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Cruise to Chrissi Island & Ierapetra town

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Trip highlights

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Enjoy a morning bus drive through the East coast to Ierapetra
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Sail to Chrissi Island through the Libyan Sea
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Swim in crystal clear waters
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Discover the golden sand beaches and natural cedar forests of the island (attention: only if you swim to the shore as as mooring boats are not allowed)
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Wonder at Ierapetra, the most southern town of Europe


Don’t miss a cruise to Chrissi Island, also known as Gaidouronisi.

Chrissi is a small, uninhabited Greek island located in the Libyan Sea, just south of Crete. Immerse yourself in a day of enchantment around Chrissi, a captivating natural landscape embraced by the turquoise waters of the Libyan Sea in the Mediterranean. Chrissi Island is recognized as an "area of intense natural beauty" under the Natura 2000 Networking Programme. This protected island offers a heaven of natural scenery. Bask in the crystal-clear waters for a refreshing swim, and relish every moment in this extraordinary destination.

Chrissi Island is famous for its stunning Golden Beach, a stretch of golden sand that meets crystal-clear turquoise waters. This beach is an ideal spot for sunbathing, swimming, and relaxing. Another unique feature of Chrissi Island is its natural cedar forest, which is one of the largest in Europe. You can take a walk through this serene forest and enjoy the peaceful ambiance. Last but not least, the island is also known for its unique fossils and shell fossils. You can find various types of shells scattered along the beaches, some of which are remnants of ancient sea life.

Due to its unique ecosystem and natural beauty, conservation efforts have been implemented to preserve the island's fragile environment. As a result, certain activities may be restricted to protect the island's biodiversity and natural resources. Please note that access to the island is only permitted by swimming to the shore, as mooring boats are not allowed. Once ashore, you can immerse yourself in the stunning beaches and wander through the captivating cedar forests.

If you enjoy serene environments, picturesque landscapes, and natural beauty, then a cruise to Chrissi Island can be a wonderful experience. Book now and enjoy!

Duration of trip
Total Duration of the tour: 10 hours
Mobile ticketing
Simply present your digital voucher to either the guide or the driver, and they will be ready to assist you accordingly.
Pickup - Available
Our pick-up service covers different points, including hotels and bus stops. After making your booking, we will reach out to inform you about the specific location and time for the pick-up that is convenient for your accommodation.
Free cancellation
In order to obtain a full refund, it is necessary to cancel your reservation at least 48 hours before the scheduled event or booking.
Covid 19 requirements
Currently, there are no specific requirements for participating in the tour. However, please note that if the government's COVID regulations mandate any specific requirements, we will contact you to inform you accordingly.

Tour schedule

6:25 - 8:50

For the morning pick-up, we will start gathering participants from designated pick-up points. The exact pick-up time will vary based on the location of your hotel or apartment.

We will enjoy a journey by bus from Heraklion to Ierapetra.

The first stop is going to be the town of Ierapetra.

Ierapetra is the southernmost and warmest town in Europe and serves as the departure point for the boat trip to Chrissi Island. Board the boat and set sail across the Libyan Sea to the uninhabited island.

The cruise will start at 11:00 am and it will last for about 6 hours.

Chrissi island:

Upon arrival at Chrissi Island, you will have plentiful time to immerse yourself in the crystalline waters that envelop the island. Dive from the boat into the inviting sea, relish in refreshing swims, and bask in the natural beauty of the island's pristine beaches if you want to swim to the shore! As part of the experience, the boat will also embark on a leisurely cruise around the captivating island of Chrissi, granting you breathtaking views and opportunities to capture the island's scenic places.

During the cruise, lunch will be served on board the boat (extra charge), providing a delightful meal to savor amidst the tranquil surroundings (please consult your guide on the bus for the option to purchase lunch in advance at a discounted price). Alternatively, you can also avail yourself of snacks and drinks from the onboard snack bar, ensuring you stay refreshed throughout the excursion.

The cruise ends at 17:00 when the boat will arrive back to Ierapetra.

After we finish the cruise we will enjoy free time in Ierapetra for about 30 minutes.

Enjoy a brief period of free time to stroll along the beautiful beach road.

Please note that the timings and itinerary are subject to change based on unforeseen circumstances or weather conditions.

As described before, kindly be aware that access to the island is only permitted by swimming to the shore, as mooring boats are not allowed. Once ashore, you can immerse yourself in the stunning beaches and wander through the captivating cedar forests, experiencing the island's remarkable charm firsthand.


At the conclusion of the tour, participants will board the buses and return to their respective points where they were initially picked up in the morning. The duration of the return journey to each hotel may vary depending on traffic conditions and the specific pick-up locations for each participant.

Extra information

  • ​Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Comfortable transportation in an air-conditioned bus​ ​
  • Professional driver
  • Experienced tour guide to provide insightful information
  • Boat tickets for the ​cruise around Chrissi Island
  • All applicable taxes and legal fees
Not Included
  • Food & Beverages
  • Lunch on Board (please consult your guide on the bus for the option to purchase lunch in advance at a discounted price)
What to bring
  • Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit / Beach Towel
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
  • During the entire duration of the journey on the boat, the snack bar will be open, offering refreshments and snacks for purchase.
  • Your tour guide will be there to assist you while on the ferry and on the bus.
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