Independent Rowing Experience – Greece: Thessaloniki

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Independent Rowing Experience – Greece: Thessaloniki

Start Location:   Thessaloniki, Greece

Available from: April 2023 – December 2023

Greece: Thessaloniki Saltwater And Fresh

An Independent Rowing Experience

In this time of travel uncertainty, it is important to be able to control your own travel circumstances. Our new and innovative Independent Rowing Experiences are unique and customizable opportunities to travel to row while being compliant with local and federation restrictions. Decide when you want to travel and with whom you travel. Choose the accommodation, transportation and meals of your own choice. We have lots of recommendations. Unlike typical guest rowing, our Independent Rowing Experiences do not require you to fit into a scheduled workout. In Thessaloniki enjoy three or more personalized and individually curated rows, typically of two to three hours. Travel by yourself, travel with your family or travel with a small group of friends.

Thessaloniki In Macedonia, Northern Greece

This is a perfect destination for a centre-based rowing escape. Thessaloniki, the second city after Athens, exudes flair, character and dynamism from the diversity of ethnic groups that have touched this region. It also reputed to be Greece’s culinary and cultural capital. When you are not rowing, there is a multitude of things to enjoy. Take a historical walking tour to explore the layers of civilization. Stroll the broad straight avenues of the centre and explore the winding narrow streets of the Ano Poli. Visit some of the best museums in the country – we especially like the Museum of Byzantine Culture. Drive yourself or book a private tour to some of the nearby historical or natural sites that can be reach in a day or half-day trip. You definitely also want to relax in a café along the water, drinking delicious coffee or an aperitif as the sun goes down.

A Mix Of Waters And Rowing

Three rows are built into this Experience, but it is easy to add extra days if you wish. Each of the included rows is different. Whether you are an experienced coastal rower or not, this is a wonderful chance to learn from a master of the sport. The first row is a session instructed and coached by Nikos Gkountoulas,  one of the best coastal rowers in the world. He was a World Champion in the pair with his twin brother, before taking up coastal rowing. Thessaloniki hosted the 2014 World Rowing Coastal Championships, and Nikos continues to generously share his love of coastal rowing, operating Greece’s first exclusively coastal rowing club. On the second day, the boats will be trailered to a nature reserve for some river rowing with amazing views. The last day is back in Thessaloniki harbour, with a chance to apply your new skills plus enjoy a sightseeing tour – the city is spectacular when seen from the water. Add extra days and coaching if you wish!

Trip Details

Coastal boats are rowed on Lago Maggiore and Olympic class boats on Lago di Lugano. The type of boat (solo, double or quad) will depend on the size and experience of your group and Covid-19 regulations.

Price Per PersonUSDCADEUR
Three day Independent Rowing Experience$ TBD $TBDTBD€
Additional rowing days$TBD$TBDTBD€
Additional coaching$TBD$TBDTBD€

Coastal boats are rowed on this Experience. The type of boat (solo, double or quad) will depend on the size and experience of your group and Covid-19 regulations.

A minimum of two rowers is required for this trip – if you are travelling alone, please let us know and we will calculate the price.

The maximum group size is six.

Choose your own start date – travel when and how it suits you.

If you would like to add extra days, it is possible. If you wish to have more days with Nikos coaching you, that is also possible. This could be determined in advance or you can decide on the spot and pay Nikos directly.

Included

  • Private rowing outings, tailored to you. Duration likely two or three hours, or shorter.
  • Guide/coach on water with you in a support boat or rowing.
  • Detailed Information Package, with specifics on getting there, arrival details and contacts, recommendations for accommodation, restaurant and grocery stores. We will provide many suggestions on other activities to enjoy in the region when you are not rowing.
  • Evening drink with the guide on arrival day to plan details for rows.
  • A small thank-you gift!
  • Van transportation may be provided on one day – to be determined and depending on group size
  • Guided by Nikos Gkountoulas

Book Your Experience

Thank you for your interest is this trip! Booking an Independent Rowing Experience is a bit different than registering for Rowing The World’s group trips. No deposit is required, although full payment must be made once the Experience is confirmed. Please read our full Terms & Conditions for the Independent Rowing Experiences.

Please click on this link to access the Registration Form. As part of the Registration Form, you will need to sign Assumption of Risk, Release & Indemnity electronically. There is a link on the Registration Form, or you can access it here.

Once we have the Registration Form we will check with our partners for your preferred start date and will be back in touch within three business days, hopefully, to confirm your Experience!

We are happy to answer questions. Please email or call us or use the contact form. Thank you again.

Schedule Details

Day 1

Arrive in beautiful and fascinating Thessaloniki. Welcome drink and briefing.

Day 2

Walk along the award winning waterfront to the rowing club. This day is your coaching and training session with Nikos. Instruction will depend on you and your group’s experience and will be tailored. We anticipate that this day will be an introduction to coastal rowing, especially understanding the differences from flatwater rowing. Consider it a master class in coastal rowing.  Are you an experienced coastal rowing? Is there something that you particularly want to work on? 

Day 3

We leave the salt water to head to Axios Delta National Park. A mere 25 km from Thessaloniki, it is a serenity of green and considered one of the most important ecosystems of Greece. Three rivers flow towards the Thermaiκos Gulf, creating a wetland complex of river estuaries, marshes, lagoons and salt flats. Look up through the reeds for gorgeous mountain views surrounding the Gulf. And while you are looking perhaps scan for some of the diverse bird life, including avocet, glossy ibis, pygmy cormorant and Dalmatian pelican. Nikos will guide your through the waterways. Hard to believe such tranquility and wildness can be found so close to a big city.

Day 4

If you would like to add extra days, it is possible. If you wish to have more days with Nikos coaching you, that is also possible. This could be determined in advance or you can decide on the spot and pay Nikos directly.

F.A.Q

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What's Included

  • Coastal Rowing Shells
  • Guide Services

Activities

  • Centre-based
  • Coastal

Meet our guide

Nikos Gkountoulas

Nikolaos Gkountoulas is a Greek rower from Thessaloniki.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he competed in the men's pair with his twin brother, Apostolos Gkountoulas. They also won men's lightweight pairs at the 2008 World Championship and the open weight pair at the 2009 and 2011 European Championships. ...

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