• Duration: 15 hours
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Please note: You are welcome to book in advance for the 2022 season. In case of cancellation due to a change of availabilities, we will either offer an alternative date or a full refund. See you onboard!

We drive towards the west and until we reach the port of Kissamos (western end of Crete). Our boat sails from here to Gramvoussa island and the Balos lagoon. 

We will sail for about 1hour until our cruise ship arrives at the Gramvoussa, we will have about 1h30min to walk up to the castle on the hill and enjoy the stunning view of the Balos lagoon and of course enjoy the waters for a swim.  

We will carry on our sailing to Balos lagoon, after about 15' our boat will reach the crystal clear waters of Balos, the place is stunning, we will have about 2h30min stay here. Please note that the boat restaurant will be open at that time, so we can enjoy lunch any time between 12:00 and 17:00.   

Lunch on board includes several options with local recipes, such as Spaghetti bolognese, chicken with potatoes, pizza, pork souvlaki, stuffed vegetables, okras. 

At 17:45 we will be back to Kissamos port and begin our trip back to Heraklion.

  • 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.


Pick up from Heraklion and surrounding areas.

Please note: This tour includes hotel pick up and drop off service. Simply select the pick up place of your preference from the list under the availability section and our driver will be on his way! Pick up time will be displayed on your confirmation ticket.

For Ammoudara please select "I'll type the address (next step)" and we will pick you up from wherever in Ammoudara you are! Pick up time for Ammoudara hotels is 07:00 am.

First Stop: Breakfast before Rethimno.

We will make a stop before Rethymno for breakfast and rest for about 20'.

Second Stop: Town of Kastelli.

We will stop at the town of Kastelli at the western end of Crete. That's where the boat sails from, to Gramvoussa island and the Balos lagoon.

Third Stop: The Venetian Castle of Gramvoussa.

After about 1hour boat trip with the cruise ship we arrive on Gramvoussa, where you will have around 1h30min to walk up to the castle on the hill and take photos of the breathtaking view of the Balos lagoon and for a first swim.

Fourth Stop: Balos Lagoon.

After the 15' boat trip across from Gramvoussa, clients will find themselves in the crystal clear waters of Balos and stay for about 2h30min. In the meantime the restaurant of the boat will be open so you can enjoy your lunch any time between 12:00 and 17:00.

End of the tour.

On the way back to the resorts there will be a stop for 20' for rest.

What's included

  • Pick up - Drop off services.
  • Boat tickets.
  • Lunch.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Multi-lingual guidance: English-German-French

What's excluded

  • Personal expenses.

What do I need to bring

  • Comfortable shoes.
  • Swimwear, towels and sun protection.
  • Appropriate clothing according to weather conditions.
  • Money for personal expenses.
  • Anything that might be useful to you.

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. Pick up time for Ammoudara hotels is 07:00 am.
  • Balos Lagoon has quite a number of umbrellas and sunbeds for the visitors but they are often occupied. If you would like to reserve a spot you can always book it onboard for 4€ per person.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 0% if cancelled



Guided Language

  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Francaise


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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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