|26 May - 01 Jun
|02 Jun - 08 Jun
|09 Jun - 15 Jun
|16 Jun - 22 Jun
|15 Sep - 21 Sep
|22 Sep - 28 Sep
|29 Sep - 05 Oct
|06 Oct - 12 Oct
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Swim in the warm clarity of the Ionian Sea as you explore the stunning western coast of mainland Greece
Complete a series of exciting circumnavigations around the three islands which make up the Mavro Oros Archipelago
Explore the region's most memorable (and lesser-swum) spots with a variety of cave, tunnel and arch swimming
Kick back in the quiet hillside town of Sivota on the shores of the Ionian Sea - an ideal base for your local swim adventures
Based in the picturesque town of Sivota, this swimming holiday in Greece gives you the opportunity to explore the crystalline waters of the Ionian Sea. From spectacular caves and tunnels, to stunning underwater topography and marine life, there is always something to discover on this wonderful open water swimming adventure.
The quiet town of Sivota is situated on Greece’s western coast on the shores of the Ionian Sea. The hillside setting and surrounding landscape are an idyllic base for the week and offer us the chance to seek out the area’s coves, beaches, and islands. The islands of Mourtemeno, Agios Nikolaos and Mavro Oros all sit between the mainland and the nearby island of Corfu - their craggy coastlines make them ideal to swim alongside and explore.
The nature of this trip means that we actively seek out caves, tunnels, and swim-throughs over the course of the week, with our guides often jumping in the water with you to share in the experience.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is designed for swimmers who enjoy a combination of coastal swims, short crossings, and circumnavigations. With plenty of caves and tunnels to discover, it is a great option for the swimmer who likes to take the time to explore their surroundings as they swim. This trip is also well suited to non-swimming partners.
Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance and average daily swim distance (over the course of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.
The average swim distance is 2km per swim. The average daily swim distance is around 4km.
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 (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
- Welcome Drinks (at hotel)
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the trip
- Evening meals
- Drinks and additional activities
- Overnight Stay Tax (paid locally)
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.
For my 50th Birthday in June I booked a private trip on Ionian Explorer. It was a fantastic holiday and one I'll always remember for the great location, brilliant guides, beautiful weather and water conditions just in the goldilocks zone (not too hot, not too cold), varied swims - island circumnavigation, coastal and a crossing and wonderful company made up of SwimTrek friends old and new. Thank you Ben for organising it and to all the SwimTrek team for delivering the best swimming holiday experience as usual!Sarah R, Finland - 2023
The Ionian Explorer lived up to my expectations! Beautiful, clear water with numerous caves and inlets to explore, fish and starfish and even a manta ray, and wonderful, experienced guides in John and Mike. Thanks SwimTrek! I’m already looking for where to explore next year.Karla M, USA - 2023
Fantastic trip. We had two brilliant guides, an amazing bunch of swimmers who gelled and socialised really well together and wonderful swims. We all had lots of fun together. Couldn’t fault it. I’d recommend this trip to anyone who is comfortable with the distances.Rachel C, UK - 2023
Beautiful location, great food and company and some stunning swims with plenty of things to see!Laura HS, UK - 2022
I keep returning to SwimTrek because of the well chosen locations, lovely guides and the well run organisation. I know what I get and I'm happy to have been with SwimTrek every time.Frederik VW, Germany - 2022
A fantastic selection of swims - coastal and crossings, with lots of marine life to see en route. Great base - nice accommodation and lots of restaurants and bars close at hand.Mark G, Ireland - UK - 2022
A SwimTrek trip combines the best part of a relaxing holiday in a beautiful location with plenty of exercise. I love the camaraderie and team spirit that comes from open water swimming together.Francisca Jonsson, 2021
Absolutely brilliant holiday. Wonderful group, excellent guides, comfortable, well-located hotel. I can't believe I swam 4k in one hit!Sarah Harris, 2021
A very fun time! Great to explore a new place with guides and awesome travel companions. This was my first swim trek and I plan to do another!Rebecca Gleason , 2021
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