In 1990, the BMW Berlin Marathon hosted more than 25,000 runners who for the first time ran through Brandenburg Gate and into East Berlin. Runners were crying while they stopped to kiss the ground. It was an emotional run for all. Since then, runners have continued to flock to Berlin each year to experience one of the best organized marathons in the world. Marathon Tours & Travel has guaranteed entries, which can be obtained when our four-night package is purchased.
This Abbott World Marathon Majors race course is flat and fast with only a few corners. Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge smashed the world record at the 2022 BMW Berlin Marathon, running 2:01:09 to chop 30 seconds off his own record set in 2018 on the same course. The course also produced the first sub 2:20 marathon by a woman, Naoko Takahashi, in 2001. The race is also known for having ideal weather for running and is run on asphalt versus concrete. It is definitely one to target for your PR!
Travel Package Information
Thursday, September 26
Arrive in Berlin and transfer on your own to your hotel. You will be greeted at your hotel by a Marathon Tours & Travel staff. This evening enjoy a Welcome Reception with your running peers. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy this historic city.
Friday, September 27
Enjoy a morning city tour of Berlin. Local English speaking guides will provide a great overview of old East and West Berlin. The sights you will see include the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial Site, the East Side Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie, the Olympic Stadium and Charlottenburg Palace. We will conclude the tour with a stop at Expo BERLIN VITAL where each runner will collect their bib. This evening is free to enjoy on your own. (Breakfast included)
Saturday, September 28
This morning is the not to miss 6K International Breakfast Run! Participants tend to dress up in their country’s flair with flags or costumes, so we invite you to be creative! The run/walk is about four miles and then is followed by a light breakfast. Roundtrip transfers by coach bus will be provided to and from the breakfast run. This evening is the pre-race dinner. (Breakfast and dinner included)
Sunday, September 29
Race Day! There is not a set time for everyone to walk to the start together. We recommend you allow between 60-90 minutes to walk over to the start area, check your bag, and get settled into your corral area. Following the race enjoy a free afternoon and evening to celebrate your accomplishment! (Breakfast included)
Monday, September 30
Today concludes the Berlin Marathon package. Enjoy a leisure morning before transferring on your own to the airport for your international flight home. Or, better yet continue on with us to one of our three post-Berlin extensions – Oktoberfest in Munich or Prague. (Breakfast included)
Itinerary subject to change.
Based on strong client demand, Marathon Tours & Travel will offer two extension options in 2024. You can book either option during your Berlin Registration when prompted.
Prague, Czech Republic | Three-Night Package: September 30 – October 3, 2024
Back by popular demand! Travel by coach bus from Berlin to Prague and upon your arrival enjoy a free evening to explore the city. The next two days will be spent exploring the Jewish Quarter, Frank Kafka Square, Old Town Square, Republic Square, Wencelas Square and the National Theatre. In addition, visit the Strahov Monastery and Library, the Prague Castle, Saint Vitus’ Cathedral, Lesser Quarter and the Kampa Island, The Charles Bridge. We will have a farewell dinner boat cruise on the evening of 10/2. Note your flight should be into Berlin (BER) and home from Prague (PRG). We do NOT transfer you back to Berlin!
(Accommodation at Hilton Prague)
Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany | Three-Night Package: September 30 – October 3, 2024
This is one of the most sought after post-race experiences! Join us for Oktoberfest in Munich for not only the beer and food, but also to enjoy beautiful Munich. Your package includes a flight from Berlin (BER) to Munich (MUC), a four-hour reservation at the Lowenbrau tent (Tuesday, October 1 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) with two German Liters of Beer and lunch voucher. Additional food and drinks will be available for purchase. The final day is free to explore this charming city on your own. Note your flight should be into Berlin (BER) and home from Munich (MUC). We do NOT transfer you back to Berlin!
(Accommodation at Eurostars Book Hotel)
Packages & Rates
Berlin Marathon Tour | Four-Night Package: September 26 – 30, 2024
- Four night hotel accommodations
- Full breakfast each day, except on arrival day
- All hotel taxes included
- Cocktail reception on Thursday, September 26
- Half-day city sightseeing tour with a stop at the EXPO on Friday, September 27 (Local guide and driver gratuities included.)
- Roundtrip coach bus transfers to the 6K International Breakfast Run on Saturday, September 28
- Pre-race dinner on Saturday, September 28
- Post-race celebration reception on Sunday, September 29
- Hosted by Marathon Tours & Travel staff
- Guaranteed race entry is an additional $315 per entry
Rates (all prices are per person and in US dollars)
- Entry only is not allowed
- You can register for the Berlin Package with guaranteed entry and still enter the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Lottery. Should you receive an entry through the Lottery, you will be charged the rate for the Berlin Package without the guaranteed entry cost
- There is a limit of two (2) entries per room
- The Mandala Hotel option is for Executive Suites. The suites do not offer a two bed option. We recommend this hotel for single occupancy (one person/one bed) or double occupancy (2 people sharing one bed) only
- Rates may change due to currency fluctuations and city taxes
- Race entry fee of an additional $315 per entry
- International roundtrip airfare to Berlin
- Airport transfers
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
- Meals unless noted on itinerary
- Gratuities and tips unless noted on itinerary
It is not a requirement to book flights with Marathon Tours & Travel. We do not have discounted airfare options however we are a full service agency and can assist with your flight reservations. An agency processing fee of $50/ticket will be applied. Please call 617-242-7845 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday to Friday for assistance.
Flights (Please do not book any flights until your package(s) are confirmed)
- Berlin Only Package: You should plan to fly in and out of Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER)
- Berlin with Prague Package: You should fly into BER and out of Prague, Czech Republic (PRG)
- Berlin with Oktoberfest Package: You should fly into BER and out of Munich, Germany (MUC)
Rates (all prices are per person in US dollars)
Berlin Marathon Four-Night Package Double Occupancy Single Occupancy Berlin Marriott $1560 per person $2520 Grand Hyatt Berlin $1615 per person $2625 JW Marriott (One Bed Only) $1480 per person $2365 The Mandela Hotel (Suite/One Bed Only) $1720 per person $2830 The Ritz Carlton Berlin - Deluxe Room $1735 per person $2790 Additional nights available upon request.Optional Post-Race Extensions Three-Night Packages (September 30 - October 3) Double Occupancy Single Occupancy Prague, Czech Republic $1230 per person $1825 OKTOBERFEST, Munich, Germany $1695 per person $2550 Berlin Marathon Guaranteed Entry $315 per entry
Berlin, GermanyGrand Hyatt Berlin
The Grand Hyatt Berlin is located in the heart of the capital city center at Potsdamer Platz, in Berlin Mitte. The Tiergarten Park, the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate are in immediate proximity. You will find this not only the ideal location, but comfortable with its spacious rooms and exquisite restaurants. (Located approximately a 15 minute walk from the entrance of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON)Berlin, GermanyBerlin Marriott Hotel
The Marriott is located in the heart of the capital city center at Potsdamer Platz, in Berlin Mitte. The Tiergarten Park, the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate are in immediate proximity. You will find spacious and impeccable rooms, a host of first-class amenities, and a perfect blend of comfort, style and convenience for your visit to Berlin! (Located approximately a 10 minute walk from the entrance of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON)Berlin, GermanyThe Mandala Hotel (King Beds Only)
The only privately managed 5 star superior hotel in Berlin, offering the most spacious rooms in the German capital, as well as the 2 Michelin-starred restaurant FACIL, the premium ONO Spa and the QIU Restaurant & Bar. The Mandala Hotel offers an interesting alternative to other Design and luxury hotels in Berlin. It has committed itself to an extraordinary high standard which is different in regards to style and form from other high class hotels in Berlin. (Located approximately a 15 minute walk from the entrance of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON)Berlin, GermanyThe Ritz-Carlton, Berlin
The Ritz-Carlton is a striking luxury hotel that complements the architectural diversity that defines the charismatic and transformative Potsdamer Platz quarter. Enjoy the fusion of art, entertainment, shopping, and urban vibe outside your front door. In addition, you will love the exceptional guest rooms and restaurants this hotel has to offer. (Located approximately a 10 minute walk from the entrance of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON)Berlin, GermanyJW Marriott
(One Bed Only) – Located just off Potsdamer Platz, the JW Marriott is a short walk away from the city’s main attractions. Take a stroll to Brandenburg Gate or the historic Reichstag building for a sneak peek into Berlin’s past or visit the famous KaDeWe or Galeries Lafayette for shopping. Our elegant guest rooms offer great views over Potsdamer Platz Tiergarten Park or the embassy quarters and invite you to unwind after a busy day. Relax in the wellness area with swimming pool, sauna and steam bath or work out in the fitness center. (Located approximately a 20 minute walk from the entrance of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON)TIP:
Google Map (hotels and distance from Bradenburg Gate – marathon start/finish): Berlin Area Hotel MapMunich, GermanyPrague, Czech Republic
Race Date: September 29, 2024
Race Time: 9:15 AM
Minimum Pace/Cut-Off Time Policy: 6:15 hours after crossing the Start timing mat.
Course: The race starts at the “Kleiner Stern” on both lanes of the boulevard “Strasse des 17 Juni,” it goes around the Tiergarten area, passing by the Reichchstag before looping through old East Berlin and continuing through various neighborhoods. It runs along a section of the Kurfurstendamm, past Potsdamer Platz, along the Unter den Linden before running through the Brandenburg and finishing on the boulevard “Strasse des 17 Juni in front of the Soviet monument. The course is flat and fast.
Entry Fee: You may enter the lottery on the 2024 BMW Berlin Marathon website and still join our package. Should you get into the lottery, we will remove our race fee from your package invoice. We have guaranteed entry for $315 USD available along with our travel package.
Eligibility: Marathon Tours & Travel, an authorized tour operator, is required to offer travel arrangements in conjunction with guaranteed race entry. All runners must be residents of the USA, Canada, and/or a Seven Continents Club (SCC) member; and must be 18 years or older on race day to be eligible for our guaranteed entries.
Time Limit: The course is open for 6 hours and 15 minutes.
Number Pickup: You must pick up your race bib and packet at the Registration & Expo prior to race day. Marathon Tours & Travel has scheduled a stop at the Expo on Friday, September 27.
Temperature: Average temperatures on race day are between 55 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Awards: Every finisher receives a medal. You do not receive a t-shirt with this event.
Registration & Booking
Rates: All prices are based on current exchange rates and may change due to currency fluctuations. All payments to Marathon Tours & Travel will be processed in USD.
Reservations and Payments: A completed tour application together with a non-refundable deposit of $500.00 per person must be received before confirming your reservations. Final payment must be received before June 15, 2024. Final payments received after June 15, 2024 will be charged a $50.00 late payment fee.
Cancellations: All payments, including your deposit, are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Non-transferrable includes applying your balance to another person, another year or another trip. Should you cancel for any reason, you will forfeit your trip investment. Therefore, travel insurance for every trip is highly recommended. All cancellations must be received in writing.
Not included in price: All items not specifically listed under tour features.
Insurance: For your protection, trip cancellation, baggage, health and accident insurance is highly recommended for all participants. However, no representation or description of the insurance made by our staff constitutes a binding assurance or promise about the insurance.
Security Policy: Marathon Tours & Travel’s security policy requires that anyone staying in our room block must be registered as part of our package. If a registered client attempts to house a non-registered guest and /or invite them to attend any of our scheduled activities, the registered guest’s tour package will be forfeited and parties may be denied access to future tours. Please note that no exceptions will be made as this policy will be strictly enforced.
Responsibility: These tours are operated by Marathon Tours, Inc. of Chelsea, MA who acts only as an agent for the passenger to the companies offering such services and assumes no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity caused by any reason whatsoever by any party offering such services. All terms and conditions offered are governed by the laws of Massachusetts. The right is reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure with a refund, less applicable credit card and processing fees, made as full settlement to the passenger. The right is reserved by Marathon Tours, Inc. to deny acceptance of a booking application by any person. Marathon Tours, Inc. may make any changes or alterations in the itinerary as it deems necessary for the proper handling of the tour. The sole responsibility of any airline used is limited to that set out in the passenger contract evidenced by the ticket. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time that the passengers are not on board their aircraft.
"Thanks, for all the hard work..." - 2021
Thanks, for all the hard work you and your team did to coordinate the Berlin Marathon. I did not realize Marathon Tours had that many folks attending, so after attending the welcome reception, I had a new appreciation for all the work your team had between COVID impact last year and then coordinating this year.
I had a very memorable trip and I just wanted to say thank you and GREAT JOB to your team. I look forward to doing more marathon trips through you, as I continue my 6 star Abbott quest."MTT made everything easy at my first international marathon..." - 2021
MTT made everything easy at my first international marathon, especially considering the COVID challenges. I have participated in many US marathons on my own, but I think I would have had a difficult time in Berlin on my own. Thanks!"I’m writing to just say “thank you” for absolutely everything..." - 2021
I’m writing to just say “thank you” for absolutely everything to make Berlin just amazing… over the past 2 years I cannot imagine the stress and gazillion emails you’ve responded to and you ALWAYS answered each one of mine (and I ask a lot of questions!) so timely and with patience and above all, information! I’m appreciative! You helped calm a lot of nerves heading into this trip and I’m grateful to have MTT in my life!"I heard there was great value with MT&T..." - 2021
I heard there was great value with MT&T. Not only with money but with time and stress level. Typically my wife plans everything. This time, she was able to enjoy, relax and just watch me run."Incredible first experience traveling with Marathon Tours..." - 2021
Incredible first experience traveling with Marathon Tours that sets a very high standard of travel, knowledge and expertise."I used to manage a charity team and do similar logistics..." - 2021
I used to manage a charity team and do similar logistics, planning, communications etc. I really like that Marathon Tours gives the opportunity to meet other runners and share the experience of running an incredible race at an international destination. It reminded me of the charity team, and the camaraderie that is built from a shared goal. I was very happy to connect with other solo travelers."I liked the fact that everything was planned out for us..." - 2021
I liked the fact that everything was planned out for us. This is my first trip with Marathon Tours. Usually, I do all the planning of where to stay that is close to the finish, which can be super stressful, so this was so so easy."Nichole was fabulous. A hero to me and Grace..." - 2021
Nichole was fabulous. A hero to me and Grace. So much worry over the virus, lodging, transportation, expo, etc. But her and her team got us where we needed to be. I felt like all I really needed to do was Race. Unforgettable experience and MT&T made it that way. I look forward to more adventures in running with them, especially in pursuit of the 6th Abbott Star!"My favorite thing about Marathon Tours..."
My favorite thing about Marathon Tours is that you put the runners and their health, safety and comfort as your number one priorities!
This is just a quick note to remind you of the incredible services that each of you offer, and I myself have just been so thankful for all of you over these years. As a wife, mother, professional and runner you have brought such peace of mind to my life. I am so thankful to know that when it comes to the one activity of me that brings me joy, I know I can count on all of you for help when I want to do something adventurous!
Thank you for all that you do to make people’s dreams come true and support them even when they just have to wait a bit longer. In the end, Marathon Tours and their agents are always going to be ready and willing to make sure that each person gets the best of the best! I just wanted you to know that for some of us, our experiences with marathon tours holds deep meaning in our lives because of all the goodness you have contributed.COVID-19 - Messages of Client Support 2020
Nicole Langone has been extremely communicative and helpful throughout my entire process. Just wanted to throw a kudos out there and also thank you for doing your best during this troubling time. I look forward to running with you soon!"Thank you, thank you, Nicole, and the entire staff of Marathon Tours..." - 2019
Thank you, thank you, Nicole, and the entire staff of Marathon Tours. The trip to Berlin was so well organized and every detail was well planned. From the welcome night, the tour of Berlin, the transport to the Expo, transport to the fun run, the pasta dinner and the post-race party, the organization was superb. I thoroughly enjoyed the race and your hospitality was excellent. I am still on a “high” and I look forward to another race with Marathon Tours. Please thank everyone at marathon Tours. I really appreciated all your efforts."At this point marathon tours is the only company I look to..." - 2018
At this point marathon tours is the only company I look to when considering a marathon because your service is impeccable. I sincerely appreciate the timely personal responses on email in advance planning for a trip and knowing you’ll see a friendly, helpful face upon arrival in a completely new country. I trust and know that I have support on the ground, and have as such recommended marathon tours to many friends in my running team. Thank you for all you do!"I loved how the things I am least good at organizing myself was handled for me..." - 2018
I loved how the things I am least good at organizing myself was handled for me…. I never had to search for anything or locations or something … it was all planned… I could enjoy as much with the group as I wanted or as little. I was in control of my experience, but Marathon Tours was there whenever I wanted or needed any interaction or guidance. For a large group, it’s such a great, personal, exciting adventure. The other thing I really love is how all of the runners/guests are just one big team and Marathon tours enables us to all come together and embrace and celebrate (the MT employees included) the joys, accomplishments, challenges, and hard ships of running. I had no idea how much I would love doing races as a team of people, not just the solo sport I’ve always known it to be."I am blown away with Marathon Tours..." - 2018
I am blown away with Marathon Tours… I’m a really experienced traveler and always try and avoid group stuff because it stresses me out, but marathon tours handled everything so well, and so personally. I was one of three people in the group who returned to a hurricane having hit the area, but for the days I was there, MT did a great job with kindness and compassion. I stood back as all of the employees made their ways around the room engaging with everyone. It’s really like nothing else. And the tour was fantastic. That type of thing makes me cringe usually. It was so organized and planned, the guide was awesome. It was just so nicely done. So personal. I cannot say enough good stuff about my experience on this trip. Thank you all so much."Everything was planned for us!" - 2017
In terms of the service of Marathon Tours: Everything was planned for us! I didn’t have think about anything but how was I going to get to/from the airport, and I hope I don’t get lost on my shake out runs. Coordinating with the hotel for an early start to the breakfast on Sunday morning was fantastic as well. I don’t normally eat a large breakfast on marathon mornings due to timing, but this worked out perfectly. I was full three hours prior to the race, and had a banana about 45 minutes before the start. Perfect fueling. In terms of Berlin: What an amazing city. I had only ever been to southwest Germany in the past, so coming to Berlin was an opportunity to truly immerse myself in the history – good and bad – of the country. The city did not disappoint. I used the four-hour city tour on Friday to pick out spots where I wanted to explore further on Monday (as I was leaving early on Tuesday). This was so helpful – and having a tour guide like Ulli made it even better. She was so down to earth, and genuine. I wish the folks who do the course tour for the NYC Marathon would take note! In terms of the marathon: I’ve run big marathons in the past – heck, this was #4 of the six majors for me. But it was such an incredible experience being on the international runner side, as opposed to being a runner in the NYC or Chicago races. The spectators were awesome – and it was great to hear them call out my name, even though no one had any idea who I was or where I was from. The global community of runners was so strong. And … what’s a marathon in Berlin without beer on course? Thank you to the beer stop (unofficial, I believe) at mile 25!"The City Tour was beyond fabulous..." - 2017
The City Tour was beyond fabulous. I also loved the pre-race dinner. It was spot on. I loved the camaraderie. Meeting new people during the Thursday night Happy Hour and then seeing them again and again over the weekend gave the trip added depth and meaning."I really feel like I got my money's worth..." - 2017
I really feel like I got my money’s worth with the social events (which I was not actually expecting) and the bus tour. You can tell you guys have been doing this for a while, a very well oiled machine."I was amazed on how well the whole Marathon Tours package was delivered..." - 2017
I was amazed on how well the whole Marathon Tours package was delivered. Very professional folks, very timely communication…..this was all new to me and it went extremely smooth!!! As a matter of fact, we are now looking at Tokyo and reaching out to fabulous Nicole for help!! Woohoo!!"This is the 3rd time we have booked with Marathon Tours..." - 2017
This is the 3rd time we have booked with Marathon Tours and they do a fantastic job. All the extra events they had planned for the runners and families were amazing! Can’t wait to book with them again!"This is my third trip with Marathon Tours..." - 2016
This is my third trip with Marathon Tours and each one has been better than the next and the first one was awesome! Thank you so much for your personal touch and your dedication to making these trips fabulous!! I especially appreciate your effort in acknowledging the World Marathon Majors Finishers. It was a special race for me in that regards and the effort you put forth to celebrate with me and my family was very much appreciated. Marathon Tours rocks!! Nicole is awesome and I believe Jacqui has talked me into the Maasai marathon next summer – 7 continents here I come! Great company, great people!"The support before and during the Berlin trip..." - 2016
The support before and during the Berlin trip, from the greeting in the hotel. The cocktail hour on the Thursday, the bus tour and the greeting at the hotel after the marathon with beer, Gatorade and bath salts were great. The post marathon social event was great too."Thank you for such an amazing/unforgettable trip..." - 2016
I had an amazing time both prior to Berlin and while in Berlin. Nicole was AMAZING in handling of all my questions and getting me the right information at the right time. I was very very impressed. I believed everything was very well organized and the staff was extremely friendly/knowledgeable. Thank you for such an amazing/unforgettable trip."Marathon Tours were beyond awesome..." - 2016
Marathon Tours were beyond awesome. They took care of everything from welcoming you, cocktail reception, tour, and pasta dinner. All I had to worry about was running the race"This was my second trip with Marathon Tours..." - 2016
This was my second trip with Marathon Tours and once again it didn’t disappoint. Everything, start to finish, was well organized and the delivery was exactly as outlined. Great hotels: centrally located for easy expo & race access, and to Berlin sites and attractions. Enjoyed and appreciated the reception and pre-race dinner, bus tour, transportation to & from the 6km breakfast run, etc., etc. It was great to meet Nicole (especially after exchanging emails for so many months/years), along with Alyssa, Jacqui, etc. . Also to connect with fellow Canadians Christine and Paul. I appreciated Jeff’s personal participation in all the events and his vision for the future of the company and recognition of the staff who will make it all possible."The whole trip was a wonderful experience!" - 2016
The whole trip was a wonderful experience! We met so many lovely people on this trip. Marathon Tours did a great job, everything ran so smoothly and was well organized. I will definitely use Marathon Tours in the future and recommend Marathon Tours to fellow runners."I will definitely use Marathon Tours for the two majors I have left..." - 2016
I will definitely use Marathon Tours for the two majors I have left – London and Tokyo."I was very impressed!" - 2015
I was very impressed! Overall, outstanding value for this running experience in Berlin! Marathon Tours delivered in a way that allowed me to just focus on my race and not worry about other details!"I met some great people at the cocktail party..." - 2015
Everything. I met some great people at the cocktail party that I hung out with for the remainder of the trip. All the scheduled events were well run and the pasta dinner was so convenient and delicious. The Munich leg, including Oktoberfest was wonderful."The race itself, the international breakfast run, the bus tour..." - 2015
The race itself, the international breakfast run, the bus tour (guide was great). Liked the ease of travel, the knowledge of the race that your staff had, the inside tips and advice, meeting other US runners in your program, etc. We would not have come in on Thursday if not for your staff recommendation and pre-pkgd hotel. Really glad we did… we needed all of that time to adjust to the time zone."The hotel location was perfect the race on Sunday..." - 2015
The hotel location was perfect the race on Sunday. It was a short walk to/from the runners village. I was glad that Marathon Tours provided buses to the breakfast run on Saturday so that we could participate in that run. It was a great way to get a run in before the race, see how the weather was going to be the next day, and run off some pre-race jitters. I went into Sunday’s race feeling much better – and I got a PR, knocking 18 minutes off my previous best. Yes, I am happy. 🙂
Meet the Reps
Senior Trip Designer | Administration Manager
Senior Trip Designer | Administration Manager
Nicole joined us in 2011 with eight years of professional experience in international and domestic group travel and flight management. From middle school age, she has had the travel bug and loved being on the road and exploring new places.
With a year abroad and sometimes intentionally getting lost on a quaint cobblestone pathway in Belgium or Germany, it was the true history and beauty that struck a chord within her that keeps her travel passion still alive. Nicole currently manages marathon trips to Berlin, Rome, Reykjavik and Tokyo and also serves as Administration Manager.