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|01 Sep - 07 Sep
|08 Sep - 14 Sep
Become a SwimTrek Pioneer and join this new adventure from Dubrovnik to the idyllic islands of Koločep, Lopud and Šipan.
Discover the aristocratic hideaways of Šipan, the exotic gardens of car-free Lopud and the pine forests and olive groves of Koločep!
Enjoy island crossings and a variety of bay and coastal swims as we uncover many more of the Elaphiti Archipelago's hidden secrets.
The Elaphiti Islands are an archipelago northwest of Dubrovnik in Croatia. Only the 3 largest islands are inhabited - the largest of the 14 islands, which are Koločep, Lopud and Šipan. Dubrovnik itself is a city often called the "Pearl of the Adriatic". Known for its spectacular city walls, baroque buildings and far-reaching views over the Adriatic, Dubrovnik has a rich history, and well-preserved Old Town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enclosed by ancient walls, the Old Town is a maze of narrow streets, charming squares, and magnificent buildings such as the Rector's Palace, the Franciscan Monastery, and the Cathedral.
A short ferry ride away, the Elaphiti archipelago provides a contrast to the busy walled city, with shimmering waters of vivid turquoise, hidden coves, and lush green landscapes. Each island has its own distinct character. Šipan is the largest and best loved by Dubrovnik aristocracy, who built their houses here. Lopud is a car-free refuge with stone houses, colourful gardens, and ruined fortresses. While Koločep is a little jewel that home to a mere 163 people, covered in pine forests, olive groves and orchards of orange and lemon trees.
The name "Elaphiti" is derived from the ancient Greek word "elaphos", which means deer. It is believed that these islands were once inhabited by deer, giving rise to their name.
During the time of the Roman Empire, the Elaphiti Islands were an important part of the maritime trade routes in the Adriatic Sea. The islands served as a stopover for ships traveling between the eastern and western parts of the empire. Evidence of this can be seen in the remains of ancient Roman villas and structures that have been discovered on the islands. Today, the islands still maintain their traditional way of life through agriculture and fishing.
Looking for a more leisurely adventure? Please check out our Elaphiti Islands – Short Swims trip!
Who is this trip for?
This swimming trip is ideal for those who are looking to combine interesting and varied swims, perhaps with a bustling city break.
Swimmers should also have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance of around 2.5km 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.
Are you a Pioneer?
We are excited to share our entirely new Elaphiti Islands trip for an action-packed 2024 of adventures. Our first departures will be Pioneer Departures. These are perfect for those who want to get out first to experience the relatively unexplored waters that await us. You will have the opportunity to explore the destination in-depth with an amazing group of swimmers, opening our eyes to the possibilities for future trips.
- Fully guided swimming holiday (swimmers only)
- Professional swim guides and full safety escort on all swims (swimmers only)
- Six nights' accommodation
- All breakfasts
- All lunches (swimmers only)
- Full ABTOT Financial Protection
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the trip
- Evening meals
- Drinks and additional activities
Sample Trip Itinerary
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and swim conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilots will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
We are yet to run this trip for its first season in 2024. Please check back in the future for testimonials from our pioneer SwimTrekkers!
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