Balos & Gramvoussa Day Cruise on Crete

Balos beach
Discover the pink-tinted sand of Crete's famed beach, Balos, and the red rocky terrain of Gramvoussa. The two beaches are some of the most popular in the country, offering crystal-clear, shallow water perfect for swimming. 

You'll start your morning at the port of Kissamos, where you'll board a cruise to the small island of Gramvoussa. Enjoy some time to explore Gramvoussa on your own. Suggestions include relaxing at the beach or hiking the rocky red trail to the island's castle. The Venetians built the Gramvoussa Fortress strategically on top of cliffs, giving modern visitors panoramic views of the Cretan Sea.

After your time on Gramvoussa, you’ll take a shorter cruise to the breathtaking lagoon of Balos. Enjoy swimming and soaking in the shallow turquoise waters with the signature white and pink sand below your feet. With tall rocks surrounding the lagoon, these natural elements come together to create a blissful landscape.

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Itineraries with Balos & Gramvoussa Day Cruise on Crete

Taste of the Cyclades and Crete - 14 Days

The glittering Cyclades span hundreds of miles, with centuries of history under their belt. The two-week version of this itinerary starts in glamorous Mykonos before a stop in Naxos for beach time and a cooking class. Then, make your way to the volcanic sunsets and cliffside architecture of Santorini. End your trip on Crete, where amazing beaches, excellent cuisine, and great hospitality await.

Food Tour of Crete - 6 Days

Spend six days exploring the culture, nature, and history of Crete through a culinary lens as you eat and drink your way through olive groves, wineries, gastronomically significant villages, and farms where the night's meal was grown just an arm's length away.

Crete 101 - 9 Days

Experience the romance of Crete—Greece's largest island—with this 9-day itinerary. You'll use the coastal city of Chania, with its medieval architecture and postcard-perfect Venetian port as your base of exploration. Check out local markets, visit a traditional village, and enjoy a Cretan feast with after-dinner dancing. Then, hike the Samaria Gorge before wrapping up with relaxation on pink-sand beaches.

History, Culture, and Islands: Athens, Crete, & the Cyclades - 13 Days

Experience the culture, scenery, and romance of Crete—Greece's largest island— captivating Athens, and the most "classic" Greek island group, the Cyclades, with this 13-day itinerary. After exploring the enticing Greek capital, you'll use the coastal city of Chania, with its medieval architecture, elegant mansions, sculpted fountains, and postcard-perfect Venetian port as your base of exploration. Stroll through the local markets, visit the botanical gardens, and savor a Cretan feast. Then, head for Santorini to experience the highlights of this famous island and wrap up your adventure in lesser-known Naxos, the quintessential Cycladic island, before returning to Athens for one last Greek meal before your flight home.

Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 19 Days

Take your time exploring Greece's beauty, history, and flavor with this relaxed itinerary. You'll start in Athens, where you'll sample local delicacies and go on a cycling tour of the sights. Then sail over to the beautiful, lesser-known island of Tinos — a popular pilgrimage site — before continuing to glamorous Mykonos. Here you'll lounge on the beaches and enjoy an authentic farm-to-table meal. Next head to Santorini for some wine tasting and a fabulous cruise around its volcanic caldera. Finally, bask in the sun and surf of Crete before ending your trip back in the capital.