6-NIght Budget Marathon Package Beijing only



(May 16 - 22, 2017)



(May 16) Arrival in Beijing. Make your way to the hotel on your own or purchase a hotel transfer (select this option when booking for $49). After checking in to your hotel, check the hotel notice board for your tour guide's name and phone number. Goodie bags will be handed out by the guide. If you don't receive your goodie bag today, it will be given to you on Inspection day. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Beijing.


(May 17) After breakfast today, we depart at 8:30am.  The first stop of our day's exploration is Tiananmen Square. We continue to the Forbidden City and spend the rest of the morning there. Lunch will be a delicious local speciality, Beijing roast duck. After lunch we continue sightseeing at the beautiful Temple of Heaven in southern Beijing. The last stop of the afternoon will be a visit to a silk exhibition hall where a large variety of silk products can be purchased. (B,L,D)


(May 18) Today we make an early start and head to the Great Wall for route inspection. Breakfast will be served as a breakfast box if the hotel is unable to serve a buffet breakfast before our early departure at 6:45am. All runners are expected to walk the 3.5km of the Huangyaguan section of the wall that is part of the marathon course. Non runners are also welcome although good physical condition is required. A sandwich lunch will be served. We will arrive back in Beijing around 5pm. After a dinner consisting of typical Beijing dishes, the rest of the evening will be at your leisure. An optional acrobatics show ($29.00/person) is available for purchase. Enjoy a fantastic evening out and watch a spectacular performance by talented acrobats. (B,L,D)


(May 19) We start the day with a visit to a cloisonné factory. Cloisonné is an age-old technique for decorating metal objects. At the factory, we will be introduced to the intricate art of making cloisonné. After lunch, we'll head to the Ming tombs in a valley south of the Tianshou mountain, about 50km west of Beijing. Thirteen out of the sixteen Ming emperors were buried in this peaceful valley. Load up on your carbs at tonight's dinner with additional rice and noodle dishes. (B,L,D)


(May 20) Today is the big day! Breakfast boxes will be handed out before we leave for Huangyaguan at 3.30am. The race starts at 7:30am. Sandwich lunches will be provided for everyone. Busses will be ready to take runners back to Beijing between 12 and 4:30pm. A 20min massage on site is included after the race.  (B,L)


(May 21) Today is a day of recovery. Sleep in, relax or do a bit of shopping in the Silk Alley, or fill your senses with the sights and sounds of Beijing. The optional City of People excursion is available for purchase today. This tour takes you to the Summer Palace just outside  Beijing and pays a visit to the giant panda at Beijing Zoo. All participants will be picked up at their hotels and taken to the dinner venue tonight.(B, D)


(May 22) Depending on your departure time, you might be able to do some last-minute shopping or take in more of Beijing's sights. Hotel check-out is before noon. Please note that the departure transfer is not included in the package but can be pre-booked at an extra cost of $49). (B)


All prices are listed in US dollars.


 Hotel Rating

Package price per person
   Shared Double/Twin   Single Room
 3 star - DongFang Hotel or similar   USD 1510.00   USD 1760.00
 4 star - Tailong Plaza or similar   USD 1580.00   USD 1880.00
 4.5 star  - Grand Mercure or similar   USD 1735.00   USD 2175.00
  5 star  -  Sheraton Beijing or similar   USD 1845.00



  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary. Breakfast is American-style buffet when possible. 
  • Sightseeing and excursions as stated in the itinerary. Optional tours can be purchased separately, but must be purchased prior to arrival in China.
  • The Great Wall Marathon race package on race day which includes: start number, bib chip timing, running T-shirt, supplies on route, Danish medical team and finisher certificate. 
  • Comprehensive information packet and guide book for the Great Wall Marathon event which includes detailed maps and day-by-day descriptions.

Optional Excursions: (Must be booked and prepaid before arriving in China)


Acrobat Show (May 18) $ 29.00 - An awe inspiring display of stunts performed by local acrobats.


City of People (May 21) - Pay the giant panda a visit at the Beijing Zoo, followed by an incredible tour of the imperial summer residence at the Summer Palace. This excursion includes lunch. ($56.00)


* Please note that this itinerary is not escorted by the Staff of Marathon Tours. 

** This itinerary is available to runners and nonrunners from all nationalities, from all countries.   

*** The actual name of hotel is to be determined at a later date by the local organizer.