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In the Press


Our incredible swimming holidays are often hitting the headlines and it's easy to see why! From our UK day trips to incredible swimming expeditions in the remotest of locations, our trips have been written about and loved by writers and swimmers around the world.

Below we've included a selection of stories that have made the press over the years...

2019

10 trips for 2019 that will make you a better person, The Telegraph, UK

Our Introduction to Open Water made the Telegraph's round up of top trips to become your best self this year. Read the article here

The best activity holidays in Greece for 2019, The Times, UK

SwimTrek's Crete Discovery was featured among the best activity holidays in Greece for 2019. Read the article here

A deep blue adventure on the Isles of Scilly, Coast Magazine, UK

Paul Miles swam and sailed with us around the Cornish Coast and Isles of Scilly in the summer of 2018. In his piece, he recalls how close to nature you feel on the trip, and how you may be joined by a dolphin or seal on your swim... Read the article here

Swimming through Arizona soothed my mind, The Economist 1843 Magazine, UK

Founder of the Outdoor Swimming Society and friend of SwimTrek Kate Rew headed out to the Arizona desert with us to find the hidden beauty of the Salt River and beyond... Read the article here

Top 10 foodie adventures for 2019, Olive Magazine, UK

Our Greek Cyclades trip waspicked out as a great trip for foodies. Try local honey and fresh seafood in between your swims on your tasty trip! Read the article here

The world's bravest travel adventures, LoveExploring, UK

Our British Virgin Islands trip made the round up of some of the most adventurous trips in the world. Read the article here

Never have I ever swum in the sea, easyJet Traveller, UK

Niloufar Haidari joined us on our Dalmatian Coast trip and took her first strokes in the sea in the blue waters of Prvic Luka. Read the article here

The freestyle vacation engineer "Bewitched by the challenge of Byron in the Dardanelles, La Stampa, Italy

Fabio Pozzi spoke to Simon Murie about the Hellespont swim and treks around the world. Read the article here

10 of the most envy-inducing lakeside adventures in the world, The Telegraph, UK

Our Lake Bled and the Slovenian Alps featured in the Telegraph's round up of the most envy-inducing lakeside trips in the world. Swimming around several of Slovenia's stunning bodies of water and enjoying some incredible alpine backdrops are some of the highlights picked out on this trip. Read the article here

Open-Water Swim Vacations: 4 Destinations To Dream About, Triathlete.com, USA

Our Ionian Explorer trip made tritahlete.com's selection of great swimming vacations. On this trip we'll explore a beautiful part of mainland Greece, enjoy rocky coastal swims and incredible turquoise waters. Read the article here

LifeLong Adventure, Sunday Business Post, Ireland

SwimTrek's Montenegro Fjords and Milos Explorer made the Sunday Business Post's pick of the top holiday activities for those looking to test their sense of adventure while abroad. Read the article here

Adventure or vacation, Singapore Airlines SilverKris in-flight magazine, Singapore

Adventure holidays are growing in popularity in Southeast Asia and our Vietnam swimming holiday was featured as part of Silverkris magazine's feature. Read the article here

Go off grid: five trips to bring out your spirit of adventure, The Guardian, UK

Sam Haddad picked out our swimming holiday in Vietnam as a great way to tap into your adventurous side! Read the article here

Beyond the beach: 10 Caribbean adventures for restless travellers, The Telegraph, UK

For those who love to do more than just laze on a perfect Caribbean beach, our British Virgin Islands

trip is great for seeing more of the beautiful part of the world. Read the article here

Greek Swim Party, Fitness First Magazine, Australia

Tracey shared her story with Fitness First Magazine to show that swimming around the island of Milos is a wonderful way to explore it! Read the article here

2018

20 of the best adventure travel challenges for 2018, The Guardian, UK

SwimTrek's Greek Cyclades trip was featured as one of the best adventure travel challenges for the year. Read the article here

25 wild adventures for 2018, The Telegraph, UK

Our exploratory Montenegro Fjords trip sees swimmers discovering all around the Bay of Kotor, the inland Lake Skadar and the open Adriatic Sea. It's easy to see why this trip made the Telegraph's list of wild adventures! Read the article here

Best active beach breaks, The Financial Times, UK

Forget the usual beach break and sail and swim around the Red Sea for a different perspective! Read the article here

Swimming the Turkish Hellespont: Alex Preston follows in Lord Byron's wake, The Telegraph, UK

Lord Byron considered it one of his greatest achievements. Navigating container ships and currents, Alex Preston followed in his literary wake by attempting the daunting traverse of the Turkish Hellespont. read the article here

The 10 best holidays for people who love swimming, The Telegraph, UK

SwimTrek's Galapagos Islands trip was picked among these top swimming holidays. Read the article here

See the print article here

2017

The 50 best holidays in Greece, The Times, UK

The Times' round of of the best trips in Greece featured our Cyclades island hopping experience. Read the article here

10 fun, active trips to get fit and healthy in 2017, Wanderlust, UK

Our Sardinian swimming adventure was included in Wanderlust's pick of active holidays. Read the article here

40 of the best things to do in America, Love Exploring, UK

Our Arizona Canyons trip made the cut as one of the best things to do in America. This trip shows of some of the best of the wild American desert and its refreshing lakes. Read the article here

Come on in, the Water's Lovely, Country Life Travel, UK

Emma Hughes took the plunge with us on our Croatian Dalmatian Coast trip. Read the article here

Make a Splash, Virgin Australia Magazine, Australia

Our Hellespont Swim was featured as a trip that's making waves. This is certainly a trip that you won't forget! Read the article here

52 Best Weekends Away, Lonely Planet, UK

In at number 33, our Slovenian lake swimming trip is a perfect short escape that packs in so much adventure and beauty. Read the article here

Ibiza and the deep blue calm, Financial Times, UK

Will Hyde saw the lesser known calmer side of Ibiza on our magical Hidden Coast - Ibiza trip. Read the article here

2016

In Turkey, Adventure Travel Takes the Plunge, The New York Times, USA

Daniel Rodrigues joined us swimming along the southern coast of Turkey, covering several miles a day and suprising himself in the process. Read the article here

SwimTrek Founder, Simon Murie talks about SwimTrek, Frommers on the Radio, USA

Listen to Simon's interview with Pauline Frommer at 26min 40sec on the 18th September 2016 podcast here.

SwimTrek Founder, Simon Murie talks about SwimTrek, Rudy Maxa's World, USA

Listen to Simon's interview with Rudy Maxa at 24min 30sec on the 10th September 2016 podcast here.

9 holidays to bring out your inner Olympian, The Telegraph, UK

Our Oman Fjords trip was picked out as a great holiday to get some swim miles in your shoulders with some stunning scenery in the background. Read the article here

10 of the best holidays based on Olympic sports, The Guardian, UK

If you had been inspired by the Games, our Croatian Dalmatian Coast trip is a great way to get stuck into some swimming for yourself. Read the article here

Greece: 6 adventures for you to try, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, UK

Our Greek Cyclades trip was picked out as an adventure not to miss out on in undiscovered Greece. Read the article here

Neuer Trend: Schwimmwandern in offenen meer, Travel News, Switzerland

Open water swimming has been identified as growing trend, and our European swimming trips are a great way to experience it! Read the article here

Go swimming in the Maldives, The Times, UK

The Maldives’ lagoons, reefs and gin-clear waters filled with turtles, dolphins and rays are a swimmer’s paradise. Our new Maldives trips are already a hit with the Times. Read the article here

Best beaches for action and activities, The Guardian, UK

Don't just look out at the beauty of Durdle Door, you can swim it too! Read the article here

Find the flow, Spiegel.de, Germany

Philipp Hauner joined us swimming around the lakes of Slovenia, enjoying the incredible alpine views. Read the article here

Top 10 family adventure holidays in Europe, The Guardian, UK

If you're looking to bring older teenage children with you on your SwimTrek, our Lycian Way is a great way to enjoy swimming as a family. Read the article here

10 of the best swimming holidays around the world, The Guardian, UK

From the fjords of Oman to 6km swims in the warm waters of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, our SwimTrek trips were picked out as a stroke of genius. Read the article here

2015

Swim the Hellespont - And Change Your Life, Huffington Post, USA

It's not a very long swim; it's not too dangerous either. In fact if you're looking for bragging rights, then the two-and-a-half mile Hellespont is probably not for you. But what the Hellespont has is history. It drips with history. It is - without any question - the world's most iconic swim....read the article here

Fra plaskehold til svømmetur fra Europa til Asien, aoib.dk, Denmark

To gamle svømme-kammerater fra Ikast kræfter med den ikoniske udfordring at krydse Hellespont-strædet i Tyrkiet....read the article here

Best New Adventure Travel in UK & Europe from Last 20 Years, EasyJet Traveller, UK

These holidays have become increasingly popular since the turn of the millennium, offering the chance to experience little-swum lakes, rivers and oceans, such as the coastal waters and crossings between the remote islands of the Maddalena archipelago off Sardinia’s Emerald Coast, with group swims organised by SwimTrek....

Holiday - H2O, Riverside Journal, UK

Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to slather on the sun cream, chase after the ice cream van and don the sunglasses, all in an attempt to combat the heat. But one of the best (and most fun) ways to keep cool is to take some time off and enjoy the life aquatic....read the article here

Indulge yourself with a holiday for one, Sunshine Coast Daily

IT SEEMS I am not alone in my quest for a singles-friendly holiday, minus kids, honeymooners or cheesy sales lines...One of the best ones I've been on is a swim trek trip - it's a group of about 12 people plus a couple of experienced swimming guides and even if you're not a great swimmer, you can enjoy it at your leisure....read the article here

What it's REALLY like to swim in the River Thames, The Daily Mail, UK

But the Thames is the cleanest in living memory, which is why I signed up for a one-day jaunt with SwimTrek, covering four miles from Buscot Lock to Radcot Bridge in Oxfordshire. ...read the article here

What it's REALLY like to swim in the River Thames, The Daily Mail, UK

But the Thames is the cleanest in living memory, which is why I signed up for a one-day jaunt with SwimTrek, covering four miles from Buscot Lock to Radcot Bridge in Oxfordshire....read the article here

Water holidays: set sail on new adventures, The National, UAE

For those seriously interested in swimming, Swim Trek offers open-water swimming holidays all over the world, including in remote fjords in Musandam, a cross-continental swim across the Bosphorous in Istanbul and, in July and September, a “short swims” introductory trip in Turkey offering a combination of swims and averaging three kilometres per day, which is “perfect for either the inexperienced open-water swimmer or those who just prefer shorter daily swims”....read the article here

Why nothing beats a swim in the Thames, The Telegraph, UK

Swimmers have always adored a splash in the River Thames, which is now happily returning to its former state of freshwater paradise....read the article here

Backstroke Your Way Around the World on a Swim Tour, Yahoo, Online

You’ve heard of cycling tours, where vacationers ride bikes from destination to destination. You can also take running trips, touring the rugged countryside or city landscapes by foot.Now, add swim travel to that list.... read the article here

Anne Curzan, Sunday Review - Travelling, The New York Times

I’ve been an athlete my entire life. I grew up playing tennis and doing rhythmic gymnastics — the one with the ribbons, balls and hoops. Now I swim and run four to five days a week and I’ve gotten hooked on adventure travel.....read the article here

Caribbean swimming holiday: A new aquatic adventure tour between Nevis and St Kitts, The Independent, UK

The channel that separates the two islands offers Julia Horton the chance for adventure....read the article here

Best Guided Tours Worldwide, Now or Never Girls Blog, USA

Report on the best tours from the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show....read the article here

Six explorers who'll make you want to leave the office now, The Telegraph, UK

Forget Bear Grylls – these travellers have made it their life's mission to push the boundaries of human capability. All are speaking at the Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show....read the article here

The 50 best holidays in Spain, The Times, UK

From family resorts with great beaches to thrilling activity breaks and the coolest new hotels, James Ellis has the pick of the deals....read the article here

2014

Get in the water on your next vacation, WestJet Up Magazine, USA

There was a time when the term “active traveller” meant someone who was willing to walk (occasionally) between the hotel and the casino instead of taking the sky tram....

Travel tips: City apartments and MasterChef meals, The Times, UK.

How to find an apartment for a city break, go open-water swimming in Greece or take sample a MasterChef feast in London....read the article here

Going the Distance: How to Train for Extreme Sports, Wall Street Journal, USA.

Working hard and training harder, amateur athletes discuss their workout regimes and what drives them....read the article here

5 Glorious Activities for Tourists in Greece, Listen and Learn Blog, UK.

Yeah, yeah, everyone knows about the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Mount Arthos, and all the stuff that’s been around for millennia, but Greece is more than just a few old things! From shopping to swimming to scuba diving to sailing to eating to drinking to dancing there’s a plethora (derived from Greek) of eclectic (derived from Greek) activities to enjoy while you’re there....read the article here

Brighton: Schwimmverrückt, Sonntag Aktuell, Germany

Brighton - Strahlend blauer Himmel, der Wind bläst ordentlich aus Osten. Vor der südenglischen Küstenstadt Brighton tanzen die Wellen, die sich am Kiesstrand tosend brechen....read the article here

5 reasons to visit Mallorca this summer, Metro, UK

Five reasons to visit the rugged, stately charm of Mallorca, Grand Dame of the Balearics....read the article here

Da komm ich ins Schwimmen, Die Zeit, Germany

Seepferdchen für Angeber: Beim Cross-Continental Swimming Race durchqueren Teilnehmer den Bosporus aus eigener Kraft. Unsere Autorin Agnes Fazekas trotzte der Strömung, schloss Freundschaft mit Quallen und war fast so schnell wie Pippa Middleton.....read the article here

TOP 5: UNUSUAL HOLIDAYS, Suitcase Magazine, UK

From riding across the streets of Mongolia on a motorcycle, to horse riding in the USA’s Wild West and taking a one-week swimming tour, we hereby present you SUITCASE’s top five unique holidays to try this year....read the article here

Mother's Day UK 2014: Ideas for Alternative Travel Gifts, The Telegraph, UK

Does your mother’s idea of a special treat lie far from someone poking her feet while she lies next to a swimming pool in a dodgy white bath robe, being told to “pop on” a pair of paper knickers for a spa massage, or eating sickly sweet afternoon tea in a room filled with wedding-cake-style flowers? If so, consult our round-up of the best “alternative” Mother’s Day experiences and presents with a travel-related theme....read the article here

Adventure holidays and trips for 2014: Europe, The Guardian, UK

No need to fly long-haul for an adventurous trip: here are new ideas for cycling, climbing, swimming and more in Europe.....read the article here

Twenty great adventure breaks for 2014, Telegraph, UK

Wondering where to head for an adventurous holiday this year? Take a look at these exhilarating options from companies appearing at the Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show....read the article here

Croatia summer holidays guide: activities, Telegraph, UK

How to book the best Croatian activity holiday, with advice on walking routes, watersports and sailing, our expert's recommended outings, as well as the best tour operators....read the article here

Bo Derek, 10 Out of 10, Take Up Swimming, Style Magazine

Bo Derek features in Style Magazine, talking about looking good, being active and swimming the Hellespont.....read the article here

BEST ADVENTURE TRAVEL FOR 2014, LONELY PLANET, UK

For those who like their trips to thrill, here’s our pick of the best places to feel pumped in 2014 including SwimTreks open water adventure in the Greek Sporades.

2013

SwimTrek Celebrates Tenth Birthday in Style, H2Open Magazine, UK

Pioneering swim holiday company SwimTrek celebrated its tenth anniversary with a birthday bash at Notting Hill’s Tabernacle. The 250 strong crowd that turned up included swimmers who had been on SwimTrek’s very first holiday, multiple English Channel swimmers and at least two world record holders.....read the article here

Slowenien: Nassforscher Aktivurlaub, fernweh-aktuell, Germany

Diese Geschichte beginnt, wie sie drei Tage später endet: mit einer Kirche. Komisch eigentlich. Denn die zwölf Sportler aus halb Europa haben einen ungewöhnlichen Aktivurlaub gebucht....read the article here

Traum-Trip - Schwimmen Statt Hupfen, Wiener, Germany

Da wollen wir hin“, sagt Piers, einer unserer beiden Schwimmguides – durchtrainierter Körper, braungebrannt, perlweiße Zähne – und deutet mit dem Zeigefinger Richtung Horizont, wo in der Ferne eine steinige, karg bewachsene Insel aus dem Meer ragt....read the article here

Schwimmverrückt: Nassforsch, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Germany

Männer und Frauen aus halb Europa kraulen durch drei Seen und einen Fluss in Slowenien. Drei Tage und ein besonderer Aktivurlaub....read the article here

Island-hopping without a boat? Coast along on a sea-swimming adventure in Croatia, Independent, UK

As the Balkan nation takes the plunge into the European Union, Lara Dunn makes a splash in its Sibenik archipelago....read the article here

Ben Fogle, The Adventurer: Test your limits in 2013, Telegraph, UK

At the Telegraph Adventure Travel show this month, I want to inspire people to plan their own intrepid, challenging trips in 2013. To do so, I’ll be drawing on experiences I’ve had recently during a dream job presenting a programme called A Year of Adventures, when I ticked off a bucket list of amazing experiences....read the article here

Everything you need to know about swimming holidays, The Guardian, UK

As the leading swimming holiday provider, SwimTrek and several of our trips were picked out in this article giving you the essential information on swimming holidays. Read the article here

2012

Out into the big blue: Joining a human shoal on a sea swimming holiday to Mallorca, Daily Mail, UK

Mallorca’s reputation has been somewhat tarnished over recent decades by tourists who come to party and do little else. I have not come to this Balearic isle to down cheap cocktails in tacky nightclubs, but to try my hand - or rather arms and legs - at some serious long-distance sea swimming....read the article here

2011

Why we are wild about swimming, Express, UK

THE Corryvreckan Whirlpool is a legendary maelstrom of water between the Scottish islands of Jura and Scarba, created by powerful clashing currents that race through the narrow channel. Strong swimmers can only safely cross the 220m-deep whirlpool at specific times....read the article here

Go with the flow, Swimtrek, Croatia, Ethical Traveller, Online

I look down at my hands pushing through the turquoise water and have a weird realisation. They are exactly the same shape as my father’s. I guess we rarely watch our hands in action, but here I am, twenty kilometres off Croatia’s coast....read the article here

Greece: In at the deep end, The Guardian, UK

Hannah Booth had never been one for group trips, but the chance to swim between Greek islands was too tempting. It might even be a life-changer....read the article here

Kilometers Hakken, NCR, Netherlands

Zwemmen in open zee is een sensatie, ontdekt Elsje Jorritsma. Boven wuivende wier-velden raken de armen zwaar, maar het hoofd leeg.....read the article here

2010

Tickled pink, Here's a new way of seeing the Adriatic: swim it, Times Live, South Africa

The perfect moment doesn't come by that often, I thought as I watched a flotilla of yachts change course to allow me to continue my 3km swim between two Croatian islands in the Adriatic. The sun was shining, the landscape was charming, the water was calm and the safety boat was in range....read the article here

In Byron's wake, Traveller Magazine, Australia

Inspired by a legend, a poet and a close shave, Whit Mason swims from Europe to Asia....read the article here

Different strokes mind the gap in Byron's bay, The Australian, Australia

Swimming the historic Hellespont is a romantic idea but there's little poetry in motion. THE annual Hellespont swim in Turkey has been running for eight years and organiser Simon Murie, an Australian-born Briton who runs a company called SwimTrek, says conditions this week were easily the worst: 30-knot winds and choppy, swirling waters....read the article here

Wild-water swimming in Turkey, The Times, UK

Will Hide tries to emulate Lord Byron’s aquatic adventures in the Dardanelles....read the article here

2009

The ride of a lifetime: 20 unforgettable ways to see the world, Independent, UK

Want to travel in style? Then forget planes and automobiles, and try bikes, elephants and airships instead. In this special issue, we present 20 unforgettable ways to see the world from a new perspective....

Green Travel: the new way to see the world, Online

Bored of the ‘fly and flop’ holiday? Try something out of the ordinary, say Richard Hammond and Jeremy Smith. You'll be doing the planet a favour too....read the article here

Swimming across the Hellespont, Those Who Dared, Online Blog

I came across Robson Green's Wild Swimming Adventure on ITV, last night. It could have done with a little more of Robson actually swimming, rather than waffling on about it, and the filler stuff about how well he fills his trunks should have been cut....read the article here