Price: from £670pp (3 nights)
2017 dates: 25-28 August (8 places left) | October 13-16, 2017 (7 places left)
OVERVIEWThe beautiful, glossy Lago d’Orta is situated in northern Italy and is west of Lake Maggiore. This weekend tour is based at the Locanda Riviera hotel, on the shoreline of Lago d’Orta. Lago d’Orta may be one of the smallest and least-known of northern Italy’s sub-Alpine lakes, but it certainly combines Italian style with stunning swimming. An ideal long weekend for an individual, couple or group looking to spoil themselves with good food, beautiful surroundings and glorious, relaxed swimming. The weekend will finish with a swim around the island of Orta San Giulio (pictured). The Basilica di San Giulio and the monumental old seminary (1840s) on the island were transformed into a Benedictine monastery in 1976. Getting to Lago d’Orta is easy – flights are available from London to Milan Malpensa at very reasonable prices (flight time approximately 2 hours), following which we would recommend a simple one-hour taxi transfer for you and your group.
USEFUL INFORMATION:- Duration: four days (Fri - Mon) - although please ask if you would like us to organise additional nights at the hotel for you - Water temperature: 16 - 18˚C (wetsuits advised) - Daily swimming distance: Distances build from 800m to 2km - Swimming ability: You should be comfortable swimming up to 1km in a pool or in open water. The swims will be in close proximity to the shoreline (the exception being the crossing to St Julian Island and to Pella) and escorted by a safety boat. - Are non-swimmers welcome? Non swimming partners are welcome to join the tour and make the most of the spectacular scenery. For safety reasons partners may not be able to join the safety boat.
WHAT'S INCLUDED?- Accommodation at the Locanda Riviera Hotel - Breakfast - Guides - All swims - One-to-one swim coaching and video analysis - Boat safety cover - VAT
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?- Travel - Lunches and dinners - Purchase of any alcohol - Wetsuits and fins (if required) - Single supplement of £85 if you would like a room of your own
accommodationYour accommodation for this long weekend is at the lakeside Hotel Locanda Riviera. Basic and friendly, this hotel is in a perfect location for our swim weekend, offering us the opportunity to swim directly from the hotel garden.
ROOM CHOICESTwin / double share rooms are allocated as standard, however if you would like to reserve a room view a lake view, or if you would like a room to yourself, the following supplements apply:
- Single room supplement: £85
- Room with a lake view supplement: £50
Address:Via Legro, 35, 28028 Pettenasco NO, Italy
ITINERARYN.B. All swim activities are planned with safety at their heart. Open-water swimming is always governed by the weather to ensure your safety. As a result, planned swims may need to be changed, depending on the prevailing weather conditions at the time.
Daily SwimsThere is an afternoon / evening swim on Friday depending on timings and the mandatory safety briefing. Two swims are planned for Saturday, one longer swim on Sunday and one pre-breakfast swim on Monday morning. You are more than welcome to swim both or do just one swim per day – there is no pressure to complete all the swims. Each swim will be in close proximity to the shoreline (the exception being the crossing to St Julian Island and to Pella) and escorted by a safety boat, giving you the chance to relax and enjoy your surroundings. There really is no better way to take in this stunning north Italian landscape.
Friday5.00pm: Welcome at the Locanda Riviera Hotel for the mandatory safety briefing. At the briefing we will discuss the itinerary for the weekend and if there is sufficient time we will then have a short acclimatisation swim in the lake before dinner. This gives the guides an opportunity to look at your stroke and later on help with suggested improvements throughout the weekend.
- 8.30am: Breakfast
- 10.45am – 11.45am: Swim 1 and filming
- 12.30pm: Lunch
- 2.00pm: Swim 2 - a coastal along Lake: 1.5-2.00km and stroke analysis
- 6.30-7.00pm: Dinner
- 8.30am: Breakfast
- 9.45am: Swim 3: 1.5 – 3.00km
- 12.30pm: Lunch
- 2.15pm: Optional additional swim / coaching tips
- 6.30pm: Dinner
- 7.30am: Early morning swim by hotel – optional as some guests may have to depart to catch onward flights home
- 8.30am: Breakfast
- 9.30am: Swim analysis summary
- 11.00am: Tour ends and group to check out and leave for onward journey home.
GETTING THEREThe nearest airport is Milan Malpensa. Once at Milan Malpensa, there are taxis available and the best option is to share the cost between your swim group, we will introduce you via email a couple of weeks before your trip. Taxis are approx. €110.00 each way and the journey will take approx. 1 hour 15 mins.
WHAT TO PACK?
- 2 swimming costumes
- Wetsuit (compulsory unless otherwise agreed with SwimQuest office)
- Swim fins (optional)
- 2 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 from Life Systems
- Fleece or warm jumper, tracksuit trousers/sweat pants
- Warm coat, warm hat, post-swim clothing
- Sun hat, sun cream and glasses
- Travel insurance (see below)
travel InsuranceFor this tour all guests will require comprehensive travel insurance. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance before the tour, including cover for all the activities you plan to participate in. If you are in doubt that an activity is covered, you will need to contact your travel insurance provider for advice on cover. Fogg Travel Insurance are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and are used to covering escorted open water swimming trips. If you wish to book travel insurance through Fogg, you can do so here. All guests will need to bring a copy of their insurance details with them, and will be expected to show policy details to the guides at the mandatory safety briefing.
We’re excited about meeting you on tour. To book your trip, simply fill in the booking form below. Once you have submitted the form, Charlotte (our bookings co-ordinator) will be in touch to request payment and to help you with any additional requirements. A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place, and the final payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure. Payments can be made by debit / credit card, by cheque, or by bank transfer. SwimQuest is a proud member of the Travel Trust Association, the only travel network in the UK to guarantee 100% financial protection to the consumer, ensuring total consumer confidence.
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TRAVEL INSURANCEPlease ensure you have adequate travel insurance before your tour, including cover for all the activities you are participating in. If you are in doubt that an activity is covered, you will need to contact your travel insurance provider for advice on cover. Fogg Travel Insurance are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and are used to covering escorted open water swimming trips. To book travel insurance through Fogg, please click here.