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Balos Beach and Lagoon Tours and Tickets

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Bridging the gap between the wild Gramvousa Peninsula and the idyllic Cape Tigani, Balos Beach is a startlingly blue lagoon, framed by jagged sea cliffs and pristine pink and white sand beaches. A pocket of paradise, Balos Beach is one of Crete’s most photographed natural beaches.

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Gramvousa and Balos Day Cruise from Chania

Gramvousa and Balos Day Cruise from Chania

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Balos Beach and Gramvousa Island are considered among Crete’s top attractions, but organizing transportation to visit independently cuts into valuable sightseeing and sunbathing time. On this tour, reach both sites with ease by air-conditioned coach in a day and discover the natural beauty of Crete. Follow winding walking routes at your leisure, soak up the rays by the lagoon, and upgrade to enjoy pickup and drop-off at your Chania hotel.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.83
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$75.83

Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay Full-Day Tour from Chania

Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay Full-Day Tour from Chania

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Enjoy some of Crete’s most beautiful beaches without the self-drive hassles on this guided small-group tour. Travel direct from your door to Kissamos, where you board a boat for Balos Beach and Lagoon, then savor the soft white sands. Next, ride a boat to Gramvousa Island (own expense), swim in the clear waters, and opt to hike to the 16th-century fortress. Your guide will drop you directly to your door.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.68
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$20.68

Full-Day Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island Cruise Tour from Kissamos

Full-Day Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island Cruise Tour from Kissamos

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With so many islands and hidden beaches in Greece, it can be hard to shortlist the best places to visit. Save the research time and go to Balos Lagoon—an unspoiled nature spot situated between Cape Tigani and the Gramvousa peninsula. The trip takes roughly one hour from Kissamos with plenty to explore—from cliffs to hills to pristine golden beaches. Also, visit Gramvousa Fortress—a castle that dates back to 1579 and offers incredible panoramic views.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.72
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$28.72

Private fishing trip Chania, Crete (price is per group)

Private fishing trip Chania, Crete (price is per group)

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Have you ever imagined going on a spearfishing or fishing trip and catching that big fish you have always wanted? With our experienced captains you’ll finally be able to catch that big fish you’ve always dreamt of! You’ll be able to either fish from our RIB or go spearfishing and freediving. After that, we’ll dine all together on board of our RIB with your freshly caught fish! Get ready for this new adventure! The hours depend if you pick full or half-day trips.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$459.57
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$459.57
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Full-Day Guided Tour to Gramvousa Island with Hotel Pickup

Full-Day Guided Tour to Gramvousa Island with Hotel Pickup

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Take a full-day sightseeing cruise to Gramvousa Island from Rethymnon, Georgioupolis or Chania.  This convenient, budget-friendly outing includes hotel pickup and drop off for an all-day sun, sand and sea adventure. See the Venetian Castles, swim in the Balos Lagoon, sunbathe on sandy beaches, explore the caves at Kissamos Bay, and enjoy views of Agria Gramvousa and Vouxa Cape from the water.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.13
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$78.13

Skip the Line: Heraklion Archaeological Museum Entrance Ticket

Skip the Line: Heraklion Archaeological Museum Entrance Ticket

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The Heraklion Archaeological Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Minoan artifacts, making it one of Europe’s greatest and a must-see for history buffs. This skip-the-line entrance ticket is worth prebooking to save you time and hassle in Crete’s capital, and enable you to avoid long ticket-purchase lines. Once inside, you’re free to view the 15,000-plus exhibits from Knossos, Neolithic, and Roman times, as you wish, at your own pace.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$10.91
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$10.91

Palace of Knossos: Pre-booked e-Ticket and Audio Tour on Your Phone

Palace of Knossos: Pre-booked e-Ticket and Audio Tour on Your Phone

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Instead of tying yourself to a large group tour with a rigid itinerary, take your time exploring the ancient Minoan capital of Knossos with this private audio tour. Visit the remarkable Palace of Knossos and many other highlights of this archeological site, including South Propylaeum and the West Magazines. Leave the guidebooks behind and learn about the culture and lifestyles of people living in Minoan Crete from your audio guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.53
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$19.53

Gramvousa and Balos Cruise from Chania (Boat ticket is included!)

Gramvousa and Balos Cruise from Chania (Boat ticket is included!)

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After we pick you up from various locations around Chania we will drive through West Crete until we reach the Kissamos port. After approximately 1 hour, the boat arrives at the port of Gramvousa. On top of a steep rock on the highest point of the island, lays the Venetian castle built during the late 16th century. You will have plenty of time to explore the island and swim in its coast before we board the boat that will take us to the Balos lagoon. Fantastic azure waters fill the lagoon creating an rare amalgamation of serenity and ild natural beauty. At around 16:30 we will board the boat back to the port of Kissamos and eventually return by bus to the designated spots you were picked up from.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.38
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$72.38

Private Boat Trip Kissamos Balos (price per group - up to 9 people)

Private Boat Trip Kissamos Balos (price per group - up to 9 people)

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Discover Crete and its surrounding islands. Experience the Mediterranean sea, just like us Greeks! We are a group of experienced skippers who joined together in a mission of introducing travellers to the world of Greek seas and hospitality. The duration depends on the choice of trip you will make from 4 to 7 hours. ***ASK US FOR MORE DESTINATIONS AND EXPERIENCES***
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$412.44
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$412.44
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Gramvousa from Rethymno

Gramvousa from Rethymno

On the New road, the bus takes you west through the outskirts of Chania to the port of Kastelli. Here, a boat will take you to the small island gramvoussa with its imposing Venetian castle and breathtaking views. After 2 hours of stay the boat will take you to the lagoon of Balos. The fabulous clear water of the lagoon and the white coral sand makes an irresistible paradise for all guests.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.57
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$27.57

Full-Day Balos Beach and Gramvousa Island Tour from Rethymno

Full-Day Balos Beach and Gramvousa Island Tour from Rethymno

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The Exotic Side Of Crete The magnificent scenery you will see from the wild island of Gramvousa will be a vivid memory for all your life. The waters, sand, the cluster of islands will remind you of the Caribbean but believe me, this is BALOS. Checkincreta travel agency has prepared the schedule for you, departure from your hotel, arrival to Kasteli, departure by boat and return back to your hotel. You just have fun… In a distance about 2 hours of Rethymno, we will arrive at Kasteli, where we will take the ship to go to Gramvousa firstly and then at the beach of Balos. Don’t forget to bring your gym shoes so that you can climb easily at the top of the island and make the tour of the Castle just to enjoy the unique view watching the endless blue of Cretan sea.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.23
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$17.23

Balos Lagoon & Falassarna Beach - Luxury Jeep Tour with Lunch (Semi Private)

Balos Lagoon & Falassarna Beach - Luxury Jeep Tour with Lunch (Semi Private)

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On this small-group tour, travel in a luxury four-wheel drive vehicle to off-road locations that you wouldn’t be able to access by bus or minibus. Venture from Kaliviani village to the spectacular Balos lagoon and Falassarna beach. As an extra perk, a sunbed is reserved for you on the beach, and lunch is provided at a local restaurant with beer or wine.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.85
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$160.85

Sea Kayak & Snorkel tours in West Crete

Sea Kayak & Snorkel tours in West Crete

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Depending on your level of ability - and the local weather at the time of booking - Fit in Crete can suggest a kayak and/or snorkel tour that will suit you. With many years of experience sea kayaking and snorkelling around West Crete we can choose the location & the sights so you have a great day! Make sure to contact us to clarify the details of your trip when booking.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.94
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$68.94

Private Boat Trip Chania - Balos (price is per group-up to 9 people)

Private Boat Trip Chania - Balos (price is per group-up to 9 people)

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Discover Crete and its surrounding islands. Experience the Mediterranean sea, just like us Greeks! We are a group of experienced skippers who joined together in a mission of introducing travellers to the world of Greek seas and hospitality. We offer snorkelling equipment free of charge and we have snacks and drinks included. ***ASK US FOR MORE DESTINATIONS AND EXPERIENCES***
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$919.14
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$919.14
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E-bike (Electric Mountain Bike) Rental or Guided tour in West Crete

E-bike (Electric Mountain Bike) Rental or Guided tour in West Crete

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E-biking with Fit in Crete makes cycling accessible for everyone, especially on the hilly terrain of Crete. The quiet electric motor acts like a helping hand pushing you along, you only need to be able to ride a normal bike, and there is no need to be super fit. Everyone can enjoy the wild scenery and rugged coasts, cycle through traditional villages, be entertained by goats trying to move out the way, admire incredible views from the hilltops or just enjoy feeling the wind in your hair as you cycle along quiet, little known roads full of nature.
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  • 1 to 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.68
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$74.68

Day Cruise to Gramvousa & Balos

Day Cruise to Gramvousa & Balos

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Find yourself on a bus tour towards the west edge of Crete, where your sailing trip begins to the “Pirates Island”, Gramvousa. Swim in the lagoon of Balos and enjoy a relaxing nevertheless unique experience of a natural beauty point of interest.
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  • 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.64
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$66.64

Gramvousa and Balos 5h beach included Boat and Lunch

Gramvousa and Balos 5h beach included Boat and Lunch

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Starting early, heading west and after a short breakfast stop near Rethymnon, driving past Chania, we reach the port of Kissamos. Here we take our boat for approximately a one hour pleasant sail along the coastline. Arriving in the port of the ex­-pirate island of Gramvousa we hear how, during the Turkish occupation, the residents of the island started looting passing boats thus giving the island its pirate reputation. It is a protected biotope and is host to more than 400 plant species and over 100 birds species. Don’t miss out on a visit to the Venetian castle on top of a steep rock as this is one of the most impressive castles in Greece. There is plenty of time for swimming or lunch on board. Our boat then departs for the Blue Lagoon of Balos, a shallow and warm water lagoon which brings to mind similar lagoons in the Caribbean. Here the crystal­ clear, azure coloured sea water in combination with the white sand makes this place unique.
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  • 14 to 18 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.83
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$75.83

Gramvoussa - Balos

Gramvoussa - Balos

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Nature and history lovers will enjoy this action-packed day tour to Gramvoussa and Balos. Visit some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, watch birds on the uninhabited island of Gramvoussa, and cool off with a swim in the lagoon at Balos. Learn about the history of Gramvoussa and find out why it’s nicknamed Pirates’ Island.
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.25
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$48.25

Gramvousa and Balos Private Tour from Chania

Gramvousa and Balos Private Tour from Chania

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A great trip for any Chania visitor is the mini-cruise to Gramvousa and Balos! Our trip starts at your hotel or a location in its vicinity, with our bus. Our destination is the port of Kisamos. As soon as we reach the port, you go aboard the ship to set out on the cruise. The ship departs from the port at 10:20. An hour later you reach the small island of Gramvousa. The ship stays at the island for two hours. The castle of Gramvousa is to be found at the top of the island… built by Venetians on top of some steep cliffs in order to act as a fortification protecting the island, today it offers visitors a panoramic view to the amazingly blue waters of the Cretan sea. If you wish so, you can climb up the path to the castle, if not, you can stay on the beach and swim. (Climbing will take you at least 20 min to reach the castle. Proper hiking shoes are a must!).The ship departs from Gramvousa Island at 13:30, the breath-taking lagoon of Balos being its destination…
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$402.12
Price varies by group size
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$402.12
Price varies by group size

PRIVATE TOUR by 4x4 to Balos lagoon and Falassarna beach

PRIVATE TOUR by 4x4 to Balos lagoon and Falassarna beach

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Explore the endless blue! The perfect combination tour for beach lovers including a visit to the Balos lagoon viewpoint and the Falassarna beach while your local guide shares with you his vast knowledge about the island.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$218.30
Price varies by group size
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$218.30
Price varies by group size

Full-Day Gramvousa and Balos Tour from Rethymno

Full-Day Gramvousa and Balos Tour from Rethymno

An intriguing history surrounding by azure waters! This is an opportunity to see the rare geological formations of the Western coast of Crete, combined with a visit to the island of Gramvousa, famous for its pirate castle and the lagoon of Balos across from it.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.72
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$28.72

Spearfishing in Chania, Crete (price is per group)

Spearfishing in Chania, Crete (price is per group)

I'm Panagiotis and I have started fishing at the age of 5 years old. I remember myself going with my father, who was my first teacher for spearfishing. I have been at the sea from such a very young age and my ability to dive deep, gave me the advantage to learn quickly about the habits of fish. I became a freediver and a freediver-instructor. Now, I want to teach you how to free-dive and go spearfishing to catch that big fish you have always been dreaming of! Even if you are not experienced in spearfishing you can always observe me going for spearfishing. I'll catch your fish and then we'll grill it on board of our RIB boat and dine all together! Are you ready for this experience to live like a local Cretan?
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$626.03
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$626.03
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Balos Aquatic Desert Escape - Chauffeur-Driven Private Tour from Elounda

Balos Aquatic Desert Escape - Chauffeur-Driven Private Tour from Elounda

A plethora of majestic beaches in Greece can be found in difficult-to-access paradises. Balos lagoon (listed in the top 25 beaches of the world) - with its white soft sands, exotic azure waters, and the isolated rugged breathtaking landscape - is not an exception! Enjoy this full-day chauffeur-driven jeep tour, with a private local insider guide, ultimate comfort, and privacy. The exclusive conduction of this day-trip is that you will reach Balos from its hill-side, which means you do not have to stick with the schedule of ferries and tourist masses from Kissamos port.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$896.16
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$896.16
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Balos

Balos

Take the opportunity and explore one of the best-known features on Crete. Enjoy a day filled with scenery of unparallel beauty and swim in turquoise waters. Discover the place where time has stopped.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$742.39
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$742.39
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Balos Beach and Lagoon can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Balos Beach and Lagoon costs USD 10.91. Guided Balos Beach and Lagoon tours start around USD 10.91 per person.
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