Posted on 17/03/2019
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Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay Full-Day Trip from Rethymno  

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

What is included

✔ Hotel pick-up/drop- off
✔ Bus ticket
✔ English and German-speaking tour leader


◾ 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


We depart from Rethymno at approximately 07:45 am 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 to 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, we take a 20-minute boat ride to Gramvousa Island with plenty of time to enjoy an unforgettable swim in the crystalline 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 surroundings.

Enjoy approximately 1.5 hours at peace on Gramvousa Island, and then take a 1-hour boat ride back to Kissamos. Upon arrival, at the end of the laid-back tour, we continue to Rethymno by bus to arrive approximately at 20:00 pm.

Duration of activity

11 hours

Not included/Bring with you

Boat ticket (€27)
Entrance ticket to the Venetian Fortress (€1)
Personal expenses

Who can come/Other requirements

Anyone can take part in this tour

Where we will meet

Hotel pick-up and drop off (in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros and Georgioupoli)


  • English
  • Greek
  • German

Departure and Return time

Departure at 7:30 am
Return at 20:00 pm

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


  • Greece