Day trip

From Chania Areas: Gramvousa Island Day Trip and Balos Beach

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS
Day trip

From Chania Areas: Gramvousa Island Day Trip and Balos Beach

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From US$ 23.15 per person


Discover the westernmost tip of Crete on a scenic bus and boat trip to Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay. Pickup from Kalyvess provides an all-inclusive option with your boat ticket and a Venetian Fortress entry ticket included.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 12 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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 activity provider (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 pickup point with the bus. Depending on the option you choose, enjoy pickup from Chania, Kalyves, or Almyrida. 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. If you've chosen the option leaving from Kalyves and Almyrida, your boat ticket and Fortress entrance are included.

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 (at your own expense). 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 to purchase 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 your starting point in time for dinner.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Perivolia, Halepa, Halidon Street Alpha Bank, Chania center, Kladissos, Nea Chora, Agioi Apostoloi, Xrysi Akti, Daratso, Galatas, Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, Gerani, Kontomari, Pyrgos Psilonerou, Maleme, Tavronitis, Kolymvari, Minothiana, Paraniana and Kamisiana )
  • Bus ticket and transfers by modern fully air-conditioned coach
  • English-speaking guide
  • Professional Driver
  • Free time to explore Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island
  • All the legal taxes
  • Liability insurance coverage
  • Entrance ticket to the Venetian Fortress (optional, €1, paid in cash on site)
  • Boat ticket to Gramvousa island and Balos lagoon(€29 per adult and children 5 - 12 years €14.50, to be paid in cash on spot)
  • Lunch (available for purchase on the boat)
  • Towel
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Sun umbrellas (available to rent)
  • Photographer on the boat (at extra cost)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

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

Know before you go

  • Lunch and water can be purchased on board the boat
  • The cost of the boat ticket and the Venetian Fortress entry ticket (€30) is not included in the option with pickup from Chania
  • Walking shoes are necessary for the climb to the Venetian Fortress
  •  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 646 reviews

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This is really just transfer to the boat. You could get your own transportation and then buy a boat ticket. There’s nothing our ‘guide’ did once we were on the boat. We got the same experience as the other hundreds of people from other tour transportations. But the boat trip and day out was fantastic, I highly recommend, it’s a beautiful place of the world

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October 16, 2022

The boat trip was perfect from start to finish. The island of Gramvousa was spectacular. Everyone had an option to go to the pirate fortress or stay at the beach with crystal clear azure water. The Balos lagoon was very beautiful and there we spent 3 hours in pristine waters and white sand beach. The trip was definitely worth the money.

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October 3, 2022

Generally good feeling about the tour. Pickup & drop off on time. The tour guide is experienced and nice, welcoming. Having historical stories about the destinations on the way back! And remember to be on time for bus/ ferry on/off time - tour guide would be very happy if you follow. Otherwise it will affect other tourists and sometimes even the driver/ tour guide!

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September 25, 2022

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