Crete Island Day Trip: Chrissi or Gramvousa


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13 Hours (Approx.)
Tour Details

Spend the day swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing on this full-day Mediterranean island adventure from Crete. Escape the busy mainland resorts for the tranquil bays and pristine sands of either Gramvousa or Chrissi Island, just an hour by boat from Crete. Day-trippers from West Crete can tour the 16th-century Imeri Gramvousa fortress, stroll the pink-sand beaches and swim in the Balos lagoon on Gramvousa Island. Alternatively, those setting sail from East Crete can enjoy the secluded beaches of Chrissi Island and spot dolphins and rare birds along the coast.


Departure & Return Location

Your Crete hotel (Google Map)

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.

Price Includes

  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Boat Ticket ONLY for Chrissi Island

Price Excludes

  • Food and drinks
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fee to Balos Lagoon or the island of Chrissi (approx. 1 euro per person)
  • Boat Ticket to Gramvousa Island (17 euro per person)


  • Full-day tour of Chrissi or Gramvousa Island from Crete
  • Enjoy a 1-hour round-trip speedboat cruise to your Crete Island
  • Spend time at leisure, swimming, sunbathing or exploring the island
  • Explore Imeri Gramvousa fortress with your guide and then visit Balos Lagoon (west Crete trip only)
  • Watch out for dolphins and rare birdlife on Chrissi Island (east Crete trip only)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
What to Expect

Leave Crete and spend a day on one of the smaller islands dotted around Crete’s 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 Crete’s 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 island’s 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, it’s 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 Gramouvsa’s 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 lagoon’s pink-hued beaches. Venture away from the sand to snorkel around the rocks (equipment not provided), or take a stroll inland to see the island’s 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 you’ll 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!


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
  • Voucher info You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • Local operator information Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.
  • Cancellation Policy For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.