Swimming challenge in Greece

Challenge your skills by swimming in Attica's most beautiful beaches and lakes in three days.
Test your stamina and perfect your technique, as you swim along the length of the stunning Vouliagmeni and Varkiza beaches, as well as the therapeutic mineral waters of Lake Vouliagmeni. You will be making new friends, achieving new goals and experiencing nature as you advance your swimming techniques with the supervision of professional athletes and coaches.

Highlights

3 days of guided swimming in three amazing locationsHike Vouliagmeni hills during sunset
Experience the authentic Greek cuisineMeet like minded travelers and locals

DEPARTURES

Departure date
Return date
Theme
Price Per person
 
02/10/2020
04/10/2020
Swimming holiday
€590
30/04/2021
02/05/2021
Swimming holiday
€590
28/05/2021
30/05/2021
Swimming holiday
€590
25/06/2021
27/06/2021
Swimming holiday
€640
30/07/2021
01/08/2021
Swimming holiday
€640
27/08/2021
29/08/2021
Swimming holiday
€640
24/09/2021
26/09/2021
Swimming holiday
€590
22/10/2021
24/10/2021
Swimming holiday
€590

ITINERARY

Arrival in Athens

Welcome to Greece! After you have been picked up from the airport in the afternoon, you will be transferred to your hotel in the seaside town of Vouliagmeni. You will have some time to settle into your lodgings before your guide meets you in order to start your first swimming challenge in the therapeutic mineral waters of Lake Vouliagmeni!

Lake Vouliagmeni swimming

Upon meeting your guide/training coach you will take a 10-minute scenic walk to Lake Vouliagmeni in order to start your first swimming challenge.

Your first swimming activity is to swim 1km across the serene, mineral waters of this beautiful lake. Once you come closer you will notice that the geology of the area is unique, as if a meteor slammed into the hillside creating this unique lake.

After your swim, you can take the chance to relax and walk around the grounds of the lake before you take an authentic Greek meal in a beachfront local taverna.

1 hour of swimming, 1-2 Km

Vouliagmeni Beach swimming

After breakfast, you will take a 10-minute scenic walk to Vouliagmeni beach.
Today you will challenge yourself with another 1.5km swim, extending to 3km, for the more advanced swimmers. Recover with some lunch by visiting a local taverna before you make your way back to your hotel for an afternoon rest.

1-2 hours of swimming,1.5-3Km

Vouliagmeni Hills walking

After a well deserved afternoon nap, follow your guide for a walking experience in Vouliagmeni hills.

These small hills offer unparalleled viewpoints and panoramas of the Athenian Riviera, the Saronic Gulf, and the Aegean Sea.

This hike will be done right around sunset, which adds on to the beauty and magical atmosphere surrounding this area. After sunset, we will make our way back to Vouliagmeni in order to enjoy dinner at a sea-side tavern.

2 hours hiking

Varkiza Beach swimming

Today after an energizing breakfast we will head out to Varkiza Beach to meet your swimming instructor.

You will be separated into two groups, with one taking on a 2-kilometer swim, while the other takes on a more strenuous 4-kilometer swim. Your instructor will be there every step of the way to ensure you are learning new advanced swimming techniques properly and safely.

1-2 hours of swimming,1.5- 3 Km

Transfer to Airport

After your lessons, we will pass by the hotel for a quick lunch and so that you can collect your luggage. Once ready we will start the 30-minute drive to Athens airport on time for your departing flight!

INCLUDED

2 nights in a seaside hotel in VouliagmeniAll breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner.Single timed airport transfers
Tour leaderSwim guide and full safety escort on all swimsEntrance fees to the Lake of Vouliagmeni & Vouliagmeni Beach

NOT INCLUDED

Travel insurance (required)Miscellaneous expenses souvenirs etc.
Gratuities (optional)

TRIP INFORMATION

COVID19 RELATED MEASURES

Land transfers' minibuses are fully sanitized after each charter with certified products based on COVID19 related cleaning protocols. The driver is wearing a mask at all times, whereas our guests are advised to wear a mask while indoors.

All guests will need to fill a COVID19 related health document upon arrival. We will take temperatures of all guests upon arrival.
We will provide one mask and a personal bottle of antiseptic soap per guest.

In such a case during the trip, there is a suspicious case with symptoms such as severe coughing, difficulty in breathing, high temperature, we follow the EU protocol and inform the Health authorities and proceed with virus testing provided by a doctor on land.

How to book

By clicking the 'Book now' button above, you will be asked to pay a 20% deposit. This is to secure your booking with us. On receipt of your booking, we will send you full written confirmation of your booking, the trip file and trip notes, together with your trip invoice, which is usually due for payment 8 weeks prior to departure. The date payment is due will show on the invoice. Please call us at +30 2152151629 if you need more information.

Arriving in Athens

A single timed transfer is provided, adjusted to the flight arriving last. Please choose a flight arriving in Athens on Friday not later than 2:30pm and departing not earlier than 4:00pm on Sunday.
If your flight arrived earlier or you are already in Athens city please arrange your own taxi transfer to Vouliagmeni/Amarilia Hotel.
Our group briefing is at 5:00pm at the lobby of the hotel.

Group size

Minimum guests: 2
Maximum guests: 15

Personality Journeys swimming instructors

Our swimming instructors are qualified, lifeguard certified, native Greek athletes with vast experience in open sea swimming.

Meals

All breakfasts, the first night's dinner and Saturday lunch are included.

Minimum and maximum age limit

We require our participants to be above 18 years old. In the case of families, we offer custom private swimming holidays with no age limitations.

Weather

The weather conditions during spring and autumn are on average ideal for sailing and hiking: moderate breezes combined with pleasantly warm temperatures. Air temperature in spring is 16-23 degrees and in autumn 19-26 degrees.
All sailing routes are designed based on statistically most probable wind speed and direction in the Cyclades islands. However, should adverse conditions prevail (too strong winds or opposite direction winds that prevent us from anchoring in specific bays, we have plan B scenarios already available meaning alternative hikes if necessary or alternative mooring locations/ports in the island in concern. In such rare occasions, it is up to the judgement of the skipper to alter or cancel a sailing route and up to the judgement of the hiking guide to alter or cancel a hike.

What do I need to bring?

Small day-pack, hiking shoes & long walking socks, sandals, a pair of shoes that may get wet, hiking (comfortable) trousers, long sleeve shirts, water-resist jacket & trousers, sunglasses, hat, sun cream, water can, trekking poles, bathing suit, beach towel, toiletries.
We would ask you to bring 1 soft-suitcase per person. On a sailing boat, there is no luggage storage space - all passengers keep their luggage in their cabins.

Responsible travel policy

Our aim is to reduce as much as possible the negative and increase the positive impacts our operational practices have on the social and physical environment within the areas of our operation. During briefing, our team will inform you of how we try to achieve this in practice.

Guaranteed departures

Our scheduled Sailing trips have guaranteed departures.

Travel Insurance

We require that all our travellers are insured while travelling. In case you need assistance in order to choose your travel insurance please contact us. Personality Journeys is a World Nomads partner, Lonely Planet's trusted travel insurance provider.

Single supplement

The single supplement is an extra charge of 290€ for solo travellers who wish to book a single room. In the occasion of two solo travellers of the same gender sharing a twin bed room there is no single supplement charge.

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Amarillia Hotel Vouliagmeni

Amarillia hotel in Vouliagmeni is an elegant and inviting hotel in one of the most exclusive areas close to Athens, yet far away from the crowds and bustle of downtown Athens. Located in the magnificent suburb of Vouliagmeni, only steps away from the sandy beach, Amarilia hotel has stunning views to one of the most envied seashores of the Athens coastline.

The picturesque and breathtaking views of the Saronic Gulf, which forms part of the Aegean Sea, and the convenient location, just a short drive from the center and the airport, makes Amarilia hotel in Vouliagmeni the perfect location for both business and leisure travelers. Our guests enjoy impeccable facilities and services provided by our friendly and attentive personnel. With newly renovated rooms and suites, naturally lit conference halls and spacious restaurant, all of us here at Amarilia hotel in Vouliagmeni are ready to make your stay a relaxing and memorable experience.

Make this trip private

Adjust this itinerary to suit your preferences. Choose your preferred dates and we will plan a custom swimming holiday for you.

 
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Hellenic Yacht Brokers Association
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