|21 May - 27 May, 2023||
|28 May - 03 Jun, 2023||
|02 Jul - 08 Jul, 2023||
|16 Jul - 22 Jul, 2023||
|23 Jul - 29 Jul, 2023||
|30 Jul - 05 Aug, 2023||
|06 Aug - 12 Aug, 2023||
|01 Oct - 07 Oct, 2023||
|08 Oct - 14 Oct, 2023||
|15 Oct - 21 Oct, 2023||
Enjoy a week in the remote village of Porto Loutro, which can only be reached by boat!
Swim in the vivid waters of one of the Mediterranean’s southernmost islands and enjoy coastal swims alongside Crete’s dramatic ‘White Mountains’
Improve your swim technique with video analysis of your stroke and expert feedback from our seasoned guides
Relax in beautiful accommodation at Hotel Porto Loutro on the hill
Discover the stunning coastlines and crystal clear waters of one of Europe’s southernmost destinations with an unforgettable swimming holiday on the idyllic Greek island of Crete. From dramatic coastal cliffs to isolated coves, bays and beaches, the island is full of spectacular locations to explore and enjoy.
Our base for the week is the remote coastal village of Porto Loutro, which can only be reached by boat, hiking or, of course, swimming! Hotel Porto Loutro on the Hill, which offers modern and comfortable rooms with sea views, is located just metres from the water’s edge and is the perfect place from which to enjoy the tranquillity of this island paradise.
With a range of stunning coastal swims, beautiful natural scenery and a long and rich history which dates back to the Minoan civilisation that occupied the island as far back as 3,650 BC, this trip is a wonderful opportunity to discover this truly fascinating part of the world.
If you would like to explore this part of the world, but are looking for slightly shorter swimming distances, please check out our Crete Discovery Short Swims trip.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is ideal for the swimmer who wants to be based in one of Europe’s most remote villages, situated right on the water’s edge. The trip features idyllic coastal swimming, along with a chance to discover some of the amazing underwater vistas which make this coastline so special.
Swimmers should also have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance of around 3 km prior to the start of the trip. The average daily swim distance is around 5km (split over a minimum of two swims).
We have given this trip a ‘Moderate’ grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.
- Fully guided swimming holiday in Greece, Crete
- Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
- Technique advice with video playback
- Six nights' accommodation
- All breakfasts
- Lunch on Day 5
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
- Lunches (excluding Day 5)
- Evening meals
- Overnight Stay Tax
- Swimming Holidays Europe
- Swimming Holidays Greece
- Swimming Holidays Crete Discovery
- Swimming Holidays Crete Discovery Short Swims
- Swimming Holidays Greek Cyclades
- Swimming Holidays Greek Cyclades Short Swims
- Swimming Holidays Greek Sporades
- Swimming Holidays Ionian Explorer - Greece
- Swimming Holidays Milos Explorer
- Swimming Holidays Milos Explorer Long Swims
- Swimming Holidays Milos Explorer Short Swims
- Swimming Holidays Milos Explorer Teens
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
A perfect week, good company, excellent Cretan food and a beautiful coastline to explore.Simon W, UK - 2022
Top notch as always!Gail C, New Zealand - 2022
Perfect active vacation: superb location, relaxed atmosphere, supportive group.Laurel B, USA - 2022
With our extraordinary SwimTrek guides Francesco, Simon and Apollo, I found myself able to swim further than I ever thought possible - in the most beautiful seas - with a remarkable group of new friends. What a brilliant trip!Karen Napleton, 2021
Another quote!! ' For whatever we lose, it's always ourselves we find by the sea' We didn't have perfect weather on the trip but the guides really did their utmost to make sure we swam as much as possible. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip - location and hotel were gorgeous, guides were really kind and helpful and we were very lucky as our group were lovely and really good fun! Have already been looking at the website and thinking about my next Swimtrek holiday!Dianne Chadwick, 2021
The weather threw everything it could at us which meant every day activities and swims were changed. However, this is the best group trip I have ever been on; I met 14 positive, interesting and wonderful individuals who embraced every day with humour and enthusiasm, and together we had the most fantastic adventure. The sea and skies were mainly turbulent but there were waves of happiness, joy and a lot fun throughout. This was my first SwimTrek experience and already looking forward to my next one. :-)Lindsey Kavanagh, 2021
This has been a wonderful experience and among the best holidays I've ever had, thank you!Marietheres Bojakovsky, 2021
This trip exceeded my expectations!! I felt cared for and was able to improve my swimming in such a beautiful place. Thanks so much, I'll be doing another one.Sadie, USA - 2019
A fabulous way to see beautiful places, meet fellow swimmers and get some technique tips from swim guides. Once I finish one SwimTrek I start looking forward to the next!Kerry O, Australia - 2019
The water visibility and clarity was nothing like I could have ever imagined.Virginia A, Australia - 2019
Swimtrek provides the total package of magnificent swimming opportunities, support and coaching, fabulous company and exotic locations.Meg S, Australia - 2019
I was hopelessly falling in love with open water swim after six days with Swim Trek in Crete. This was my very first open water experience, but wont be the last for sure.Shan B. USA- 2018
Camaraderie, joy and freedom in the clearest water with kind Creten people in the backdrop. Magical.Margeret S. USA-2018
Another beautiful swimming experience in a stunning location.Keith W. UK- 2018
We were delighted by our first Swimtrek . Superb guides, location, accommodation and overall experience . We also enjoyed meeting and sharing the holiday with a group of like-minded people who were a pleasure to be with.Shaun E. UK-2018
I started on my first trip a bit nervous about open water sea swimming and initially only swimming breast stroke- by the end of that trip I was swimming all the swims freestyle and loving it! This enjoyment and freestyle swimming continued and was reinforced on my 2nd trip! Our guides Ricky and Eoin were outstanding- helpful, kept us safe, shared their local knowledge, awesome caves and swims with us as well as being great fun!Nicola W. UK - 2017
This was an outstanding experience. It had it all.Andrew K. UK- 2017
Had an amazing week with SwimTrek. We were a bit nervous about the distances and how we would cope in the open water but we felt looked after and safe all week. The whole trip was excellent and we will be booking another adventure with swim trek next year.Michael H. UK- 2017
SwimTrek continues to surpass its already high standardsSteve M. UK-2017
A wonderful experience; beautiful location, exceptional guides, lovely accommodation and friendly locals.Angela M. UK-2017
A splendidly peaceful and beautiful getaway destination alongside brilliant guides and good company.Elizabeth W. UK-2017
What an amazing week - a beautiful location and a great place to swim and our Guides were excellent. A week spent swimming is very good for the soul.Rosanna M. UK - 2017
Superb location, wonderful sea and outstanding guides; what's not to adore?!Jacqui O. 2017- UK