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.
Day 1 Friday - Lake Vouliagmeni experience
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
Day 2 Saturday - Vouliagmeni Beach - Round Two
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
Day 3 - Sunday - Varkiza Beach - The Final Stretch
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!
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.
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.
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.
Minimum guests: 2
Maximum guests: 15
Our swimming instructors are qualified, lifeguard certified, native Greek athletes with vast experience in open sea swimming.
All breakfasts, the first night's dinner and Saturday lunch are included.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our scheduled Sailing trips have guaranteed departures.
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.
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.
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.