Swimming in the gem of the Aegean
Santorini is situated within the Cycladic group of islands in the Aegean Sea. It is a unique island as it combines, a rich eleven millennia history still evident on the island, world-famous wines due to its rich soil, an active as well as a lesser known submerged volcano that have shaped the island, spectacular views of the Aegean sea sunsets and undiscovered stretches of coastline offering incredible swimming in the deep blue Aegean Sea. This unique Volcanic Swim trip is designed to give you a complete ‘taste’ of Santorini, from its Cycladic turquoise waters to the secrets of its ancient inhabitants and their artefacts. A swimming experience and more!
For this 5-day, approximately 5K swim per day programme, after arrival at the airport and a short, 10 min taxi ride you will meet the friendly staff at our luxurious, 4 star hotel El Greco. You will then have a chance to relax, rest or immerse yourself in one of the 4 swimming pools or spa. In the evening we will all meet and formally introduce you to the rest of the group over complimentary drinks and give you information on the week’s trip. The swim trip will start the following morning with a filmed swimming analysis and coaching from our qualified guides.
Each morning we will board our traditional wooden boat and head to a different location around the caldera for a coastal swim with spectacular views of Santorini and its surrounding islands. For lunch we will visit a nearby harbour where local mouth-watering Greek food is freshly prepared. The afternoon swim will take place once we had the time to digest the food and maybe had a coffee and a stroll.
What is included in the holiday
On arrival at the hotel you will be taken to your room and in the evening you will have a chance to meet your fellow swimmers and be briefed on the week’s itinerary over relaxing complimentary drinks. On the first day of the trip our guides/coaches will video your swimming technique for an analysis session. We then view this with you and offer advice on achieving a more efficient, injury-free stroke. Individual advice can also be given during the swims.
Each day starts with a rich, buffet style breakfast offered every morning at the hotel; we will then take you in a minibus to the new port to board our boat heading for our 1st swimming location. After the swim we will visit one of the harbours for lunch where we stop and rest for about 1.5 - 2 hours. We then board the boat and we continue our discovery of Santorini by the sea swimming in a different spectacular location.You will also be given a Santorini-themed T-shirt, a water bottle and a swimming hat; we will also visit the volcano and have the chance to walk along the top of some of the craters formed over the last few centuries; a visit will also be arranged for some wine sampling at the nearby Santo Wines whilst enjoying the panoramic views of the caldera.
- Safety briefing over a complimentary drink, a Santorini-themed T-shirt and water bottle
- Individual underwater video, Individual stroke analysis, Swimming hat
- 5 nights’ Luxury Hotel accommodation
- 3 motorised boats (One main and 2 auxiliary)
- 3 qualified swim guides
- Local Greek boat captain
- Cold drinks along the swims
- Variety of snacks at the end of each swim
- Coffee, hot chocolate and tea at the end of each swim
- Volcano visit
- Possible visit to Santo Wines for wine tasting
- Please note, lunches and evening meals are not included