Posted on 17/03/2019
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From Rethymno: Gramvousa Island & Balos Bay Full-Day Tour

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Take a full-day guided tour to Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay from Rethymno and enjoy some of Crete’s most beautiful beaches. Travel direct from Rethymno to Kissamos and board your boat for Gramvousa island for a relaxing swim or an optional climb to the Venetian 16th Century fortress. Complete your full-day tour with a ride to Balos bay to savor the unique soft white sands and soak in the warm Cretan sun.

DURATION: 11 hours
MEETING POINT: At designated pick up points
LANGUAGES: English, Greek, German
OPEN SEASONS: May to October, daily except Fridays
WHO CAN COME: Tour is suitable for anyone to participate


◾ Ride a boat to Gramvousa island and experience swimming in transparent waters
◾ Climb the Venetian 16th century fortress for stunning views
◾ Cross to Balos Bay and enjoy swimming in some of the best beaches in the whole of Crete

What is included

✔ Bus ticket
✔ English and German-speaking tour leader
✖ Boat ticket (€28)
✖ Optional entrance ticket to the Venetian fortress (€1)
✖ Food and drinks

What to expect

Depart from Rethymno for your full-day tour to Gramvousa Island and Balos Bayat approximately at 7:45 am and ride along the new national road towards the westernmost tip of Crete. Pass the bay of Souda and the former Cretan capital of Chania before you arrive to the port town of Kissamos. Your escort will provide you with all the information needed about the 45-minute cruise to Gramvusa.

Once you arrive at the island of Gramvousa you can either have a swim or if you feel energetic you can take a hike to the top of the island for a visit to the famous Venetian fortress. You will have in total 2.5 hours in Gramvousa island before you continue with a 20-minute ride to the Balos Bay to savor the soft white sand and the beautiful blue and green waters of the lagoon.

At the Balos lagoon, you will have a full 3 hours to relax and enjoy the majestic scene. Full of positive energy you are now ready for your trip back to Kissamos where your bus will be waiting for you to drive you back to Rethymno for the conclusion of your full-day trip.

Where we will meet

Pick-up and drop off from selected points in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros and Georgioupoli

Cutoff time before activity

  • 24 hours

Additional Info

Pick-up begins earlier than tour starting time and is done only from Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros and Georgioupoli
Walking shoes are necessary for the climb to the Venetian Fortress (entry fee 1€ paid on site)
Lunch and water can be purchased on the boat


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