This is a special programme that will combine swimtrekking to orienteering itineraries. Two days of the expedition we will focus on both activities. Swimming up the coastline of Alonissos to a specific point and then trekking the inner land to the final destination using maps and compass well assisted by an orienteering guide.
You will be swimming daily around the beautiful coastline of Alonissos. Coastal swims will have a length of approximately 5 km per day. Itineraries will be decided by the Swimtrekking instructors that will be guiding and swimming with the group to the final destinations. Swimtrekking will provide you 6/7 full days of coastal swims and 1 half day of coaching session. During the swims as part of our contribution for the protection of the environment we rescue any plastics we found in the sea.
Orienteering is a family of sports that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain, and normally moving at speed. Participants are given a topographical map, usually a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control points. In Alonissos participants will be provided with a simple local map and the activity will not be at speed but at a regular walking pace. We are planning to have 1/2 days of Orienteering activities.
Swimtrekking involves the use of specifically designed equipment. One swimmer out of two will tow a light weight, water tight barkino during coastal swims. This is attached to the swimmer by a harness worn around the waist. Barkinos allow swimmers to carry drinking water, aqua shoes, lunch, spare equipment and anything else you will find useful for the days adventure as well as being a visible piece of safety equipment. In addition to this Swimtrekking will provide all guests with a mask and snorkel, wetsuit and fins. These items are provided by the club and allow you to freely explore your underwater environment whilst giving you the personal protection required.
This beautiful island is located in the north Sporades archipelago and is part of a National Maritime Park. Alonissos…
Dates of tours
August 13th – 22nd 2019 (9 nights)
About the trip
Start point: August 13th @ Sossinola Apartments.
Start time: on the arrival day meet @ 15.00 your Swimtrekking Instructors. Check in, lunch, briefing and first swim in the afternoon.
Finish point: August 22nd @ Sossinola Apartments.
Finish time: on the departing day last breakfast @ 9.00 and transfer to the nearest port.
Typical day Swimtrekking
Breakfast and briefing.
Pack up your essentials for the day before heading out for the morning swim.
Short walk or take our vehicle to our start point for the day.
Once on the shoreline we kit up before beginning our morning adventure.
We’ll stop off in a cove for lunch, after which you have time to spend exploring the inland beauty of Alonissos or just relax on the beach.
Once lunch has settled and everyone is ready to cool off in the water again, we continue our sea adventure off in search of groupers, sting rays, tuna fish, shells, multi-coloured star fish, sea bass, morays and much more…
During the swims as part of our contribution for the protection of the environment we rescue any plastics we found in the sea.
We work up a final appetite by the time we get back to the studios having dinner in one of the characteristic Alonissos tavernas’.
Getting to Alonissos
Suggested routes to get to Alonissos are as follow:
Best solution is to fly to the Skiatos with Blue Panorama or Volotea and then take the ferry to Alonissos with Blue Star Ferries .
Other option is flying to Athens with Alitalia, Aegean Airlines, Easyjet, Vueling Airlines, Ryan air, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, SAS, KLM, British Airways, Swiss, Iberia, Eurowings, Norwegian, EL AL Israel Airlines, then reach the port of Agios Konstantinos (arrange private transfer) where you can take the ferry to Alonissos with Ellenic Seaways .
As an alternative you can fly to Salonicco and then take the ferry to Alonissos (at the present the ferry timetable are not confirmed yet and you need to contact petas.gr.). From Salonicco you can also catch the public transports (bus) to Volos (2 hours drive) from where you can continue to Alonissos with a Blue Star Ferries ferry.
Alway remember to double check public transports and ferry timetables. These are always subject to changes and cancellations.
We stay 9 nights at Sossinola Apartments that is located in the beautiful harbor of Steni Vala 10 kilometers away from Patitiri, the port of the island and just 300m from the beautiful blue sea. Our rooms emphasize on quality. You will be staying in double/twin bedrooms with full board accommodation.
Traditional Greek breakfast and dinners will be served at Sossinola Restaurant. The Restaurant is located next to the sea and just 50 meters from the rooms. Lunches will be a selection of sandwiches, fruit and snacks.
We can cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets but please ensure you inform us of your dietary requirements on booking.
Temperatures and conditions
August: air temperature 28°C; sea temperature: 26°C.
Sea conditions will vary according to the weather and currents. This all adds to the experience of being in open water.
What to bring
On top of your normal clothes you should bring with you:
a waterproof/wind jacket, warm sweatshirt, walking shoes/sandals, sun hat and sun glasses. There are ATM cash machines in Patitiri.
Places of interest
The monk seal Monachus – Monachus and other rare species of fauna and flora live in Alonissos and in the island around it. This region…
During ancient times, Alonissos…
Islands around Alonissos
Small islands with dense vegetation or rocky ground surround Alonissos…
The Old Village
The Old Village of Alonissos is a tangle of narrow streets…
Patitiri village is the picturesque central port and the capital of the island…
This beautiful fishing village…
August 15th: This is the day to celebrate a traditional wedding revival…
The Historical and Folklore Museum of Alonissos…
Churches and Monasteries
There are many churches and chapels to visit on the island. Find out more…
Beaches in Alonissos
In Alonissos there is a huge variety of beaches. Find out more…
Approximately daily swimming distance: 5 – 7 kilometers.
Approximately daily walking distance: 7 – 10 kilometers.
Program will be supervised by qualified Swimtrekking Instructors/Guides.
Swimtrekking Instructors/Guides will be responsible for all the camp organization and logistics.
Timing and itineraries can be modified according to the sea and weather conditions and may be cancelled.