2018 dates: April 21-27 2018 (10 places left), April 28 -May 4 2018 (7 places left)
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?This is an ideal opportunity for solo or relay English Channel swimmers to complete their mandatory six and two-hour qualifiers. It is also designed for people who are training for a long distance event, and those keen to find out if long-distance swimming appeals to them. With a full safety escort and expert advice from the SwimQuest team, you can expect to push your boundaries, meet likeminded individuals and discover your full potential. John ran the original Channel & Distance training tours back in 2007. Since then, SwimQuest has worked closely with Nick Adams (President of the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation) and refined these tours to ensure that guests not only return home having completed their mandatory cold water distance qualifiers, but also with a much greater awareness of the preparation and planning required to undertake a successful swim. Alongside the longer swims, the week includes valuable seminars on feeding, pilot boat and support crew selection, as well as swim training and technique sessions.
is this trip for me?“You don’t need to be a Channel swimmer to come on this tour, but you should be serious about swimming. The aim of the week is to encourage and prepare you for your event, giving you the best possible chance of success. If you haven’t entered an event, but are keen to try some longer swims – this trip is ideal, as the guides will ensure that the week is tailored to suit your needs.” John Coningham-Rolls
- Sea temperature: approx. 14-16oC
- Daily swimming distance: Depending on each individual’s event, swims will build gradually throughout the week, culminating in a six-hour swim for those training for a solo English Channel relay. Two swims per day.
- Swimming ability: Designed for individuals training for, or interested in long-distance swims
- Are non-swimmers welcome? Yes, non-swimmers are welcome to join the tour and enjoy peaceful St Klement Island, although they must be aware that the focus of the week will be on swimming and that partners and non-swimming guests may not be able to accompany swimmers on the boat for safety reasons.
- Accommodation at the boutique Palmizana Meneghello resort
- Long distance swimming itinerary
- A selection of snacks
- Safety boats
- Swim guides
- Support throughout your Channel journey… we want to keep in touch and help you on your way!
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Travel to and from Palmizana Meneghello (guests are advised to fly into Split, and share a speedboat transfer direct from Split airport harbour to the resort). See GETTING THERE tab for details.
- Wetsuits and fins (if required)
- Evening meals
- Single room supplement (if you wish to stay in a room on your own)
- Travel across to Hvar should you wish to visit during your trip
ABOUT PALMIZANA MENEGHELLO RETREATOur base for the week is the Palmizana Meneghello, a unique bohemian retreat nestled away on St Klement Island amongst pines, plans, exotic shrubs and aromatic herbs. Take your pick from colourful bungalows and villas, all built with local stone, decorated thoughtfully in deep vibrant colours, with local sculptures and contemporary artwork. We truly believe St Klement is the ideal base from which you can unwind and explore this incredible archipelego. Spend days swimming and relaxing, and evenings sipping gin and tonics in one of Parmizana’s exclusive waterfront bars. The Meneghello family have a rich history. In 1906, Professor Eugenio Meneghello bought 300 hectares of Croatian wilderness. Three generations on, the Meneghello’s piooneer eco-tourism in Croatia. Dagmar Meneghello, along with her daughters, have turned the island into a unique hideaway, bringing art and nature together in an extraordinary way. This resort has recently received fantastic press coverage both in The Telegraph and The Huffington Post.
YOUR ACCOMMODATION OPTIONSThe base price for this tour is £855, based on sharing a twin or double bungalow. When booking, please have a look at the accommodation options here and advise us if you have a bungalow preference (or a favourite colour!) We will do our best to accommodate your preferences. If you wish to upgrade, either to a villa or should you wish to reserve a bungalow of your own, the supplements are also listed below.
VIOLET BUNGALOW: £855PP SHARING / £210 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
One bedroom (king-size bed) plus a living room area with a bed for a third person. This bungalow has its own entrance, a terrace and air conditioning. The accommodation is perfect for families with a child, or a couple looking for a nice space to spend a week.
YELLOW BUNGALOW: £855PP SHARING / £210 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A small open space stone bungalow with a king-size bed and a single bed. The large terrace with a view sits in the shade of pine trees.
GREEN BUNGALOW: £865PP SHARING / £210 SINGLE SUPPLEMENTA spacious split-level bungalow, with one bedroom upstairs (king-size bed) and a living room with an additional single bed situated on the ground floor. The green bungalow also has a beautiful terrace nestled in the trees.
BLUE BUNGALOW: £855PP SHARING / £210 SINGLE SUPPLEMENTOne bedroom (king-size bed) and a living room with two extra beds. There is a small terrace and a garden. Very romantic!
ROMINA'S BUNGALOWS: £855PP SHARING / £210 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FOR ROMINA ONE, £280 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FOR ROMINA TWO
ROMINA ONEA four person stone bungalow, with two bedrooms (one double, one twin). Both rooms have access to the bathroom. There is also a terrace with a beautiful view of southern Palmizana bay.
ROMINA TWOA three person stone bungalow, with two bedrooms (one double, one single). Both rooms have access to the bathroom. There is also a terrace with a beautiful view of southern Palmizana bay.
VILLA JACOMINA: £1295PP SHARING (4 PEOPLE NECESSARY) / £1000PP SUPPLEMENT FOR SOLE OCCUPANCY FOR A COUPLE / £1800 SUPPLEMENT FOR SOLE OCCUPANCY AS SINGLE TRAVELLER
This villa is the old summer house of the Meneghello family. It has been the heart of the Palmižana resort since 1820. The whole first floor was renovated for our guests. The house is centrally situated, has thick walls, exotic surroundings and an appealing interior with a mix of antiques and modern artwork. The villa can accommodate up to 6 people, and is great for big families. There are two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, two additional single beds, and one large living room area, plus terrace areas.
VILLA GEORGIA: £1295PP SHARING (6+ PEOPLE NECESSARY) OR £1000PP SUPPLEMENT FOR SOLE OCCUPANCY FOR A COUPLE / £1800 SUPPLEMENT FOR SOLE OCCUPANCY AS SINGLE TRAVELLER
Villa Georgia is perfect for a group of between 8-10 people. Situated in the middle of Palmizana's tropical garden, you have your own private paradise. There are three individual double rooms in one area of the villa, all with king-sized beds and en-suites. All rooms have their own private terrace (please note only two of the three bedrooms has air conditioning). There is also an additional double room with it’s own entrance, and two single beds in its living room area.
Please state your accommodation preferences on your booking form. We will do our very best to make sure you stay in your favourite bungalow, and will give you alternative options if your first choice is not available.
the ITINERARYThere are two planned swims per day based on how you progress during the week. Please realise that the below is a very rough guide and that that we will adapt the week carefully for each individual. Swim guides will advise you each day on what is best for you, but in all cases the main objective will be to encourage you to achieve your personal goals. You’re likely to surprise yourself!
saturday Acclimatisation Swim: 400-800mWe will meet in the late afternoon for the mandatory safety briefing. Topics covered include: swim preparation, swim routes, feeding, prevailing weather, and safety procedures. We will then complete an acclimatisation swim in Palmizana bay. This allows the swim guides to assess your stroke and start preparing an individual plan for you for the week. Following this we will relax and have dinner, with time to discuss the week ahead. (If for any reason guests are unavoidably delayed, the briefing may be deferred to Sunday morning.)
Sunday Swim 1 AM: 1 hour | Swim 2 PM: BOROVAC ISLAND 1.5 hoursAfter breakfast we will complete the safety briefing (if not completed the night before) followed by the first swim venturing out of Palmizana bay and towards Borovac Island. During the session the guides will be film you above and below the water. This will be a continuing theme throughout the week. Regular filming is an invaluable tool, and at the end of the tour you will receive all your films for future reference. The afternoon swim will be a slightly longer swim near Parjanz bay, allowing you to think about the stroke session.
Monday Swim 1 AM: Vlaka bay (1.5 hours) | Swim 2 PM: bay to bay (2 hours)
After breakfast, we will head east out of the bay, towards Vlaka Island. Your first swim will be in Vlaka’s sweeping bay. After sufficient rest and lunch, we will then start from Palmizana and swim west into Palmizana’s neighbouring bays. In the evening we will host a seminar on ‘mental preparation’ for a Long Distance swim over drinks and nibbles.
Tuesday Swim 1 AM: st klement’s south coast (3-4 hours) | Swim 2 PM: RESTToday we will run one long swim, which will enable you to experience an extended time in the water and out feed regimes into practice. The afternoon offers a chance to relax prior to a long swim the following day. We will continue with the informal seminars on topics such as swim preparation (logistics), training schedules, feeding programmes and support crews.
Wednesday Swim 1 AM:An early breakfast, after which we will start the long swim on St Klement’s northern coastline. Your swim will be a mixture of timed swimming in each bay, plus bit supported sections between each bay, so you get a chance to practise feeding from the boat, and can add some variety to your qualifier. The experience you have gained during the week will give you the best opportunity to see what you can achieve! For the solo Channel swimmers in training, it will be the mandatory six-hour qualifying swim, and for all other guests we will have agreed a time to work to as your longest swim. All of you will be supported all the way by the guides with appropriate feeds and words of encouragement.
Thursday Swim 1 AM: 6 hour swim as per Tuesday (weather dependent) or relax with short recovery swims up to 1 hour
Today will be a relaxing day of recovery after the long swim on Wednesday. If the weather dictates, we may use today to complete the long swim if this isn’t possible on Wednesday. The rest day will include a late breakfast and the chance to chill. We also use today to chat collectively about the long swim, continue with seminars and advice and share suggested improvements to existing training programmes. Lunch will be arranged somewhere on the island with time to visit the local towns, but the key to the day is to relax and enjoy your surroundings.
FRIDAY SWIM AM: SHORT BAY SWIMAs this is the last day, there will be a short pre-breakfast bay swim by the hotel as you will need to pack and prepare for your boat back to Split.
GETTING TO PALMIZANA MENEGHELLOTravel to Palmizana is relatively simple. It is possible to share a direct transfer from Split airport straight to our accommodation on St Klement Island. Alternatively, fly to Split, get a ferry or Catamaran from Split harbour to Hvar and then a 10 minute taxi boat from Hvar across to Palmizana.
RECOMMENDED AIRPORT – SPLITFlying to Split is a two-hour flight from the UK. Airlines such as easyjet and British Airways provide regular flights from a variety of UK airports. For the best flight information and prices, please refer to www.skyscanner.co.uk or www.kayak.co.uk.
FROM SPLIT AIRPORT DIRECTLY TO PALMIŽANA BY PRIVATE SPEEDBOAT:The easiest way to travel is to book a private speedboat from Split airport harbour. (There is a small port 500 meters from the airport). Your water taxi driver will collect you from arrivals with a sign, and drop you off an hour and a half later at your accommodation. The cost for this service is €350 and can take up to 8 passengers. We highly recommend using this service as a group. Please contact Drago at Water Express Tours directly: email@example.com +385 (0) 98 9595 094.
FERRIESOnce in Croatia, ferries can be taken from Split, Rijeka (Fiume) Zadar or Dubrovnik to the island of Hvar. Here you can organize a speed boat to bring you across to the Paklinski Islands or use one of the many tourist boats. If you prefer, we offer a private pick up from Hvar to Palmizana and vice versa using the hotel speed boat (15 euro/way/adult).
FROM SPLIT PORT, TO REACH HVAR ISLAND YOU CAN CHOOSE BETWEEN:
- Catamaran (1 hour)
- Ferry (1.5 hours)
FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON FERRIES AND CATAMARANS FROM SPLIT HARBOUR PLEASE VISIT:www.jadrolinija.hr | www.krilo.hr | www.pelegrini-hvar.hr Please book in advance if you intend to use the ferries. For taxi service from Split airport to Split harbour please call Tihi on +358 21 742 200, or pick up a taxi at the airport. There are also regular buses from the airport to Split harbour (waiting outside arrivals, pay on board).
What do I pack?
- At least two Swimming costumes
- Wetsuit - optional (although not allowed for traditional English Channel Solo or Relay Swimmers)*
- Two Pairs of swim goggles – one clear and one tinted
- Small daypack/rucksack to use for your personal equipment/clothing during the day
- Sandals/aqua shoes/flip flops – for getting wet
- Insect repellent (lemon based non-Deet repellents are good)
- Insect bite relief
- Fleece or warm jumper, tracksuit trousers/sweat pants
- Sun hat, sun cream and glasses
- USB stick for your swim stroke video
- Waterproof watch
- Travel insurance
Wetsuits*Anyone that requires a swim specific wetsuit, can hire or buy ta swim wetsuit from www.mywetsuithire.co.uk. Please feel free to call mywetsuit hire and let them know you’re coming on a SwimQuest, they will be happy to advise you. If you do hire a wetsuit, please allow sufficient time for at least 3-4 swims of 1-1.5km to acclimatise to wearing the suit. Feel free to contact the office if you have any queries.
Please note: as of 2018, we have moved the location of this tour to Croatia, which explains the references to Formentera in these reviews. If you’d like to read Croatia specific reviews, do have a look at the REVIEW tab on the Croatia page too.