Pre-register for 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 2019, 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.
How to enter the 2019 SwimTrek ballot
Competition for places on this iconic swim is stronger than ever, so in 2019 SwimTrek will be running a ballot system to give as many people as possible a fair opportunity to secure a spot.
Please note that entering the ballot does not guarantee your place in the Bosphorus swim.
In past years, we have been able to secure up to 300 places for our swimmers. We expect to have a similar number of places in 2019. However, we are unable to guarantee the exact number of places that will be available prior to the completion of the ballot process.
To enter the ballot, all you need to do is book a place on our 2019 Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim, pay your deposit, and complete all the required information on your profile within 48 hours. More detailed information is available under "Trip Info".
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.
This trip is only available to be booked through SwimTrek as a complete package (i.e. including accommodation). Anyone who would like to take part in the race only must apply via the Turkish Olympic Committee directly.
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 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
Please note that 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.
2019 SwimTrek Ballot
Frequently Asked Questions
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 2019
Thanks for your interest in joining us on this trip!
Entries to the ballot for the 2019 Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim have now closed.
To join the mailing list for the 2020 event, please click here.