Great Wall Marathon

18 May 2019

Great Wall Marathon 2019 7-day package

This 7-day marathon and holiday package offers you the definitive Beijing experience!
14-20 May
7 days
1 680 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.

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Itinerary

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

14 May 2019Welcome 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

Pre-nights - 12 & 13 May: Please note, pre-nights can be added to your travel package before 18 April 2019, when booking your package online, or at a later date by contacting us via email. Booking requests received after 18 April 2019 cannot be guaranteed.

15 May 2019Explore 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.

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

16 May 2019Great 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.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

17 May 2019Cloisonné 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

18 May 2019Race 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

19 May 2019Beijing 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)

20 May 2019Farewell 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

Post-nights - 20 & 21 May: Please note, post-nights can be added to your travel package before 18 April 2019, when booking your package online, or at a later date by contacting us via email. Booking requests received after 18 April 2019 cannot be guaranteed.

Excursions

City of People

19 May | 1 | 59 USD
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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.

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Acrobatic Show

15 May | 1 | 31 USD
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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 15 May 2019 from the dinner restaurant around 19:00. The exact time will be announced by your tour guide. 

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The Terracotta Army

20-22 May | 3 days | 640 USD
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Today Xian offers a great mix of old and new. Despite it’s more than 8 million inhabitants the city is much more tranquil than Beijing, yet its streets brim with life, reminiscent of its ancient glory.

  • May 20 - Beijing - Xian

    We begin our journey from Beijing to Xian on the famous Bullet Train, a sleek and long airplane-shaped high-speed train, which travels up to 300 km per hour.

    The inside of the train offers wide windows, comfortable seats and attendants. 5-seat rows are available in the train. Upon arrival, we will check in to the Grand Dynasty Hotel, located right at the edge of the distinctive Muslim Quarter, a haven for snack lovers. The tour leader will take us on an evening stroll through this bustling part of the city.

    The Muslim Quarter, known for its peculiar architecture, has structures designed with the styles of both the Ming and Qing Dynasties, but has been inhabited by Muslims for many generations, providing a rich combination of cultures to this area and the sight of over ten mosques. In its market, run by the locals, you will find all sorts of dried fruits, breads and cakes, many restaurants, and stalls of exotic food and snacks.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • May 21 - Terracotta Army

    2,200 years ago, the Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di commissioned the creation of an estimated 8000 clay warriors, an army that would protect him in the afterlife. These clay statues, together with terracotta acrobats and bronze figures of swans and other birds, are unlike anything discovered before. During our second day, we will visit this location; learn about the intricate process of restoration, involving unprecedented modern medical technologies.

    In the afternoon, we will take a bike ride on the city wall, a National Historical and Cultural site, created by the Ming Dynasty to fortify Xian, and which has impressive moats, watchtowers, corner towers and covers a total of 14km.

    In the evening we visit the Tang Dynasty dancing show, one of the main attractions of Xian and a proud representative of Chinese entertainment; a vibrant and colorful performance which is accompanied by great Cantonese delicacies.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Tang Dynasty dancing show.

  • May 22 - Return to Beijing

    Our visit to Xian is now over, so we will have a morning transfer to the train station, and from there, take a bullet train once again heading towards Beijing, where we will arrive in the afternoon, marking the end of our tour. Once there, transfer to the airport is not included, but taxis are plentiful. We recommend you book your flight after 19:00 (7:00 pm), to ensure you have enough time to get from the train station to the airport.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Price information

    Shared double room: 640 USD
    Single room supplement: 98 USD

  • Inclusions

    Second class tickets with bullet train Beijing-Xian-Beijing
    2 nights’ accommodation at Grand Dynasty Hotel – 3 star
    Terracotta Army sightseeing incl. entrance fee and transportation
    Tang Dynasty dancing show
    Meals according to itinerary
    Albatros tour leader

  • Exclusions

    Beverages
    Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
    Personal expenses
    Cancellation insurance due to illness
    Travel and health insurance
    Anything not mentioned under “Inclusions”

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Made in China

20-25 May | 6 days | 1 498 USD
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  • May 20 - Beijing to Xian

    We begin our journey from Beijing to Xian on the famous Bullet Train, a sleek and long airplane-shaped high-speed train, which travels up to 300 km per hour.

    The inside of the train offers wide windows, comfortable seats and attendants. 5-seat rows are available in the train. Upon arrival, we will check in to the Grand Dynasty Hotel, located right at the edge of the distinctive Muslim Quarter, a haven for snack lovers.

    After we have settled in we will go for a guided tour on the City wall, a National Historical and Cultural site, created by the Ming Dynasty to fortify Xian, and which has impressive moats, watchtowers, corner towers and covers a total of 14km.

    For those who still have energy left the tour leader will lead the way on an evening stroll through the Muslim Quarter, known for its peculiar architecture with structures designed in the styles of both the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The area has been inhabited by Muslims for many generations, providing a rich combination of cultures to this area and the sight of over ten mosques. In its market, run by the locals, you will find all sorts of dried fruits, breads and cakes, many restaurants, and stalls of exotic food and snacks.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • May 21 - Terracotta army and Tang Dynasty Show

    We will start our day with a morning visit to the herb market, where you can find a wild variety of traditional medicine food, herbs and plants; from conventional things like ginseng and ginger, to the very exotic dried seahorses and Hawthorn berries.

    We will then continue to one of the largest burial monuments in the world: The terracotta army. 2,200 years ago, the Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di commissioned the creation of an estimated 8000 clay warriors, an army that would protect him in the afterlife. These clay statues, together with terracotta acrobats and bronze figures of swans and other birds, are unlike anything discovered before. During our visit to this location we will learn about the intricate process of restoration, involving unprecedented modern medical technologies.

    In the evening, we visit the Tang Dynasty dancing show, one of the main attractions of Xian and a proud representative of Chinese entertainment; a vibrant and colorful performance which is accompanied by great Cantonese delicacies.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Tang Dynasty dancing show.

  • May 22 - Xian to Longsheng

    After breakfast we check out and go to Xian airport from where we fly to Guilin in the Southern part of China. From Guilin we drive north along picturesque and twisty roads to Longsheng – an area with an excessively large number of rice terraced fields and numerous good hiking trails. Located on the top of the rice terraces we find our base for the following two nights - the PingAn Hotel. The rooms and hotel facilities are very basic, but with beautiful views of the rice terraces from every room, this hotel offers a true local atmosphere.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • May 23 - Hiking in Longsheng

    Not far from our hotel lies the village of Longji, which literally means “Dragon’s backbone”. When the rice terraces are covered in water during the irrigation season it is said to resemble the scales on the back of a dragon. Water or not, the rice terraces are an astonishing view all year round and today we will go hiking in the area to see the best of it. There are hiking trails for all levels at the dragon’s backbone and we will use the moderate ones.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • May 24 - Biking in Yangshou

    We have an early breakfast and head south to reach the city of Yangshou in the afternoon. A popular destination among both Chinese and international tourists, Yangshou offers spellbinding scenery in the midst of green-topped limestone peaks and the winding Li river.

    We will stay at the New Century Hotel on the edge of Yangshou Park, and after a quick check in our tour leader will guide us on a bicycle tour to the countryside where the karst mountains, rice fields and small villages can truly be admired.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch

  • May 25 - To Beijing

    We will go to Guilin and from there fly back to Beijing where the tour ends

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Price information

    Shared double room: 1498 USD
    Single room supplement: 198 USD

  • Inclusions

    Second class ticket with bullet train Beijing-Xian one-way
    5 nights’ accommodation according to itinerary
    Sightseeing according to itinerary incl. entrance fees
    Transportation according to itinerary
    Meals according to itinerary
    Albatros Tour Leader

  • Exclusions

    Beverages
    Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
    Personal expenses
    Cancellation insurance due to illness
    Travel and health insurance
    Anything not mentioned under “Inclusions”

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Price information

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

Prices

As of 18 March 2019 a late booking fee of USD 100 pr. person applies to all bookings. Registrations close on 18 April 2019, but some packages may fill up and close earlier.

7-day Itinerary - 14 May to 20 May 2019

Hotel rating Package price per person
Shared Double/Twin Single supplement
2 star 1680 USD
 
+320 USD
 
3 star 1740 USD
 
+385 USD
 
4 star 1895 USD
 
+485 USD
 
4.5 star 2015 USD
 
+585 USD
 
5 star 2165 USD
 
+700 USD
 

 

Optional excursions & extras for 7-day itinerary Date Price per person
Acrobatics Show 16 May 31 USD
City of People - Summer Palace and Giant Panda 19 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 18 April 2019.

Inclusions

  • 6-nights accommodation
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Transfer from airport to hotel when arriving to Beijing International Airport from 8:00-21:00
  • 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

Exclusions

  • 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'

Payment

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 2019 Great Wall Marathon on 18 April 2019. After this date, no new entries will be accepted.

We advise you, however, to book early to avoid disappointment. Some packages sell-out well in advance of the regular registration period.

If you sign up after 18 March 2019, 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.

Transfers

Arrival transfers from the airport to the hotel will be available on 14 May 2019 from 8.00-21.00. 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. 

Hotels

Beijing

If the following first priority hotels fill up, guests will be assigned to a comparable standard hotel.

2-star: Dongfang Hotel
3-star: Feitian Hotel
4-star: Jinglun Hotel
4.5-star: Beijing Hotel
5-star: JW Marriott Beijing Central Hotel

Pre- and/or post nights can be booked before 18 April 2019, when booking your package online or at a later date by contacting us via email. Booking requests received after 18 April 2019 cannot be guaranteed.

Pre- nights are available: 12 May, 13 May

Post nights are available: 20 May, 21 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.

Payment

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 to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) with arrival no later than the day your tour starts (14 May 2019). 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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"In my personal opinion the Great Wall Marathon China 2018 was an amazing experience and competition with great runners from all over the world and new friendships ... 
Excellent and challenging trail route, organization and logistics of first level. 
All the travel was exciting!!! Regards from Mexico,"

Mike Cortes,
2018 Great Wall Marathon finisher

The Great Wall experience was fantastic!! I cannot even find words to express the awesomeness of this trip!

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2016 Great Wall Marathon finisher

Running along The Great Wall is the most beautiful thing, it's bloody hard but you'll love every minute of it. Get this race in your bucket list today.

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