Heraklion Free Walking Tours


Tour #1 - Historical and Culture tour with professional licensed tour Guide

Every Tuesday and Thursday

Get to know Heraklion the largest city of Crete. Visit, along with YOUR licensed GUIDE, Heraklion's major monuments; travel through time and its rich history. Discover the past and the present of a city that combines old with new. The Free tour will last up to 2 hours (from 16:00 to 18:00 hrs) and appeals to every visitor, regardless of age. The tour is wheelchair accessible.

What to expect: Easy walking tour (expect some steps, walk through pedestrian streets), through the city's most important monuments, with your licensed guide, providing information about the city's attractions. Feel free to ask your licensed guide any questions.

Entrance fees: For the sites included in the walking tour, you don't have to pay an entrance fee.

Tour price: 0€ It's a gratuities based tour, if you decide it was worth your time you can always tip your licensed guide.

Tour Highlights

➜ The Venetian port
➜ Part of the Venetian walls
➜ Liberty Square
➜ Central Market
➜ St. Menas Cathedral
➜ Morosini Fountain
➜ St. Marks Basilica
➜ Archiepiscopal Church of St. Titos

Indispensable accessories:

Your camera and your good mood!

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A. From 1st of November until 31st of March, all tours starts at 15:00 o’clock
B. From 1st of April until 31st of October, all tours starts at 16:00 o’clock


Tour #2 - Heraklion Experience - live info tour with our office expert insider

Every Wednesday and Friday

Heraklion Experience is the fun version of the typical walking tour that you will find in any city around the globe. It’s a free tour that gives you the chance to explore the best urban areas of Heraklion and discover backstreet treasures on the map. Walk along with our office expert insider and see the city through the eyes of a local. Get accustomed to this promising place and let us walk you through the roads that reveal all of its hidden secrets.

What to expect: The Free info live tour of Heraklion town will last up to 2 1/2 hours (from 16:00 to 18:30 hrs.) and appeals to every visitor, regardless of age. It is a Medium difficulty walking tour (expect some steps, walking through pedestrian streets, small hills), through the city's most important land marks, with your expert insider, providing information about the city's attractions (Live music, Shows etc.). Feel free to ask your expert escort any questions. Get the best piece of advice and precious tips about everything worth trying here. Get walked by a local and let us give you the taste of the real life in Heraklion.

Entrance fees: For the walking tour, you don't have to pay an entrance fee.

Tour price: 0€ It's a gratuities based tour, if you decide it was worth your time you can always tip your escort.

Tour Highlights

The tour starts, covering part of the area of the city center and proposing the best choices for coffee, food & drinks while spotting some of the finest traditional shops that you shouldn’t miss! You will track down the “hot spots” of Heraklion and also eliminate the “must NOTs”.

On the second part of the tour we delve you into old neighborhoods of Heraklion and let the time stop for a while, as we walk through their narrow streets and timeworn houses.

Our beautiful roaming ends on the imposing Venetian Walls, from where we will admire the wonderful view of the city.

So, wear on your big smiles and your best attitude. We can’t wait to show you around!!

Indispensable accessories:

Your camera and your good mood!

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Frequently Asked Questions.

Check our FAQ before contacting us!

What is 1618freetour?

We are a registered travel agency, based in Heraklion and we offer a free walking tour in the city of Heraklion, twice a week (every Tuesday and Thursday) from 16:00 hrs to 18:00.

How can I book the tour?

You can reserve a seat through our website.

What should I pay for the tour?

The tour is totally FREE. Our guides put their knowlegde and love for their city and turn it into a fun and informing 2 hrs tour. You ‘d only have to follow them, enjoy your walk, learn more about our history and ways and at its end, TIP if you feel like it.

How many people can join the tour?

The minimum number of participants for the free tour is 6 persons and the maximum 16. We have decided to put a limit of up to 16 participants, in order to be easier to walk through the city and keep high standards during the guided tour. The concept is to get quality service with a licensed guide, as in any of the private tours that we offer as a travel agency.

What if we are less than 6?

In case that the participants are less than 6: Free tour will be cancelled and you will be informed for that in writing, through e-mail. In this case we will also inform you about special offers for other highlights of Crete (guided tours with professional guides at Knossos or the museum for example) or events in the city of Heraklion.

We are a group can we join the tour?

The free tour is for individuals and small groups of maximum 6 people. Groups of 7 people or more are required to book private tour. (Please Contact: 1618freetour@gmail.com).
We reserve the right to turn away multiple reservations resulting in groups bigger than 6 people. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

How can I find you?

Our guide holds a sign with our easily recognisable logo. Just like this one:

So you surely cannot miss him/her.

Where does the tour starts?

The meeting point for all participants will be at the Venetian port, on the beginning of the 25th August street Nr. 4 (in front of Naturelia shop), by the roundabout with the dolphins statue at old Venetian port.. Please make sure that you will reach the meeting point 10 to 15 minutes prior to the starting time of the tour, to meet your licensed guide. At the meeting point, exist near car parking, local bus station.

I’m visiting for a day with a cruise ship. Can I join?

If your cruise schedule allows it we ll be glad to guide you through our city. If not you may contact our affiliate sites (travelcrete.tours, visitknossos.com & weguide.gr) and book another tour at a different hour.

Can I find a tour in my native language?

We currently provide the Free walking tour in English and French. If you wish to book a tour in your native language you may contact our assosiates (travelcrete.tours, visitknossos.com & weguide.gr).

Your tour dates/ times do not fit my schedule. Is there any other tour I can participate to or book ?

There are plenty of options. We are a registered travel agency and you can check the following links for shore excursions, private tours / group tours/ / transportation or chauffeur services. Please contact our affiliate sites (travelcrete.tours, visitknossos.com & weguide.gr) for more details.

I ‘d like to book a private tour, can you accomodate this request?

We certainly can. Private tours, tailor made excursions is what we mainly do. Contact us and let us know how you want to spend your time on Crete, the sites that you want to include in your tour, and we will plan all the details Please contact our affiliate sites (travelcrete.tours, visitknossos.com & weguide.gr) for detailed tour planning, tailor made excursions and much more!

Still have questions after reading through our FAQ?

Please contact us at 1618freetour@gmail.com

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Honestly speaking I am not that interested in history, but Ioannas ability to touch people deeply convinced me very much.


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We enjoyed so much our free tour! Thank you again for your excellent guides, your hospitality and your unique services.


“Crème de la crème”

Akrivi knows everything in Crete, besides, she’s a very friendly and inspiring lady. I had a wonderful day with 1618.


Our Guides

Our major advantage is our team.

Some of the best official tourist guides in Greece would accompany our customers and introduce them to our long and tumultuous history of Heraklion city.

Akrivi Chatzigeorgiou
Akrivi Chatzigeorgiou
Licensed Tourist Guide

I am working as licensed Tourist Guide while also being a certified WFTGA National Trainer. In my work, I act as an ambassador of my Cretan culture to people from around the world and I am very eager showing it, to even more.

Panos Kritikos
Panos Kritikos
Licensed Tourist Guide

I am an active professional guide in English, Greek, German and Polish and have been sharing my love and knowledge for Crete and the rest of Greece for 20 years with travelers from all around the world.

Ioanna Kalypso Glyptis
Ioanna Kalypso Glyptis
Licensed Tourist Guide

I am a professional licensed Tourist Guide certified member of the WFTGA and National Trainer living in Crete the island that lies beyond the wine dark sea [Homer]. I invite you to share the experience called Greece, even visit the cradle of the earliest civilization of Europe Crete.

Nikos Sidiropoulos
Nikos Sidiropoulos
Escort – Local expert

I study applied mathematics in the University of Crete. I am originally from Thessaloniki but I fell in love with Heraklion on first sight when I reached here. Seven years later, I can say that this city never stops to amaze me with her ever-changing figures. I will try to put this love into words and gestures in hope that you are able to see her real glow, through an amazing experience.

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The service is provided by Travel Crete, Visit Knossos and WeGuide, two websites, specialised in private tour supported by a competent and higly trained team of licenced tour guides that share the same passion for our island, Crete.


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