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‘Santorini Experience 2016’ More Attractive Than Ever!

Photo credit: Elias Lefas

Photo credit: Elias Lefas

The Greek national open water swimming team will be on Santorini this October under the auspices of the Hellenic Swimming Federation!

Additional flights to Santorini and unique offers for event participants!

Santorini — also referred to as “the best island in the world” by many established travel magazines and reviews of millions of travelers — will be a point of reference of all visitors from Greece and abroad this October.

Santorin iExperience logoThe island is getting ready for the “Santorini Experience” sports tourism event, taking place on October 7-9. For the second year in a row, fans of swimming and running will experience breathtaking views, challenging routes and a rewarding experience!

Big names from the Greek national open water swimming team that made us proud during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are expected to give a dynamic presence at this year’s event. Among them, the recent Silver Olympic Medalist winner and World Champion in open water swimming, Spiros Gianniotis; the World Champion in open water swimming, Kelly Araouzou; and top athletes of open water swimming such as Antonis Fokaidis, Giorgos Arniakos and Dimitris Negris, will take part in “Santorini Experience 2016” — the first sports tourism event that will be held under the auspices of the Hellenic Swimming Federation.

Registrations for the swimming and running events are underway and can either be made online or alternatively at Alafouzos Sport store at Fira (in Santorini), which is lending its support as an official sponsor of the event for the second consecutive year.

Getting to Santorini: Special travel offers

Photo credit: Elias Lefas

Photo credit: Elias Lefas

The “Santorini Experience” is strategically promoting the island of Santorini as a destination by offering significant benefits and privileges to those wishing to travel for the event on October 7-9.

Due to high demand for “Santorini Experience”, the event’s official airline partner Ryanair has added five extra flights on its Athens – Santorini service on the 4th, 6th, 8th, 11th and 13th of October with special fares starting from only 19,99 euros, which are valid from September 1st. These seats are available for booking on the Athens-Santorini route only from Thursday, September 1, to Sunday, September 4 (until midnight) for travelling between 4 to 13 of October. Those interested in joining the event should visit the Ryanair.com website as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

On the other hand, those who prefer to travel to the island by ferry should know that Greek shipping company Blue Star Ferries, an official sponsor of the “Santorini Experience”, is offering a 50 percent discount on ferry tickets to those wishing to visit the event and the island between 6 to 10 of October.

Also, Avance Rent A Car, the official car rental company of “Santorini Experience”, is offering a 15 percent discount on car rental during the days of the event. With a presence in all major airports in Greece and Cyprus, Avance Rent A Car will deliver cars to visitors at the airport, the port or directly to their hotel.

Photo credit: Elias Lefas

Photo credit: Elias Lefas

Where to stay on Santorini

Participants and visitors to the event are advised to combine sports with tourism with a stay at one of the hospitality sponsors of the event. For more information, interested parties can address their request to the event’s official supporter Aqua Vista Hotels and hospitality sponsors Santorini Hoteliers Association, Meltemi Hotels & Resorts, Athina Luxury Suites, Santorini Secret Suites & Spa, Caldera Collection, West East Suites, 270 Oia’s View, White Pearl Villas, Central Fira Hotel, Memories Hotel, Loizos Stylish Residencies, Esperas and Sienna Residencies, which are available here.

For more information on travel and accommodation visit the “Santorini Experience” official website.

“Santorini Experience” will be held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization and the Hellenic Swimming Federation and will receive the international promotion of FOX Sports TV network of FOX Networks Group, participating in this year’s event as the Official Broadcaster.

The event’s official sponsors include the Santorini Boatmen Union. Official supporters include Ford Motor Hellas, “Vikos” Natural Mineral Water, Saucony, Arena, Village Cinemas, Santorini Yachting Club and Passagio Santorini.

“Santorini Experience” is a collaboration between the Municipality of Santorini, the Municipal Sports Cultural Environmental Organization of Santorini (D.A.P.P.O.S.) and Active Media Group.

The Greek Travel Pages (GTP) is a Strategic Communication Partner of the “Santorini Experience” event.

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