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Gramvousa – Balos Lagoon (ex Rethymnon)

Gramvousa – Balos Lagoon (ex Rethymnon)



The excursion operates every Thursday & Sunday, with pick-ups: East of Rethymnon (starting Panormo) & West (starting Georgioupolis). Our excursion includes: Pick-up service at or near your hotel & return, Tour Escort. Available Tour Languages are: English, German.


Tour info

1 Day
Tour Type:
Sea Excursion
Group size:
~50 pax

Accompanied service

Guides Transport Insurance


Arrival to the port Kasteli ~09:45

Boat departure ~10:30

At Gramvoussa island ~ 2 hours

In Balos lagoon ~ 2 hours

Arrival to the port again ~17:40

Back: Georgioupolis 19:30, Rethymnon 20:00, Panormos 20:30

(The timings are approximate - just to give you an idea of the day's schedule)

Special offer


Gramvousa – Balos Lagoon (Ex Rethymnon)


  Important Update Regarding Gramvousa-Balos Excursions
[Update: May 22nd, 2024]

(please read this text before booking your trip)

Please note the following changes to our Gramvousa-Balos boat excursions, effective immediately and until further notice:
Balos Beach: Disembarkation by tender boats onto Balos Beach is temporarily unavailable.
Swimming at Balos: The boat will anchor approximately 100 meters from the Balos coastline, allowing for a 1.5-hour swim stop.
Gramvousa Island: The visit to Gramvousa Island will be extended to provide additional time for swimming and exploration.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to providing you with a memorable experience in Gramvousa and the surrounding waters.




Visit the exotic beach lagoon of Balos with its turquoise crystal clear shallow waters. But before swimming in its beautiful beaches, let's travel in time... by getting off on the island of Gramvousa, which hosts the remains of a Venetian fort and the remains of buildings left behind by Cretan insurgents, who were compelled to live as pirates during the Greek War of Independence...

Pick-up's from:
Panormo, Skaleta, Stavromenos, Sfakaki, Pigianos Kampos, Adelianos Kampos, Platanias (Rethymnon), Missiria, Perivolia (Rethymnon), Rethymnon, Gerani, Georgioupolis. [Check the pick-up table list below to find out which is the most convenient pick-up point & time, near your hotel]

Operating Days:
Every Thursday & Sunday

English, German: All days  // French: TBA

Tour includes:
Pick-up service at or near your hotel, Escort.

Extra Fees (not included in the price)
Extras payable on the spot: Boat 29 € (Children under 12 yrs 14€), Gramvousa Island admission fee 1€ (Children under 18 yrs Free of Charge)
Extras payable on our website: -

Tour highlights:
Kasteli, boat trip, Gramvousa Island, Ballos beach.

Northwest Crete

12 hours approximately - 140 km.

On the New Road, the bus takes you west through the outskirts of Chania to the port of Kastelli. Here, a boat will take you to the small island Gramvoussa with its imposing Venetian castle and breathtaking views. After 2 hours of stay, the boat will take you to the lagoon of Balos. The fabulous clear water of the lagoon and the white coral sand makes it an irresistible paradise for all guests. After 2 hours the boat will take you back to Kastelli where the bus waits to pick you up. Walking shoes are necessary (for the climb to the castle).

1. We travel by big boats, that means: you have sunbeds, showers, a children's play room, a Big air-conditioned restaurant, you can feel the waves less compared to a small boat. A big boat is more secure and comfortable.
2. We have a guided excursion which means that we explain to tourists how to spend their time in the best way, we are always on the boat and ready to answer any question or help to solve any problem.

Age Definition:
Adults: Over 10 years old  (Full fare)
Children: 3-10 years old  (50% discount)
Infants: 0-2 years old  (Free of charge)

Booking Guiding Lines:
Your Tour Language: Please check in the description which tour languages are available per day, and make sure your desired language is available on your chosen date
Your Pick-up Point: Please check the list with all available pick-up points (and hours) from your area, in the table below

This excursion includes in its price: Your transfer r/t from your hotel, and guide. The Adult Fare is applied to passengers of any age above 10 years old. The Child Fare applies to children between 3 and 10 years old (50% discount + extras if chosen) and the Infant Fare to any child under 3 years old (Free of Charge // No seat reserved).

Just to help you see which pick-up suits you best, here's a table of hotel accommodations and their nearest pick-ups:

PANORMO Captain House, Iliana, Kasteli, Kirki, Panormo Beach, Marilena Panormo school b/s (bus stop in Panormo-school bus stop) 07:10
Club Marine Plc Club Marine Plc (main road-tennis court) 07:10
Creta Marine, Creta Mare, Creta Panorama Creta  Marine National Road 07:15
Royal blue Royal Blue (in front of hotel) 07:15
Europa, Stella beach in front of hotels 07:15
SKALETA Rethymno Mare/Royal, Scaleta, Beggeti Bay Scaleta b/s 07:20
Babis, Gortyna, Creta Star/ Royal, Oassis Creta star b/s 07:20
STAVROMENOS Alkionis, Blue Dreams, Thalassi, Petrino Stavromenos b/s 07:25
Blue Dream Blue Dream (national road) 07:25
SFAKAKI Rimondi Grand Kava Hatzikonstantinoo (Liquor Shop) 07:25
Danaos, Dedalos, Rathamanthys, Krini, Golden Sand, Ekavi, Aggelia Beach, Sunrise, Rose Bay Taverna Dimitris 07:25
PIGIANOS KAMPOS Alkion, Amnissos, El Greco, White Palace (EX El Greco) Imperial, Dias Htl, Maravel, Silmar Emmerald in front of hotels 07:30
Rethymno Palace, Joan Beach, Sea Front, Maravel Land, Rethymno Residence, Adele Mare (Caramel) in front of hotels 07:30
Rithymna, Orion, Eva Bay, Adele Beach, Galeana Mare, Palladion, Golden Beach, Kathrin Beach in front of hotels 07:30
Rethymno Sunset Rithymna 07:30
PLATANES or PLATANIAS (Rethymnon) Edem Beach, Akti Hara, Galeana, Leoniki, Marinos, Axos, Rethymno Village, Nefeli in front of hotels (main road) 07:35
Creta Sun, Castello Bianco Ceramics shop 07:35
Trefon, Bella Casita, Motakis Village, Bueno S/M Pavlakis (Platanias) 07:35
Minos Mare/ Royal, Creta Residence,  La Stella, Apollo G/S B.P. Platanias 07:35
MISSIRIA May Htl, Mantenia Htl, Creta Palace in front of hotels (main road) 07:40
Camping Elisabeth, Missiria Apts. Missiria School 07:40
Odissia, Aristea S/M Pavlakis (Missiria) 07:40
PERIVOLIA Anna Apts, Dimitrios Village, Ilian Beach Dimitrios Beach 07:50
Esperia, Iperion, Pearl Beach/Aegean Pearl, Annita, Iakinthos, Plaza Spa Apts Pearl Bch (East direction pickup is Olympic Suites/Irini Bar) 07:50
Ikones, Golden Coast, Atlantis, Olympic Suites, Marylin, in front of hotels (main road) 07:50
Summer Dream La Mare 07:50
Daisy Apts, Meliti, Olympia, Zannis Manolis Place 07:50
Ammos Studios, Blues Sea, Blue Sky, Zantina, Ilios Hotel, Ostria in front of hotels (main road) 07:50
RETHYMNO CITY Minos, Ibiscos, Mel’mar Minos 07:55
Theartemis, Atrium, Pegasos-Battis, Steris, Poseidon, Porto Rethymno, Kriti, Medusa, Leonidas in front of hotels 07:55
Bio Porto Rethymno 07:55
Bella Mare, Lefkoniko Beach, Lefkoniko Sands Htl, Kleoniki Mare, Aloe Apts. Europe Center (Auto Way) 07:55
Kyma, Achillion-Civitas-Jasson, Sea Front Apts-Cosmos-Eleonora-Constantin, Astali Marine entrance 07:55
Olympic Palladium, Liberty Town Hall 08:00
Forest Park Either Marine entrance or Town Hall 08:00
Jo An Palace, Brascos, Youth Hostel, Casa Moatso, Barbara Studios, Peppi's Studio Church Of Four Martyrs 08:00
Palantino di Corina, Casa di Delfini, Antica Dimora Suites, Faros, Fortezza, Palazzo di Corina, Venneto, Palazio Rimondi, Ideon, Casa Vitae-Narcisos Ideon 08:05
Macaris, Petradi, Archipelagos, Philoxenia in front of hotels (main road) 08:05
RETHYMNON /ATSIPOPOULO Pantheon, Atsipopoulo S/M Lidl Atsipopoulos b/s (S/M Lidl) 08:10
GERANI Kamari Garden Kamari/Gerani Bridge 08:10
(classified under Georgioupolis)
Hydramis, Ermioni, Poledas Apts. Pepper Ermioni b/s 08:20
Alexandros, Marie Bch Marie Beach b/s 08:20
Kavros Bch , Kavros Garden, Geia sou Kriti, Happy Days B.P. Romanias 08:20
Asimenia, Delfina, Elyros, Kournas Village, Mythos Plc, Orfeas Resort, Sandy Beach, Silver Beach, Vantaris plc /bch, Vardis Olive Garden, Villa Yannis, Apollo Vantaris Beach 08:20
Georgioupolis Resort & Aqua Park / Residence (ex.Krespen) Georgioupolis Resort 08:25
Anemos Resort Anemos Resort 08:25
Pilot, Mare Monde Pilot b/s 08:25
Anna's House, Corrissia Princess, Eko Htl, Fereniki, Georgioupolis Beach, River House, Zorbas, Mythologia Georgioupolis  Coffee Shop Grigoris 08:30

LET US HELP! Please don't hesitate to contact us, in order to help you out choose the best pick-up that suits you best!

1. Customers who for any reason fail to participate in our excursions are obliged to inform us at least 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, no refund will be given. Cancelling at least 24 hours prior to departure, 100% full refund!
2. reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour, due to adverse weather conditions or, insufficient passenger number or, force majeure.

► We do return money in case of bad weather (when the excursion is cancelled by the organizer tour operator).
► IMPORTANT: You need to be at least 10 minutes prior to your pick-up time at your pick-up point.

All you need to know about Gramvousa Island & Balos Lagoon Beach in this article:
- What to Do in Gramvousa Island
- A Day in Balos Lagoon
- Tips (What you will see, What to have with you)
- Useful Information about Gramvousa Island & Balos Lagoon
ARTICLE: The Ultimate Guide to Gramvousa Island and Balos Lagoon Beach: Crete's
Spectacular Twin Wonders

For further information or bookings please call at telephone No. (+30) 2810341560


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