8 th Best Beach in Europe (Trip-Advisor) Walk in the Romantic Lagoon of Balos. Swim in the Refreshing Cool Waters of Balos & Gramvousa Beach (2 Swim Stops!). Explore the Pirate Castle of Gramvousa. 

Departure from Chania, full day (11 hours), Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat, Tour starts at 08:00.  

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: ü 8 th Best Beach in Europe (Trip-Advisor) ü Walk in the Romantic Lagoon of Balos ü Swim in the Refreshing Cool Waters of Balos & Gramvousa Beach (2 Swim Stops!) ü Explore the Pirate Castle of Gramvousa. 

INCLUDED: ü Pick-up/Drop-Off ü Pre-Recorded Instructions on board ü Air-Conditioned Luxury Bus ü Cruise boat tickets ü Full Liability Insurance.

Indicative Time-Table

  •  08:00-09:20 Pick up
  •  10:00 Arrival at the port of Kissamos
  •  10:20 Departure for Gramvousa island
  •  11:30 Arrival at Gramvousa
  •  13:30 Departure from Gramvousa
  •  13:45 Arrival at Balos
  •  16:30 Departure from Balos
  •  17:45 Arrival at the port of Kissamos
  •  18:30-19:30 Arrival at your Hotel

Departing from the port of Kissamos and while sailing, you will admire a huge cave, that is believed to have been the ancient shipyard of “Tarsanas”. At the end of the Gulf you will notice an impressive geological phenomenon where, as a result of the passage of time, the western part of the island is rising, while the eastern part is sinking. This phenomenon was mainly created by catastrophic earthquakes that took place in 66 BC and 365 BC. According to scientific estimates, this geographical phenomenon still continues today, but at a much slower rate

After approximately 1 hour, the boat arrives at the port of Gramvousa. The island’s eminent castle was built by the Venetians in 1579 at the highest point of the island, on top of a steep rock at a height of 137m. It is surrounded by a wall of 272m. It has a rough triangular shape and each side is 1km in length. Gramvousa castle played an important role in the history of the region. The panoramic view, its majesty and the legend of the pirate’s hidden treasure, will tempt you to visit it. The walk takes approximately 20 minutes.

Following the 2 hour visit to Gramvousa, the boat will depart for the lagoon of Balos, a journey of approximately 15 minutes. As there is no harbour at the lagoon, the boat will either drop anchor in the cove of Gramvousa (Tigani), about 200m from the beach, at a depth of approximately 4m, where disembarkation will take place from large boats, or approach the beach where disembarkation can take place directly onto the beach. Your stay at the lagoon, where you can enjoy a fantastic swim, will last for about three hours.

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