Why I Created Greek Running Tours

“Of all peoples, the Greeks have dreamt the dream of life best.”


Greece is the birthplace of the Olympics, and also the marathon. The Greeks invented hospitality. Being 100% Greek, my vision in creating Greek Running Tours was to honor tradition while delighting the modern traveler with a unique and unforgettable travel experience.

Having explored much of the world on foot myself, I know that running in a foreign land provides an intimate and personal immersion into the country and cultural unrivaled by any other form of tourism. I personally designed the routes, locations and accommodations of all Greek Running Tours to showcase the best Greece has to offer. Everything is planned and scheduled for our guest so the guesswork and uncertainty of visiting a new place is eliminated. Of course, there is also plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying Greece at your own pace if you so desire. We limit the number of guests on each tour so that everyone is provided a level of care and freedom, base on your individual desires.

For structure, each day a new running and walking route is scheduled. These are not competitive races; they are designed to be approached at a leisurely pace with a local Greek guide leading the way. There are stops at historical locations and at stunning viewpoints for observation and photos, and there are cultural experiences and plenty of food samplings along the path. Gastronomy is a big part of Greek Running Tours and the calories you burn during the day will be aptly rewarded with a plethora of tantalizing local cuisines. Greek food and wine are legendary!

Unlike other travel operations, which can be impersonal and detached, I am directly involved in Greek Running Tours operations and planning and I bring my extensive knowledge about Greece and about foot tourism to ensure that our guests experience the finest in hospitality and are treated like family. We want this to be the trip of a lifetime and strive to make every detail perfect. That is part of the Greek DNA, and part of my personal ethos.

We welcome the opportunity to host you in Greece and share some footsteps and memories together at Greek Running Tours. Let us know if you have any questions or comments. We hope to see you soon!

Constantine “Dean” Karnazes

World Traveler and Ambassador of Greek Tourism