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TRIP OVERVIEW

7 days
SwimTrek Classic
4km/day

Trip Dates

30 Jun - 06 Jul, 2019
Finished
08 Sep - 14 Sep, 2019
Finished
15 Sep - 21 Sep, 2019
Finished
07 Jun - 13 Jun, 2020
Available
14 Jun - 20 Jun, 2020
Available
21 Jun - 27 Jun, 2020
Available
28 Jun - 04 Jul, 2020
Available
06 Sep - 12 Sep, 2020
Available
13 Sep - 19 Sep, 2020
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20 Sep - 26 Sep, 2020
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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy spectacular sea swimming around the only Italian islands in the Adriatic Sea

  • Explore the entire 4-island archipelago of San Nicola, San Domino, Caraia and Cretacio

  • Discover breathtaking rock formations, beautiful gorges and fascinating caves

  • Marvel at the abundance of sea life in this area's crystal clear waters

  • Complete a range of coastal swims, crossings and circumnavigations over the course of your trip

Swimming around Italy’s Tremiti Islands is the perfect way to experience this beautiful and remote part of the country. Located in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, the four islands that make up this tiny archipelago also form part of the larger Gargano National Park.

The waters that surround the four islands of San Domino, San Nicola, Capraia and Cretacio are known not just for their incredible clarity, but also for the spectacular caves, gorges and arches that make this such a stunning area to explore. On this intimate tour where we’ll travel all over the Isole Tremiti archipelago, this trip will see you enjoy a combination of coastal swims, crossings and a full circumnavigation swim of the island of San Nicola and returning back to San Domino each day for lunch. We’ll enjoy our week's swim from several small support boats, giving you the opportunity to experience the region’s stunning natural beauty from a truly unique perspective.

Our accommodation at Hotel La Vela gives you the opportunity to relax and unwind at the end of the day amongst a peaceful pine forest that sits above the quiet Matano Bay below.

Who is this trip for?

This trip is ideal for swimmers who want to explore a remote and less visited part of Italy and the Adriatic Sea. You will have the opportunity to carry out a number of short crossings, longer coastal swims and a full island circumnavigation. Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average daily swim distance of around 4km (split over a minimum of two swims) prior to the start of the trip.

What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday in Italy's Tremiti Islands
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Technique advice with video playback
  • Six nights accommodation
  • Six traditional Italian breakfasts
  • Six hotel lunches

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Evening meals



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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 at Hotel La Vela where we hold a welcome meeting featuring a description of the days ahead followed by a safety briefing and an optional group dinner.

Day 2

After breakfast we head down to Cala delle Arene for our acclimatisation swim. Following this we have a group coaching session along the beach, including videoing your swim technique for playback later this evening, which gives you the opportunity to get some tips from the guides. We’ll then return to the hotel for lunch.

After lunch, we head out for a coastal swim from the white sandy beach of Cala delle Arene to Cale Cesare near the southern tip of the island, allowing you the chance to experience the island of San Domino from a unique point of view. Later this evening, the guides will play back the videos filmed earlier in the day, and offer technique advice.

Day 3

We start off the day on San Domino, swimming into Cala Tonda, a cave set between cliff faces, as well as through the fabulous sea grottoes at Rondinelle before reaching Cala Tamariello. After this we head back for lunch before heading off to Capraia island, which is relatively bare and uninhabited. We start our swim at Punta Secca where we will follow the coastline to Cala Dello Straccionne with the highlight surely being the swim through the Arch of Capraia and the underwater statue of Padre Pio, one of the largest underwater statues in the world.

Day 4

Today we cross to the island of San Nicola, home to a fortress and the Benedictine abbey of Santa Maria a Mare. The swim around this island is a mix of straight coastal swimming and exploring scenic coves and bays. At the end of the circumnavigation, we have the opportunity to visit both the abbey and fortress and to explore the island before returning back to San Domino.

Day 5

We start the morning by heading off to Cala del Turchi on Capraia island, along the southern coast to Cala della Straccione. The island was once called ‘Capperaia’ due to the abundance of caper bushes that still grow there. After lunch back on San Domino, we prepare for our crossing from Capraia to San Nicola to the finish point of Grotta della Madonna.

Day 6

It’s the day of our biggest crossing of the week as we swim from the island of San Domino to Capraia and into the bay of Cala dei Turchi. We then return to Hotel la Vela for our final lunch of the trip. In the afternoon, we explore the coastline from the striking headland at Punta del Diamante. The underwater vista here is just as interesting as what is above the surface, with sea caves and stacks dotting this stretch of coastline.

Day 7

After the exertions of the week, it’s time for a relaxing swim on the nearby beach which is a short walk from our hotel, before the trip finishes at 10.30.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Hotel La Vela, San Domino

Start Time: 18:30 on day 1

Finish Point: Hotel La Vela, San Domino

Finish Time: 10:30 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) Small Daypack
Sun Hat and Sunglasses Sweater / Fleece
Waterproof Sun Cream Waterproof Jacket
Aqua Shoes / Sandals Walking 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 Distance
Cala delle Arene - Cala Cesare 2½km
Punta del Diavolo – Cala Tomariello 3km
Punta Secca – Cala del Straccionne 3km
San Nicola circumnavigation 3km
Cala dei Turchi - Cala dello Straccione (Capraia) 3km
Capraia – San Nicola 2km
San Domino - Cala dei Turchi (Capraia) 2½km
Punta del Diamante 1km

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

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. Please note that as we return each day to San Domino for lunch, there will be two 10-minute uphill walks back from the port, following our morning and afternoon swims.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
June 20 - 25°C / 68 - 77°F 22 - 29°C / 72 - 84°F
July 23 - 26°C / 73 - 79°F 24 - 31°C / 75 - 88°F
September 21 - 26°C / 70 - 79°F 20 - 26°C / 68 - 79°F
October 20 - 22°C / 68 - 72°F 17 - 22°C / 63 - 72°F

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

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when carrying out our swims. As a consequence, open water swimming holidays require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek guides as quickly as possible.

Group Size and Boat Support

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

Boat support on this trip includes three small 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

The easiest way to reach San Domino is to fly into Bari International Airport and then take a train to Termoli, followed by a ferry to the island. There are a wide range of airlines serving Bari from various British and European cities and this is the route SwimTrek would recommend.

The Tremiti Islands are also accessible via Pescara and Rome airports. Please note that travelling via Rome involves a significantly longer transfer to Termoli compared to Pescara and Bari.

While we have outlined various travel options below, they are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your flights and other travel arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues. Please note that due to the remote nature of the Tremiti Islands, travel to the islands make take longer than one day.

Option 1: Travel to Termoli via Bari

To search for available flights into Bari, we suggest that you use www.skyscanner.net.

Public Transport From Bari Airport to Termoli

From Bari International Airport (Aeroporto) you can take the subway to Bari Centrale (Bari C.LE) which takes approximately 15 minutes and costs €6. The trains run approximately every hour and, once released, a timetable of scheduled journeys can be found at the following website: www.ferrovienordbarese.it.

Once at Bari Centrale, you will need to take a train to Termoli. This will take approximately 1½-2 hours and costs between €20 and €30 one way depending on the train and time of booking. Once released, a timetable of scheduled journeys can be found at the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

Ferry travel from Termoli to San Domino

From the train station, the Termoli ferry port is approximately a 20-minute walk or a five-minute taxi ride. There are two different ferry lines that operate ferries from Termoli to San Domino. Once released, the 2020 timetables for these ferries can be found at www.navlib.it / www.tirrenia.it. Please note that in 2018 ferries left from Termoli once in the morning (08:00) and once in the afternoon (15:00). On the return journey from San Domino to Termoli, ferries left once per day at approximately 16:30.

Once you arrive in San Domino, Hotel La Vela operate a complimentary shuttle service which will transport you from the port to the hotel. This can be arranged with the hotel directly via email at info@hotel-lavela.it.

Accommodation In Termoli

Travel to and from the Tremiti Islands is determined by the ferry schedule. If your flight does not match up with the ferry schedule, you may need to spend a night in Termoli during your journey. We recommend the below B&Bs in Termoli as possible options for places to stay.

HOTEL ADDRESS
Dependance Ludovica Via Ruffini 10, 86039, Termoli
B&B Le Stanze di Ludovica Via Cleofino Ruffini, 53, 86039 Termoli, Italy
Zio Tonino Via Mincio, 100, 86030 Termoli, Italy

Helicopter From Foggia

As an alternative to catching the ferry from Termoli to San Domino, an exclusive helicopter connection is available from Foggia Airport to San Domino, which takes approximately 20 minutes, costs around €30-60 one way and lands only 150m away from our hotel. Please be aware that there is a 10kg baggage limit per person on this flight. Once released, flight timetables for this helicopter journey can be found at www.alidaunia.it.

To get from Bari Airport to Foggia Heliport, you can take the subway from Bari International Airport to Bari Centrale (Bari C.LE), which takes approximately 15 minutes and costs €6. The trains run approximately every hour and, once released, a timetable of scheduled journeys can be found at www.ferrovienordbarese.it.

Once at Bari Centrale, you will need to take a train to Foggia. This will take approximately 1-1½ hours and costs between €9 and €25 one way depending on the train and time of booking. Once released, a timetable of scheduled journeys can be found at www.trenitalia.com.

We would then recommend taking a taxi from Foggia train station to Foggia Heliport, which is around a 5km drive away.

Option 2: Travel to Termoli via Pescara

To search for available flights into Pescara, we suggest that you use www.skyscanner.net.

Public Transport From Pescara Airport to Termoli

From Pescara Airport, you can take a taxi or the No.38 bus to the railway station in Pescara City Centre. This leaves from outside the airport terminal and takes approximately 10 minutes. The railway station is the sixth stop on the journey (Piazza della Repubblica). Tickets are sold via the automatic machines in the arrivals area of the airport. The name of the bus company is GTM.

Once at the railway station, you will need to take a train to Termoli. This will take approximately 50 minutes and will cost between €10 and €20 one way depending on the train and time of booking. A timetable of scheduled journeys can be found at www.trenitalia.com.

Ferry travel from Termoli to San Domino

Please refer to the above section titled ‘Ferry travel from Termoli to San Domino’.

Practical Information

Accommodation

The family-run Hotel La Vela is located amongst the pine woods above Matano Bay and is just a stone's throw away the nearest beach and only 200m from the small village of San Domino. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation, local cuisine and includes the option of upgrading to partial sea view rooms for our guests. 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 would like to extend your stay in Italy and need to book additional nights’ accommodation before or after your trip, please contact the hotel directly via info@hotel-lavela.it.

Meals

All breakfasts and lunches are included in your trip price, and we will return each day to San Domino for lunch. Dinners are at your own expense, which 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 Tremiti is between €25 and €30 per person.

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as dinners, drinks, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. The local currency in Italy is the Euro (€). There is one ATM available on San Domino where you can draw local currency out, it is located at the Post Office, directly across the road from our hotel. However, it is advised to draw local currency out before arriving on the island.

Passports and Visas

Italy is part of the European Union. Non-residents of Italy require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. Citizens of EU member states, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Italy. 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 Italy, 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.

  • A perfect swimming holiday with perfect people. Cannot believe how quick the time went. Returned home happily exhausted with a smile on my face. Could do it all over again.

    Maureen L, UK - 2019
  • The Tremiti Islands trip (my first SwimTrek) was all I had hoped for and more.

    Nella F, South Africa - 2019
  • SwimTrek continues to impress with its enthusiasm and innovation.Thanks for a brilliant holiday!

    Jonathan W, UK - 2018
  • My trip to the Tremiti Islands was my first proper experience of open water swimming. The guides made me feel totally safe and were very knowledgeable. I couldn't have wished for a better start.

    Alison H, UK - 2018
  • Best trip ever - great experience! Can’t wait for the next adventure with SwimTrek.

    Yia F, US - 2018
  • I will remember my amazing Swimtrek Tremiti holiday for the rest of my life.

    Matt S, UK - 2018
  • Thank you SwimTrek for the opportunity to swim in beautiful places safely and meet like minded people.

    Helen K, UK - 2017
  • Stunning coastal scenery and sealife - it reminded me exactly why I first fell in love with SwimTrekking.

    Linda E, UK - 2017
  • I couldn't believe how lucky I was, waking up every day to swim in such a beautiful place. Coming home was no fun at all.

    Charlotte L, Australia - 2017
  • Wonderful location, swimming and great guides - would highly recommend this trip to anyone.

    Kate T, UK - 2017