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From Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Gramvousa Island & Balos Bay

From Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Gramvousa Island & Balos Bay

From US$ 22.63 per person

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

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Hotel pickup is available in the areas of Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno town, Atsipopoulo, Kavros, and Georgioupoli. 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 local partner (please check your spam folder).

Experience

Highlights
  • 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
Full description
Depart Rethymno at approximately 07:45 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 in 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, take a 20-minute boat ride to Gramvousa Island for plenty of time to enjoy an unforgettable swim in the crystal clear 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 surrounding surroundings. Enjoy approximately 1.5 hours at peace on Gramvousa Island, and then take a 1-hour boat ride back to Kissamos. Upon arrival, continue to Rethymno by bus at the end of the laid-back tour.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Bus ticket
  • Guide in English, German, French or Russian
  • Boat ticket (€ 29)
  • Entrance ticket to the Venetian Fortress (€ 1)
  • Lunch (available for purchase on boat)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

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

Know before you go

  • Boat tickets are not included (27€ to be paid on site); the local partner will make sure you don't wait at a ticket line
  • Walking shoes are necessary for the climb to the Venetian Fortress (entry fee €1 paid on site)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 287 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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A great place with a picture book motif. Worthwhile excursion. For once it was pretty empty here, but it was also stormy. That has certainly stopped some day trippers. It is important to know, however, that the excursion is not for people who are not good on foot, as you have to climb over rocks.

September 25, 2021

Unforgettable excursion! The bus picked us up right in front of the hotel to take us to the port of Kissamos where we took the boat to Gramvoussa, 1st stop. Gramvoussa is not really worth it apart from the castle to climb but the 2nd stop in Balos just magnificent !! I highly recommend this excursion. Our guide spoke French too and the bus was on time. Please note that the price of the boat is not included in the excursion.

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August 2, 2021

Getyourguide was great in the sense that I had booked this excursion in English (the only possible choice on the site) ... and finally, I was with a French speaking guide, which made my job much easier. The landscapes are sublime ... except the world ... but there is not much we can do about it! The guide was not often present during the excursion but the few explanations were clear and he came to see each person on the bus to know if we had any questions: which is rare!

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July 30, 2021

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