• Duration: 14 hours
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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 on one of the most beautiful beaches.


· Board a 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


Morning Pick up

We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning.

Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive duration will differ.

Bus drive to Kasteli port: 3.5 hours (average)

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

1st stop: Kasteli

The town of Kastelli at the western end of Crete. That's where the boat sails from, to Gramvoussa Peninsula and Balos lagoon.

Boat trip: 1 hour

2nd stop: Gramvousa peninsula – 1 hour 30 minutes

After the cruise across western Cretan sea, the boat arrives at Gramvousa. Walk up to the castle on the hill and take photos of the breathtaking panoramic view and Balos lagoon. Enjoy some time to swim and sunbathe by the coast.

Boat trip: 15 minutes

4th stop: Balos lagoon – 2 hours 30 minutes

After the cruise from Gramvousa, the boat will arrive at Balos lagoon.

Travelers will have plenty of time to enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters of Balos, walk across the golden sand beach, and explore the nature around.


In the meantime, the restaurant of the boat will be open so clients can enjoy their meal any time between 12:00 and 17:00.                                                  

Boat trip: 1 hour

5th stop: Kasteli

Arrival by boat back at the port of Kasteli.

End of the tour – Return to resorts:

Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning.

Depending on traffic and on the pick-up places of each one, the time of journey back to the hotel will differ.

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

Pick up locations

What's included

  • 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

What's excluded

  • Drinks
  • Umbrellas

What do I need to bring

  • Back pack
  • Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit / Beach towel
  • Comfortable sport shoes for hiking to the Gramvoussa fortress
  • Water

Important information

  • Please note: This tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off services. Simply select the pick-up place of your preference from the list under the availability section and our driver will be on his way!
  • For the Ammoudara area in Heraklion, please select the relevant rate and type your hotel name and address in the booking questions. 
  • As soon as you complete the booking, we will contact you in order to let you know the exact place and time of the Pick-up which is closer to your place of staying.
  • Passengers are required to bring and wear face masks in indoor places and while travelling by bus, as long as it is requested by the government covid regulation
  • Please note: In order to embark, you need to carry with you and show either a Covid-19 vaccination certificate or a rapid test of 48 hours maximum.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 0% if cancelled



Guided Language

  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Francaise
  • Polska
  • Italiano


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Reminded us of the Carribean!

A true beauty. After getting back to the hotel we were exhausted but we had such a great day that we did not care at all!!

By Millie Davies on 2022-06-13

Beautiful Balos 💙

Well-organized tour, beautiful beach, and an amazing company! We will definitely do it again next year 💙

By Grace on 2022-06-09

Our favorite spot on the island!

Out of all the places we visited in Crete, this was definitely our favorite one! The weather was excellent on that day and we enjoyed our swim very much. The waters are just like the pictures and we were extremely happy about that. Would definitely visit again!

By Alexandra Grigorescu on 2022-05-14

Bellissimo !

The place is very beautifull and my children loved it! It was a hot day so we had a great swim. Will visit again :-)

By Chiara Lombardo on 2021-07-07

Had a nice time!

Had a nice time!

By Jean on 2021-09-13

Loved it!

Even though it is a reaaaaally long trip, it is definitely worth it! Solo traveler here, I made some new friends on board and we had a fun time!

By Eliot M.T. on 2021-08-12

Totally worth it

Our family enjoyed this day trip very much and we totally recommend it for anyone that wants to do something fun during their stay in crete!

By Mateo K on 2021-07-08


Loved our day trip to Balos! As a family of six (2 adults, 4 children between 5 to 15 years old) we wanted to do something fun as well as budget-friendly. This was the only option to visit Balos in this price range so we gave it a go! Lucky us, we were staying at Astoria Hotel which is located in the center of Heraklion so we were picked up later than some of the passengers who were staying at other areas far from the city center. The weather was pretty hot and thankfully the bus was air-conditioned so it made our day much better. The boat ride was fantastic, and once we arrived in Balos Lagoon the kids went crazy!! I've never been to the Caribbean myself but from the pictures I've seen, I can tell that it looks pretty similar! Fair warning: don't take the weather too lightly and make sure you have packed sunblock. This is a must-do trip if you ever visit Crete, as locals informed us and as realized ourselves so I highly recommend it. Cheers, Linda ☀️

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By Linda Hall on 2021-06-07

Balos lagoon

We took this tour with my girlfriend as an anniversary date and we had a fun time. We were picked up on time and the bus was very comfortable. Boarding the ship was a bit annoying because we were under the hot sun for a while but it's fine as long as you have suncream and a hat with you. Balos lagoon is absolutely amazing guys, really. We didn't believe our eyes once we arrived. The waters are crystal clear and the sand is very smooth on your feet. Also, if you are not a big fan of swimming but like splashing around, go for it it's very shallow near the shoreline. Although, it had a strange smell in some spots; nothing to worry about (it was far from the swimming area). The food was okay for a picky eater like myself but we already had some snacks with us . To sum up, it was a nice trip and probably would do that again

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By Olivia Kerkman on 2020-07-03

Enjoyed it a lot

Me and my family enjoyed this tour very much. The sea was very clear (a bit cold for my taste), the weather was excellent (not too hot, not too cold) and our guide was very informative and kind. I recommend this tour and I would do this again for sure :)

By Giselle Martin on 2019-06-25

Good choice!

Liked it!

By Hilda & Hans on 2019-06-18

Birthday present!

My husband booked this tour as a birthday present for me and we couldn't have had a better time! Thanks a lot!

By Laura on 2019-07-23

Breathtaking sceneries

We were picked up on time, had a smooth transfer toward Kissamos and a nice boat ride with fantastic views! All of that is great but try don't even compare with the "shock" we had once we reached Balos. Those clear waters and the white sand were pure paradise. The weather was very hot that day so a nice swim helped us cool. The waters were very calm and even though there were many, many visitors we still had an amazing time! The only flaw is that we couldn't find a chair easily but in the end we did it! :-)

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By Lana and James Brown on 2019-08-13

Perfect day

We had an amazing day! The beauty of Balos is just indescribable. We intended to visit Balos during our stay in Heraklion and thankfully we chose this tour because as we found out later, if you don't go with the boat you will have to walk a lot and we aren't big fans of hiking... Thanks DayTrip4u!!!

By Jane from New York on 2019-07-03

Nice drive and trip

We are staying in Hersonissos, so it is quite a drive to do this tour, this could be the advantage though as you get to see most of Crete, sitting comfortably and enjoyed the drive towards west. The day trip it self is very good, perhaps too much talking (guide) but polite, smiley and quality in all aspects. All family enjoyed it, was safe and fun, get to see beautiful beaches and nice scenery, recommended.

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By Keith Taker on 2019-06-29

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