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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...


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 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


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 the article here

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 the article here


The 50 best holidays in Greece, The Times, UK

From great villas and new hotels to island hopping and budget breaks, these are the pick of this year's the article here

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

The Maddalena archipelago in Sardinia has crystal clear water calling out to be explored. Dolphins might even join swimmers, as they're often spotted on the route between Spargi, which is known for its rock formations and ancient shipwrecks on the seafloor, and Budelli. the article here

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

Serious about broadening your horizons? Try a swimming holiday.Emma Hughes takes the plunge in the article here

Make a Splash, Virgin Australia Magazine, AU

For a really refreshing break, take the plunge into a swimming the article here

52 Best Weekends Away, Lonely Planet, UK

Number 33, Swim among Slovenia's Alpine Lakes with the article here


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

Honestly, I didn’t think our Mediterranean vacation could get much better. The dozen of us on the trip had already swum several miles a day through astonishing turquoise waters off Kas, a remote village on Turkey’s southwest coast, where cliffs soar up from the sea, the soft air is scented with jasmine and views of the glimmering bay are downright 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

Need a new fitness goal? Raise the stakes on your sporting hobby by taking it international – or at least to a more picturesque spot in the UK. While Team GB has been clocking up gold medals in these disciplines, we’ve been finding holidays that combine sporting skills with excellent itineraries, giving you something truly epic to train the article here

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

If the Games are inspiring you, take a look at these holidays with the focus on Olympic sports such as sailing, archery, kayaking swimming and cycling in beautiful spots around the world – from Thailand to to the the article here

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

Go cycling around Rhodes, or how about a bit of river rafting? Here's 6 easily accessible adventures in undiscovered the article here


Kleine Gruppen, professionelle Betreuung, organisierte Unterkünfte und jeden Tag bis zu acht Kilometer Schwimmen im offenen Meer: Swim Treks sind die ideale Ferienform für 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. So it’s great to hear that Swim Trek is launching trips there next the article here

Best beaches for action and activities, The Guardian, UK

If you’ve been training hard in the pool and are looking for a debut plunge in the big blue, a three-kilometre swim along the Jurassic coast is the perfect the article here

Schwimmwanderung in Slowenien: Finde den Flow,, Germany

Im Urlaub in Strandnähe zu planschen - feine Sache. Deutlich ambitionierter: Schwimmwandern. In den romantischen Seen von Slowenien kann das ein pures Glückserlebnis the article here

Swimming in Salt, The Daily News of Open Water Swimming, USA

SwimTrek has attracted numerous Americans to its European swim holidays. Now the reverse is happening. SwimTrek is coming to the United States with its first week-long swim adventure along the Salt River in the western American state of the article here

Try something new in 2016: SwimTrek Cross Continental Swim, Sport Sister, Online

It’s that time of year to look ahead and make some exciting plans, so how about trying something new? Some of these challenges may need a bit longer to prepare for, so get started now and plan for the article here

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

We spoke to Simon Murie, founder of SwimTrek, for the low-down on everything you need to know about taking an open-water dip, plus the best places to try it for yourself….read the article here

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

This SwimTrek activity week, in collaboration with activity holiday specialist Neilson, offers open water coastal swimming and island hopping in the reassuring presence of experts. Children must be 11-plus to swim; if not, they can join children’s clubs.There are 10 guided swims, ranging from 1.5km to 5km, or a lighter package of just the article here

Guarantee Entry At The Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim, The Daily News of Open Water Swimming, USA

SwimTrek is a provider of guaranteed entry to the Bosphorus Cross Continental the article here

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

Whether it’s wild swimming in lakes and fjords, a sea ‘safari’ in Crete, or a 6km swim in the warm waters of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, this selection of swims (and stays) is a stroke of the article here


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 the article here

Fra plaskehold til svømmetur fra Europa til Asien,, Denmark

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

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 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 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. 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 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” 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 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 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 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 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 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 the article here


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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 the article here


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.


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 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 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 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 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 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 the article here


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 the article here


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 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 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 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 the article here


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 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 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 the article here

Wild-water swimming in Turkey, The Times, UK

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


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 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 the article here