Crete Island Day Trip: Chrissi Or Gramvousa

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 13 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7am or 9am, depending on your specific route. Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Your Crete hotel
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Kick back and relax on a tiny sun-kissed island on this full-day trip from Crete! Starting from one of two locations west Crete or east Crete youll visit either Gramvousa or Chrissi, two gorgeous little islands that hug Cretes shoreline. After a 1-hour boat cruise, spend time at leisure soaking up laid-back island life, perhaps swimming or sunbathing on gloriously secluded beaches. Trips from west Crete also include a guided tour of Imeri Gramvousa, an island fortress ruin.

Highlights

  • Led by a local guide

Know More about this tour

Leave Crete and spend a day on one of the smaller islands dotted around Cretes coastline. The cruise to your island lasts no longer than an hour, leaving you with plenty of time to kick back and relax, soaking up the laid-back island life! After exploring, swimming and soaking up the sun, return to your boat for the cruise back to Crete. Your day then finishes with a handy drop-off back at your hotel.

Cruise from West Crete:
Board your boat at Kastelli Port of Kissamos and then sit back and relax either inside or out on deck during your 1-hour cruise to the island of Gramouvsa. A small sun-baked outpost just adrift from Cretes northwestern tip, this little piece of paradise comes complete with stunning turquoise waters and pink sandy beaches perfect for a day of lazily lounging around in the sun.

First stop is Imeri Gramvousa, the islands Venetian fortress, for a guided tour. Explore the ruins and hear how the island was once a 16th-century strategic stronghold ideally located to protect northeastern Crete. Then, its time to swim, sunbathe or enjoy lunch on your boat (own expense).

Hop back aboard your boat and cruise over to the other side of the island to visit Gramouvsas tropical-esque lagoon Balos. Enjoy nearly three hours at leisure to do as little or as much as you like! Perhaps take a paddle through the turquoise waters or relax on the lagoons pink-hued beaches. Venture away from the sand to snorkel around the rocks (equipment not provided), or take a stroll inland to see the islands rare flora and fauna that abounds.

Cruise from East Crete:
If your hotel is located on the eastern side of Crete, your boat cruise follows a different route. Board your boat at Ierapetra Port and enjoy a 1-hour cruise to Chrissi Island, just southeast of Crete in the dazzling Libyan Sea. Uninhabited, the island is a haven of sun-kissed seclusion, with gloriously isolated coves and sandy beaches lapped by crystal-clear waters.

How you spend your time on the island is up to you, and youll have roughly five hours to do whatever you like! Swim in the sea, sunbathe on the beaches, or go on a walk around the island, watching out for rare birdlife or dolphins close to shore. Lunch is available at your own expense on board your boat; alternatively, bring your own food and drinks and relax on the island with a picnic!

Inclusions

Local guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Snorkeling equipment

Gratuities

Entrance fee to Balos Lagoon or the island of Chrissi (approx. 1 euro per person)

Boat Ticket to Gramvousa Island (17 euro per person)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Remember to bring a towel, bathing suit, sunscreen, sunglasses, snorkel equipment and water

The itinerary is subject to favorable weather conditions or low number of participants on the day of the tour

Traveler Reviews

  • 29-Dec-2015

    Excellent day out, with good our guide.

  • 05-Oct-2015

    I was really disappointed with my crete island day trip. We paid 227 for 2 people, and from the description it looked good - however all we got in the end was a minibus pick up / drop off from our hotel and a boat ride to the various places. The boat was massive and had hundreds of people on it. There was no tour guide or explanation about the different places we visited. For the amount we paid i would have expected it to feel more personal but we could have just booked the tickets for the boat and a transfer for cheaper ourselves. Getting off the boat at the various places took 30mins and you had to get back on 30mins early if you wanted a seat because there were so many people which really cut down the time you could have at each place. I definitely would not book this trip through - i would just book it myself. i was really disappointed.

  • 13-Sep-2015

    Beautiful lagoon and island with amazing views from the castle on Gramvousa. unfortunately it was very windy and the sea was quite rough that day so the boat ride heading out was rocky, and several people were seasick. Keep in mind in case you don't do well on boats!

  • 02-Jun-2014

    Great tour only problem we still had to pay 16 € per person for boat ticket.

    Gramvousa has amazing views and Balos is just an unbelievable place to go for a swim.

  • 08-Sep-2013

    Chrysi is beautiful and Altino Travel were fantastic. I would recommend booking this locally as it is only 14 Euros for the whole trip if you pay direct on the day! We were the last on the coach so it only took around 1.5hrs from Sissi to Ierapetra, then an hour long boat ride (the boat gets v busy) before arriving on the island. We had about 3-4 hours on the island. The guides kept announcing over the boat's tannoy that the pick-up time would be 4pm, then 4.30pm, then 5pm, then eventually 3.45pm - slightly unorganised. Tips for Chrysi: it can get very windy, two loungers and a parasol will cost you 10 Euros and also there are only a couple of non-flushing portaloos on the island.