Great Wall Marathon

19 May 2018

Great Wall Marathon 2018 7-day package

This 7-day marathon and holiday package offers you the definitive Beijing experience!
15-21 May
7 days
1 580 USD

All nights are spent in the capital of China and you will get an unforgettable holiday in this exciting city. We will visit classic Beijing highlights such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven and also have plenty of chances to sample exquisite local cuisines in the many markets and street stalls of old Beijing.

You can also top up your Beijing stay with our optional excursions that take you to the Summer Palace, the former summer residence of the Imperial family or why not see the giant panda at the city zoo? Whatever your interests, the excursions offer a wide range of attractions that give visitors a great taste of Beijing.

If you want to stay closer to the race venue, have a look at the 6-day option.



The itinerary is detailed below. This is what you'll be doing during your stay!

15 May 2018Welcome to Beijing

Arrival in Beijing. Transfer buses are available throughout the day and leave for the city with 30-45 minute intervals. Look for "The Great Wall Marathon" sign in the arrivals hall and our representatives will show you to the bus.

After checking in to your hotel, check the hotel notice board to confirm 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.

Meals: not included

16 May 2018Explore Beijing - Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & more

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.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

17 May 2018Great Wall Marathon Route Inspection

Today, is Inspection Day! This is your time to inspect the route, including a leisurely walk along the Great Wall, and speak with race officials about the forthcoming event.

Our day will begin early in the morning as we board our bus and head to the Great Wall for route inspection. Breakfast will be served as a breakfast box, if your hotel is unable to serve a buffet breakfast before our early departure.

All runners are expected to walk the 3.5km of the Huangyaguan section of the wall that is part of the marathon, half-marathon and 8.5k Fun Run 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 is available for purchase. Enjoy a fantastic evening out and watch a spectacular performance by talented acrobats. Learn more under "Excursions".

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

18 May 2018Cloisonné factory and Ming Tombs

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.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

19 May 2018Race day

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 at the race site.

Busses will be ready to take runners back to Beijing between 12 and 4:30pm. A 20-minute massage on site is included after the race.

For more information about the race, look here.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

20 May 2018Beijing excursion option & Evening Celebration Party

Today is a day of recovery. Sleep in, relax, 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 today. This tour takes you to the Summer Palace just outside Beijing and pays a visit to the giant panda at Beijing Zoo. For further details, see "Excursions".

In the evening, we all gather for the big celebration dinner. All participants will be picked up at their hotels and taken to the party venue tonight.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner (lunch is provided for those going on the optional excursion)

21 May 2018Farewell Beijing

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. See prices for details.

Meal: Breakfast


City of People

20 May | 1 | 59 USD

This excursion will take us to the Beijing Zoo to see the endangered giant panda. We will continue to the Summer Palace in the outskirts of Beijing. 

Our day will begin with a visit to the Beijing Zoo to see giant pandas. The giant panda is an endangered species and its population is small and vulnerable. Despite being a protected species, habitat destruction and poaching continue to pose a threat to the species. After the visit to the zoo, we'll head to the Summer Palace, just outside of Beijing.

The Summer Palace was built several hundred years ago during the Jin Dynasty but has been renovated on numerous occasions since then. In 1860, it was plundered during the Second Opium War but in 1888, the notorious Empress Dowager Cixi rebuilt it using money intended for the Navy and turned it into an opulent summer retreat for the imperial family. 

After the Summer Palace, we will visit a pearl exhibition hall, which is located just outside the palace. On the way back to the city, we'll make a photo stop outside the Olympic Village, where we'll be able to see the Bird's Nest National Stadium and Water Cube National Aquatics Centre. Lunch is included.


Acrobatic Show

17 May | 1 | 31 USD

An entertaining evening is in store for you! Prepare to be impressed by a spectacular show of breathtaking performances by a troupe of talented acrobats. 

Acrobatics is a traditional Chinese performing art. The history of acrobatics in China can be traced back to Neolithic times. By 300BC, skills such as walking on 3m-high stilts and juggling daggers had been developed. The art form has evolved a great deal throughout time and today Chinese acrobatics is an inheritance of tradition and evolving techniques. 

Excursions must be booked before arrival in China.

Please note: The excursion starts on 20 May 2018 from the dinner restaurant around 19:00. The exact time will be announced by your tour guide. 


Price information

Have a look at package prices below. Please note that prices include the race package.


7-day Itinerary - 15 May to 21 May 2018
Hotel rating Package price per person
Shared Double/Twin Single supplement
2 star 1580 USD
+260 USD
3 star 1665 USD
+325 USD
4 star 1810 USD
+460 USD
4.5 star 1955 USD
+565 USD
5 star 2025 USD
+625 USD


Optional excursions & extras for 7-day itinerary Date Price per person
Acrobatics Show 17 May 31 USD
City of People - Summer Palace and Giant Panda 20 May 59 USD
Departure Transfer - to Beijing Capital International Airport or Beijing Railway Station   50 USD

* Kindly note, excursions can be purchased at the time of booking, or later by contacting us via email. The deadline for adding excursions to your travel is 19 April 2018.


  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Transfer from airport to hotel
  • Sightseeing and excursions as stated in the itinerary. Optional tours can be purchased separately.
  • 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. For more information, see Race Info
  • Comprehensive information packet and guide book for the Great Wall Marathon event which includes detailed maps and day-by-day descriptions.
  • Transportation as per itinerary


  • Flights
  • Visa for China
  • Departure transfer to airport (These can be purchased separately.) 
  • Optional tours which must be booked in advance
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned under 'Inclusions'


Please note that if you register more than 75 days prior to departure, you will be charged an initial 25% of the total price and the remaining 75% will be deducted from your credit card 75 days prior to departure. If you register less than 75 days to departure, the full amount will be charged.

Registration deadlines

Registration closes for the 2018 Great Wall Marathon on 19 April 2018. After this date, no new entries will be accepted.

We advise you, however, to book early to avoid disappointment. The 2017 event sold out well in advance of the regular registration period.

If you sign up after 19 March 2018, a late registration fee of 100 USD will be applied to each person on your booking. In addition, the full amount (ie. not just the deposit) must be paid immediately.

Important Info

We've put together a list of important information about travel in China. Have a look below.

Visa information

Almost all non-Chinese nationals will need a visa to enter China. There are different categories and you will most likely need a tourist visa (L). Please contact your local Chinese embassy or consulate for more information. The procedure normally requires submitting a visa application form, paying a fee and providing the Chinese authorities with an authorised itinerary from Albatros Adventure Marathons.

A few months before departure, you will receive a service voucher which you can use for acquiring a visa. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after entry.


Arrival transfers from the airport to the hotel will be available on 15 May 2018 from 8.30-22.00. Busses leave the airport in 30-45 minute intervals. The Great Wall Marathon representatives in the arrivals hall will show you to the bus.  Please be advised that there may be a waiting time of up to an hour at the airport. To organize your pick up please email us your flight details.

Departure transfers are not included in the package and can be booked separately. The optional departure transfer only goes to Beijing Capital International Airport or Beijing Railway Station. If you would like to add a departure transfer to your reservation, please select this option on the booking form and let us know your departure flight details. 



2-star: Dongfang Hotel
3-star: Qianmen Hotel (if Qianmen fills up, the second priority hotel is Tailong Plaza)
4-star: Jinglun Hotel (if Jinglun fills up, the second priority hotel is Grand Mercure)
4.5-star: Beijing Hotel (or a similar standard)
5-star: JW Marriott Beijing Central Hotel

Pre- and/or post nights can be booked before 19 April 2018, when booking your package online or at a later date by contacting us via email. Booking requests received after 19 April 2018 cannot be guaranteed.

Pre- nights are available: 13 May, 14 May

Post nights are available: 21 May, 22 May

Kindly note that above hotels are subject to change.

Room options

If you are a single traveller and choose a shared double room when booking, we will pair you with another traveller of the same gender.

If you prefer to have your own room, choose single room. A single supplement will apply.


Please note that if you register more than 75 days prior to departure, you will be charged an initial 25% of the total price and the remaining 75% will be deducted from your credit card 75 days prior to departure. If you register less than 75 days to departure, the full amount will be charged.

Overseas travellers

Participants must book their flight in to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) with arrival no later than the day your tour starts (15 May 2018). See "Transfers" for information on transportation to your hotel.

Your departure from China can be arranged as you prefer, but kindly note that the optional departure transfer only goes to Beijing Capital International Airport or Beijing Railway Station.

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What others thought

The race was awesome and definitely more difficult and challenging than I had thought. I loved being on the wall as well as running through the rural villages.

Jeff Steele,
2014 Great Wall Marathon finisher

Like a true love's first kiss, you only get one first marathon so you better make sure it's the Great Wall Marathon! You will feel like an Olympian at Yin Yang Square, and no one can ever take that away from you!

2016 Great Wall Marathon finisher

Beautiful, painful, and difficult. The most brutal race I have ever run. Loved it!

Michael Olsen,
2014 Great Wall Marathon finisher