TOUR

ONE DAY CRUISE TO CHRISSI ISLAND

Ierapetra is the southernmost town of Europe, one of the most popular destinations in Crete, and the fourth biggest town of the island. For information about the culture, history and nature of the idyllic city of Ierapetra and the beautiful surrounding area, please visit: https://www.ierapetra.gr/index.php/en/
 
Our boats depart for the island of Chrissi from the port of Ierapetra. The island of Chrissi is situated approximately 9 nautical miles south of Ierapetra and it is a Wildlife Refuge. Chrissi island is a habitat of stunning natural beauty, included in the European initiative NATURA 2000.
 
TIMETABLE
Our cruises depart daily  from the port of Ierapetra, from May to October different departures from 10.00 a.m. until 12.30 p.m.and return in the afternoon, onboard the following passenger ships:«ARISTOVOULOS», « CHRYSI EXPRESS », « BALOS EXPRESS », « PORTO GRAMVOUSA».
Attention: The timetable and the ships may change according the season.  Please obtain information from our ticket offices (Tel: +30 28420 20008 and +30 28420 89988, info@chrissidailycruises.com). 

Passengers must be present at the boarding area at Ierapetra port 40 minutes before departure.

Our priority is to offer you wonderful holiday experiences in earthly paradises. Please be aware of the weather before traveling.

To protect the natural ecosystem of Chrissi island, this summer the disembarkation is close to the shore and passengers will need to swim a short distance to reach the beach.Τhe cruise gives participants the opportunity to get to know the wonderful beaches of the island, as the ship approaches near the beaches, to facilitate the access of passengers who want to reach the island by swimming. Access to the mainland of the island is prohibited.

 
 
 
TICKET PRICES without meals
•           Passengers up to 2 years old travel for free.
•           Passengers between the age of 3 and 12 pay 13€.
•           Passengers over 13 years old pay 27€.

The above-mentioned prices (no meals) include VAT, all legal fees, and a written guided tour in your language.

Book your cruise easily and quickly through our website www.cretandailycruises.com (link: https://booking.cretandailycruises.com)
and receive the tickets in your email the evening before your trip

Also, you can buy your tickets in the following ways: 
  • Upon arrival on our ships, even on the day of travel (depending on availability).
  • From all travel agencies that work with us. On the day of your trip you may give us the reservation documents provided by the travel agency and we shall give you your tickets.
  • From our ticket offices in Ierapetra, without a reservation, on the day of your trip (depending on availability).
TICKET OFFICES in IERAPETRA
1. Head office: Mich. Kothri 46 (next to the hotel EL GRECO)
2. Kyrva 25 (next to the pizzeria LA STRADA)
3. Kyrva 14 (opposite the TAXI station)
4. Nikolaou Vasarmidis & Stratigou Samuel (opposite the 1st Primary School of Ierapetra)
5. Agios Nikolaos-Ierapetra National Road (7 km before Ierapetra, ECO gas station)

You can also find a ticket office at the port of Makris Gialos -Ierapetra

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Passengers must be present at the boarding area at Ierapetra port 40 minutes before departure.
  • Τhe cruise gives participants the opportunity to get to know the wonderful beaches of the island, as the ship approaches near the beaches, to facilitate the access of passengers who want to reach the island by swimming. Access to the mainland of the island is prohibited.
  • The ship's self-service restaurant-bar is open throughout the cruise, so you can enjoy a delicious meal, salad, wine, snacks, coffee, soft drinks, ice creams, ice creams, etc. on board or take your meal in a package for your stay on the island. 
  • You may use your credit card for purchases onboard the ship.
  • A hat, sunscreen, and comfortable cloths are essential under high temperatures, especially during the summer months.
  • There is a free parking area at the port of Ierapetra.
  • Our cruises to Chrissi island and Koufonisi island are also ideal for special social events, such as weddings, parties, etc. (for information please call at +30 28420 20008 in Ierapetra).  

CRUISE DETAILED DESCRIPTION

View the island on google map.

Chrissi is a miracle of nature in the vastness of Libyan Sea. Born from the eruption of the submarine volcano that created it 350,000 years ago. 

It has an area of 4,743 square kilometers, and a maximum altitude of 27 meters. It’s an islet known for its exotic waters in all the shades of blue and green, the golden beaches -where it got its name from-, and the protected forest with the cedar trees, which are over 200 years old. Chrissi is a piece of paradise on earth, the southernmost natural park of Europe, and a gem in the Mediterranean.   

Listening to pleasant music, we travel all the way to the South, on the borders of Europe and Africa, in the embrace of the Libyan Sea, with flying companions the herring gulls, who are vigilant "guardians" of the inaccessible, island borders. The trip from the port of Ierapetra to the exotic Chrissi lasts about 1 hour.

On the island 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 cedar forest extends to the center of Chrissi, covering an area of 350,000 square meters, which is about 1/4th of the island, with an average of 14 trees per 1,000 square meters, and average age of trees 200-300 years. Those trees is a rare variety of Lebanon cedars, 1 meter tall, and with a diameter of up to 1 meter. The cedars have a root system that develops at a radius of at least double their height. Except from their large roots, they also develop a network of thinner ones that form a thick mesh that withholds the sand.

As we approach, the dark blue of the sea gives its place to increasingly light shades. Landing on the island is not temporarily allowed by boat, but the cruise gives participants the opportunity to get to know the wonderful beaches of the island, as the ship approaches near the beaches and travelers leave the ship swimming. Access to the mainland is prohibited.

The island is surrounded by shallow bays and sandy beaches covered with shells, one of the characteristic features of the island.  The options for swimming and diving in calm, turquoise waters are many. The protagonist is the beach Chrissi Ammos or Belegrina with its exotic waters, located in the north of the island. Other idyllic bays are Hatzivolakas to the northwest, Fokiospilo to the northeast, the Treis Vagies to the southeast, Kataprosopo to the east and the southern beach at "Vougiou Mati".

Depending on the weather, the ship anchors in a leeward spot near a selected beach to swim and enjoy the crystal clear waters.

Our journey will continue by sailing around island so that you have the opportunity to admire the beautiful coastline and the view of the island from the sea, enjoying a sea cruise in the exotic waters of Libyan Sea.

The colors of the rocks, which are mainly grey-green, reddish-brown, black, etc., are spectacular, while almost the entire island is covered by golden sand. The base rocks of Chrissi were created through the solidification of lava that poured out of an undersea volcano millions of years ago. The 49 species of fossils (corals, shells, barnacles, urchins) found on the island come from the sea. They were imprinted on the volcanic rocks 350,000-70,000 years ago, when Chrissi was still underwater. The northern shores (Belegrina, Hatzivolakas, Kataprosopo) are filled with shells. Especially on the east side of the northern beach, the amount of shells is so big that the view is overwhelming.

Nearby from a selected beach depending on the weather, the ship will anchor again to give you the opportunity to enjoy the exotic waters and if you want to reach the beach by swimming.

The ship's self-service restaurant-bar is open throughout the cruise, so you can enjoy a delicious meal, salad, wine, snacks, coffee, soft drinks, ice creams, ice creams, etc. on board . 

The preservation of the island’s natural environment, beyond the moral dimensions, is imposed through a strict national and European institutional protection system.

Thus, the following are prohibited:
  • Any kind of pollution
  • Hiking outside the beaches. Access to the mainland is prohibited.
  • The collection of rocks, fossils, shells and ancient finds
  • The collection of plants and animal catching
  • Free camping
  • Starting a fire
  • Smoking around bushes and woodlands

The dream trip, the beautiful images of nature, swimming in the crystal clear sea complete an unforgettable experience.

Relaxation, serenity, and a sense of tropical adventure! 

Incredible destination…

Have a great time!