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Operates: Every Monday, Thursday.  

Gramvousa Island - Balos Beach (full day tour).

 

Visit the remains of what use to be a Venetian fort on the island of Gramvousa and end your day with a swim in the crystal clear turquoise tropical waters of Balos lagoon...

Pick-up's from:
Sissi, Malia, Stalis, Piskopiano, Chersonissos, Anissaras, Analipsis, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Chani, Karteros, Heraklion city, Ammoudara (Gazi).

Operating Days: 
Monday, Thursday.

Languages:
Mondays: English-French-German-Italian-Russian
Thursdays: English-French-German-Italian-Polish-Russian

Tour includes:
Pick-up service at or near your hotel, Escort, Boat ticket, Island admission & lunch.

Extra Fees (not included in the price)
Extras payable on the spot: -

Tour highlights
Boat tour to Gramvousa, Swimming in Balos exotic beach.

Direction:
Northwest Crete.

Duration:
14 hours approximately - 350 km.

 

 

Overview:
Starting early, heading west, after a short breakfast stop (optional-not included in the price) near Rethymnon and a drive past Chania, we reach the Port of Kissamos or Kavonissi. Here we board our boat for a pleasant sail along the coastline. On the way you can see the signs of the impressive geological phenomenon of land elevation by 6 to 9 meters above sea level (Crete has been rising out of the sea on the western side and sinking on the eastern side for more than 2000 years).

After approximately one hour, our boat arrives in the port of the pirate island of Gramvousa. During the Turkish occupation, the residents of the island started looting boats passing through, which gained the island its pirate reputation. According to Homer, Gramvousa is the island of Aeolus in "Odyssey". It is a protected biotope, hosting over 400 plant species and the habitat of over 100 bird species, the Mediterranean seal Monachus Monachus and the sea turtle "Caretta-Caretta". Here you can visit the Venetian Castle, which was built in 1579 on the top of a steep rock, at the highest point of the island and it's one of the most impressive castles in Greece. The spectacular view, the marvelous landscape and the "legend of the Pirate's hidden treasure" is an attraction not to be missed. As well as your visit to the castle, you have plenty of time for swimming or having lunch on board (optional).

Our boat then departs for the Blue Lagoon of Balos, a shallow and warm water lagoon, which brings to memory similar lagoons in the Caribbean. Here the crystal-clear, azure colored sea water, in combination with the white sand makes this place unique, and one of the most beautiful beaches all over the world. Your stay at the lagoon, where you can enjoy a fantastic swim, will be approximately three hours, before boarding our boat for the return sail.

Age Definition:
Adults: Over 12 years old  (Full fare)
Children: 5-11 years old  (50% discount)
Infants: 0-4 years old  (Free of charge)

Directions while booking:
► Please leave in booking comments box what language group you prefer to be in
► If your are booking a child or an infant, leave in comments box the dates of birth

 


 

For further information or bookings please call at telephone No. (+30) 2810 341560

 


 

Schedule

1st stop: Before Rethymno for breakfast,and rest for about 20'.

2nd stop: The town of Kastelli at the West end of Crete.Thats where the boat sails from to Gramvoussa and Balos.

3rd stop: The Venetian Castle of Gramvoussa.After about 1hour boat trip with the cruise boat arrival at Gramvoussa where clients have about 1h30min to walk up till the castle and make photos of the breathtaking view to Balos lagoon and for a first swimm.

4th stop: Balos lagoon. After 15' boat trip from Gramvoussa clients will be in the crystal clear water of Balos and stay for about 2h30min. At meanwhile the restaurant of the boat will be open so clients can eat any time they want(12-17).

5th stop: On the way back to resorts will be a stop for 20' for toilet and rest.

Sights

Time Sight Comments
12:00 Gramvousa (Imeri) Island
13:45 Balos Beach