Take part in the world-famous Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim in Istanbul
Swim from Asia to Europe as one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world is closed for this once-a-year event
Join open water swimmers from all over the planet for this truly memorable swimming experience
Enjoy the lively atmosphere and friendly nature of the dynamic Bosphorus race village
Soak up the history and culture of the fascinating city of Istanbul
The iconic Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim is back in 2021, bigger and better than ever. Complete an unforgettable crossing from Asia to Europe as the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul comes to a standstill for this annual event. Join more than 2,400 competitors from across the globe as swimmers take over the Bosphorus waters and one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world is temporarily closed to traffic.
The 2021 event will be on Sunday 22 August.
Entries to the SwimTrek ballot to gain a coveted spot in this race have now closed.
Who is this trip for?
The Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim is a significant open water swim and conditions during the race may be challenging. A good experience of swimming in all sea conditions is essential and you should have relevant open water knowledge to be confident if such conditions do arise. Please be aware that this race also involves a mass start, but due to the large number of participants, it is possible to take your time and wait for a quieter period to enter the water.
This trip is only available to be booked through SwimTrek as a complete package (including accommodation). Anyone who would like to take part in the race only must apply via the Turkish Olympic Committee directly. If you choose not to join as a swimmer, there is the opportunity to join as a supporter. There are a limited number of supporters' tickets available which include shared accommodation with a race participant and all SwimTrek transfers.
NOTE: Turkish passport holders are unable to register for this event through SwimTrek and must apply via the Turkish Olympic Committee directly.
- Entry into the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim Race
- Two nights accommodation
- Two breakfasts
- Transfers to and from race registration and boat tour the day before the event
- Guided boat tour of the official Bosphorus Race route the day before the event
- Transfers to and from the race village before and after the event
- A dedicated SwimTrek guide staying at your hotel to assist with transfers, questions and any other issues which may arise
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
- Lunches and evening meals
Final Trip Schedules
The below itinerary should be used as a guide only and a final trip schedule with confirmed timings for all events and activities will be forwarded to all guests prior to the start of the trip.
2021 SwimTrek Bosphorus Ballot
SwimTrek have been amazing. This has been an unprecedented time with coronavirus and SwimTrek have handled things immaculately. SwimTrek stepped up to the plate and did a wonderful job for me and the other swimmers. Thank you.Peter, UK - 2020
A great experience and would highly recommend.Neil, UK - 2020
Jumping off a ferry into the Bosphorous - there's no start line like it!Joanne, UK - 2020
SwimTrek facilitated my ambition to swim from Asia to Europe - a theatre of history. They achieved everything I expected and more in challenging circumstances.Tim, UK - 2020
The Bosphorus swim exceeded my expectations. Truly impressed with Istanbul. Can’t wait to go back and do it again.Sean Paul B, UK - 2019
SwimTrek gave me the opportunity to push myself and experience something I never thought I was capable of . I’m still in awe of what we all achieved in the Bosphorus. Thank you for the life changing memories.Debra B, UK -2019
We jumped into the Bosphorus and immersed ourselves in a magnificent swim in a magnificent city; a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed.Nicola B, UK - 2019
Great opportunity to combine my passion of swimming, whilst exploring new destinations and countries, with like minded swimmersSandra P, South Africa - 2018
Can't fault the trip at all. So many incredible people sharing a love for one sport, in an incredible location. Went away wanting more and feeling very inspired.Lucy S, UK - 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Bosphorus Cross Continental Race with Swim Trek. It was an outstanding experience and I highly recommend it!Amy D, USA - 2018
It was one of the most iconic experiences of my 66 year old life and I would recommend to all those who enjoy swimming to give it a place on their bucket list.Duncan M, UK - 2017
Outstanding experience to swim in such an epic race. Would not have done it without SwimTrek.Keith E, UK - 2017
The Bosphorus Swim is a great event in a spectacular location in one of the world's most beautiful cities. UnbeatableClinton L, UK - 2017
Great swim, great location, brilliant organisation and wonderful people.Nicola L, UK - 2017
It was an incredible weekend - a wonderful swim in an iconic location, with some really lovely people who will remain friends for years to come. Thanks SwimTrek for making it happen!Claire R, UK - 2017
My second Bosphorus Swim with Swimtrek was even more relaxed enjoyable than the first and I can highly recommend a repeat trip to all swimtrekkers.Holger H, Austria - 2017
Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim 2021
The 2021 event will be held on Sunday 22 August.
SwimTrek ballot entries for the 2021 Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim have now closed.
If you'd like to take part in this iconic race in 2022, join our mailing list to be the first to know when entries go live:http://eepurl.com/gb8Ghf