Compete in the WORLD'S OLDEST SWIM in the annual 'Victory Day' Hellespont swimming race in Canakkale, Turkey
Enjoy a truly unique experience as one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes is closed for the race
Follow in the historical wake of Leander and Lord Byron who turned these waters into the icon that they are
Meet and swap stories with fellow open water swimmers from all over the world
Relax and soak in the festivities of the SwimTrek post-race dinner after completing your swim
Hellespont and Dardanelles: THE WORLD’S OLDEST SWIM. It’s been said that you can’t call yourself a true open water swimmer until you’ve completed this historic cross-continental swim from Europe to Asia in Turkey. From the challenge of the swim itself to the region’s incredible history, this event is a must-do for open water swimmers from around the globe.
No other open water challenge in the world combines as much history, prestige, romance and bragging rights into a single swim as the legendary crossing of the Dardanelles strait, as one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world is closed for the annual ‘Victory Day’ race.
Steeped in the ancient mythology of Hero and Leander, the Hellespont was officially swum for the first time by the famous poet, Lord Byron, in 1810. Ever since, it has been considered the absolute epitome of open water swimming and can often be found at the top of any avid open water swimmer’s international wish list. As well as its own ancient history, the crossing also holds a special place in SwimTrek’s history as the swim which prompted our fearless founder, Simon Murie, to set up a pioneering open water swimming company, 15 years ago.
Entries for this iconic event are strictly limited and SwimTrek is the sole provider of all race places for non-Turkish residents. Be quick to secure your place on this unforgettable swimming event in 2018!
Who is this trip for?
The Hellespont and Dardanelles crossing is a significant open water swim of 4½ km between Europe and Asia. Conditions during the event may be challenging and swimmers should have a good understanding of open water swimming. They should be capable of swimming 4½ km in the open water and be comfortable swimming in choppy waters and currents prior to the start of the trip.
- Entry into the annual Hellespont Swim Race
- Three nights accommodation
- All breakfasts
- Optional swim coaching clinic for early arrivers on Day 1 (2018 only)
- Welcome drinks on Night 1 (2018 only)
- Pre-race acclimatisation swim on Day 2
- Pre-race boat tour on Day 2
- Pasta lunch on Day 2
- Post-race celebration and dinner on Day 3
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
- Lunch and evening meals (except the pre- and post-race meals)
- Optional guided tours
Please note that the below itinerary is subject to change during the course of your trip.
Exceeded expectations - truly memorable swimChris P. UK-2017
Where else can you do an intercontinental swim and have such fun doing it?Matthew D. UK-2017
This exceeded all expectations. Met some fantastic people from all over the world and thought the swim was truly memorableHeidi L. UK-2017
"Great moments are born from great opportunities".Chuck. P, Jordan- 2017
The Hellespont was an iconic swim. Well organised and safely managed. It was fun and enjoyable from start to finish - great event, great new friends and gave a full sense of achievement. Superb !Alan B. UK - 2016
The experience of a lifetime. You must swim it!Paul S. UK - 2016
My first SwimTrek trip exceeded all expectations so it won't be my last.Catherine D. Australia - 2016
Had a fantastic time, brilliant fun! Well organised, met some wonderful people and the sea was beautiful - like swimming in silk. One of the best days!Kate F. UK - 2016
It was - again - a perfect mix of wonderful location, challenging swimming event and meeting interesting people from all over the world.Andreas F. Germany - 2016
My favourite ever swim - Europe to Asia at the Hellespont. The most classic swim in the world. Great location, beautiful swim, well-organised trip by SwimTrek.Ricky M. UK - 2015
I swam the Hellespont to celebrate my 60th birthday. It was the highlight of a month-long trip to Turkey. It surpassed my expectations and I would jump at the chance to do it again.Graeme H. Australia - 2015
What an amazing experience both in mind, body and soul. The turks are an incredibly hospitable nation who take pride in everything they showed us and arranged for us. We were privilege to swim a historical route from Europe to Asia that will leave a lasting memory for me!Kim F. South Africa - 2015
The swim of a lifetime!Ralph C. USA - 2015
It was brilliant and the best birthday I've had in years!Shila S. Switzerland - 2015
I'm so thrilled to have taken part in the swim and can proudly say I've swum from Europe to Asia. The SwimTrek suggested training programme really worked, with superb advice on hand. I am officially a swim addict now!Lou A. UK - 2014
A very memorable swim which I would recommend to others.John W. UK - 2014
An event not to be missed. One better than sailing over the Dardanelles is to swim through it. Having succeeded, the title of "Intercontinental Swimmer" sits easily!Robert Marriott - 2013 Competitor
This has been one of my favourite swims to do. The water was beautiful and it was really great to make it it to the finish. I met some really interesting and inspiring people also, which made the trip even more memorable.Clinton P - 2013