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Symi Swimming Odyssey | 7 Days

Symi is an enchanting Greek island of the Dodecanese group located not far from Rhodes. It has a mountainous coastline alternating with clear blue Agean beaches, secluded natural bays and valleys. A perfect base for a great swimming holiday trip. Symi has the ´WOW´ factor to impress every visitor since it can cater to several tastes ranging from historical, cultural, culinary, scenic to great active adventure...

Overview

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights) ALL INCLUSIVE EXCEPT 4 DINNERS
Tour Type: Island Hopping and Coastal Sea Swimming
Average Daily Swim: 5 km
Accommodation: Hotel on the Island
Escort: One Large Boat, Two Dinghies
Lead Guide: Borut Strel
Named after a mythical sea nymph, Symi has a long history and has been inhabited since Ancient Greek times. It has seen many conflicts, changed hands several times and has rich traditions of ship building and sponge fishing. Surrounded by several smaller islands including Nimos, Sesklia and Diavates, the area offers us an incredible variety of swimming options. The nearby Datça peninsula offers some of the best wind protection in Greek waters, helping to create ideal conditions for swimming.

This tour is suitable for all levels of swimmers, with three separate boat escorts for the safety and enjoyment of all guests. See our FAQs information regarding the trip expected swimming speed.
 
Tour Highlights:
- Swim in the warm, crystal clear Mediterranean sea 
- Swim along the dramatic cliffs, mountainous terrain and valleys of Symi island
- Enjoy comfortable daily boat rides from/to swim locations
- Walk up the hills and explore some of the historical sites of Symi island 
- Enjoy tasty and locally prepared Greek meals
 
Local Operational Policy
All our treks ensure that in the team of guides there is at least one team-member who has in-depth experience and knowledge of the local waters, the main swimming routes and the alternatives as well as a fluent local language speaker.
 
Included in the price
Fully guided tour with comprehensive safety escort (3 boats, 2 swimming guides, 1 local boat pilot), swim coaching, technique & stroke analysis, 6 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, all lunches and 2 hotel dinners (welcome, farewell). Each guest receives a silicone swim hat. Should you require other swimming gear please bring it with you.
 
Additional cost
Travel to and from the start of the tour, 4 evening meals. Single room supplement: 100 EUR.
 

About Area

Symi island lies just a few nautical miles NW of Rhodes.  With a surface of 58,1 sq. kms and a coastline of 85 kms it is mountainous and rocky and surrounded by several islets, the biggest ones being Nimos and Sesklia which can all be visited by daily boats.   We swim around these islands on our trip.

Symi island, Greece

The history of the island begins in the ancient times when some of its names were Kirki, Aigli and Metapontis. The island got its current name from the nymph Symi, who according to greek mythology married the God of the seas Poseidon and brought to life Hthonios who became the leader of the islands inhabitants. Homer mentions Symi in the Heliade, for its participation in the Trojan war, headed by the Symiot King Nireas.

The island has a beautiful harbour, which has a venetian look, with architheatrical arranged houses and boats docked right at the front. 

Symi island town, Greece

Accommodation

Pedi Beach Hotel is located in the small village of Pedi on Symi island which is only 3km away from the main harbour town of Gialos (ferry links). It is locally owned and has been completely renovated a few years ago. The property is right on the beach, so we have a fantastic setting for our daily adventures.

Rooms are single, double, twin or triple and have en-suite facilities. Single supplements are available. Please specify your preferences (including any other guests you would like to share with) at the time of booking.

To book extra nights before or after our trip, please contact hotel directly. Make sure you mention that you are part of our swimming group.
Contact: http://www.pedibeachhotel.gr/, info@pedibeachhotel.gr, (+30)2246071981


Pedi Beach Hotel, Symi, Greece

Food

Included: All breakfasts, all lunches and two dinners.
 
Breakfasts are prepared by the hotel. All lunches are included and prepared by our Greek boat captain and crew. We do not drink alcohol during the day trip. Two dinners are included: welcome dinner on the first evening and farewell dinner on the final evening
 
There are several local restaurants (tavernas) for you to choose from for the remaining four evening dinners. These four dinners are at your expense.
 
Drinks are not included in the price. Of course, we provide drinks while you are swimming.
 
Please let us know of any special dietary requirements on the booking form.

General Trip Info

Start Point: Pedi Beach Hotel, Symi island, Greece
Start Time: 6.30pm on the 1st Day
Finish Point: Pedi Beach Hotel, Symi island, Greece
Finish Time: 11am on the 7th Day
Hotel website: www.pedibeachhotel.gr

Passports and Visas
You require a full passport to enter Greece. Please check whether you require a visa. Most nationalities, including EU, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens, do not require a visa to enter Greece but please check before you travel.

Vaccinations
There are no specific vaccinations required for Greece, but you should ensure that your tetanus and polio vaccinations are up to date.

Extra Expenses
You will need enough money to cover the four evening meals which are not included in the tour price. An average dinner (including a glass of wine) costs around 15-20 Euro. A  local market is nearby.

Currency
The local currency is Euro. Symi island does have an ATM so you can withdraw money there. The hotel will also exchange money up to the limited amount. Bear in mind that most local places - shops, tavernas prefer cash vs cards.

Group Size
Up to a maximum of 15 people, with 2 swimming guides, local boat pilot and 2 boat escorts.

Itinerary

Brief itinerary:
Day 1: meet at Pedi Beach Hotel at 6.30pm for the trip briefing. Followed by welcome dinner.
Day 2: short acclimatisation swim at Pedi bay beach, boat drive to our swim from St. George´s bay to Nanou bay and second swim to Marathounda bay. Video stroke analysis.
Day 3: morning and afternoon swim around Nimos island. 
Day 4: two swims around Seskli islands on the southern part.
Day 5: Morning Diavates island hopping swim, walk up to the monastery and afternoon bay-to-bay swim.
Day 6: morning 3.5km swim from Diapori crossing towards the Nimporios (Emborio). Walk to Yiali town. Afternoon swim from Agia Marina island to Pedi bay.
Day 7: morning coastal loop in Pedi bay.

Day 1
We meet at the hotel at 6.30pm in the stunning mountainous village of Pedi for the trip briefing. We will go through the week´s plan in detail. In case you are late arriving this evening, we are happy to do another briefing the next morning. Please email us about your late arrival. Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Pedi beach, Symi, Greece
 
Day 2
Before breakfast on the hotel´s terrace we walk 20m onto the beach for a short "acclimatisation" swim. Following breakfast, we take our first boat ride on a comfortable Greek boat to St. George´s (Agios Georgios) bay. A dramatic rocky cliff at the back of this bay makes it a perfect spot to start our first official 2km swim towards Nanou bay.  We follow the high cliffs of Symi on the eastern side.  Lunch on the boat at Nanou bay. After our lunches have settled down we film you with our video camera for your stroke analysis. Later on we analyse your stroke at the hotel.  Our second 2.5km swim is from Nanou bay to Marathounda bay.  We follow crystal clear water towards the Marathounda village. Return back to Pedi village.
 
Day 3
Today we head north for an island hopping adventure. Our 45 minute boat drive takes us to Plati and Hondros islands where we start our first crossing swim to the larger Nimos island. Nimos island is an uninhabited island with several secluded bays along. We swim about 3km all the way until we reach the north west cape of Makria. Lunch spot at Taviri sheltered bay. After our lunch we enjoy sun-tanning on the boat and snorkelling. For the second swim we follow the coast of Nimos island from our lunch spot to the little Xilo islet. This route is usually well sheltered for the afternoon swimming. Boat drive back to Pedi. Dinner at local taverna in Pedi or Yialos.

Symi island Greece
 
Day 4
Today we turn south towards the Seskli island. After about 1 hr boat journey we start swimming on the eastern side of Seskli towards the Artikonisi island and then onwards towards the Skomisa bay. Here we have a chance to walk off the boat and explore the natural beauty of Seskli island and get a great view back to Symi. After the walk we start our afternoon coastal swim from the Skomisa bay towards the western side of Seskli until we reach the Troumpeto island. Boat drive back to Pedi. Dinner at local taverna in Pedi.
 
Day 5
We start our day at 8.30am, slightly earlier than usual, as we head for the "Diavates island hopping" on the western side of the Symi island. The beautiful 1.5 hr boat journey takes us via Dipari channel, passing the Fokospila blue cave until we reach the Diavetes. Diavetes is a stunning archipelago of small to mid size uninhabited islands on the west of coast of Symi. We start our 2.8km morning swim at Megalonisi and swim towards the Gialessino island until we finally reach the cape Koupi. Today´s lunch spot is at Skoumisa bay (Agios Emilianos). After we enjoy our tasty Greek lunch on-board we take a chance and walk up to the monastery to take the stunning views of the area where we just swam. Afternoon coastal 2km swim from Skoumisa bay towards Toli bay. Boat journey back. We arrive to the hotel around 5pm. Dinner out at Yialos town.

Symi swimming island holidays Greece
 
Day 6
Today we do our longest 3.5km morning swim from Diapori crossing towards the Nimporios (Emborio) village. This area offers a well sheltered mountainous region and calm waters. We spend lunch time at the traditional fishing village of Nimporios. Before our afternoon swim we walk from Nimporios  to Yialos town where we get picked up by boat. Afternoon 2km swim takes us from the stunning, mountainous island of Agia Marina towards Pedi bay, our hotel base. Return to hotel. 
 
Day 7
Final morning is reserved for a Pedi bay loop swim in front of our hotel. This area offers incredible valley views of the bay.  Trip finishes at around 11am.

Greece island swimming

Swimming Info

Swimming Routes

Strel-Swimming-Symi-Island-Greece


Swimming distances

Swimming RoutesDistances
St. George Bay - Nanou Bay2 km
Nanou Bay - Marathounda Bay2.5 km
Plati - Nimos island (Makria cape)3 km
Taviri Bay - Xilo islet2.4 km
Seskli island - Skomisa Bay2.8 km
Skomisa Bay - Troumpeto Bay2.2 km
Diavetes island hopping2.7 km
Skoumisa Bay - Toli Bay 2.3 km
Diapori channel - Nimporios3.5 km
Agia Marina - Pedi2.2 km
Pedi Bay loop1.5 km
TOTAL:27.1 km

Temperatures:

MonthWater Temp. (°C)Air Temp. (°C)
May2227
June2330
July2532
August2633
September2529
October2426

Keep in mind that you can skip any of the swims you want and relax on our escort boat. Temperatures are indicative and can slightly change from year to year.

Wetsuit, fins, rash vests, pull buoys Availability
We have limited swimming gear available on each trip, so please bring your own if you require one for yourself.

Walking
The walking on the trip is easy and it is on a recognished paths. In order to enjoy your walks please bring comfortable light walking shoes and suitable clothes for summer temperatures.

Walking distances
Agios Emilianos Monastery: 1.5km
Nimporios  - Yialos: 2.5 km
 
Essential Equipment
In addition to normal items, we recommend bringing the following:
2 swimming costumes, 2 pairs of swimming goggles (one clear and one tinted for different light conditions), sweater/fleece, towel, sun hat, small daypack, waterproof sun cream and jacket, walking shoes and sandals or aqua shoes. We also provide drinking bottles while you swim and swim hats.

Swimming awareness
Your safety is of utmost importance to us. In the event of adverse weather conditions at any of our swimming locations, we may need to adapt our itinerary. Our team always includes local guides who know great places to swim, so rest assured you won’t be missing out! Swimming in the open sea amongst natural wildlife is a unique experience, but you may come across certain marine life such as jellyfish, sea turtles, coral and sea urchins from time to time. There are very few jellyfish along the Turkish southern coast and so the risk of any unfortunate encounters with them is low, and we will always show you the safest areas to swim. If you are stung by a jellyfish and are unable to carry on swimming, you will never be far from an escort boat where one of the guiding team will be able to treat the affected area. If you suffer from Anaphylaxis or any other allergic reactions it is important to inform us at the time of booking.
 

Travel

To get to Symi it is best to fly into Rhodes, Greece, take a bus or taxi to Mandraki Harbour in Rhodes town and then catch a ferry or hydrofoil (1½ hrs/45 minutes) to Symi island

Rhodes international airport (http://www.rhodes-airport.org). The airport is about 25-30 min drive (15 km) away from the main Rhodes town and Mandraki harbour. There are plenty of buses or taxis available. The bus cost is 2.20 EUR for a one way journey, taxi is about 25-30 EUR. Book a taxi in advance: http://www.rhodes-taxi.gr.
 
Three ferry companies (Dodekanisos Seaways, Blue Star Ferries, Sea Dreams) currently run routes from Rhodes to Symi while several small firms run day trips and excursions to the island from Rhodes (Mandraki harbour) and from Turkey. So there is no problem to get to the island any day. Ferry prices ranges from 10 - 20 Euros/person. It is advisable to book a ferry ticket in advance.

General Greek Ferries Booking website: https://www.ferriesingreece.com
 
Search and compare flight prices and times via http://www.skyscanner.net

Once you reach Symi island port, our hotel Pedi Beach will come and pick you up. Please confirm your arrival time on email at: info@pedibeachhotel.gr.
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