Gramvousa Island – Balos Lagoon (BOAT TICKET & LUNCH INCLUDED!)
Discover the two small uninhabited islands off the coast of Gramvousa Peninsula as well as Balon Lagoon. Enjoy a magical boat trip through the westernmost point of Crete and admire the crystal clear waters of these places. Walk across the white sand shore and find yourself enjoying the sun on one of the most beautiful beaches.
| SAIL WITH THE BIG BOAT!
Our excursion uses the big boat “GRAMVOUSA” that is more comfortable & docks on the beach, avoiding the “hassle” of getting into little ones to reach the shore…
Sissi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos (port), Piskopiano, Anissaras, Analipsis, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Amnissos, Karteros, Heraklion (port), Amoudara (Gazi, Heraklion). [Check the pick-up table list below to find out which is the most convenient pick-up point & time, near your hotel]
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday
English, French, German, Italian, Polish: All days
• Transportation in Air-Conditioned bus
• Professional Driver
• Tour Guide
• Boat tickets (day cruise)
• Entrance fee to the natural park
• All the legal taxes
• Liability insurance coverage by ALLIANZ
Extra Fees (not included in the price)
Extras payable on the spot: Drinks, Umbrellas & Sunbeds (optional)
• Board a boat and sail to Gramvousa and Balos
• Swim in the crystal-clear waters of Gramvousa
• Climb the Venetian Fortress on Gramvousa Island for unique views
• Enjoy relaxing moments on the exotic Balos Lagoon
Essentials to have with you:
• Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen
• Swimsuit / Beach towel
• Comfortable sports shoes for hiking to the Gramvoussa fortress
14 hours approximately – 350 Km
Starting early, heading west, we reach the Port of Kissamos. 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 at 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 marvellous 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 (included in the price).
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-coloured 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.
Adults: Over 12 years old (Full fare)
Children: 4-12 years old (50% discount)
Infants: 0-3 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, on the table below
► IMPORTANT UPDATE: leave in the comments box, the following information per passenger, as it’s been required by the Greek Law, applicable after July 30th, 2020 due to COVID-19 measurements: Nationality
This excursion includes in its price: Your transfer r/t from your hotel, Boat tickets, Lunch and island entrance. The Adult Fare is applied to passengers of any age above 12 years old. The Child Fare applies to children between 4 and 12 years old (50% discount + extra’s if chosen) and the Infant Fare to any child under 4 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:
|Pick up place||Pick up time|
|Nikos hotel-Filipidis S/M||05:30|
|Malia Bay-Malia Park-Sirens||05:30|
|Stalis bus stop – Blue sea||05:50|
|Nana B/S – Mediterraneo||05:55|
|Belvedere – Eri bus stop||05:55|
|Silva Beach – Pela Maria||06:00|
|National Bank – Chalkiadakis S/M||06:00|
|Piscopiano well (pigadi)||06:00|
|Mathioudakis – Creta Maris||06:05|
|Knossos Royal-Royal Mare-Annabelle||06:10|
|Cretan Village-Laguna- Chrissi Amoudia||06:15|
|Analipsi Beach Road||06:25|
|Analipsi Bus stop||06:25|
|Gouves Beach Road||06:30|
|Knossos Beach – Arina||06:40|
|Karteros – Amnissos||06:45|
|Astoria Hotel – Galaxy Hotel||06:50|
|Heraklion port – Old Heraklion Bus Station (Entrance OLI)||06:55|
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. VisitCrete.com 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.
► COVID-19: All passengers are required to wear masks at all times when in boats and busses.
For further information or bookings please call at telephone No. (+30) 2810341560
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