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Ari R. | Spain
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Silvia F. |
A beautiful experience. Beautiful Balos Island. We loved the views from Gramvousa Castle. The services on the boat during the tour were excellent. highly recommended
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Full Day - 9 hours
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Chania, Kissamos, Balos Lake, Gramvousa island and much more...

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From USD 61.15 USD 55.04

Guaranteed departures every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from May to October.

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What is included in this tour

  • Boat tour
  • Local tour guides
  • Pick up and drop off in Chania and nearest villages.

Not included & Optionals

  • Towels.
  • Lunch.
  • Personal expenses and gratuities (optional).
  • 10% discount for groups of 10 travelers or more.

Day cruise from Chania to Balos lagoon and the pirate island of Gramvousa. This independent sightseeing tour in addition to visiting the Balos lagoon beach, visits the pirate island of Gramvousa and its castle. Includes local guide in English and also pick up from your Hotel. Soak up the Cretan nature, take a bath, or simply enjoy a cruise on the sea on this must-see day trip from Chania.

Hotel pickup

The tour departs at 10:20 hrs. from the Port of Kissamos and includes pickup and drop-off from hotels in Chania and the surrounding towns. Once the reservation is made, we will send you an email with the pick-up time from your hotel or the closest one.


The tour is done in English.


This is a full-day excursion and lasts approximately 9 hours. Guaranteed daily departures, from May to October.

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We recommend booking as early as possible in order to ensure availability.

Payment Method

Reservations can only be paid by credit card via our website.


Full refund for cancellations at least 48 hours in advance. For cancellations or modifications later than 48 hours prior to departure, 100% of the total cost will be applied as cancellation fees.

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Once the reservation is made you will receive an email with your reservation number or receipt. Vouchers are not essential for this tour.

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Excursion Itinerary: Mini Cruise To Balos And Gramvousa


In the morning and at the time indicated you will be picked up to start the excursion. From the port of Kissamos you will first sail by a huge cave, which is believed to be the former "Tarsanas" shipyard.

When you reach the end of this bay an impressive geological phenomenon will unfold before you: the western part of the island is rising, while the eastern part is sinking. This phenomenon was mainly created by catastrophic earthquakes that took place over the passage of time and still continues today, but at a much slower rate. About an hour later the ship arrives at the port of Gramvousa. This island’s Venetian fort was built in 1579 on top of a steep rock rising to a height of 137 m. It is surrounded by a 272m rampart, in a triangular shape and each side measures one kilometre. Gramvousa Castle played an important role in the history of the region, while its majesty, the panoramic views and the legend of the pirate's hidden treasure add to its renown and entice us all to pay a visit. The walk up to the castle lasts approximately 20 minutes and afterwards you can take your time with a refreshing dip in its crystal waters.

 After this 2-hour visit to Gramvousa, the boat will depart for Balos lagoon, a journey of approximately 15 minutes. The boat will follow the route that leads directly into the lagoon area. You will stay here for about three hours and you can enjoy a fantastic swim and snorkelling in its turquoise waters.

In the afternoon you will return to the port of Kissamos and finally transferred to your hotel.

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