Experience a unique Swimtrekking holiday. You will be cruising around the remote islands of Turkey and south Dodecanese in Greece. This will be a fantastic opportunity to swim every day in different locations visiting incredible and historical places. Gulet Gokce will provide you with full comfort for an unforgettable holiday.
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 at a separate cost and allow you to freely explore your underwater environment whilst giving you the personal protection required. Guests are free to bring along their own equipment, wetsuit.
Itinerary: Bodrum – Sud Dodecanese – Bodrum
Day 1: Embarkation, welcome drink and program briefing in Bodrum harbour. Dinner and overnight stay in the harbour or at a nearby cove. (Swimtrekking activities will be organized morning and/or afternoon according to the daily location).
Day 2: Arrival in Cos around noon. Opportunity to see Asclepeion, Castle or the Museum (all open until 14:30), after lunch on board Choice of swimming in the warm waters of Empros thermal baths on the south coast Overnight stay in Cos harbour. (Swimtrekking activities will be organized morning and/or afternoon according to the daily location).
Day 3: Arrival on the volcanic island of Nisiros, with a preceding break for swimming and lunch. Afternoon open for sightseeing in town and/or visit by rented vehicle in the vicinity of the crater. (Swimtrekking activities will be organized morning and/or afternoon according to the daily location).
Day 4: Early morning departure for Rhodes, with a possible break for swimming on the island of Tilos and arrival in Rhodes around noon. The walls of the medieval Crusader castle of the Knights of St. John are visible from the harbour. Time after lunch to visit the walled old town with its numerous shops and streets dating to the Crusader era Following dinner on board, opportunity to experience the colourful night life of Rhodes. Overnight stay in Rhodes harbour. (Swimtrekking activities will be organized morning and/or afternoon according to the daily location).
Day 5: Suggested morning sightseeing, near the harbour, may include the Archaeological Museum and the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of St. John. Suggestions for the afternoon include a visit to the colourful village of Lindos and Valley of the Butterflies, both accessible by rented vehicle. Overnight in Rhodes harbour. (Swimtrekking activities will be organized morning and/or afternoon according to the daily location).
Day 6: A short sail to Symi, with a break for swimming and lunch prior to entering the harbour. In the afternoon there will be an opportunity for sightseeing along the sea front adorned with 19th century neo-Classical buildings and the interior of the town. Those interested may visit the Panormitis Monastery situated in the south of the island. For those who like walking the island offers pleasant roads and byways. (Swimtrekking activities will be organized morning and/or afternoon according to the daily location).
Day 7: Entering Turkey in Datca after a short sail from Symi, and then continuing the cruise to anchor in the ancient harbour of Knidos After sightseeing the magnificent ruins of the ancient city that surround the harbour departure in the evening for Mersincik cove on the north side of the Datca peninsula for an overnight stay. (Swimtrekking activities will be organized morning and/or afternoon according to the daily location).
Day 8: Disembarkation after breakfast in Bodrum around 10:00 am.
Please Note: This Program may vary due to bad weather conditions. You will visit the places listed but your captain may replace or choose alternative routes for your safety
14 – 21 September 2019
About the trip
Start point: 14 September meet at Gulet Gokce in Bodrum.
Start time: 10.00 check in, briefing.
Finish point: 21 September at Gulet Gokce in Bodrum.
Finish time: 10.00.
Getting to Bozburun
To reach Bodrum fly with Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, Easy Jet, Onur Air.
For group bookings the Club will organize a return private transfer from Bodrum airport to the port.
Accommodation will be provided 7 nights – with full board – in Gokce a very nice and conformable 25 metres Gulet with 6 cabins that accommodates 12 guests (1 Master, 3 double, 2 twins). Each cabin has a fully air-conditioned, wardrobe and ensuite bathroom with showers box and home style toilet. Gulet Gokce provides 4 professional crews (Captain, Cook and deckhands) for high standard of hospitality, for a luxury gulet cruise holiday, based in Bodrum but also available ports are Fethiye, Gocek, Rhodes, Kos and cruising area all along the Turkish coastline and Greek Islands. If needed ASD Swimtrekking reserves the right to change the Gulet with another one with the same comfort and facilities.
Breakfast and evening will be prepared every day on board by the Gokce Chef. Packed lunches will be a selection of sandwiches, fruit and snacks. They will be prepared by the Chef and transported with the barkino during the Swimtrekking activities. We can cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets but please ensure you inform us of your dietary requirements on booking.
Temperatures and conditions
September air temperature: 27°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 jacket, warm sweatshirt, walking shoes/sandals, sun hat and sun glasses, waterproof camera, USB pen drive or external hard disk (to save the pictures and videos of the cruise). There will be several cash points on the islands where we will stop during our cruise.
Points of interest
Bodrum is a tourist resort in Turkey. It is located in western Turkey along the Aegean Sea.It is a Turkish port in Muğla province. It is located on the peninsula of Bodrum, Bodrum today is 270 kilometers south of Izmir, in times of Herodotus called Halikarnassos. The city has about 33,000 inhabitants, most of whom live off fishing, shipbuilding, the manufacture of carpets and tourism. Thousands of tourists come every year for sun and beach tourism. Famous singer Zeki Müren died in Bodrum. Heredotus-Ancient Greek Historian lived in Bodrum. Turgut Reis is a Bodrumer who is an Ottoman admiral. An impressive medieval castle built by the Knights of Rhodes guards the entrance to Bodrum’s dazzling blue bay, in which the Aegean and the Mediterranean Seas meet.In the center of the city is the Tomb of King Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The town’s charm is well-known, attracting a diverse population of vacationers who stroll along its long palm-lined waterfront, while elegant yachts crowd the marina.
Symi is one of the smaller islands in the Dodecanese group just 9km off the Turkish coast north of Rhodes. Symi is a popular destination for day trippers and there are regular daily excursions from the Rhodes port of Mandraki. Once famed for boat building and for its sponges, the trees have long been hacked down and the sponges been killed off by disease. Symi today is noted more for peace and tranquillity than for beaches, which are in short supply, mostly shingle with larger stones underwater, have little shade and few facilities. Neoclassical mansions hang off the hills around the main port, a reminder of Symi’s rich past a and splendid sight for arriving visitors. In the early morning and late evening the bay is a haven of calm but for most of the day it is thronged with day trip visitors. One of the big tourist attractions on Symi is the monastery at Panormitis, a favourite with the boat day trippers who find a spectacular building in a large bay on the southwest tip of the island.
Nisyros is one of the most beautiful Aegean islands, still untouched by the tourism growth. It is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, situated between Kos and Tilos. The island extends over a surface of 41 km and its coastline is 28 km long. According to mythology, it was created during the war between Gods and Giants. Poseidon chased the Giant Polyvotis down to Kos, cut a part of it and threw it to his enemy, sinking him forever in the bottom of the Aegean Sea. The legendary rock is the modern Nisyros and it is said that the volcano’s explosions are the angry breathing of the defeated Giant. These explosions shaped the island, which is considered to be the youngest volcanic centre in Greece, still active – along with the volcanoes of Milos, Santorini and Methana. During antiquity the island thrived on obsidian commerce, extracted by the inhabitants of Nisyros, from the nearby island, Gyali.
Tilos, a small and quiet island in the Dodecanese, mesmerizes the visitor with its original atmosphere and unspoilt nature. Various herbs and flowers grow on its mountainous, yet lush, elevations, hills and valleys with flowing springs, adding heady aromas to the air. A refuge for rare bird species, with abundant sea life, it constitutes an eco-park protected by international treaties. The culture of Tilos has also left its mark on time with Byzantine monuments, medieval castles, caves, churches and rare iconography. The locals, sensitized and open minded, play an extremely active role in the preservation of their cultural and natural heritage. They are hospitable and warm to visitors, willing to give you any information on Tilos you want, as they want your stay on the island to be unforgettable.
Rhodes is the largest and most popular island of Dodecanese. This island is mostly famous for the romantic Old Town and the amazing beach resorts. The Old Town is among the best-preserved Medieval Towns of Europe, with strong walls, an impressive castle, paved paths and elegant stone mansions. As you enter one of the largest medieval towns in Europe through the Gate of Freedom, it soon becomes obvious that the Old Town of Rhodes is a mosaic of different cultures and civilizations; rarely does a visitor have the chance to stroll within medieval walls and explore twenty-four centuries of history. The fascinating medieval fortress-like buildings, the bastions, walls, gates, narrow alleys, minarets, old houses, fountains, tranquil and busy squares make it feel like you have stepped back into medieval times. The Palace of the Grand Master is certainly the highlight of the Old Town. The Palace, originally a Byzantine fortress built at the end of the 7th century A.D., was converted in the early 14th century by the Knights of the Order of Saint John into the residence of the Grand Master of the order and the administrative headquarters of their state; now it has been turned into a museum. Swimming around the island will bring you to magnificent beaches, impressive sightseeing and picturesque villages.
The endless coasts with the turquoise waters, the vegetation, the affluent water springs, the ancient and medieval monuments, as well as the impressive Italian buildings feature Kos island; the third largest island of Dodecanese complex, located just 4 miles away from the Turkish coasts. The name «Kos» probably derives from the daughter of the mythical King Meropas, called Koos. Kos is the birthplace of Hippocrates «the father of medicine» and was already inhabited during Neolithic Period (5th – 4th millennium B.C). The Knights of St. John conquered the island during the 14th century, reinforcing the older castles and building new fortifications. During Ottoman occupation, the island was attacked by several intruders (Knights, Venetians etc), while during Italian occupation (1912-1945) some really important, monumental public buildings were constructed.
Approximately daily swimming distance: 5 – 7 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.