

based on 6 reviews

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Ich hatte einen sehr schönen Tag auf Gramvoussa Balos mit Markidis Travel. Der Bus war pünktlich, gut klimatisiert und wirklich sehr sauber! Anastasia unsere Reiseleiterin wahr sehr freundlich und hat uns viel über die Insel erzählt. Sie hat uns die Tickets für den Boot besorgt, somit haben wir uns nicht an der Wartelinie anstellen müssen bei der Hitze. Endlich ein Veranstalter in dem alles super passt. Nicht lange suchen einfach bei Markidis buchen.

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June 30, 2022

It was a beautiful experience including the narrow roads challenge but our driver Costa was an excellent driver and pull it through safely. The whole journey was smooth and pleasant. Costa and the tour guide Anastasia are both excellent. They made sure that we had an enjoyable trip to Elafonisi. The island is beautiful with a crystal clear water. I would recommend to anyone who travel to Crete to not miss this experience.

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May 31, 2022

Der Ausflug war Klasse. Balos Lagune sollte man unbedingt wenn man auf Kreta ist, gesehen haben. Die Schiffsfahrt war sehr angenehm! Unsere Reiseleiterin Anastasia gab uns während der Fahrt informationen über den Ausflug und generell über Kreta. Der Bus war pünktlich und Busfahrer ist sehr sicher gefahren. Ich freue mich auf den nächsten Ausflug mit Markidis Travel

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May 25, 2022

Product ID: 415969