|Type Of Room||From||To||Price||Availability|
|Twin Room||Fri 29 June 2018||Thu 5 July 2018||€ 1020||NO|
|Single Room||Fri 29 June 2018||Thu 5 July 2018||€ 1090||NO|
|Twin Room||Fri 6 July 2018||Thu 12 July 2018||€ 1090||YES|
|Single Room||Fri 6 July 2018||Thu 12 July 2018||€ 1180||YES|
|Twin Room||Fri 31 August 2018||Thu 6 September 2018||€ 1090||YES|
|Single Room||Fri 31 August 2018||Thu 6 September 2018||€ 1180||YES|
|Twin Room||Fri 7 September 2018||Thu 13 September 2018||€ 1020||YES|
|Single Room||Fri 7 September 2018||Thu 13 September 2018||€ 1110||YES|
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Our hotels in Panormos, Skopelos and in Steni Valla, have been carefully chosen as to combine comfort, hospitality and a pleasant and friendly environment. They are situated in areas where there are plenty of opportunities to go out in the evening, walk around and have a wonderful time. They offer mainly double rooms or studios, but you can book one for single use. However, availability of single rooms depends on the group size so early booking is suggested.
All breakfasts and lunch is included. Lunch meals are based on the Mediterranean diet and are prepared in cooperation with a nutritionist as to effectively cover the nutritional needs of swimmers after intense exercise. Dinners are not included in the price.
Passports and Visas
For information on passports and visas required for traveling to Greece please check the official website of the Greek Tourism Organization.
There are no specific vaccinations required for Greece, but it is advised that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date, including tetanus and polio. However, vaccine recommendations are based on the available risk information for vaccine-preventable diseases in each destination, which can change at any time. Therefore, it is recommended that you refer to your national Center for Disease Control & Prevention and their website at least a month before your trip.
We provide water bottles and swim hats, but there are several items available in case you forget to bring your own, such as flippers and goggles.
It is recommended that you bring with you:
This tour has a maximum group size of 12 guests.
Skopelos is located at Central Greece and can therefore be reached from several points. The island has two harbors: the main harbor at Skopelos Town and the one at Glossa (locally known as Loutraki) at the Northwestern side of Skopelos. You have the following options to reach Skopelos depending on your starting point.
When you arrive at Agios Konstantinos you can buy your tickets from several travel agents on the dock or collect them in case you have booked. It is strongly recommended that you book your ferry tickets in advance. There are at least two or three ferries per day (regular, or the fast Flying Dolphin hydrofoils) in summer from Agios Konstantinos to Skopelos. Travel time by conventional ferry from Agios Konstantinos is approximately 5 hours (price approx. 36 €/adult) and by flying dolphin/catamaran is approximately 3 hours (price approx. 48 €/adult).
Skiathos is an island of the Northern Sporades complex which connects to Skopelos by boat. Skiathos airport is the main airport servicing the Northern Sporades islands.
European airlines currently serving Skiathos include Austrian Airlines, Lauda Air, Monarch Airlines and Novair. Flight aggregators such as Expedia also offer up-to-date searches of all flights to Skiathos from across Europe and elsewhere. The British travel company Thomson also offers summertime flights to Skiathos from Birmingham, East Midlands, Gatwick, Manchester and Newcastle.
The best way to go from the airport to the port of Skiathos is by taxi. The taxis are right in front of you as you come out of the airport. The route is approximately 5 minutes and the cost is about 10 euros. From Skiathos port you can get a ferry, flying dolphin or catamaran for your onward journey to Skopelos. The Flying Dolphins and Catamarans take 15 minutes to Glossa and 40 minutes to Skopelos Town.
Volos is a city of Central Greece which belongs to the county of Magnesia. It is also the closest port of Greece mainland which connects to Skopelos. There are many flights to Volos (Aghialos) airport from Gatwick, Bari, Berlin, Vienna, Dussledorf, Nuremberg, Hamburg, Milan, Rome, Brussels during summer months, offered by Airberlin, Ryanair, Monarch, Avro, Transavia and may other airlines. These flights connect well to the boats to Skopelos.
From Volos airport it is recommended that you take a bus to Volos KTEL bus terminal and get a taxi from the bus terminal to Volos port, or walk for about 10 minutes. The bus ticket from Volos airport to Volos town costs only 5 €, while the taxi from the airport to the port is usually around 50 €.
From the port of Volos you will find several ferries and catamarans that connect daily to Skopelos. Travel time by conventional ferry is approximately 5 hours (price approx. 26 €/adult) and by catamaran is approximately 3 hours (price approx. 45 €/adult).
Thessaloniki is the second biggest city of Greece, and is located at Northern Greece. Easyjet and Ryanair fly to Thessaloniki as do other airlines such as BA, Olympic, Swiss etc.
Thessaloniki has a ferry which goes straight to Skopelos in the summer months (see NEL’s timetables for more details). From Thessaloniki you can also take the Public Intercity bus (KTEL Magnesias) to Volos and get a boat from Volos port to Skopelos. The bus terminal at Thessaloniki is called Macedonia Intercity Bus Station (KTEL Macedonia) at Gianitson 244 str., 54628, Thessaloniki. The bus to Volos leaves every 1,5-2 hours and the journey takes about 2,5 hours. For information on bus schedules from Thessaloniki to Volos please call 14505 (KTEL phone service) or check www.ktelmacedonia.gr, which is an excellent site.
Day 1: Introduction
Welcome to Skopelos! We will be meeting at the hotel, right in front of the amazing Panormos beach at 5:30 pm. You will be thoroughly introduced to the schedule and all the details will be explained and discussed. Relax and get prepared for your swimming adventure!
Day 2: Swim analysis day
After our breakfast we will walk to the beautiful beach in front of our hotel, where we will be swimming for about 1 km. During this introductory swim, your guide will carefully monitor your swimming style and technique. We will be having lunch at a local taverna by the sea and will taste some of the most delicious local dishes. In the afternoon we move to the adjacent Kastani beach, where we will be swimming to a green islet right at the opposite for about 2km. All this swimming area is characterized by golden beaches full of pine trees which are literally washed by the sea. In the early evening we will have an optional swimming analysis session where we will discuss on open-water techniques and tips to improve your overall performance.
Day 3: Island Hopping What a day!
Our boat will collect us from the hotel, where we will meet our great skipper. When we reach Repi islet we will dive for a quick (500m) island hopping to Arkos, right opposite from Skiathos. From Arkos we will be heading south, towards our next stop (the end of morning session), the incredibly beautiful Tsougria Island, with sand hills covered with pine trees, ending up in golden sandy beaches. So much beauty in such a small place! We will be having a strong meal on board and continue our island hopping. For the afternoon session we will be swimming along the west coastline of Tsougria, over a scenery of sandy beaches always on our right, and end up at our final swimming destination, the islet of Mikri Tsougria. Don’t forget your evening outfit, because our day will end at the port of Skiathos where we will be spending our evening.
Day 4: Swim from Skopelos to Alonissos
Change of setting. We begin another exploration to a new island, Alonissos, where we will be swimming in the largest marine park in the Mediterranean Sea, a Natura 2000 protected area, habitat of the Monachus monachus monk seals.
Our swim will begin from a beautiful sea cave at Agios Georgios islet near Skopelos, heading towards Mourtias beach in Alonissos. Our boat trip, during which we will be having lunch, will continue up to Patitiri, the port of Alonissos. SwiminGreece being an active volunteer of MOm organization, one of the most active and recognized Greek Non Governmental Organizations for the study and protection of the Mediterranean monk seal, we will be visiting their offices at Patitiri. We will be introduced to their aims and activities, and we will be informed on the sea areas where we can spot monk seals during our swimming trips.
Having swum more than enough kilometers, the rest of the day is free for you to get to know our new beautiful island. You can either get into the boat to our new hotel location at Votsi, or continue your day at Patitiri, visit the worderful Chora of Alonissos and come to the hotel taking the local bus.
Day 5: From Steni Valla to Peristera Island – The island calling
After you wake up, just go out to your balcony: the view is so breathtaking that you immediately feel the need to swim in the calm, friendly waters of Sporades. Our boat will be waiting for us just below out hotel and will be taking us to Steni Valla, right in the middle of the East coast of Alonissos. Just at the opposite, the coast of Alonissos embraces the island of Peristera, forming a fjord-like sea area which looks like a lake, challenging you to swim across and explore it. So let’s swim and explore! A very rewarding, calm and refreshing route will begin right from the cove which is a 50m walk from the hotel, ending up at the East coast of Peristera. Our midday break for lunch and rest will take place at one of the island’s most isolated beaches, just nature and us.
Day 6: Swim in the heart of the Mediterranean’s largest marine park (are you faster than a monk seal?)
Our boat will be taking us along the Northeastern coastline of Alonissos. We will be passing by the Blue Cave and will be heading North to reach Kyra Panagia island and, more specifically, Planetes, a cove so enclosed that the distance from one edge to the other doesn’t exceed 90m. We will be passing through this opening and will be entering the bay which looks like a lake; waters are so calm that you will think you will be swimming in a pool. We will continue swimming towards the South side of the bay and stop inside the bay for a relaxing break. After we rest, the boat will be taking us outside the bay to continue swimming along the South-West coastline of Kyra Panagia. This day’s swimming trip is the longest of all the other trips. Yet it is the most exciting and rewarding; we thought that you shouldn’t miss anything from this unique experience of swimming in such a significant and exquisite Mediterranean habitat. It is not at all unlikely that you will meet a monk seal during your swim…
Day 7: The end of our swimming adventure
We will be having breakfast at the hotel, chatting over our rich experiences. We will be relaxing at the hotel’s swimming pool or at the beach nearby, spending the last moments of our swimming adventure holidays, right before our final "farewell".
We swum in 10 islands, visited the marine park, met great people and became an awesome team. What a trip!
Thank you for being a part of SwiminGreece, and for joining our SwiminGreece family. We hope you enjoyed your open water swimming experience with us, and we hope to see you soon for a new swimming adventure.
Our major concern is your safety. To avoid possibly unsafe situations, all our tours are designed with seasonal, local weather conditions being taken into account. Keeping this in mind, swimming routes are flexible to alterations or changes if the conditions are assessed as likely to put our swimmers at any possible risk.
|Day 1||Panormos Beach
Kastani Beach - Green Islet
|Day 2||Islet Repi-Arkos-Tsougria
Islet Tsougria-Mikri Tsougria
|Day 3||Islet Agios Georgios-Alonissos||2.5 km|
|Day 4||Alonissos - Island Peristera
South Coastline of Peristera
|Day 5||Cove Planetes
South of Island Panagia
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Suggested hiking routes
|Hiking routes||Walking Distance||Description|
|Panormos Beach - Kastani Beach||2 km||Walk through the pine forest|
|Around and into Glossa Village||1.5 km||A must-do walk in the traditional old village|
|Walk in the Port of Skopelos||1.9 km||Walk around Skopelos village with the beautiful architecture|
|Walk around the Old town of Alonissos||1 km||Beautiful view of the Aegean sea from above|
|Votsi small Port-Patitiri Port||1.5 km||Walk into the nice small ports of Alonissos|
|Duration:||7 days (6 nights)|
|Period:||June - July - September|
|Swimming Type:||Coastline swimming and island crossing|
|Swimming distances:||1-3,5 km per session|
|Accomodation:||Hotel in Panormos, Skopelos and Votsi, Alonissos|
Our tour involves Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos, three islands with extraordinary, bursting plantation. They are amongst the greenest areas in the Mediterranean, with most of their grounds being covered by rich pine forests extending to beautiful sandy beaches and coloring the sea water with a unique emerald shade.
Skiathos is a cosmopolitan island that offers night life, sandy beaches and wonderful scenery. Skopelos is a traditional island with villages of unique architecture, clear waters, sandy beaches and rich pine forests, providing a peaceful setting for relaxing holidays in the Aegean Sea. Alonissos offers moments of peace and tranquility. The National Marine Park of Alonissos is a refuge of the protected Mediterranean Monk Seal "Monachus – Monachus", one of the biggest monk seal species.
|Α must-do swimming exploration for nature lovers: the Sporades tour
7 days | June - September 2016
from 980 €
|Our tour in Sporades involves Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos, three islands with extraordinary, bursting plantation. With calm weather throughout the year, Sporades form a harmonious, peaceful setting of crystal emerald waters, blue sky and green surroundings which is ideal for swimming.|