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Heraklion: Chrissi the Southernmost Natural Park in Europe

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35 reviews

Activity provider: Cretan Odyssey

Heraklion: Chrissi the Southernmost Natural Park in Europe

Activity provider: Cretan Odyssey

From US$ 51.04 per person

Take a magical cruise around the exotic bays of the uninhabited Chrissi Island. Discover the protected island known for its natural beauty.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, English, French, German
Pickup included
Pickup available specific points in the areas of Sisi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Anissaras, Agkisaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Karteros, Amoudara, Agia Pelagia and from centrally located points in Heraklion town. You will receive a personalised email about the exact place and time of pick-up, within 24 hours after making the booking. Please check your spam folder.


  • Take a scenic morning bus drive through the East coast to Ierapetra
  • Enjoy a boat cruise around various exotic bays
  • Swim in crystal clear waters of this completely uninhabited island
  • Admire the Lybian Sea as you cruise around Chrissi Island
  • Explore the charming town of Ierapetra
Full description

Take some time and experience the magic of the uninhabited island of Chrissi on a sightseeing cruise. Sail the Lybian Sea, take in your surroundings, and take your time with a short walk on the white-sand beaches, speckled with shells.

Enjoy pickup from one of the designated meeting points and embark on a scenic drive to Ιerapetra. Once you arrive, discover the southernmost and warmest town in Europe for 45 minutes, while enjoying your free time.

Depart on a boat for Chrissi Island, and cross the Libyan Sea to this stunning and uninhabited and exotic island. Admire the colors of the water and relax on a boat cruise around its most beautiful bays.

Take your time to discover the natural landscape and swim to the shore, dive from the boat, and enjoy the clear waters of the island. Look out at the white sand beaches and view the millions of small shells that litter the beaches.

Take the option to purchase lunch onboard the boat, and ask your guide in advance to get a discounted price.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Professional driver
  • Tour guide
  • Boat cruise around Chrissi
  • Liability insurance coverage
  • Lunch (discount available)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Beachwear

Know before you go

  • Due to the official announcement of local authorities, regarding the natural protection of the environment of Chrissi Island, the boats during 2022 (until further notice) will not be allowed to approach the shore of the island. Travellers joining the tours will be able to use the ship ladder to dive and swim in the crystal clear waters or swim to the island.
  • The restaurant/bar (self-service) is open throughout the cruise, offering a wide selection of salads, toast, sandwiches, soft drinks, pastries, pizzas, beers, wine, ice cream, coffee, etc, with an extra charge. Ask your guide in advance to get a discounted price of the meal on board, while you are on the bus driving to the port
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 35 reviews

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I recommend this excursion which was one of our best memories of this vacation. We were able to swim to the island twice (watch out for the rocks, bring shoes). The water was turquoise blue as advertised. It was magnificent, a heavenly landscape. If you want to have good seats on the boat, you have to arrive early. If you want to visit the city of Ierapetra, it is better to plan another time (we did not have time). Finally, hotel pickup and drop-off is very convenient.

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September 11, 2022

Beautiful turquoise blue clear water. You have to swim to the island, but with a life jacket it's super easy. Unfortunately you can only visit the beach there and nothing more. It gets very rocky towards the island. Suitable swimming shoes would be an advantage. Otherwise everything was super organized and good food on the boat! The island is definitely worth a visit.

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August 21, 2022

They were very punctual both on the outward and return journeys. The guide was exhaustive even though she went into great lengths on describing the food that can be purchased on the boat but didn't mention anything about the history of the island. It is worth taking the hike if you are able to swim to the beach otherwise it gets boring. The boat is big, you have to get there as soon as possible to get the best seats

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August 17, 2022

Product ID: 419834