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PRIVATE HERAKLION CITY TOUR – 6 KM

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A private running tour suitable for runners at all levels – in any occasion, you can feel sure that you will have a good taste of our city!
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TOUR DETAILS

  • Tour Type

    private tour
  • Tour Distance

    6 km / 3.7 mi
  • Tour Duration

    1h
  • Level of Difficulty

    easy
  • Tour pace

    individual
  • Tour days

    Mon - Sun
  • Start times

    Mon - Sun: 6:00 - 7:00 AM
    Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
  • Tour Language

    English, Greek (optional)

TOUR DESCRIPTION

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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 outside the Venetian Walls, separating Historical Center (or Old Town) from the new suburbs arisen after the 2nd World War. Our run will follow the Walls’ perimeter until Jesus’ Gate, where we will enter the Old City again. We will continue running by the Walls’ inner perimeter, enjoying the impressive view of the Walls laying upon us, passing by modern Cultural Center, Martinengo’s gate, Pananio Hospital, Vithleem’s gate until we meet Chanioporta and the old and abandoned Barrack. Bastione di Saint Andreas signalizes the end of the main part of the Walls by the sea side, and we will turn east, following the modern seaside avenue. Venetian Walls used to surround Heraklion – however, the northern part of the Walls are 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 hide 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.

From there, we will follow Delusions’ Street, which passes in front of the Venetian Loggia 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, Kastrini 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 life.

Leaving the port behind signalizes that our run is near 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 running earlier.

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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:
    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.
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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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