Gramvousa – Balos

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 in one of the most beautiful beaches.

13-15 hours
Bus & Boat
Tour Type:
Daily Tour
English, German, French, Italian, Polish


Total: 70

Gramvousa and Balos are two stunning destinations located in the western part of Crete, Greece. They are known for their breathtaking natural beauty and are popular among tourists.

Gramvousa is a small island located in the northwestern part of Crete. The island has a rich history and is home to a Venetian castle, known as the Gramvousa Castle. The castle was built by the Venetians in the 16th century and offers panoramic views of the surrounding sea and landscapes.

Balos is a stunning lagoon located near Gramvousa on the northwestern coast of Crete. It is famous for its turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and unique landscape. The lagoon is formed by a combination of sea and freshwater, creating a shallow and picturesque environment.

Enjoy a captivating boat ride around Crete's westernmost point while swimming in the pristine waters of these locations. Discover one of the most stunning beaches as you stroll down the white sandy beach while enjoying the sun.


  • Get on the 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



  • Transportation in Air-Conditioned bus
  • Professional Driver
  • Tour Guide
  • Boat tickets (day cruise)
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fee to the natural park
  • All the legal taxes
  • Liability insurance coverage by  ALLIANZ

Not Included

  • Drinks
  • Umbrellas


Know before you go

We provide pick-up from a variety of locations, including bus stops and hotels. We will get in touch with you as soon as you make the reservation to confirm the precise location and time of the pick-up, which will be closer to the hotel you are staying in.

If required, the excursion operator retains the right to rearrange the schedule in order to better accommodate guests or ensure their safety.

If ordered by the government COVID regulation, passengers must carry and wear face masks when traveling by bus and in indoor areas.


Full Description

Morning Pick up:

In the morning, we will begin collecting the passengers from the designated pick-up locations.

The bus ride will vary based on where your hotel or apartment is located.

Bus Drive to Kasteli Port: approx. 3.5 hours

There will be a short stop on the way for restroom, toilet, and snack – for about 20 minutes

1st stop: Kasteli town

At the western tip of Crete is the town of Kastelli.

The boat leaves from there and cruises to the Balos Lagoon and the Gramvousa Peninsula.

Boat Trip: 1 hour

2nd stop: Gramvousa Peninsula – 1 hour 30 minutes

Following the trip over the western Cretan Sea, the boat reaches Gramvousa. Explore the Venetian fortress at the top of Gramvousa. The climb can be a bit steep, but the panoramic views of the sea and surrounding islands are breathtaking. Spend some time swimming and relaxing on the seashore.

Boat Trip: 15 minutes

3rd stop: Balos Lagoon – 2 hours 30 minutes

Following the Gramvousa tour, the boat will reach Balos Lagoon.

There will be plenty of time for the guests to enjoy walking along the pink sand, swimming in the turquoise waters of Balos, and exploring the surrounding natural beauty. The beach is known for its unique landscape.

Lunch: During this time, the boat's restaurant will be open, allowing passengers to eat whenever they choose between 12:00 and 17:00.

Boat Trip: 1 hour

4th stop: Kasteli

Return trip back to the port of Kasteli.

End of the tour – Return to resorts:

As soon as the Buses are filled with passengers, we will head back to the hotels where we met up with the people attending in the morning.

The bus ride for the return will vary based on the traffic and each person's pick-up location in the morning.

Return Bus Drive to resorts: 3.5 hours(average)

*There will be a short stop on the way back for restroom and snack – 20 minutes

Here are some additional Tips:

  • Comfortable Clothing and Footwear:

Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear for the climb to the Gramvousa Fortress.

  • Sun Protection:

Bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, as the sun can be intense.

  • Swimming Gear:

Pack your swimsuit, a towel, and any snorkeling gear you might want to use.

  • Water:

Bring sufficient water, especially if you plan to spend an extended period at Balos.

  • Camera:

Don't forget your camera to capture the stunning landscapes.


· Transportation in Air-Conditioned bus

· Professional Driver

· Tour Guide

· Boat tickets (day cruise)

· Lunch

· Entrance fee to the natural park

· All the legal taxes

· Liability insurance coverage by ALLIANZ

Not Included

• Entrance (€1)
• Τips and Individual expenses.

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