Great Wall Marathon, Half & 8.5K 2024

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Date
May 18, 2024
  • Adventure
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon

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With breath-taking views, and challenging climbs, the Great Wall Marathon is a once in a lifetime event. Since its inception in 1999, it has become revered as one of the world’s most challenging marathons. In 2022, Runners World UK listed it as one of the best races in the world (hand picked by a panel of athletes and experts).

Run the most demanding marathon of your life along one of mankind’s greatest monuments.

Meals Included

Meals Included

Meals as stated in the itinerary

Guide

Guide

Bilingual tour guide

Transfers

Transfers

Airport arrival transfers and ground transportation as per the itinerary

Trip Extension

Trip Extension

We offer a pre-trip extension to Hong Kong and multiple opportunities to extend your post-race experience

Accommodation

Accommodation

Select from deluxe and comfort accommodation options

Entry

Entry

Race entry is included in the tour price

Celebration Party

Celebration Party

Group celebration dinner on May 19, 2024

Excursions

Excursions

Our comprehensive tours include a range of sightseeing per the itinerary.

Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Three City (Beijing | Xi’an | Shanghai) with Yangtze River Cruise Deluxe Package/13 Nights/May 15 – 28, 2024

      Wednesday, May 15
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      (Please note: This package is hosted by Marathon Tours & Travel staff)

      Arrive at Beijing International Airport (PEK) between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.  Scheduled transfers to The Kempinski Hotel will be provided during these times.  Additional transfers can be booked on request. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception at the hotel.

      Thursday, May 16
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      Following breakfast, we will travel to the Great Wall for a mandatory inspection of the on-Wall route. Both runners and spectators will visit the Great Wall and receive race details. All runners must walk the 3.5 km of the wall, which is part of the Great Wall Marathon course.  It is very important to familiarize yourself with that specific section to take proper precautions and incorporate it into your race strategy. Non-runners may participate in this strenuous walk (good physical condition is required). (breakfast and lunch included)

      Friday, May 17
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      This morning you will enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of Hutong, the old city of Beijing. You will travel the ancient alleyways via three-wheeled bicycle rickshaws. We then travel to the Summer Palace for a tour of the man-made lake followed by lunch & some shopping. We will return to the hotel early enough to allow you rest time before race day.  Tonight, we will gather at the hotel for a pre-race pasta dinner. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Saturday, May 18
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      RACE DAY!  It will be an early morning departure for the Great Wall Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 8.5K fun run.  A boxed breakfast will be provided upon departure and a lunch from Subway is available after the race.  You will also have the opportunity to get a massage! Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own. (breakfast and lunch included)

      Sunday, May 19
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      After breakfast we will take a bus to Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world. We will walk through the square from the south to the north, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum.  Next is the Imperial Palace and the Forbidden City, one of China’s architectural masterpieces.  Entry to the city was forbidden to the common people until the early 1900’s. We will have lunch in a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for the Gala Dinner. (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

      Monday, May 20
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      After breakfast we will check out of the hotel and transfer to Beijing Airport for a 90-minute flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, we will be greeted by an English-speaking local representative who will coordinate the transfer to the hotel.  The group will tour the enormous Ming Dynasty city wall and then have a guided walking tour through the Muslim quarter of Old Town. This afternoon check-in to the Hilton Xi’an. Please note that lunch today is on the plane. Tonight, we enjoy the famous dumpling banquet at Defachang’s.  (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Tuesday, May 21
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      After breakfast we will visit the famous life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors who have been guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi for 2,000 years and the Horse Museum. We will have lunch at a local restaurant and then enjoy the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show where actors will take you back in time to an era when Xi’an, then Chang’an, was capital of China. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Wednesday, May 22
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      After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Chongqing. We will be greeted by our English speaking guide and enjoy a local specialty, a hot pot lunch before touring Chongqing and learning about the hilly city. Explore the People’s Liberation Monument Square, a well-known commercial area for food and shopping and visit Hongya Cave. After boarding the cruise ship Century Victory, you will enjoy an delicious dinner buffet. Our ship will depart port around 10:00 PM. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Thursday, May 23
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      Join us for early yoga or Tai Chi on the sunshine deck before breakfast, or sleep in. As we travel down the Yangtze River we will see dramatic landscapes along the gorge. After breakfast, take the excursion to Fengdu Ghost City where you will learn about the culture of ghosts and the integration of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism with Chinese traditions. Optional Evening show “The War Fire of Three Kingdoms” (sign up in advance for additional cost) (breakfast, lunch and dinner included). 

      Friday, May 24
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      As we continue down the Yangtze River, we will see more dramatic landscapes carved by the mighty Yangtze River. An excursion on Shennv Stream is included. We will board smaller sampan boats for a short cruise down the gorge to see the famous hanging coffins. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Saturday May 25
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      After breakfast, join the shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site, the largest hydro dam & water conservancy project in the world.  We will disembark in Yichang after our tour, have lunch and visit the local bungee jump site before heading to the airport for our flight to Shanghai. This evening we check into the Portman Ritz Carlton. (breakfast, lunch & snack on plane included)

      Sunday, May 26
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      After breakfast today, we will visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, located in the People’s Square where you will see a large-scale model of the entirety of urban Shanghai.  Afterwards, visit old town and Yu Yuan Garden, which dates back to 1559 and is known as the “Garden of Happiness”.  Enjoy a dim sum lunch and visit the Bund/Waterfront followed by a visit to the French Concession and Xintiandi with your guide before returning to the hotel. (Breakfast & lunch included)

      Monday, May 27
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      After breakfast, enjoy the day at your leisure or take part in the optional half-day tour to Zhujiajiao Ancient Town from Shanghai.  This tour includes a boat ride and lunch. We will enjoy a farewell group dinner at a local restaurant and recount our adventure over local food & wine. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

      Tuesday, May 28
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      Say goodbye to China as you will be transferred to the airport to board your returning flight home. (Breakfast included)

    • Beijing & Xi’an Deluxe Package/7 Nights/May 15 – 22, 2024

      Wednesday, May 15
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      (Please note: This package is hosted by Marathon Tours & Travel staff)

      Arrive at Beijing International Airport (PEK) between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.  Scheduled transfers to The Kempinski Hotel will be provided during these times.  Additional transfers can be booked on request. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception at the hotel.

      Thursday, May 16
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      Following breakfast, we will travel to the Great Wall for a mandatory inspection of the on-Wall route. Both runners and spectators will visit the Great Wall and receive race details. All runners must walk the 3.5 km of the wall, which is part of the Great Wall Marathon course.  It is very important to familiarize yourself with that specific section to take proper precautions and incorporate it into your race strategy. Non-runners may participate in this strenuous walk (good physical condition is required. (breakfast and lunch included)

      Friday, May 17
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      This morning you will enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of Hutong, the old city of Beijing. You will travel the ancient alleyways via three-wheeled bicycle rickshaws. We then travel to the Summer Palace for a tour of the man-made lake followed by lunch & some shopping. We will return to the hotel early enough to allow you rest time before race day.  Tonight, we will gather at the hotel for a pre-race pasta dinner. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Saturday, May 18
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      RACE DAY!  It will be an early morning departure for the Great Wall Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 8.5K fun run.  A boxed breakfast will be provided upon departure and a lunch from Subway is available after the race.  You will also have the opportunity to get a massage! Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own. (breakfast and lunch included)

      Sunday, May 19
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      After breakfast will take a bus to Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world. We will walk through the square from the south to the north, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum.  Next is the Imperial Palace and the Forbidden City, one of China’s architectural masterpieces.  Entry to the city was forbidden to the common people until the early 1900’s. We will have lunch in a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for the Gala Dinner. (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

      Monday, May 20
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      After breakfast we will check out of the hotel and transfer to Beijing Airport for a 90-minute flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, we will be greeted by an English-speaking local representative who will coordinate the transfer to the hotel.  The group will tour the enormous Ming Dynasty city wall and then have a guided walking tour through the Muslim quarter of Old Town. This afternoon check-in to the Hilton Xi’an. Please note that lunch today is on the plane. Tonight, we enjoy the famous dumpling banquet at Defachang’s.  (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Tuesday, May 21
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      After breakfast we will visit the famous life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors who have been guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi for 2,000 years and the Horse Museum. We will have lunch at a local restaurant and then enjoy the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show where actors will take you back in time to an era when Xi’an, then Chang’an, was capital of China. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Wednesday, May 22
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      After breakfast, say goodbye to China as you will be transferred to the airport to board your returning flight home to Beijing and home or elsewhere. (breakfast included).

    • Beijing Deluxe Package/6 Nights/May 15 - 21, 2024

      Wednesday, May 15
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      (Please note: This package is hosted by Marathon Tours & Travel staff)

      Arrive at Beijing International Airport (PEK) between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.  Scheduled transfers to The Kempinski Hotel will be provided during these times.  Additional transfers can be booked on request. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception at the hotel.

       

      Thursday, May 16
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      Following breakfast, we will travel to the Great Wall for a mandatory inspection of the on-Wall route. Both runners and spectators will visit the Great Wall and receive race details. All runners must walk the 3.5 km of the wall, which is part of the Great Wall Marathon course.  It is very important to familiarize yourself with that specific section to take proper precautions and incorporate it into your race strategy. Non-runners may participate in this strenuous walk (good physical condition is required. (breakfast and lunch included)

      Friday, May 17
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      This morning you will enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of Hutong, the old city of Beijing. You will travel the ancient alleyways via three-wheeled bicycle rickshaws. We then travel to the Summer Palace for a tour of the man-made lake followed by lunch & some shopping. We will return to the hotel early enough to allow you rest time before race day.  Tonight, we will gather at the hotel for a pre-race pasta dinner. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Saturday, May 18
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      RACE DAY!  It will be an early morning departure for the Great Wall Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 8.5K fun run.  A boxed breakfast will be provided upon departure and a lunch from Subway is available after the race.  You will also have the opportunity to get a massage! Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own. (breakfast and lunch included)

      Sunday, May 19
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      After breakfast we will take a bus to Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world. We will walk through the square from the south to the north, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum.  Next is the Imperial Palace and the Forbidden City, one of China’s architectural masterpieces.  This was forbidden to the common people until the early 1900’s. We will have lunch in a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for the Gala Dinner. (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

      Monday, May 20
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      After breakfast we will visit the Temple of Heaven, a tea house, and Lama Temple with lunch enjoyed at a local restaurant.  We return to the hotel briefly before departing for a Peking Duck dinner and Chinese acrobat show. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

      Tuesday, May 21
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      After breakfast we will check out of our hotel and transfer to Beijing Airport. There will be several scheduled transfers back to the airport starting at 7:00 AM and concluding at 3:00 PM.  Private transfers may be arranged at additional cost. Consider extending your time in China by joining one of our optional post-marathon extension packages. (breakfast included)

    • Beijing Comfort Package/5 Nights/May 15 – 20, 2024

      Wednesday, May 15
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      (Please note: This package is not hosted by Marathon Tours & Travel staff.)

      Arrive to Beijing Capital (PEK) or Beijing Daxing (PKX) airport.  Shuttle buses to Jizhou, Tianjin will run at set transfer times (starting at 7:00 AM every 2 hours with last transfer departing at 11:00 PM). If you are unable to book a flight that matches the set transfers, individual transfers can be purchased.  Albatros representatives in the arrival halls will guide you to the bus. After checking-in at your hotel in Jizhou, Tianjin, your Race Pack will be handed out by the guide. The rest of the day is free to explore Jizhou (formally Jixian). No meals are included today.

      Thursday, May 16
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      After breakfast we will depart to the Great Wall for a mandatory inspection of the on-Wall route. Race officials and medical staff will be present to answer any questions you may have.  The drive is approximately one hour, and a box breakfast will be provided.  All runners must walk the 3.5 km of the wall, which is part of the Great Wall Marathon course.  It is very important to familiarize yourself with that specific section to take proper precautions and incorporate it into your race strategy. Non-runners are welcome to participate in this walk (good physical condition is required for this strenuous walk). We will return to Jixian around 5:00 PM.  The rest of the evening is free to enjoy at your leisure. (breakfast & sandwich lunch included)

      Friday, May 17
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      Today is yours to enjoy before your race tomorrow. Take in the local atmosphere of Jizhou, Tianjin, or go on the optional excursion that takes visitors to Qing Dynasty Tombs. Covering an enormous area and housing five of China’s emperors, 14 empresses and 136 concubines, the Qing tombs are more impressive than the famous Ming dynasty graves but are visited by relatively few.  Lunch is included in this optional tour ($100/pp purchased in advance). (breakfast included)

      Saturday, May 18
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      Today is the big day! After an early breakfast we will leave Jizhou at 5:00 AM.  You must check out of your hotel room in Jizhou as we will leave for Beijing after the race. The race starts at 7:30 AM. Sandwich lunches will be provided for everyone after the race as well as a 20-minute massage. Buses will take runners back to Beijing between 12:00 PM and 4:30 PM. Enjoy the evening on your own.  (boxed breakfast and sandwich lunch included)

      Sunday, May 19
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      Today is your recovery day!  Sleep in, relax or do a bit of shopping in the Silk Market. You may choose one of the two optional excursions (must be booked in advance): the Summer Palace Tour ($95 per person and includes lunch) includes a visit the Beijing Zoo (giant panda exhibit only), the Summer Palace and a pearl exhibition hall just outside the palace.  Or visit the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven ($90 per person including lunch) which will showcase classic Beijing highlights. In the evening, all participants will be picked up at their hotels and taken to the Gala Dinner venue.  (breakfast and dinner included)

      Monday, May 20
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      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 additional cost. Must be booked in advance. Please see pricing for details. (breakfast included)

  • Extensions

    • Pre-Race Hong Kong Extension: May 12 – 15

      Sunday, May 12 – Plan to arrive in Hong Kong (HKG) today and transfer from the airport to the Harbor Grand Kowloon.  Dinner is on your own.

      Monday, May 13 – Enjoy a tour to The Victoria Peak, access the Sky Terrace via the tram and enjoy beautiful views of Hong Kong waking up from the viewing deck.  Indulge in a Dim Sum lunch at Maxim restaurant and afterwards, enjoy the city at your leisure.  This evening, we will experience Hong Kong’s stunning skyline lit up by the famed Symphony of Lights show from the water on the deck of the Aqua Luna sailing ship. (breakfast, lunch included)

      Tuesday, May 14 – Enjoy at day exploring Hong Kong on your own or chose to visit Lantau Island (optional tour) and experience Ngong Ping Village 360 via cable car.  This must-see Hong Kong attraction is a culturally themed village designed and landscaped to integrate into the scenic nature of Ngong Ping.  Experience “Motion 360” and “Walking with Buddha”. Before heading to dinner, enjoy drinks & appetizers with us in the Corner Café. (breakfast included, vegetarian lunch included with optional tour)

      Wednesday, May 15 – After breakfast at our hotel we transfer to the airport for our flight to Beijing. (breakfast included)

  • Packages & Rates

    • Three City with Yangtze River Cruise | Thirteen Night Deluxe Package: May 15 – 28, 2024
       (minimum of 10 participants required)

      Features:

      • Five-star accommodations – 5 Nights at Kempinski Hotel Beijing, 2 Nights at Hilton Xi’an, 3 Nights at Portman Ritz Carlton, Shanghai
      • Three (3) Nights on board the Century Victory Cruise Ship – Deluxe Cabin, Level 2 (upgrades available)
      • All accommodation taxes
      • Airport arrival/departure transfers (specified days and times)
      • Domestic flight from Beijing to Xi’an
      • Domestic flight from Xi’an to Chongqing
      • Domestic flight from Yichang to Shanghai
      • Welcome Reception
      • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide for planned activities
      • Entrance to activities as outlined on the itinerary
      • Tours from the Century Victory Cruise Ship:
        • Fengdu Ghost City
        • Shennv Stream to hanging coffins
        • Three Gorges Dam Site
      • Pre-race inspection and Briefing
      • Transfers to/from the race
      • Guaranteed Race Entry
      • Post-race massage (offered by the race)
      • Meals per the itinerary
      • Gratuities and tips (for included meals and for guides/drives on included tours)
      • Services of Marathon Tours & Travel Staff

      Beijing & Xi’an | Seven Night Deluxe Package: May 15-22, 2024
       (minimum of 10 participants required)

      • Five-star accommodations – 5 Nights at Kempinski Hotel Beijing, 2 Nights at Hilton Xi’an
      • All hotel taxes
      • Airport arrival/departure transfers (specified days and times)
      • Domestic return flight Beijing – Xi’an – Beijing
      • Welcome Reception
      • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide for planned activities
      • Entrance to activities as outlined on the itinerary
      • Pre-race inspection and Briefing
      • Pre-race past dinner
      • Transfers to/from the race
      • Guaranteed Race Entry
      • Post-race massage (offered by the race)
      • Meals per the itinerary
      • Gala Dinner
      • Gratuities and tips (for included meals and for guides/drives on included tours)
      • Services of Marathon Tours & Travel Staff

      Not Included:

      • All activities listed as optional.  Please note these must be booked in advance.
      • International flights to/from China
      • Gratuities and tips (not outlined under Package Features)
      • Incidentals
      • Travel Insurance
      • China VISA ($250) – to be confirmed

      Beijing | Six Night Deluxe Package: May 15 – 21, 2024

      Features:

      • Six nights at the five-star Kempinski Hotel Beijing
      • All hotel taxes
      • Airport arrival/departure transfers (specified days and times)
      • Welcome Reception
      • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide for planned activities
      • Entrance to activities as outlined on the itinerary
      • Pre-race inspection and Briefing
      • Transfers to/from the race
      • Guaranteed Race Entry
      • Post-race massage (offered by the race)
      • Meals per the itinerary
      • Gratuities and tips (for included meals and for guides/drives on included tours)
      • Services of Marathon Tours & Travel Staff

      Not Included:

      • International flights to/from China
      • Gratuities and tips (not outlined under Package Features)
      • Incidentals
      • Travel Insurance
      • China VISA ($250) – to be confirmed

      Beijing | Five Night Comfort Package: May 15-20,2024

      Features:

      • Two (2) Nights in Jizhou & Three (3) Nights in Beijing Downtown Hotel (standard rooms)
      • Arrival Airport Transfers (specified times)
      • Activities as outlined on Itinerary
      • Pre-race inspection & briefing
      • Post-race massage (offered by race)
      • The Great Wall Marathon race package, which includes: start number, bib chip timing, running T-shirt, supplies on route, Danish medical team and finisher certificate.
      • Comprehensive information packet and guidebook for the Great Wall Marathon event, which includes detailed maps and day-by-day descriptions.

      Not Included:

      • All activities listed as optional.  Please note these must be booked in advance.
      • International flights to/from China
      • Gratuities and tips
      • Departure Airport Transfers
      • Incidentals
      • Travel Insurance
      • China VISA ($250) – to be confirmed
      Pre-Race Hong Kong Extension | May 12-15, 2024
       (minimum of 10 participants required)
      Features:
      • Five-star accommodations – three (3) nights at Harbor Grand Kowloon
      • All hotel taxes
      • Domestic flight from Hong Kong to Beijing
      • Cocktail reception (May 14)
      • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide for planned activities
      • Entrance to activities as outlined on the itinerary
      • All land transfers
      • Gratuities and tips (for included meals and for guides/drivers on included tours)
      • Services of Marathon Tours & Travel Staff
      Not Included:
      • All activities listed as optional.  Please note these must be booked in advance.
      • International flights to/from China
      • Gratuities and tips (not outlined under Features)
      • Incidentals
      • Travel Insurance
      • China VISA ($250) – to be confirmed

       

      IMPORTANT NOTES:

      Arrival Airport Transfers
      To qualify for airport Meet & Greet services and transfers:

      1) You must be booked on the one of the following packages:

      • Three City with Yangtze River Cruise Thirteen (13) Night Package
      • Beijing & Xi’an Seven (7) Night Package
      • Beijing Six (6) Night Deluxe Package

      2) You must arrive into Beijing International Airport (PEK) on May 15 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

      Departure Airport Transfers
      Return airport transfer to Beijing International Airport on May 21 will be planned with a morning and an afternoon departure option.  For those continuing on to Xi’an, your return airport transfer is included and will be scheduled to correspond with the group flight. If you require transfers outside of these times, private transfers can be arranged at additional cost of $70/pp each way.

      The Five Night Beijing Comfort Package does NOT include airport transfers.  You can book an airport transfer for $70 per person each way.

      Additional Transfer Information
      For those who are booking the Beijing & Xi’an Deluxe Seven (7) Night Package, plan for an arrival into Beijing International Airport (PEK) on May 15 and a departure back from Beijing International Airport (PEK) on May 22 after 1:00 PM. (The roundtrip flights between Beijing and Xi’an are included in the package price).

      For guests who are booking the Three City with Yangtze River Cruise Deluxe Thirteen (13) Night Package, plan for an arrival into Beijing International Airport (PEK) on May 15 and a departure back from Shanghai Airport (PVG) on May 28 after 1:00 PM. (The flights from Beijing to Xi’an, Xi’an to Chongqing, and Yichang to Shanghai are included in the package price)

      IMPORTANT: Your passport should be valid for six (6) months after your last expected day in China. You should have at least two full pages available in your passport.

      A China Tourist Visa is required of all travelers to China.

       

      Travel Insurance

      Travel Insurance for U.S. Residents

      Travel Insurance for Canadian Residents

       

      Rates (all prices are per person and in US dollars)

      Upgrades available upon request.

      Great Wall PackagesDouble OccupancySingle Occupancy
      Three City Tour w/Cruise - Thirteen Night Package (Cruise Ship - Level 2 Deluxe) - WAITLIST ONLY$5850 per person$7750
      Optional: Half-day Zhujiajiao Ancient Town Tour$115 per person$115
      Beijing & Xi'an  - Seven Night Package - WAITLIST ONLY$3580 per person$4445
      Beijing - Six Night Deluxe Package $2895 per person$3700
      Beijing - Five Night Comfort Package $2025 per person$2475
      Optional: Qing Tombs Tour (May 17)$105 per person$105
      Optional: Temple of Heaven Forbidden City & Silk Exhibition (May 19)$90 per person$90
      Optional: Summer Palace, Giant Panda & Pearl Exhibition (May 19)$90 per person$90
      Pre-Race ExtensionDouble OccupancySingle Occupancy
      Hong Kong Superior Room$1535 per person$1885
      Optional: Upgrade to Superior Harborview Room$1600 per person$2015
      Optional: Lantau Island Tour with Lunch$175 per person$175
  • Hotels

    • Deluxe Package Hotels

       

      Kempinski Hotel Beijing – Located in the diplomatic district of Chaoyang, the hotel boasts timeless European style with a rich Chinese cultural history.  As the first Kempinski hotel in China, Kempinski Hotel Beijing Yansha Center blends timeless European style with rich Chinese cultural history to create a true Chinese experience travelers.

      With more than six different restaurants and bars, YouYi shopping center, two private gardens, and easy transportation access points to some of Beijing’s most iconic and monumental scenes, Kempinski Hotel Beijing Yansha Center is Beijing’s portal into China.

      Hilton Xi’an – Set inside the walls of the old city, you will enjoy the comfort of a deluxe property and the convenience of shopping and local restaurants.

      Portman Ritz Carlton, Shanghai – With a nod to China’s elegant past, this modern deluxe property offers award-winning hospitality near Nanjing Road.

      Century Victory Cruise Ship –Known as one of the finest vessels currently sailing the Yangtze River, with private bathrooms, private balconies, staff entertainment, and excellent meals, you will find comfort during your sailing.  Deluxe Cabins are located on level 2 with optional upgrades to Promanade (level 3) and Bridge (level 4) levels.

       

      Please note: The comfort hotels will have limited amenities, while the deluxe hotels are more similar to name-brand Western hotels. In general, the standards in Chinese hotels are different than those of Western hotels. This may be apparent in aspects such as stiff mattresses or limited restaurant offerings.

      Comfort Package Hotels

      Jizhou – Standard

      Beijing Downtown Hotel (standard rooms) – Standard

  • Event Information

    • Race Date: May 18, 2024

      Race Time: 7:30 AM

      Course: This demanding course includes 5,164 steps on the Great Wall at Huangyaguan, which includes steep up and down portions.  More than six (6) kilometers of the full marathon are run on the Great Wall. All other races are on the Great Wall for about three (3) kilometers.  Most of the course runs through the small farmlands and villages of Tianjin Province. Many runners/walkers opt to carry a camera during their event and not be concerned about their finish time. For many, this is an experience of a lifetime, not a race!

      Temperature: Expected temperatures range from 61F to 95F degrees. Humidity is high while running in the valleys.

      Entry Fee: All tour packages include the race entry fee, pre-race inspection tour of the course, race t-shirt, pasta dinner, transportation from your hotel to the start, return transportation back to your hotel and a sandwich lunch after the race. This must be paid by runners and non-runners alike.

      Your entry is guaranteed after receipt of a completed tour application form and deposit by check.

      Time Limit: The course time limit is eight (8) hours.  There is also a six (6) hour cut-off at 34K for the Marathon.  Runners must reach this point within six hours to continue.

      Difficulty: Difficult. The wall section consists of steps of varying height, width and some steps are made of brick. Precaution should be taken when running this part. A few places on the wall section see no steps at all, but instead a ramp of rocks and concrete. These ramps can be slippery and extra attention must be paid to your footing! In some of the villages the surface is gravel and dirt roads. More information on Race website here.

      For more information click here

  • Registration & Booking

    • Reservations and Payments: A $600 per person deposit is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due on or before January 1, 2024. New bookings made after this date require payment in full at the time of booking. Payments made after January 1, 2024 are subject to a $100 late booking 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.

      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 or Canada.  Marathon Tours & Travel is authorized to sell to a resident of a country where there is not an existing official Tour Operator.

      Not included in price: All items not specifically listed under tour features. CHINA VISA FEE IS NOT INCLUDED AND IS ADDITIONAL.

      Extension: The following packages require a minimum of 10 guests each.  If minimum requirements are not met, prices are subject to increase.

      • Hong Kong Extension
      • Thirteen Night Three City with Yangtze River Deluxe Package
      • Seven Night Beijing & Xi’an Deluxe Package

      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.

      Travel Insurance for U.S. Residents

      Travel Insurance for Canadian Residents

      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. 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. Marathon Tours, Inc. may make any changes or alterations in the itinerary as it deems necessary for the proper handling of the tour and may refuse any person as a member 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.

Meet the Reps

Marcie Clawson

Trip Designer | Cycling Product Manager

Marcie Clawson

Trip Designer | Cycling Product Manager

Born and raised in Canada, Marcie discovered the magic of road cycling in grade six after earning a 10-speed bike selling oranges for her school fundraiser. Although active in soccer, basketball and rowing during her school years, she admits that physical activity took a backseat to a career in design.

While raising her kids in New England, she rekindled her love of cycling in 2016 and, as a personal challenge, added running and swimming in 2018 to compete in her first 70.3 Triathlon in Prague, CZ to celebrate her 50th birthday. Since then, she has completed two full and five half distance triathlons; and a number of gravel and CX races. Her love of travel and cycling has spurred her to ride her bike more than 24,000 miles in the last six years including multi-day adventures across Czech Republic and three different states. She has circumvented Lake Champlain and conquered mountains in Austria, Canada and the US on two wheels.

Though competitive in nature and fueled by the excitement of a new venue, Marcie found that her greatest joy in racing Triathlon came from the challenge of planning for the unexpected and getting to know people along the course, hearing their stories and motivations and finding out their “WHY”.

A self-admitted “Jack of all trades”, Marcie comes to MTT with work experiences as both a bicycle mechanic and a producer of custom cycling endurance apparel. Marcie currently manages running packages to Big Five, Petra, Iceland Volcano, Polar Circle, Midnight Marathon, Lost City, First Light, Queenstown, Great Wall, and our very own Patagonia Running Festival. She is excited be a part of your journey and to help you to achieve your “WHY”.