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THE BEACH PRIVATE TRAIL TOUR – 15K

beach trail 15k
A trail run next to the wild shores of Grambousa Peninsula to the most photographed beach of Crete, Balos, is the perfect way to enjoy this turquoise paradise lagoon and avoid the crowds of tourists.
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TOUR DETAILS

  • Tour Type

    private tour
  • Tour Distance

    15 km / 9.3 mi
  • Tour Duration

    2h
  • Level of Difficulty

    moderate
  • Tour pace

    individual
  • Tour days

    Sun
  • Start times

    Depends on the meeting point:
    Heraklion: 4:30 AM
    Chania: 6:30 AM
    Kissamos: 7:00 AM
  • Tour Language

    English, Greek (optional)

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Details

The tour begins at Kissamos Village early in the morning. Modern Kissamos or Kastelli is a town with a long and rich history. It stands on the site of ancient Kissamos, a flourishing, independent city with its own coinage and extensive trading links. Mentioned by Ptolemy as "Kissamos Polis", it prospered particularly during the Roman and Byzantine periods.. As we reach the outskirts of the village we run on dirt road and small trails with amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea. We will run 15km in the beautifully wild and remote Gramvousa Peninsula and follow the eastern slope of Geroskinos Mountain until we reach one of the most famous beaches in the world. Balos beach and the shallow turquoise waters of the looping lagoons create magical scenery that will over-load your camera’s memory card.

There is an islet which forms part of a cape, through the lagoon, called Cape Tigani (which means "frying pan" in Greek. Swim almost alone in this paradise set and leave as soon as the first ferries arrive. We will talk about Cretan history and culture, Greek Mythology and interesting updates from the world known contemporary Greek debt crisis.

Your guide will bring enough water and traditional Greek energy snacks (pasteli or similar) After our swim we will drive you back to the meeting point with the support vehicle that will accompany us during our run.

Depending on the meeting point, the over all tour duration can take half a day, including transportation from and back to the meeting point.

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MORE TOUR INFO

  • Pick-up service:
    Pick-up service from your hotel/apartment or another meeting point is possible and will be checked by the tour provider individually.
    If your hotel/apartment should be too far away from the city centre or not close to the tour route, then we will meet you at one of our standard meeting points for this running tour.

    Standard meeting point:
    Depending on where you are staying, we have the following point options:

    #1 Kastelli Kissamos Old Port, Kissamos Sofokli
    Google Maps link: Kastelli Kissamos Old Port

    #2 Old market of Chania
    Google Maps link: Old market of Chania

    #3 Venizelos statue – Eleftherias Square, Heraklion
    Google Maps link: Statue of Eleftherios Venizelos

    Depending on where you stay on Crete, we will then check then options for the meeting point and if we can meet you directly in front of your hotel/apartement main entrance.

    Meeting details:
    The tour provider will get in contact with you to provide you with more detailed information after the tour was booked.
    Please, bring along your mobile phone in case we need to contact each other.

    • Private guide/tour
    • Individual pace
    • Digital photos
    • Pick-up service
    • Water supply
    • Snacks
  • WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THE WEATHER?
    Crete has a climate of Mediterranean type. That means that it can be really hot through summer, even though winters are mild. This of course can change, depending on the time of the day, the period of the year or the altitude. You will find quite accurate forecasting at the websites mentioned below [https://www.mountain-forecast.com/, www.freemeteo.gr], whereas you can also always ask us for more information.

    WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
    We are quite sure that every runner has a collection of training clothes well suited to his special needs. Whether we speak about shorts, tights, hats, bandanas, base layers or t-shirts, every runner has his own style – remember, as you are on vacations, except of the weather conditions there are no other rules on what you will wear! Of course, when a tour has some special characteristics (ie trail), you will be informed in time.

    WHAT SHOULD I HAVE WITH ME?
    Go Running Tours Crete is not a race, nor a training program. Of course, some specific tours are hard while others are quite easy. As we do private tours the pace of the tour is determined by our guest. Be sure that we will find a tour that suits to your special needs, in order for you to be able to run with us through our beautiful island.

    I WANT TO PARTICIPATE, BUT I DO NOT KNOW IF I CAN?
    Go Running Tours Crete is not a race, nor a training program. Of course some specific tours are hard while others are quite easy. As we do private tours, the pace of the tour is determined by our guest. Be sure that we will find a tour that suits to your special needs, in order for you to be able to run with us through our beautiful island.

    DO YOU HAVE A HOTEL PICK-UP SERVICE?
    Pick-up service from your hotel/apartment or another meeting point is possible and will be checked by the tour provider individually.
    If your hotel/apartment should be too far away from the city centre or not close to the tour route, then we will meet you at our standard meeting point.

    WHAT ABOUT FOOD/WATER/TOILET?
    We will always have water with us. When the duration of a tour makes that necessary, we will bring small snacks. Do have in mind that Crete is a very developed and traveler-friendly place, and so we do not run the risk to find ourselves out of supplies in any occasion.

  • If you need to cancel a booked service, it is mandatory to email Go! Running Tours by respondng on the booking confirmation email or via our contact form: Get in contact with us.

    You are entitled to cancel your booking up to 4 workdays before the booked tour date, free of charge. There will be in this case be a full refund of the tour and service fees.

    If you cancel a booking between 3 and 0 days before the booked tour date, or if you do not attend the tour, there will be no refund.

    If the tour provider is not able to accept the tour, or if the tour provider was not able to carry out the booked tour, Go! Running Tours guarantess a full refund of the tour and service fees.
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We recommend to book your running tour minimum 2-3 days before your preferred tour date. Especially during the different high seasons, when many guests like to join our runs.
That will give the guide/city manager enough time to arrange together with you the last tour details like the meeting point, start time and to organize a personal tour guide for your unique and fun running experience.
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  • 9. Guides will arrange tour details with you
  • 10. Tour is confirmed and set

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  • We guarantee your money until you have done the tour! In case of that the tour can't be arranged or any other not self-inflicted circumstance, we will provide a full refund within 24h.

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