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.
Balos and Gramvoussa Day-Cruise , Chania
You'll start your morning with a bus transfer to the port of Kissamos, where you'll board a group cruise to the small island of Gramvoussa. Enjoy the next few hours to explore Gramvoussa on your own. Here you can relax on the beach or hike 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 short 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. If you're feeling hungry, you can purchase snacks and drinks aboard the boat. In the early evening, you'll cruise back to Kissamos port where you will be transferred back to your hotel.
This cruise is family-friendly and suitable for children of all ages. To participate swimming knowledge is required.
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Itineraries with Balos and Gramvoussa Day-Cruise
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