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  2. Crete
  3. Heraklion
  4. Balos

From Heraklion: Full-Day Gramvousa and Balos Tour

Product ID: 69506
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Discover one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece on a fantastic cruise to the most western part of Crete. Stop at the island of Gramvousa, where you can see hundreds of birds and plant species. Go to the lagoon at Balos and swim.
About this activity
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover an extraordinary geological phenomenon
  • Sail to the "Pirates' Island" of Gramvousa
  • Swim in the lagoon at Balos
Full description
Following pick-up along the Malia to Agia Pelagia main road, travel by air-conditioned coach to the west of Crete. Stop at the small village of Skaleta, near Rethimnon. Enjoy a cup of coffee or breakfast and then continue to Kissamos to board a boat and start your cruise.

Admire a vast cave that was most likely an ancient shipyard. See sea turtles and dolphins playing in the water. Marvel at the geological phenomenon of the simultaneous lifting and sinking of 2 sides of the island: the western side rises 6 to 9 meters above sea level.

Disembark on the island of Gramvousa, with its Venetian castle. Also known as "Pirates' Island," Gramvousa used to be a hiding place for rebels. The broader area of Gramvousa forms one of the most significant hydro-biotopes of the eastern Mediterranean. Here, you can encounter over 100 bird and 400 plant species.

Enjoy plenty of free time to swim at a gorgeous beach. Admire the wonderful colors and take a few photos of the famous shipwreck. Alternatively, feast from an (optional) lunch on board. Continue your cruise to the lagoon of Balos and discover one of the loveliest sites in Greece. Get a breathtaking view of the lagoon, before the return journey to the meeting point.   
Includes
  • Transfers by modern fully air-conditioned coach
  • Transportation by reliable boat
  • Experienced drivers
  • Guide
What’s Not Included
  • Boat ticket (€16; children 5 to 12 years old get 50% off)
  • Lunch
  • Municipality fee (€1)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
Know before you go
• Live guide in English and Russian on Monday
• Live guide in English, French and Russian every Friday
Not available
Currently it is not possible to book this product due to its limited availability.
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.3 / 5
based on 37 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.0/5
Organization
4.0/5
Value for money
3.7/5
Safety
4.2/5

Organized by

CretanSpirit

Product ID: 69506