Travelling to the west of the island, our first stop is in the lovely city of Rethymnon, where we can have an early coffee or breakfast. From there, we drive towards the port of Kissamos, where we begin our journey to two of the most exquisite places on Crete.
During our one-hour trip to the uninhabited isle of Gramvousa, you will have the chance to admire the impressive landscape that is composed of steep rocks and hills, endless blue waters and little hidden beaches. Cruising close to the island, you can see the geological phenomenon of the tilting of Crete, namely its rising out of the sea in the west and drowning in the east.
We get off the boat at the island of Gramvousa, which has gained a reputation of the “pirates’ island”, as the island residents used to loot the passing boats. The isle is also famous for its Venetian fortress that once protected Crete from the Turks and the old wreck that was abandoned many years ago near the beach, which has become a distinctive landmark. If you decide to climb up the sheer rock to the castle ruins, you will be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of the deep blue and the green waters of the lagoon. In Gramvousa you have a lot of time to swim in the crystal blue waters, explore the area and try to find the alleged hidden pirate treasure, take photos of the breathtaking views or have lunch aboard (optional).
In the afternoon, we take the boat to the lagoon of Balos. No matter what you may have heard about this place, nothing can compare to how you feel when you set foot on Balos! The dozens of different shades of turquoise in the lagoon, the incredibly vibrant waters, the golden sand, the tamarisk trees and the reddish shells in this paradise on earth are going to blow your mind.
Gramvousa and Balos form one of the most important hydro biotopes and nature reserves of the Mediterranean, as over 100 bird species and 400 plant species can be found here, that is why the place is protected under Natura 2000 program.
One of the best tours on Crete that will surely fill you with unforgettable memories.
-Drive along the beautiful northwest coast of Crete to the Port of Kissamos
-Cruise along the bay of Kissamos and admire the impressive landscape
-Visit the Venetian Fortress on the island of Gramvoussa and take photos of the breathtaking views
-Swim and snorkel in the different shades of turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon of Balos
05:50: Departure from Hersonissos
08:15: Arrival in Skaleta – 15 min time for coffee
08:30: Departure from Rethymnon.
10:15: Arrival in Kissamos. We board the boat that takes us to
Gramvousa. On the way, we may see dolphins and sea turtles.
We also witness the tilting of Crete.
12:00: Arrival in Gramvousa. Plenty of time to explore the place, visit
the imposing fortress, swim in the irresistible waters and relax
under the sun. If you feel hungry, you can have lunch on the
13:30: Departure to Balos Lagoon.
13:45: Arrival in Balos. 2 hours & 45 min free time for relaxation, swim
and snorkeling in the enchanting lagoon.
16:30: Departure from Balos Lagoon to Kissamos.
17:45: Arrival at Kissamos port. Boarding the buses for the return
19:45 Arrival in Skaleta – 15 min stop
21:45: Aprx return time back to Hersonissos.
-Hotel pick up & drop off by the areas of: Analipsi, Anissaras, Gournes, Gouves, Hersonissos, Kokkini Hani, Koutouloufari, Malia, Piskopiano, Stalis
-Transportation by modern air-conditioned buses
-Professional tour guide (live)
-Boat tickets R/T
-Printed or mobile voucher accepted
-Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 24 hours prior departure time and receive full refund)
(payable the day of your trip)
-1€ municipal tax
-Sunbeds and umbrellas at the beach of Balos
-The boat trip is subjected to weather conditions. If the trip is cancelled due to bad weather conditions you will be refunded the price of the ticket or you will be given the option of an alternative date.
-Boat's departure and arrival times, as well as the excursion schedule, might be altered due to weather conditions or traffic at ports
-Comfortable shoes, hat, sunglasses, sun cream and a swimsuit are required.
-Children must be accompanied by an adult
-You are kindly requested to proceed at the meeting points 10 minutes prior departure time