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Gramvousa – Balos Lagoon

Gramvousa – Balos Lagoon



The excursion operates every Monday, Thursday, Saturday, with pick-ups: East of Heraklion (starting Malia, Stalis through Hersonissos, Gouves, Heraklion) and West Heraklion (Amoudara). Our excursion includes: Pick-up service at or near your hotel & return, guided tours, the boat ticket, Lunch, & entrance. Available Tour Languages are: English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian.


Tour info

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

Accompanied service

Guides Transport Insurance Lunch


1st stop: Before Rethymnon for breakfast and rest for about 20'

2nd stop: The town of Kastelli at the western end of Crete. That's where the boat sails from, to Gramvoussa island and the Balos lagoon

3rd stop: The Venetian Castle of Gramvoussa. After about 1hour boat trip with the cruise ship we arrive on Gramvoussa, where participants have about 1h30min to walk up to the castle on the hill and take photos of the breathtaking view of the Balos lagoon and for a first swim

4th stop: Balos lagoon. After the 15' boat trip across from Gramvoussa, participants will find themselves in the crystal clear waters of Balos and stay for about 2h30min. In the meantime the restaurant of the boat will be open so participants can enjoy their lunch any time between 12:00 and 17:00

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

Special offer


Gramvousa Island – Balos Lagoon  (BOAT TICKET & LUNCH INCLUDED!)


Visit the remains of what used 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…


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…


Pick-up’s from:
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]

Operating Days:
Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday

English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian: All days

Tour includes:
Pick-up service at or near your hotel & return, boat tickets, entrance in Gramvousa, Lunch, guided tour

Extra Fees (not included in the price)
Extras payable on the spot: No extras applicable

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

West Crete

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 onboard (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.

Age Definition:
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 best, here’s a table of hotel accommodations and their nearest pick-up’s:

Pick up place Pick up time
Sissi 05:25
Nikos hotel-Filipidis S/M 05:30
Malia church 05:35
Malia Bay-Malia Park-Sirens 05:30
Drossia-Kernos-Ikaros 05:40
Alexander-Ariadni 05:45
Cactus-Aktia 05:45
Mochos Cross 05:50
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
Hersonissos Village 06:05
Knossos Royal-Royal Mare-Annabelle 06:10
Cretan Village-Laguna- Chrissi Amoudia 06:15
Serita-Zorbas–Anissa-Bella-Lytos 06:20
Analipsi Beach  Road 06:25
Analipsi Bus stop 06:25
Amirantes B/S 06:30
Gouves Beach  Road 06:30
Gouves Cross-Lavris 06:35
Gournes Church 06:35
Rinela-Hatzis 06:40
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
Giofyros (Meliriton) 06:55
Amoudara 07:00

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.
► COVID-19: All passengers required to wear masks at all times when in boats and busses or in indoor areas. All passengers should individually fill out the pre-boarding form, required by the Greek law, and carry it with them at all times.


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


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