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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy shorter daily swim distances than other SwimTrek tours, in the clear, turquoise waters of the Greek Islands

  • Explore a breathtaking variety of caves, tunnels, arches and underwater topography

  • Complete a range of stunning coastal swims and adventurous crossings between both inhabited and uninhabited islands

  • Relax and unwind aboard our very own SwimTrek yacht between swims

  • Discover the charm and beauty of the laid-back Greek culture and spectacular landscapes of Milos and its surrounding islands

This introductory Greek Island swimming holiday gives you the opportunity to explore the beautiful volcanic coastline of Milos, with shorter daily swim distances than other Milos trips. Featuring spectacular sea caves, tunnels and breathtaking arches, Milos and its surrounding islands are an open geological museum just waiting to be explored.

The beautiful views and incredible geology that you will experience on this trip, both above and below the water, are some of the most spectacular that exist anywhere in the Mediterranean. From the deep, clear waters of the Aegean Sea to the white sand beaches and imposing rock formations that define the islands in this corner of the world, Milos is an idyllic location for open water swimmers.

Accompanied by our very own SwimTrek yacht throughout the week, this trip features a combination of stunning coastal swims and adventurous crossings to both inhabited and uninhabited islands. Combined with the spectacular island landscapes and the laid-back Greek culture, this SwimTrek adventure embraces the sense of exploration and discovery that we live by every day.


Who is this trip for?

This trip is designed for swimmers who enjoy both coastal swims and crossings as well as exploring sea caves, tunnels and arches while swimming shorter daily swims.

The trip is ideal for swimmers with a little less experience in the open water or who are looking to enjoy some additional time out of the water. Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average daily swim distance of around 3 km prior to the start of the trip.


What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday in Milos, Greece
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Six nights' accommodation
  • Six breakfasts
  • Six lunches, including picnics on our yacht and quiet beaches, as well as traditional Greek lunches in local tavernas

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Evening meals
  • Overnight Stay Tax


Daily Itineraries

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.

Day 1

We meet on the outside terrace at the Apollon Rooms, the sister hotel of the Soultana Rooms, where we hold a welcome meeting featuring a description of the days ahead, followed by a safety briefing. Following this, we go to the private beach situated in front of our accommodation for a short acclimatisation swim, before taking a short walk into Pollonia for dinner at one of the local restaurants.

Day 2

Our first swim starts just out from our hotel in the town of Pollonia. It’s a coastal swim and an ideal opening swim. The 60m tall rock stack composed entirely of columnar jointed basalt known as “The Monk” guides our way and is an easy sighting point just off Cape Kalogheros. Once onboard the boat we travel by boat to Papafragas which is one of the island’s most impressive collections of caves and tunnels. The caves all have multiple chambers and entrances.

Following a chance to relax and have lunch on the boat, we head out on our first crossing of the week to the volcanic phenomenon of Glaronissia Island with its imposing geology. We finish the swim by going through one of the main island’s tunnels.

Day 3

Today we explore the islands located north of Milos. Our first swim takes us to eastern Kimolos where we’ll discover a series of rocky outcrops around the islets of Klimatonissia featuring tunnels ideal for swimming through.

In the afternoon, we head to the uninhabited island of Polyaigos whose translation is simply “Many Goats.” The south side of the island and the location of our afternoon swim features many sea surface caves which act as a refuge to a rare population of Mediterranean Monk Seals.

Day 4

The morning begins with swim along the coastline between Sarakiniko and Mandrakia which has undergone large scale erosion over the years. This has led to the formation of about 20 sea caves and arches which are simply spectacular to swim through. The finish of the swim is breathtaking, as we reach the resting place of the Princess of Dubai, one of Greece’s best preserved shipwrecks.

In the afternoon, we head slightly west of Mandrakia to Tourkothalassa Bay and continue our coastal swim towards the fishing village of Firopotamos. The depth of the water fluctuates here, which also varies the colour of the water during our swim. Our finish point at Firopotamos sees us arrive at the villages colourful fishing huts and a local church, before heading back to Pollonia.

Day 5

This morning, we travel by boat around Milos’ mountainous east coast. The morning swim starts at Fyrligkos, as we journey around the coast to Tourkaki Beach. On the way be sure to look out for the stunning coastline colours and bubbles rising from the sea floor, which is a result of volcanic activity.

After stopping for lunch and a rest, we head towards the beach of Tsigrado for a real swim adventure as we swim through caves, hop across bays and travel underneath sheer rock formations and cliff faces.

Day 6

This morning we set off early to head to the remote south-west tip of Milos. We board the boat at Provatas and motor towards the iconic Kleftico region. This area is renowned for its truly spectacular rock formations, caves and tunnels, as well as its history, which is rich with tales of pirates and stolen treasures. The coastline features an impressive array of stacks, caverns and tunnels.

In the afternoon we travel up the island’s west coast and into Milos Bay where we arrive at the picturesque fishing village of Fourkovouni, which has traditionally been sheltered from the north winds. From here, we swim south down this historic coastline. Once hopping in the boat we head towards the ancient fishing community of Klima with its historic catacombs dating from the 1st-5th Century.

Day 7

After the exertions of the week, we have time for breakfast and a relaxing swim on the beach just outside our accommodation before the trip finishes at 10:00.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Soultana Rooms, Pollonia, Milos

Start Time: 17:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Soultana Rooms, Pollonia, Milos

Finish Time: 10:00 on Day 7

Trip Information

Equipment Checklist

In addition to your daily non-swimming clothes, we also recommend that you bring the following items:

Item Item
Swimming Costume (x2) Towel
Swimming Googles* (x2) Sweater / Fleece
Sun Hat and Sunglasses Waterproof Jacket
Waterproof Sun Cream Walking Shoes / Sandals
Small Daypack Aqua Shoes / Sandals

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats and provide water and electrolyte drinks in shared water bottles on your safety boat. If you prefer to use your own drink bottle, please feel free to bring one along. If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.

Swimming Distances

Swim Distances
Pollonia-Kalogeros 1½km
Kimolos Coastal 2km
Sarakiniko-Mandrakia 1½km
Fyrligkos-Tourkaki 1½km
Kleftico-Gerontas 1½km
Papafragas-Glaronissia 1km
Polyaigos Coastal 1km
Tourkothalassa-Firopotamos 1½km
Tsigrado Coastal 1km
Fourkovouni-Klima 1½km

*Please note that these swims are an example of the what may take place during the course of your trip and should be used as a guide only. Actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions.

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience, however you should be aware that certain marine life such as sea lice, jellyfish, sea urchins and coral could be present during the swims. In all cases we will work on reducing your contact with these creatures, however if you suffer from anaphylaxis, please consult the office prior to booking.

Walking Distances

There are small walks on this trip which are mainly to get us to and from the start and finish of a swim. Most walks take place on recognised paths and tracks, however there may be cases where we walk along trails or other unsealed surfaces and care should be taken in these areas.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
June 18-20°C / 66-68°F 21-23°C / 69-73°F
July 21-23°C / 69-73°F 24-26°C / 75-78°F
August 24-26°C / 75-78°F 26-28°C / 78-82°F
September 24-26°C / 75-78°F 26-28°C / 78-82°F
October 20-22°C / 68-71°F 23-25°C / 73-77°F

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only.

Group Size and Boat Support

This trip has a maximum group size of 15. The group will be split into a maximum of three groups, based on speed, with each group being accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort.

Boat support on this trip includes one main yacht and two support boats to be piloted by your SwimTrek guides and a local boat pilot. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Getting There - General Information

There are many options for travelling to Milos, however, the easiest routes are to fly into either Athens or Santorini and then to catch a connecting flight (Athens only) or a ferry to Milos.

IMPORTANT: While it is recommended that you purchase your ferry tickets online in advance, it is worth mentioning that ferry operators and third party websites may issue an ‘e-ticket’ at the time of booking (i.e. you will not be able to print your ticket prior to travel). You will have the option to either have your ticket sent to you via courier (upon payment of a postage fee) or to pick up your ticket when you arrive in Greece. Pick-up locations can vary from one ferry operator to the next and often include locations in central Athens, as well as offices which are located at your selected departure port. For any enquiries about ticket collections, please contact the ferry operator or booking agent directly.

Please do also note that from April 7th 2019, the Hellenic Police will be implementing systematic passport control checks for all European citizens travelling to/from destinations outside the Schengen area (including the UK). Waiting times at passport control may be affected so please ensure you arrive to the airport in good time.

Getting There - Via Athens

Flights to Athens

To search for available flights into Athens Airport, we suggest that you use Skyscanner. We also recommend that you confirm your flights and other travel arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

Overnight Accommodation in Athens

If you need to stay overnight in Athens prior to or after your SwimTrek trip and would like to be close to the port, the Hotel Phidias is a great option. Guests arriving to or departing from the port can also get a free transfer to and from the hotel. For further information, please visit: Hotel Phidias.

Flights from Athens to Milos

From Athens airport, there are direct flights to Milos available on selected days with Olympic Air. Once released, flight schedules and availability can be found on the Olympic Air website.

Ferries from Athens to Milos

The journey from Athens (Piraeus Port) to Milos takes 3-4 hours and costs approximately €140 return. To check ferry times and make sure that they match up with your flight arrival or departure, please visit Travel Me To Milos.

Transfer from Milos Port/Airport to Soultana Rooms

Travel Me To Milos offers a shared transfer service from Milos port or airport to the Soultana Rooms inPollonia which coincides with all scheduled flight and ferry arrivals on the island from 08:00 until 22:00. For scheduled arrivals and departure pickups outside this time frame, private transfers are available.

The shared transfer service must be booked in advance, at the latest by 14:00 the day before the transfer.

Transfer price per number of guests

ROUTE 1 GUEST 2 GUESTS 3 GUESTS 4 GUESTS 5 GUESTS 6 GUESTS 7 GUESTS 8 GUESTS
Milos Port to Soultana Rooms €20 €20 €21 €22 €32 €36 €40 €44
Milos Airport to Soultana Rooms €23 €24 €26 €30 €40 €44 €46 €49

To book your transfer, please contact info@travelmilos.com or +30 22870 41008.

Getting There - Via Santorini

Flights to Santorini

To search for available flights into Santorini Airport, we suggest that you use Skyscanner. We also recommend that you confirm your flights and other travel arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

Travel from Santorini Airport to Milos Port

From Santorini airport, you will need to get a transfer to the ferry port as there is no local bus service available. Please visit Santorini Transport for prices and journey times.

Ferries from Santorini to Milos

The journey from Santorini to Milos takes 2-3 hours and costs approximately €90 return. To check ferry times and make sure that they match up with your flight arrival or departure, please visit Travel Me To Milos.

Transfer from Milos Port/Airport to Soultana Rooms

Travel Me To Milos offers a shared transfer service from Milos port or airport to the Soultana Rooms in Pollonia which coincides with all scheduled flight and ferry arrivals on the island from 08:00 until 22:00. For scheduled arrivals and departure pickups outside this time frame, private transfers are available.

The shared transfer service must be booked in advance, at the latest by 14:00 the day before the transfer.

Transfer price per number of guests

ROUTE 1 GUEST 2 GUESTS 3 GUESTS 4 GUESTS 5 GUESTS 6 GUESTS 7 GUESTS 8 GUESTS
Milos Port to Soultana Rooms €20 €20 €21 €22 €32 €36 €40 €44
Milos Airport to Soultana Rooms €23 €24 €26 €30 €40 €44 €46 €49

To book your transfer, please contact info@travelmilos.com or +30 22870 41008.

Practical Information

Accommodation

Accommodation during this trip is in simple and traditional Greek rooms at the ideally located Soultana Rooms in the quiet fishing village of Pollonia. The hotel is run by a local Greek family and offers basic accommodation directly in front of the islands of Kimolos and Polyaigos. Our accommodation is based on twin-share rooms with en suite facilities. There are a limited number of single supplement rooms which can be reserved during the booking process, subject to availability.

If you require any additional nights’ accommodation before or after the trip, this can be arranged directly via Travel Me To Milos.

Email: info@travelmilos.com Tel: +30 22870 41008

Meals

All breakfasts and lunches are included in your trip price, however, dinners are at your own expense. This gives you a fantastic opportunity to explore and experience the local cafes and restaurants of your choice over the course of your trip. The average price of a two course dinner in a local restaurant in Pollonia is between €20-€25.

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as ferry transfers, dinners and drinks, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. Please note that there are ATMs available on the island, however, there only two in Pollonia so we suggest that you bring some money with you. The local currency is the Euro (€).

Please note, the Greek Ministry of Tourism has introduced an Overnight Stay Tax. This is payable upon arrival at the accommodation at a rate of €0.50 per room, per night.

Passports and Visas

Greece is part of the European Union. Non-residents of Greece require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. Citizens of all EU member states, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Greece. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Health Information and Recommended Vaccinations

For comprehensive health information for people travelling to Greece, including all recommended and required vaccinations, please visit Travel Health Pro. Please note that this information is subject to change and you should re-check this site regularly prior to your trip.

Travel Plugs & Electricity

For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit worldstandards.eu.

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