Crete Day Trip: Chrissi or Gramvousa

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Relax on a small, sun-drenched island on this day trip from Crete! Departing from one of two points – the west or the east of Crete – you will visit either Gramvousa or Chrissi, two beautiful little islands close to the Cretan coastline. After a XNUMX-hour speedboat cruise, spend time at your leisure soaking up the island's laid-back way of life, perhaps swimming or sunbathing on the pretty, secluded beaches. Excursions from West Crete also include a guided visit to Imeri Gramvousa, the ruins of a fortress on the island.

Depart Crete and spend a day on one of the small islands scattered around the coastline of Crete. The cruise to your island takes no more than an hour, giving you plenty of time to relax and soak up the laid-back island lifestyle! After exploring, swimming, and soaking up the sun, return to your ship for the return trip to Crete. Your day ends with a convenient drop-off at your hotel.

Cruise from West Crete:
Board your speedboat at Kastelli Kissamos Port, then sit back and relax—inside or on deck—during your XNUMX-hour cruise to Gramouvsa Island. A small, sun-drenched outpost off the northwestern tip of Crete, this little slice of paradise has glorious turquoise waters and pink-sand beaches: perfect for a lazy day in the sun.

The first stop is Imeri Gramvousa, the island's Venetian fortress, for a guided tour. Explore the ruins and learn that the island was a strategic stronghold in the XNUMXth century – ideally placed to protect North East Crete. Then it's time to swim, sunbathe, or have lunch on your boat (own expense).

Get back in your boat and sail to the other side of the island to visit Balos, the tropical lagoon of Gramouvsa. Enjoy almost three hours of free time to do whatever you want! You might want to paddle in the turquoise waters or relax on the pink lagoon beaches. Head away from the sand to snorkel around the rocks (equipment not provided), or wander inland to see the rare flora and fauna that abound.

Cruise from East Crete:
If your hotel is located on the east coast of Crete, your speedboat follows a different route. Embark at the port of Lerapetra and enjoy a XNUMX-hour cruise to the island of Chrissi, just southeast of Crete in the breathtaking Libyan Sea. Uninhabited, the island is a haven of peace flooded with sunshine, with pretty isolated coves, and fine sandy beaches bathed in crystal clear waters.

How you spend your time on the island is up to you; you will have about five hours to do what you want! Swim in the sea, sunbathe on the beaches, or go for a walk around the island, to observe rare birds or dolphins near the coast. Lunch at your expense is available on your boat; otherwise, bring your own food and drink and relax on the island with a picnic!

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