Private Off-Road Tour to Balos Beach

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Indulge in an exceptional off-road journey without breaking the bank, as you embark on a remarkable beach adventure, all under 590€.

A unique experience

Visit the magnificent beach of Balos & experience the Cretan wild landscape like never before. This off-road safari and the turquoise crystal waters of Balos will be the highlights of your vacations.

Panoramic Balos view

Go off-road, hike down to Balos beach and experience the panoramic view of the sea-lagoon. Swim in the crystal clear waters and relax under the Aegean sun.

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Tour Highlights

  1. Visit Balos beach by car
  2. Once a life-time experience
  3. Adventurous off-road experience
  4. Hike the mountain and reach Balos on foot
  5. Incredible natural landscapes & sea views
  6. Magnificent panoramic view of the lagoon
  7. Experience the turquoise crystal water of Balos lagoon
  8. Swim to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world


Through this authentic safari tour, you will have the chance to visit Balos Lagoon in privacy and comfort. You don’t have to schedule your entire day according to the ferryboats’ departures. Your private escort-driver, with a comfortable off-road vehicle, will pick you up from the hotel, and you will enjoy an exciting sightseeing tour on parts of North-Western Crete, listening to local stories and enjoy 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, above Balos Lagoon, There we have to park the vehicle since the road stops. From there, your escort will direct you to follow a hiking route about 30 to 40 minutes down to the mountainside until you reach Balos Lagoon. Find a cosy place on one of the white sandy beaches of Balos and spend 2 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, 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. The day closes with a smooth ride through the North coastline of West Crete back to your hotel or villa, or accommodation. It is 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!!


  1. Free hotel pick up and drop off
  2. Premium off-road vehicles (7 or 9 seated) driven by multilingual escort-drivers
  3. Lunch box & bottled water
  4. Liability Insurance and local taxes


  1. Gratuities (optional)
  2. Towels or cost of sunbeds in Balos lagoon

Guest Stories

Great Tour What a great tour! We chose the tour on a windy day in Chania and were so glad we did! It was excellent. Andreas was so knowledgeable about the area and the wine and he answered all questions we had. The group was small enough that it felt personal and the wineries we visited were absolutely brilliant! We loved the stop off at the oldest olive tree too. Great way to spend a day of our holiday!
The World War II battle for Crete Yanis, our driver and guide, was very knowledgeable and accommodating. He shared a lot of facts and photos of the battle for Crete and he explained the significance of each stop along the tour. The stop at the military collector’s mini museum was excellent. There were many unique and rare items in his collection that are tied to the battle. The pace and timing of tour was just right, along with a fresh sandwich from a local shop. I would recommend this tour to any interested in the history of the battle for Crete.
Rich S
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Battle for Crete. As a former New Zealand Army officer I was very much looking forward to this tour and it did not disappoint. The whole tour was excellent and covered so much ground literally and figuratively. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and a great person to spend the day with. Being able to visit the actual battlefield sites really put so much into context. Highly recommended.
Tata C
Fantastic cooking class on Crete Everything about this experience was wonderful! The driver, Nikkoli was very knowledgeable and hospitable, the hosts for the class were gracious and warm, the good was amazing and the other guests were terrific. I am so lucky to have found this class and highly recommend!
Sue T
Relaxing excursion This was such a nice relaxing tour. Very simple and easy day! We were picked up at our hotel, it happened to be one of the pickup locations luckily. We drove to two different wineries but also made some stops along the way for cool lookout spots and even a 3,000 year old olive tree.
Sarah S
Cooking in Crete!!! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. The staff and tour were excellent. We had such a good time being taught how to cook stuffed peppers, zucchini and tomatoes. I highly recommend this tour. The food that we created was simply delicious. Just a high quality experience.
Top bloke as guide Our guide had superb knowledge about the area we went to. He was friendly and accommodating. Despite our lack of knowledge and messing this company around we still got to Di our tour.
It was a great tour! This tour allows you to learn more about the culture and history of Crete. They will explain in detail about the food and the background to it. I thought it was a little pricey due to the strong yen, but it was a valuable experience that money can't buy. I'm really glad I participated. I recommend it.
Awesome Wonderful experience. We were taken up into the mountains of Crete to a host house. Over the next 4 hours, we had a tour of the house, learned about Cretan history, had a local wine tasting, and made an incredibly delicious meal. It is vegetarian friendly and comes with a few surprises. I gained a newfound appreciation for olive oil—there can never be too much. One of the highlights of my trip.
Richard Z
A Real Cretan Cooking Experience Yannis led us on a wonderful trip to a farm in the countryside with great views, warm and gracious hosts and cooks, and a night of fun and friendship. This was well worth the time to learn about Crete style cooking and Greek history
Todd W









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