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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

An open water swimming holiday in 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. With a combination of coastal swims, crossings and a full circumnavigation of the island of San Nicola, you will have the opportunity to experience the region’s stunning natural beauty from a unique perspective.

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

Who is this trip for?

This trip is ideal for swimmers who want to explore the 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 4 km (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
  • Picnic lunches

What's not included?

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


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 Arena for our acclimatisation swim. Following this we have a group coaching session along the beach, including video analysis, which gives you the opportunity to get some tips from the guides.

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 go through the stroke analysis videos filmed earlier in the day.

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, a natural rock arch at the island’s northeast corner 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 an 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 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. This 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.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
June 19 - 26°C / 69 - 76°F 20 - 26°C / 68 - 79°F
July 23 - 28°C / 75 - 80°F 23 - 29°C / 73 - 84°F
September 21 - 28°C / 72 - 79°F 20 - 26°C / 68 - 79°F
October 17 - 23°C / 65 - 70°F 16 - 21°C / 61 - 70°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 two inflatable 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.

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.

Option 1: Travel via Bari

To search for available flights into Bari, we suggest that you use Skyscanner.

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 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.

For further information about getting from Termoli to San Domino, please see the ‘Travel from Termoli to San Domino’ section below.

Option 2: Travel via Pescara

To search for available flights into Pescara, we suggest that you use Skyscanner.

Public Transport From Pescara Airport to Termoli

From Pescara Airport, you can take the No.38 bus (Aeroporto - Centro Commerciale D’Abruzzo) to the railway station in Pescara City Centre (Via Conte di Ruvo). This leaves from outside the airport terminal, takes approximately 10 minutes and the railway station is the third stop on the journey. Tickets are sold via the automatic machines in the arrivals area of the airport. The name of the bus company is GTM and a timetable for route 38 can be found at the following website: www.gtmpescara.it.

Once at the railway station, you will need to take a train to Termoli. This will take approximately 45 minutes and will cost between €15 and €20 one way depending on the train and time of booking. A timetable of scheduled journeys can be found at the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

For further information about getting from Termoli to San Domino, please see the ‘Travel from Termoli to San Domino’ section below.

Option 3: Travel via Rome

To search for available flights into Rome, we suggest that you use Skyscanner.

Travel From Rome Airport to Termoli

From Rome airport the quickest way to travel to Termoli is to either catch a connecting flight to Bari or Pescara airports or to travel by train. Ryanair and Alitalia have frequent flights from Rome to both airports with the journey taking just over an hour. From here, you can follow the above instructions to get to San Domino.

If travelling by train, the journey is approximately five hours with scheduled services running five times a day. A timetable of scheduled journeys can be found at the following website: www.trenitalia.com. There is also a train service that runs to from Rome to Foggia airport, which is a great option if you would like to take a helicopter transfer to San Domino (please see below for further information).

For further information about getting from Termoli to San Domino, please see the ‘Travel from Termoli to San Domino’ section below.

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 2019 timetables for these ferries can be found at: NavLib / Tirrenia. 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.

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 and costs around €50 one way. 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 the following website: www.alidaunia.it.

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 a combination of garden and sea view rooms for our guests. The hotel is surrounded by fir trees, some of which may obscure views from some sea view rooms. Your accommodation includes a traditional Italian breakfast each morning. 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, 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. On the 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 (€).

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.

  • 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