On the road to west Crete
Sail to "The Pirates Island"
Discover the fortress of Gramvousa
Swim and relax
The excursion begins with collecting all explorers from their pick up points in the morning. The bus will then be heading towards the west edge of Crete finding its destination to Kissamos port.
Kissamos is a town on the west of Chania with a port and a fishing harbor.
From Kissamos port we will be sailing towards Gramvousa and Balos.
Gramvousa is an island located 20 km northwest of Kissamos and opposite the Cape of Gramvousa. On the island, at a height of 137m over the sea level, still stands a Venetian fortress built between 1579 and 1584, during the Venetian occupation of the island of Crete. The fortress was also used by pirates and a legend claims that there is a great treasure buried on the island. An old shipwreck near the beach has marked its initials as part of the landscape. The water is turquoise color and the seabed is ideal for snorkeling.
Between Gramvousa and the coast of Crete, the lagoon of Balos is formed. It has white sand and vivid blue and turquoise water. The sea is very shallow and warm. Due to millions of crushed shells, in many places, the sand has a lovely pinkish color. The lagoon and the wider area around it are both protected under Natura 2000 program, as rare species of flora and fauna are found there. Eleonora falcons, shags and cormorants nest in the caves of the area. Moreover, the area is a shelter for the protected monk seal and the sea turtle Caretta Caretta.
While on the boat trip, observe the geological phenomenon of the land elevation of Crete, where the island rises out of the sea in the west side of the island and at the same time sinking in the east.
|06:00||-||08:20||Bus trip to Rethymno|
|08:40||-||10:10||Bus trip to Kissamos port|
|10:10||-||10:40||Arrival at Kissamos port and boat embarkation|
|10:40||-||11:40||Boat trip to Gramvousa island|
|11:40||-||11:50||Arrival at Gramvousa island. Disembarkation|
|11:50||-||13:20||Visit to the Venetian castle and swimming time|
|13:20||-||13:30||Embarkation Departure from the island|
|13:30||-||13:50||Boat trip to Balos|
|13:50||-||14:00||Arrival at Balos. Disembarkation|
|14:00||-||16:20||Exploration and relaxation time in Balos|
|16:20||-||16:30||Embarkation Departure from Balos|
|16:30||-||17:45||Boat trip to Kissamos port|
|17:45||-||19:40||Bus trip to Rethymno|
|20:00||-||Return bus trip|
** Itinerary is subject to minor alterations depending on traffic, weather conditions or any other unpredictable circumstance.
- Swimsuit and towel
- Snorkeling equipment
- Sun protection lotion
- On the boat to Gramvousa and Balos, you can purchase from the bar a lunch packet, snacks, soft drinks, etc
- No shops available on the island.
- No facilities are available on board of the bus
- Facilities are available on board of the boat