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    Daily Cruise from Ierapetra port (Crete) to Chryssi Island

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    Duration:
    6 hrs
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    English & Ελληνικά (Greek)
    Group activity: Up to 200 people
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    Description

    The tour from Ierapetra to the uninhabited paradise of Chryssi (or Gaidouronissi) is organized daily from May to the end of October.

    The islet of Chryssi (or Gaidouronissi) is situated approximately 9 nautical miles south of Ierapetra. Due to its incredible natural beauty and important ecosystem, it has been included in the European initiative NATURA 2000. It has an area of 4.743 square kilometres and a maximum altitude of 27 meters. It is known for its exotic waters in all shades of blue and green, golden beaches and the protected cedar forest which is over 200 years old. Chryssi is a piece of paradise on earth and the southernmost natural park in Europe.

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    With soft music playing in the background, we will be sailing in the emerald waters of the Libyan Sea, accompanied by seagulls and dolphins. The trip from the port of Ierapetra to the exotic Chryssi lasts about 1 hour.

    Chryssi does not have roads or shops, because is Wildlife Refuge included in the European initiative Nature 2000. The ship's self-service restaurant is open throughout the cruise, so you can enjoy a delicious meal, salad, snacks, drinks, coffee, ice creams, etc. on board or take away your meal in a package.

    You will anchor on the south side of the island and its only port. The nearby beach is ideal for swimming and relaxation.
    The cedar forest extends to the centre of Chryssi, covering an area of 350,000 square meters, which is about 1/4 of the island, with an average of 14 trees per 1,000 square meters, and an average age of trees 200-300 years. Those trees are a rare variety of Lebanon cedar with a root system that develops at a radius of at least double their height. The path through the forest and the dunes are simply magical.

    At the point of disembarkation, there is a path that goes through the cedar forest and ends up on an exotic beach with thousands of shells, named Belegrina or Chryssi Ammos (Golden Sand in Greek).
    The colors of the rocks here are spectacular, while almost the entire island is covered by golden sand. The base rocks of Chryssi were created through the solidification of lava that poured out of the undersea volcano, millions of years ago. The fossils found on the island come from the sea and were imprinted on the volcanic rocks 350.000 years ago when the island was still underwater.

    If you walk west of Belegrina, the next beach you will see is Hatzivolakas. This is a more quiet area, against a rockier landscape, with the beach surrounded by large cedars. West of Hatzivolakas there are traces of a Minoan settlement that prospered from the trade of Porphyra, which is the popular red pigment used for dying royal clothes. Recently, the biggest laver farm in the Mediterranean was discovered there.

    The scenic chapel of Agios Nikolaos and the island's lighthouse are located right there. On the northeast of the church, there is an old salt marsh and the island's only house, built atop ancient remnants. Another beautiful pristine beach is Kataprosopo, which faces the Mikronissi islet, on the east of Chryssi, and is a habitat for thousands of birds.

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    Price list

    • Adults (13+ yrs)
      50 Euros

    • Children (3-12 yrs)
      25 Euros

    • Infants (0-2 yrs)
      Free

    Times

    Start time: 11:00 am
    6 hrs
    End time: 5:00 pm

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    Your email ticket will contain all the information you need for an easy and smooth experience. You’ll get contact details, meeting point or pick up details with a Google map, our direct line (in case you need it) and much more.
    Meet at Ierapetra port at 10:30

    Important information

    • There is a free parking area at the port of Ierapetra.
    • There are no roads in these areas so it can be hard for people with limited mobility.
    • Before disembarking in Chryssi, please ask the time of departure and be there 10' before.
    • Passengers must be present at the embarkation area 45 minutes before the departure.
    • The restaurant/bar (self-service) is open throughout the cruise, offering a wide selection of salads, toast, sandwiches, soft drinks, pastries, pizzas, beers, wine, ice cream, coffee, etc. (extra).
    • On the day of your trip you will give the reservation documents provided by us to the cruise company and they will give you your tickets.
    • 1. The main offices are located at a distance of 1 kilometer from the town square, on the main street (226, Iroon Polytechniou ) which leads to the port (free parking).
    • 2. At the port of Kissamos (Kavonisi), in front of the boats.
    • You need to be at the meeting point 40 minutes before your trip to receive your ticket.

    Please bring with you

    Sunscreen
    Beach towel
    Comfortable shoes and clothes
    Transfer information
    Cancel up to 24hrs prior for a 100% refund
    • Contact us at least 24hrs before the commencement of your excursion and we will organize a refund of your full payment.
    • The time for the payment to arrive in your account will vary depending on your bank, but typically it is about a week.
    • In order to combat fraud, we will not proceed with the refund until we can see the money for the payment in our account.

    Location

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    Marina Ierapetra
    Ierapetra port, Crete, Cyclades, 72200,
    Greece

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    Chrysi island Crete

    Itinerary

    • Departure from the port of Ierapetra
      11:30

    • Enjoyable trip in the emerald waters of the Libyan Sea
      11:30-12:30

    • We approach the north beach Belegrina ( Golden Βeach ) *. The ship shall moor nearby, giving you the chance to swim in the turquoise blue waters. Swimm stop. Meal.
      12:30-14:30

    • We are sailing around the island admiring its wonderful coastline.
      14:30-15:00

    • The ship will anchor on the south side of the island, giving you the opportunity to swim in the blue waters of the beach "Vougiou Mati" * Swimm stop.
      15:00-16:30

    • Departure to Ierapetra
      16:30

    • After this exciting, fun day at sea, we arrive at the port of Ierapetra
      17:30

    FAQs

    When will I get my ticket?
    We will confirm availability within 1 day or less. Once availability has been confirmed, will we then ask you to pay by sending you an email with a payment link. Please pay promptly to ensure your booking goes ahead.
    What happens if the weather is bad?
    In case the weather is bad and for your safety your excursion is cancelled you will first be offered the chance to reschedule. If, for whatever reason you can't or don't want to reschedule - including, simply, your wishes, we will then immediately process a 100% refund of your booking. Without any extra fees or charges. No hassle no fuss.

    Rarely, bad weather may also mean that, for your safety, a different itinerary is used. Here, no refund is possible. The tour organizer will always offer an equivelant itinerary taking the same amount of time and visiting equally impressive places (just those not so prone to bad weather) and offering an equally enjoyable experience that you are sure to treasure.

    Can I pay on arrival?
    It is not possible to pay on arrival. The only way to secure a booking is to make a reservation beforehand.

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    3.5
    Based on 99 Reviews
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    rd-sj
    October 24, 2020

    Something new!

    Something new!

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    G.T.N.
    August 20, 2020

    Simple boat tour

    Simple boat tour

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    817Anne
    September 18, 2019

    Nice trip and great snorkelling

    Nice trip and great snorkelling

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    J Day
    June 17, 2019

    Excellent fun

    Excellent fun

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    Scotsgirl877
    October 14, 2018

    Absolutely amazing!!!

    Absolutely amazing!!!

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    Debbie-Jay F
    September 25, 2018

    Pirate ship

    Pirate ship

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    Kim C
    August 29, 2018

    Fun day out

    Fun day out

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    Lydia B
    July 2, 2018

    Lovely day out

    Lovely day out

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    CazEllie
    September 23, 2017

    Go on a quiet day.

    Go on a quiet day.

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    KristinaYH
    August 30, 2017

    Beautiful day trip off the coast of Crete

    Beautiful day trip off the coast of Crete

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    danishtraveler42
    August 22, 2017

    Great way to spend a day on the water

    Great way to spend a day on the water

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    Evelyn G
    July 30, 2017

    Beautiful day to remember

    Beautiful day to remember

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    Matthew S
    July 28, 2017

    Great cruise

    Great cruise

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    Betty C
    July 8, 2017

    I love it

    I love it

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    stephaniefines
    June 10, 2017

    Beautiful Island!

    Beautiful Island!

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    Richard D
    December 29, 2016

    Secret Island - Pirate ship tour with possibility to do swimming/snorkling and sunbathing

    Secret Island - Pirate ship tour with possibility to do swimming/snorkling and sunbathing

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    MichaelJC747
    September 21, 2016

    Time out on the big blue

    Time out on the big blue

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    MM1973
    August 25, 2016

    Cruise to paradise beaches

    Cruise to paradise beaches

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    Maor_Gilboa-Linn
    August 23, 2016

    YO HO HO !!!

    YO HO HO !!!

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    klp-travelling
    July 31, 2016

    Swimming in the ocean is different than the beach

    Swimming in the ocean is different than the beach

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    mamaxantia
    July 28, 2016

    Fantastic day out!

    Fantastic day out!

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