• Region: Chania
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Concept: cognitive, active, adventure, safari, nature
  • Tour days: daily on request
  • Travel style: escorted safari touring
  • Places visited: Balos Lagoon, Gramvousa peninsula

This premium safari road trip is an authentic experience to visit Balos Lagoon in privacy and comfort since you don’t have to schedule your entire day according to the departures of the ferryboats. Arriving at the heights above the magnificent Balos Lagoon, you will receive a lunch box before the hike down to this paradise beach begins.

Our trip is ideal for everyone who’s looking for an experience beyond the ordinary, for example, youth groups, single or couple participants, families with older children, and companies. The trip has guided stops every 30–40 minutes, for everyone’s convenience.

A unique premium escape, an exciting adventure to visit Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Peninsula, swimming in crystal clear waters, embraced by the renowned Greek hospitality, and enjoying the sights and professional but relaxed service!

Distance: 110 km.
Altitude Dif: 200 m.

Tour highlights:

  • Join a private tour with a multi-lingual driver escort
  • Explore Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Peninsula
  • Enjoy off-road route with panoramic views

How to prepare:

  • Comfortable clothing & trekking shoes or sandals
  • Sun hat & Sunglasses
  • Sunscreens
  • Jacket (during spring and autumn)
  • Swimsuits
  • Towels
  • Cash for extra costs and personal expenses

*In case of pregnancy, any health issues, or disability please contact us to reconfirm if this tour is suitable for you.

Cancellation policy:

  • 24 hours or less: no refund
  • 48 hours or less: 50% cancellation fee
  • 96 hours or less: 25% cancellation fee
  • 96+ hours: full refund

8.30 AM-9:00 AM:

Your private escort driver, with a comfortable off-road vehicle, will pick you up from the hotel and you will enjoy an interesting sightseeing tour on parts of North-Western
Crete, listening to local stories and enjoying the panoramic views of the area. After Kissamos we will drive along on an off-road route at Gramvousa peninsula until we reach a specific spot at the top of Gramvousa peninsula, above Balos Lagoon where we will have to park the vehicle. From there your escort will direct you to follow a hike route about 20 to 40 minutes down to the mountainside until you reach Balos Lagoon. Find a cozy place on one of the white sandy beaches of Balos and spend 4 hours there discovering the area and swimming in the crystal clear waters of Balos. On the way back up to the parking and following the same hiking route of 30 to 40 minutes approximately, you will have many opportunities for lifetime memorable panoramic photos of Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island from above! Your lunch packages will be provided by us, as well as a bottle of water, ready to take with you down to the beach.

4:30-5:30 PM

The day closes with a smooth ride through the North coastline of West Crete back to your hotel villa or accommodation.

  • Pick up and return to your hotel
  • Off-road vehicles driven by multilingual escort drivers
  • Lunch packs & water
  • Liability insurance
  • Local taxes
  • Any private expenses
  • Towels
  • Sunbeds in Balos Lagoon
  • Gratuities

Important notes:

1. We recommend that you be at the pick-up area (your hotel or another indicated point nearby your hotel) 10 minutes before your pick-up time.

2. We reserve the right to make minor changes in the program when considered necessary, for example, in case of unfavorable weather conditions. This can be done without any prior notice.

3. Please follow all the instructions given to you by your guide.

4. Sanitizing dispensers are available in each vehicle.

5. Our vehicles are equipped with A/C (and when used, the internal air circulation is turned to OFF) but as our safari tours are mainly operated in the countryside we strongly recommend the tours be conducted with open windows for continuous fresh air circulation and to feel the freshness of the countryside.

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