EN ES

secure EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE

secureSECURE BOOKING

secure EASY RESERVATION


RUN URBAN - SEE THE WORLD

PRIVATE EXTENDED HERAKLION CITY TOUR – 15 KM

heraklion 15k
A private running tour suitable for more advanced runners – after this run, Heraklion shall keep no secrets for you!
run fun sights

TOUR DETAILS

  • Tour Type

    private tour
  • Tour Distance

    15 km / 9.3 mi
  • Tour Duration

    2h15min
  • Level of Difficulty

    moderate
  • Tour pace

    individual
  • Tour days

    Mon - Sun
  • Start times

    Mon - Sun: 6:00 - 6:30 AM
    Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
  • Tour Language

    English, Greek (optional)

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Details

Heraklion was founded as the seaport of Knossos, the very center of Minoan civilization, and evolved to be the most important city for all the different rulers of the island of Crete. Through the centuries, these civilizations left behind their markings, some of which are invisible at present while others are still well preserved – and all together combine to give Heraklion its complex character and unique personality. Regard modern Heraklion as the evolution of the mythical Labyrinth – as a maze outlined by great walls and Venetian castles. These boundaries surround cathedrals, fountains, statues and other historical monuments, libraries and museums – as well as University and Olympic infrastructures, modern cafés, abandoned industrial buildings and hidden neighborhoods full of urban legends. It is this very aspect of Heraklion we would like to introduce you on this run – will you join us?

Our run will begin at Eleftheria’s Square, the largest free area of the historical center of Heraklion and one of the most important reference points of the city. It is also known as “The three Arcs”, after three Venetian gates that used to be there – the arcs are not saved today, but even so, the old name of the place prevailed. Eleftheria’s Square changed many forms through last decades, and played always a crucial part in city’s life - as the traditional meeting point for a walk or coffee break, as the place where all the protests begun, as an exhibition center, as a place ideal for skating or biking. Our run will begin there, as an ideal place for warming up, and getting to know one another.

We will continue through Georgiade’s Park, running under the trees, in order to get into the Moat that surrounds the outer part of the Walls. As a matter of fact, it was never flooded by water as it was originally designed – however, we can let our imagination run free and picture it as it was supposed to be. With no trees at all, filled by the Cretan sea, impressive and startling, it should be a spectacle to remember… After this small heating, we will be ready to get outside the Moat, enter the city through Jesus’ Gate and run on Bastione Vitturi, in order to get on the Walls for first time. We will run following a quite wide trail that inclines over Jesus’ Gate until Bastione di Gesu – there we will for the first time have a great view of Heraklion from above. We will continue running on the Walls following a flat trail, surpass two open-air theaters placed in the Moat (Nikos Kazantzakis’ Garden Theater and Manos Chatzidakis’ Theater, two places strictly attached to cultural events of Heraklion) and Municipality Herbs Garden and we will reach Bastione di Martinengo. Nikos Kazantzakis, one of the greatest writers of Greece was buried there, staring at the Cretan Sea and his beloved homeland in eternity.

We will continue running on the Walls, passing by Municipality’s open air cinema, Eleftherias Stadium (most of Cretan runners and track athletes made there their first steps…) and Chanioporta, city’s greatest gate. There, our trail will decline until Bastione di Saint Andreas, where Walls meat the seaside. The view there is unobstructed. Psiloritis, the tallest mountain of the island, Strumbulas, the pyramid shaped mountain, Giouchtas, sleeping Zeus’ head, surround the city – while the island of Dia, the legendary petrified sea-monster, prevails on the northern horizon. Our run will continue downhill on the Walls, and we enter the city once again. We will run backwards through the inner part of the Walls, we will pass an abandoned barrack and we will cross impressive Chanioprta to get outside Old Town. The main avenue follows the Moat on the outer perimeter of the Walls and we will follow it until we get by the seafront once again. At this point, our run will continue by the seaside, turning west, away from city’s center. Coastal face of Heraklion used to be neglected for decades, hidden by industrial infrastructures and large warehouses. By the beginning of 20th century, it was totally reformed and today, almost nothing reminds us of this past. A wide pathway welcomes daily numerous visitors, who enjoy the refreshing sea breeze. We will run through this pathway, adorned by graffities, fountains and playgrounds, until we will meet Pancretan Stadium, which was constructed in order to accommodate 2004’s Olympic Games.

Our run will return to once again arrive in the Old Town, following the seafront. Venetian Walls used to surround Heraklion – however, the northern part of the Wall is not preserved in its full length today. Industrial buildings, modern blocks of flats and, mainly, the seaside avenue, constructed at the beginning of 20th century, destroyed or hid the fortification seafront, already wounded by the strong northern winds – sad as it may be, we can even so follow the trail of the Walls. We will run by Natural History Museum, Dermatas gate, Historical Museum, and we will finally meet the Venetian Cathedral of Saints Paul and Saint Peter. There, we will follow Handakos Street (constructed over the old Arab-Byzantine Wall) which will lead us to Lions Square – the very heart of the city. The Fountain of the Lions, constructed originally to be a copy of Alhambras’ equivalent in Granada, Spain, is the most known point of reference for citizens of Heraklion and it is surrounded by Vikelea Municipal Library and St. Marcos’ cathedral.

We will show self-control there and say no to the delicious bougatsa pie (another important point of reference…!) and continue our run through narrow and hidden streets until Byzantine Art Museum of St. Katherine and of course St. Minas’ Cathedral (the protector of the city, with many stories and legends attributed to him). We will cross the maze of Lakos, the old neighborhood of brothels and gangsters, full of memories and urban legends, until we will meet the Walls once again, just behind the modern Cultural Center. Thereon, we will reverse, in order to cross the Old Market, full of smells and noises, and Daedalou Street, constructed as well over the old Arab-Byzantine Wall, which will lead us again over Lions’ Square.

There, we will follow Delusions’ Street, which passes in front of the Venetian Loggia (accommodating City’s Hall) and St. Titus Cathedral, leading to the astonishing Old Port and, of course, Koules, one of the most known landmarks of the city – a strong castle that secured Heraklion’s port. Its reputation is a bit dark, as it served as a prison for the Cretan rebels during the ottoman period. Even so, Kastrinis love the old castle that outstands for almost five centuries the rough Cretan sea, symbolizing thus the free people spirit, and people gather here daily – to walk, to run, to cycle, to fish, to play guitar, to philosophize about life.

Leaving the port behind signalizes that our run is near to its end. We will run in front of Neoria, the old Venetian shipyards, and will incline over Baufort Street, that lays over the eastern part of the Walls and ends just in front of the Arcaehological Museum, to the northern part of Eleftherias square, where we started our run earlier.

We can understand that 15 kilometers may sound quite a distance – but do believe us, we will have to do a lot of talking, and our run will end before you expect it. And afterwards, we will have a great excuse to succumb without regrets to kalitsounia, loukoumades, pies, ntakos, bougatsa and all the other traditional delicacies! Isn’t it a good reason to run after all?

BOOK YOUR RUNNING EXPERIENCE NOW

Searching Availability...


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:
    Dimokratias Avenue, Eleftherias Square. Venizelos Statue
    Google Maps link: Venizelou Statue

    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
  • 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.
tip  BOOKING TIP:
BOOK EARLY - GIVE US SOME TIME
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.
search FIND YOUR DESTINATION

gearwheel BOOKING PROCESS

  • 1. Click on "Book Now"
  • 2. Select date/start time, # of runners
  • 3. Fill in personal data plus additional info

payment PAYMENT

  • 4. Accept T&S and click on "Continue"
  • 5. Forward to secure payment website
  • 6. Pay with your credit card
  • NOTE: Cash payment is not possible!

email CONFIRMATION

  • 7. Check your email inbox for pre-confirmation
  • 8. Tour guides reach out to you within 24h
  • 9. Guides will arrange tour details with you
  • 10. Tour is confirmed and set

guarantee GUARANTEE

  • 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.

TOUR GALLERY

  • Photo 03
  • Photo 04
  • Photo 02
  • Photo 01

GIVE A GIFT CERTIFICATE

gift certificate

OUR TEAM ON CRETE

meet the team
Go! Running Tours ApS - copyright 2018
Made with Love in Barcelona and Copenhagen
#RunUrbanSeeTheWorld