|08 Jun - 14 Jun
|15 Jun - 21 Jun
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Become a SwimTrek Pioneer as we journey for the first time to the mythical Greek refuge of Ithaca - the fifth largest of the gorgeous Ionian islands.
Take on exciting coastal swims beside sheer cliffs and discover many secret islands and bays, scattered between Kefalonia and the mainland.
Search with us among islands dotted with cedar trees as we seek out the local population of rare Mediterranean monk seals.
Ithaca is an island shrouded in mysticism and rich in history and myth. It was the hilly homeland that seafaring Odysseus famously struggled to return to for 10 years – a captivating Greek jewel in the calm Ionian Sea. Just off Kefalonia’s north-eastern coast, the island is known for its hospitality and the charming harbour town of Vathy, with colourful seafront buildings and a friendly bustle. Explore the narrow streets, drift into local shops and cafés, and immerse yourself in the relaxed island lifestyle.
Throughout the course of our Greek island trip to Ithaca you’ll experience swims that stay with you for many years. Seek out ancient ruins, wander harbour villages and swim the warm surrounding waters, finding many scattered secrets flung between Kefalonia and the mainland. We’ll explore the mountainous northern coast, where sheer, chalky cliffs plunge to the sea floor. There are plenty of opportunities to discover secluded bays, comb headlands and thread together through the azure blue waters as well.
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 Ithaca Odyssey 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
- One lunch (swimmers only)
- Full ABTOT Financial Protection
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the trip
- Remaining lunches
- Evening meals
- Drinks and additional activities
- Overnight tourist tax, payable at the accommodation
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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