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Balos Beach and Lagoon
Balos Beach and Lagoon

Balos Beach and Lagoon

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Bridging the gap between the wild Gramvousa Peninsula and the idyllic Cape Tigani, Balos Beach is a startlingly blue lagoon, framed by jagged sea cliffs and pristine pink and white sand beaches. A pocket of paradise, Balos Beach is one of Crete’s most photographed natural beaches.

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Full-Day Guided Tour to Gramvousa Island with Hotel Pickup

Full-Day Guided Tour to Gramvousa Island with Hotel Pickup

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Take a full-day sightseeing cruise to Gramvousa Island from Rethymnon, Georgioupolis or Chania.  This convenient, budget-friendly outing includes hotel pickup and drop off for an all-day sun, sand and sea adventure. See the Venetian Castles, swim in the Balos Lagoon, sunbathe on sandy beaches, explore the caves at Kissamos Bay, and enjoy views of Agria Gramvousa and Vouxa Cape from the water.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$83.62
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$83.62
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Sailing trip with SailingSouthCrete

Sailing trip with SailingSouthCrete

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Our daily sailing trip in the crystal clear waters of southern Crete is far from the crowds and noise, you will be wondering why we are totally alone wherever we go.
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  • 7 hours
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$857.63
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$857.63
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Gramvousa from Rethymno

Gramvousa from Rethymno

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 an irresistible paradise for all guests.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$29.51
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$29.51
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Spearfishing in Chania, Crete (price is per group)

Spearfishing in Chania, Crete (price is per group)

I'm Panagiotis and I have started fishing at the age of 5 years old. I remember myself going with my father, who was my first teacher for spearfishing. I have been at the sea from such a very young age and my ability to dive deep, gave me the advantage to learn quickly about the habits of fish. I became a freediver and a freediver-instructor. Now, I want to teach you how to free-dive and go spearfishing to catch that big fish you have always been dreaming of! Even if you are not experienced in spearfishing you can always observe me going for spearfishing. I'll catch your fish and then we'll grill it on board of our RIB boat and dine all together! Are you ready for this experience to live like a local Cretan?
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$670.03
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$670.03
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Day Private Sailing Cruises to Balos Lagoon, Gramvousa Island and more.

Day Private Sailing Cruises to Balos Lagoon, Gramvousa Island and more.

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With our sailing boat "Mikros Naftilos" we organise daily cruises to Gramvousa Island, Balos Lagoon and other unique locations. With this private tour you avoid the crowds and you can experiencea sailing boat tour in privacy. Besides a very experienced sailor our skipper is a professional in tourism business (hotel and restaurant owner) This is guarantee for safe trip with excellent service. In the tour we offer lunch with local specialties and unlimited consumption of drinks and beverages.
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  • 8 hours
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$737.81
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$737.81
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Gramvousa and Balos Day Cruise from Chania

Gramvousa and Balos Day Cruise from Chania

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Balos Beach and Gramvousa Island are considered among Crete’s top attractions, but organizing transportation to visit independently cuts into valuable sightseeing and sunbathing time. On this tour, reach both sites with ease by air-conditioned coach in a day and discover the natural beauty of Crete. Follow winding walking routes at your leisure, soak up the rays by the lagoon, and upgrade to enjoy pickup and drop-off at your Chania hotel.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$81.16
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$81.16
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Gramvoussa - Balos

Gramvoussa - Balos

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Discover one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece on a fantastic cruise to the most western part of Crete. Stop at the island of Gramvoussa, where you can see hundreds of birds and plant species. Go to the lagoon at Balos and swim. Discover an extraordinary geological phenomenon Sail to the "Pirates' Island" of Gramvoussa Swim in the lagoon at Balos Disembark on the island of Gramvousa, with its Venetian castle. Also known as "Pirates' Island," Gramvousa used to be a hiding place for rebels. The broader area of Gramvousa forms one of the most significant hydro-biotopes of the eastern Mediterranean. Here, you can encounter over 100 bird and 400 plant species.Enjoy plenty of free time to swim at a gorgeous beach. Admire the wonderful colors and take a few photos of the famous shipwreck. Continue your cruise to the lagoon of Balos and discover one of the loveliest sites in Greece. Get a breathtaking view of the lagoon, before the return journey to the meeting point.
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.63
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$70.63
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Gramvousa and Balos Cruise from Chania (Boat ticket is included!)

Gramvousa and Balos Cruise from Chania (Boat ticket is included!)

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After we pick you up from various locations around Chania we will drive through West Crete until we reach the Kissamos port. After approximately 1 hour, the boat arrives at the port of Gramvousa. On top of a steep rock on the highest point of the island, lays the Venetian castle built during the late 16th century. You will have plenty of time to explore the island and swim in its coast before we board the boat that will take us to the Balos lagoon. Fantastic azure waters fill the lagoon creating an rare amalgamation of serenity and ild natural beauty. At around 16:30 we will board the boat back to the port of Kissamos and eventually return by bus to the designated spots you were picked up from.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.24
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$76.24

Private Boat Trip Chania - Balos (price is per group-up to 9 people)

Private Boat Trip Chania - Balos (price is per group-up to 9 people)

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Discover Crete and its surrounding islands. Experience the Mediterranean sea, just like us Greeks! We are a group of experienced skippers who joined together in a mission of introducing travellers to the world of Greek seas and hospitality. We offer snorkelling equipment free of charge and we have snacks and drinks included. ***ASK US FOR MORE DESTINATIONS AND EXPERIENCES***
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$983.75
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$983.75
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Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay Full-Day Tour from Chania

Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay Full-Day Tour from Chania

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Enjoy some of Crete’s most beautiful beaches without the self-drive hassles on this guided small-group tour. Travel direct from your door to Kissamos, where you board a boat for Balos Beach and Lagoon, then savor the soft white sands. Next, ride a boat to Gramvousa Island (own expense), swim in the clear waters, and opt to hike to the 16th-century fortress. Your guide will drop you directly to your door.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$18.45
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$18.45
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Private Boat Trip Kissamos Balos (price per group - up to 9 people)

Private Boat Trip Kissamos Balos (price per group - up to 9 people)

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Discover Crete and its surrounding islands. Experience the Mediterranean sea, just like us Greeks! We are a group of experienced skippers who joined together in a mission of introducing travellers to the world of Greek seas and hospitality. The duration depends on the choice of trip you will make from 4 to 7 hours. ***ASK US FOR MORE DESTINATIONS AND EXPERIENCES***
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$441.43
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$441.43
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Uncharted Escapes: Rib Safari to Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island Half Day

Uncharted Escapes: Rib Safari to Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island Half Day

Balos is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Greece with a unique beach full of many different shells, where you can have a fantastic swim. Visit Balos, Gramvousa, swim to the small beach with the crystal waters. Joins us for a quick and relaxed half day tour where you can enjoy your privacy and exceptional landscapes. Take your family and friends on a private Skippered Rib charter to visit Gramvousa Island and Balos lagoon. Let our skipper create a special 4-5 hours speedboat tour for you, your family and friends. Using our Rib charter service, you will enjoy a hassle-free day (no fighting for moorings) and the benefits of local knowledge from fully qualified skippers who 'work' for Uncharted Escapes every day.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$639.44
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$639.44
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Gramvousa and Balos Private Tour from Chania

Gramvousa and Balos Private Tour from Chania

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A great trip for any Chania visitor is the mini-cruise to Gramvousa and Balos! Our trip starts at your hotel or a location in its vicinity, with our bus. Our destination is the port of Kisamos. As soon as we reach the port, you go aboard the ship to set out on the cruise. The ship departs from the port at 10:20. An hour later you reach the small island of Gramvousa. The ship stays at the island for two hours. The castle of Gramvousa is to be found at the top of the island… built by Venetians on top of some steep cliffs in order to act as a fortification protecting the island, today it offers visitors a panoramic view to the amazingly blue waters of the Cretan sea. If you wish so, you can climb up the path to the castle, if not, you can stay on the beach and swim. (Climbing will take you at least 20 min to reach the castle. Proper hiking shoes are a must!).The ship departs from Gramvousa Island at 13:30, the breath-taking lagoon of Balos being its destination…
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$341.85
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$341.85
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Day Cruise to Gramvousa & Balos

Day Cruise to Gramvousa & Balos

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Find yourself on a bus tour towards the west edge of Crete, where your sailing trip begins to the “Pirates Island”, Gramvousa. Swim in the lagoon of Balos and enjoy a relaxing nevertheless unique experience of a natural beauty point of interest.
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  • 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$71.32
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$71.32
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Private fishing trip Chania, Crete (price is per group)

Private fishing trip Chania, Crete (price is per group)

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Have you ever imagined going on a spearfishing or fishing trip and catching that big fish you have always wanted? With our experienced captains you’ll finally be able to catch that big fish you’ve always dreamt of! You’ll be able to either fish from our RIB or go spearfishing and freediving. After that, we’ll dine all together on board of our RIB with your freshly caught fish! Get ready for this new adventure! The hours depend if you pick full or half-day trips.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,135.10
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$1,135.10
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Gramvousa Island Day Tour from Rethimno & Chania

Gramvousa Island Day Tour from Rethimno & Chania

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Join this 12-hour day tour of Gramvousa, an island that serves as a regional bird habitat. While there, take time to explore the local castle, then head over to Balos Lagoon. Swim and relax at the lagoon with your group before heading back to Rethimno. The island of Gramvousa is associated with the struggle to liberate Crete from the Ottoman occupation. Three thousand revolutionaries used the island as their shelter for 3 years. To solve the problem of food scarcity, they took to piracy. Gramvousa nowadays is an important bird habitat in the Eastern Mediterranean region and is located along one of the bird migration ways in this part of the world. It is the habitat of over 100 bird species and 400 kinds of plants. Built 137m above sea level on this rocky island, it is one of the most impressive castles in Crete.
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  • 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$12.30
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$12.30
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Full-Day Private Cruise around Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon

Full-Day Private Cruise around Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon

Gramvousa - Balos an exciting cruise to the west of Crete with our luxury mini bus. Enjoy the unique excursion with your own group, your family or your company. Pure and impressive scenery, turquoise waters, attracts a lot of tourists every year not only for its virgin magnificent landscape, but also for its long history and the Venetian fortress at the top of the island. The crystal clear waters with the blue-turquoise colour, will give you unforgettable moments. Enjoy your swim and relax in the white sandy beach. You can get food and water from the bar ( on request) of the excursion boats. No other amenities are offered in the area, because it is protected under Natura 2000 program and staying overnight is not allowed. - Don't forget: good shoes, hut and sunglasses, sun cream, sun towel, small backpack, personal medication, cash.
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  • 12 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$418.09
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Full-Day Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island Cruise Tour from Kissamos

Full-Day Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island Cruise Tour from Kissamos

Balos is listed as one of the best beaches in the world. This exotic beach-lagoon and rare natural monument is situated between the Gramvousa peninsula and Cape Tigani. Words cannot describe the impressiveness of this place. The location of Gramvousa island, the Cretan nature, the legends and the turbulent history of the area exude a magical aura. The landscape is spectacular, and the beach of the island is adorned by a lonely shipwreck. Gramvousa and Balos are Wildlife Refuges and habitats of stunning natural beauty, included in the European initiative ΝΑΤURΑ 2000. With our large, comfortable ships ensure quality and safety on-board and offer fantastic, unforgettable trips to small paradises on earth!
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.74
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$30.74
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PRIVATE TOUR by 4x4 to Balos lagoon and Falassarna beach

PRIVATE TOUR by 4x4 to Balos lagoon and Falassarna beach

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Explore the endless blue! The perfect combination tour for beach lovers including a visit to the Balos lagoon viewpoint and the Falassarna beach while your local guide shares with you his vast knowledge about the island.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$227.02
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$227.02
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E-bike rentals & tours in West Crete

E-bike rentals & tours in West Crete

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Depending on which tour you choose, you can enjoy the wild scenery and rugged west coast, cycle through traditional villages, see some secret giant fossils, be entertained by goats trying to get out the way, get the best view in the whole of West Crete from the top of the mountain or just enjoy feeling the wind in your hair as you cycle along quiet, little known roads full of nature. Contact Fit in Crete to find out more and choose the best route for you.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.93
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$79.93

Balos Aquatic Desert Escape - Jeep/SUV Chauffeur-Driven Private Tour

Balos Aquatic Desert Escape - Jeep/SUV Chauffeur-Driven Private Tour

A plethora of majestic beaches in Greece can be found in difficult-to-access paradises. Balos lagoon (listed in the top 25 beaches of the world) - with its white soft sands, exotic azure waters, and the isolated rugged breathtaking landscape - is not an exception! Enjoy this full-day chauffeur-driven jeep tour, with a private local insider guide, ultimate comfort, and privacy. The exclusive conduction of this day-trip is that you will reach Balos from its hill-side, which means you do not have to stick with the schedule of ferries and tourist masses from Kissamos port.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$799.30
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Balos

Balos

Take the opportunity and explore one of the best-known features on Crete. Enjoy a day filled with scenery of unparallel beauty and swim in turquoise waters. Discover the place where time has stopped.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$794.57
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BALOS BEACH & GRAMVOUSA ISLAND: The exotic side of Crete From Rethymno

BALOS BEACH & GRAMVOUSA ISLAND: The exotic side of Crete From Rethymno

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The Exotic Side Of Crete The magnificent scenery you will see from the wild island of Gramvousa will be a vivid memory for all your life. The waters, sand, the cluster of islands will remind you of the Caribbean but believe me, this is BALOS. Checkincreta travel agency has prepared the schedule for you, departure from your hotel, arrival to Kasteli, departure by boat and return back to your hotel. You just have fun… In a distance about 2 hours of Rethymno, we will arrive at Kasteli, where we will take the ship to go to Gramvousa firstly and then at the beach of Balos. Don’t forget to bring your gym shoes so that you can climb easily at the top of the island and make the tour of the Castle just to enjoy the unique view watching the endless blue of Cretan sea.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$18.45
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$18.45
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Uncharted Escapes: Chania Private Tour To Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Peninsula

Uncharted Escapes: Chania Private Tour To Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Peninsula

This premium safari road trip is an authentic experience to visit Balos lagoon in private and comfort. Visit Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Peninsula with Private transfer with English speaking driver-escort in an Off-road route with panoramic views and Lunch with traditional Cretan food and wine.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$173.03
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Balos Beach and Lagoon can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 28 Balos Beach and Lagoon tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Balos Beach and Lagoon costs USD 12.30. Guided Balos Beach and Lagoon tours start around USD 12.30 per person. See all 28 Balos Beach and Lagoon tickets and tours on Viator.