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.

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Itinerary

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

Excursions

City of People

20 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

17 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 20 May 2018 from the dinner restaurant around 19:00. The exact time will be announced by your tour guide. 

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Extensions

Giant Pandas and Lost Horizons

21-28 May | 8 days | 2 450 USD
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With our cuteness needs filled up by the Giant Pandas in Chengdu we head to the foot of the Tibetan Plateau and relax our eyes and minds admiring the natural paradise that surrounds the old towns of Lijiang and Zhongdian – better known as Shangri-La.

  • May 21 - Chengdu

    We begin our adventure by flying to the artistic and colorful city of Chengdu. We check in at the luxurious Shangri La Hotel, conveniently located on the banks of the Jinjiang river. We will go on a city tour to take in the beauty of Chengdu; you will be ushered into a journey of China contemporary art and have the evening to enjoy at your own pace.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch

  • May 22 - Giant Pandas

    Cuteness waits during our visit to the Chengdu Panda Center, a world-class research facility that 30 years ago rescued 6 wild pandas. While the breeding rate hasn’t been as successful as originally hoped for, the population of the precious and endangered Giant Panda now exceeds more than 80 at the center. Other breeds of pandas like the Red Panda are also found at the center.

    A Chinese saying goes: China is the place for food, but Sichuan is the place for flavor. In the evening, we go for a dinner to taste specialties from the exquisite Sichuan kitchen – don’t forget to warn the tour leader if you are not in to hot and spicy food!

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • May 23 - Chengdu and Shangri-La

    We have the day to explore Chengdu at our own pace before heading to the airport in the afternoon for our evening flight to Zhongdian – nowadays known as Shangri-La – located 3100 meters (10170 ft.) above sea level. We check in at Hylandia hotel by Shangri-La and due to the high altitude we recommend going to bed early tonight.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • May 24 - Tibetan treasures of Songzanlin

    The town of Zhongdian was renamed to Shangri La in 2001 for touristic reasons, inspired on the fictional city of James Hilton’s book, Lost Horizon. The town carries a third name too, Gyalthang, which honors its Tibetan roots. Another interesting fact about the city of many names, is that Shangri-La derives from the word ‘Shambala’, which translates to paradise, and which Hilton probably learned about during his research of the region.

    We will visit the Songzanlin Monastery, known as “little Potala” and being acclaimed for its strong Tibetan features, including the 108 columns and the gilded copper roof that endows the monastery. The monastery is a true pearl in Buddhist architecture and resembles in many ways the famous Potala Palace in Lhasa. We will learn about the school of the “Yellow Hat” order that is the reigning form of Buddhism here.
    The rest of the day is free to spend at your own leisure taking in the tranquil atmosphere of the old town.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch

  • May 25 - Pudacuo National Park and Bita Lake

    Today, we continue our exploration of the region, with a visit to Pudacuo National Park, the first national park of China. The park only counts for 0.7% of China’s total size, but yet we find 20% of the country’s flora, one third of its fauna, including more than 100 endangered species, as well as a number of endemic breeds of fish that are not found anywhere else in the world. We take time to embrace the beauty of Bita Lake, famous for its crystal-clear water and beautiful scenery which is set against the mountains and forests surrounding it. A perfect day for relaxation and capturing the scenery with photos and videos.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch

  • May 26 - Tiger Leap gorge and Lijiang

    We depart from our paradise in Shangri-La and drive to Lijiang – a World Heritage Site and center of the Naxi minority. On the way we make a stop at Tiger Leap gorge, one of the most naturally beautiful and diverse landscapes China has to offer.
    With the Jade Dragon Mountain in the background we check in at Junlan International hotel in the charming old town of Lijiang. The tour leader will take us on an evening stroll through the characteristic Naxi-style houses and cobblestone streets.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch

  • May 27 - Jade Dragon Mountain and the people of Naxi

    The day is set for a biking tour to the Shuhe Naxi Village, famous for their beautiful man-made tie-dye artwork. Although the Naxi minority are descendants of Tibetan tribes, the difference between Naxi and Tibetan nomads today are very distinct. Naxi families are traditionally matrilineal and even today the women still seem to be running the show. Our biking tour takes us through tea-horse roads north towards the Jade Dragon Mountain, known by the locals as Mount Satseto in Naxi, which has attracted many explorers and trekkers for centuries. The roads stop at the Yufeng Temple and Lijiang Botanical Gardens from where we will have magnificent views to the Jade Dragon Mountain before heading back to Lijiang Old Town.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch

  • May 28 - Lijiang and evening flight to Beijing

    Our last day before heading back to the aging civilization can be spend at your own pace taking in the atmosphere of the old town and having a cup of coffee at one of the local cafés. We have a late check out from the hotel, so it is possible to refresh ourselves before heading to the airport on the late afternoon to catch our evening flight back to Beijing.
    There’s only one flight to Beijing a day and it arrives just before midnight. Depending on your international flight home you may be content with waiting in Beijing airport for your onward connection, but if you have an afternoon or evening flight the 29th we offer you the possibility to book a room at Beijing Airport Citic hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Add an extra night

    As mentioned the flight back from Lijiang arrives around midnight and you can book a night at Beijing Airport Citic hotel if you do not want to wait in the airport for your flight home.

  • Price information

    Shared double room: 2450 USD
    Single room supplement: 595 USD

  • Inclusions

    Domestic flights according to itinerary
    7 nights’ accommodation as pr. itinerary
    Entrance fees and transportation as pr. 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”

  • Optionals

    Extra night from 28 to 29 May - shared double room: 60 USD
    Extra night single room supplement: 60 USD

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The Terracotta Army

21-23 May | 3 days | 620 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 21 - 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 (second class) and 4-seat rows (first class) are available in the train, and you’ll have the possibility to upgrade to first class at an additional cost if desired. 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 22 - 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 offer an optional visit to 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 and lunch (Dinner included at the optional Tang Dynasty dancing show).

  • May 23 - 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

  • Add an extra day

    If you would like to extend your adventure a bit longer, you can book an extra night in Xian, and spend a day exploring at your own pace.  You will then be picked up from your hotel on May 24 and transferred to Xian Train Station for the morning Bullet Train returning to Beijing.

  • Price information

    Shared double room: 620 USD
    Single room supplement: 95 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
    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”

  • Optionals

    Train upgrade to first class: 140 USD
    Tang Dynasty dancing show: 35 USD
    Extra night from 23 to 24 May - shared double room: 100 USD
    Extra night single room supplement: 50 USD

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Shanghai, the city of innovation

21-24 May | 4 days | 860 USD
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Tall skyscrapers and modern architecture mingle in with traditional Chinese buildings. Echoes from the past are found in the Bund’s colonial-style buildings and the masterfully designed and carefully maintained Yu garden.

  • May 21 - Beijing to Shanghai

    The Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway is a 1,318-kilometre long high-speed railway, which feels a lot like being on an airplane. Unless you look out the window, you really do not feel like the train is moving, although it can go up to 300kmph.
    We arrive in Shanghai and head straight downtown to check in at Broadway Mansions, a 19th floor Art Deco hotel, which looks like it belongs in Manhattan, and was one of the constructions that began the era of the high-rise buildings in Asia. It is located on The Bund, a waterfront area in central Shanghai. You can spend the day at leisure enjoying the unique view and amenities of the hotel, or take an optional short walk of the area with our tour leader.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • May 22 - Shanghai Sightseeing

    We start our city sightseeing on The Bund learning about this famed waterfront promenade with French and British colonial-era buildings while we enjoy the view across the river to the skyline of Pudong, which will be our next stop. With the iconic Shanghai TV tower, the Jin Mao tower and the second tallest building in the world – the Shanghai Tower – as the highlights, the Pudong area boasts a fascinating collection of high rise buildings and vast spaces of parks.

    We enter the Shanghai Tower, which at 632 meters (2073 ft.) stands as the second highest building in the world. In less than a minute the elevator has carried us up to the 118th floor, which in fact is the highest observation deck in the world!

    Back down on ground level we continue to the Yuyuan Bazaar’s kitschy and splendid architecture. We finish our sightseeing with a cruise tour on the Huangpu River.

    The rest of the day is at your own leisure and can be used to explore the famous shopping street of Nanjing road in your own pace or visit the Shanghai Museum to admire their collection of ancient Chinese art.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch

  • May 23 - Suzhou

    A day of excursion to Suzhou – popularly known as “Venice of the East” - will give us the opportunity to see some of the finest gardens in China, considered national Heritage Sites: the Master of Nets’ garden, the Old Water Gate, the City Wall at Panmen. These landscape gardens flourished in the mid-Ming to early-Qing dynasties, and are presently seen as the most refined form of garden art. In addition, we will visit Tongli, an age-old but well-preserved water town with a history of more than 1000 years, including its meditation garden, considered a World Heritage Site.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • May 24 - Farewell Shanghai

    The 4th day of this trip is destined for checking out and transferring to Shanghai Pudong airport. Please note that if you choose this extension, you need to book your flight ticket arriving to Beijing for the Great Wall Marathon, and then after this trip, book your flight departure from Shanghai, as we offer no domestic return to Beijing.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Add an extra day

    It is possible to extend your stay in Shanghai for an extra day if you want more time to explore the city on your own. The transfer to the airport will still be included on the 5th day when you book the extra night.

  • Price information

    Shared double room: 860 USD
    Single room supplement: 300 USD

  • Inclusions

    Second class ticket with bullet train Beijing-Shanghai one-way
    3 nights’ accommodation at Broadway Mansions – 4 star
    Sightseeing according to itinerary incl. entrance fee to Shanghai Tower
    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”

  • Optionals

    Train upgrade to first class: 70 USD
    Extra night from 24 to 25 May – shared double room: 180 USD
    Extra night single room supplement: 100 USD

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Made in China

21-28 May | 8 days | 1 640 USD
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  • May 21 - 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 (second class) and 4-seat rows (first class) are available in the train, and you’ll have the possibility to upgrade to first class at an additional cost if desired. 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, lunch and dinner

  • May 22 - 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 offer an optional visit to 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 and lunch (Dinner is included if the Tang Dynasty dancing show is booked).

  • May 23 - 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 24 - 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 25 - 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 26 - Shanghai - the city of innovation

    We will go to Guilin and from there fly to Shanghai, the city of innovation. From the Jiulong Hotel we will start our city sightseeing by first visiting the Bund – the famed waterfront promenade with French and British colonial-era buildings.  We continue to  the Yuyuan Bazaar’s kitschy and splendid architecture before crossing the Huangpu river to the Pudong area – known as the Shanghai skyline. We enter the Shanghai Tower, which at 632 meters (2073 ft.) stands as the second highest building in the world. In less than a minute the elevator has carried us up to the 118th floor, which in fact is the highest observation deck in the world! Back down on ground level we finish our sightseeing with a cruise tour on the Huangpu River.

    The rest of the day is at your own leisure and can be used to explore the famous shopping street of Nanjing road in your own pace or visit the Shanghai Museum to admire their collection of ancient Chinese art.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch

  • May 27- Shanghai or optional tour to Suzhou

    You can enjoy Shanghai’s many treasures at your own leisure, or sign up for an optional tour to Suzhou – popularly known as “Venice of the East”. The Suzhou tour will give us the opportunity to see some of the finest gardens in China, considered national Heritage Sites: the Master of Nets’ garden, the Old Water Gate, the City Wall at Panmen. These landscape gardens flourished in the mid-Ming to early-Qing dynasties, and are presently seen as the most refined form of garden art. In addition, we will visit Tongli, an age-old but well-preserved water town with a history of more than 1000 years, including its meditation garden, considered a World Heritage Site.

    Meals: Breakfast (Lunch included on the optional tour to Suzhou)

  • May 28 - Check out and Airport

    The 8th day of this trip is destined for checking out and transferring to Shanghai Pudong airport. Please note that if you choose this extension, you need to book your flight ticket arriving to Beijing for the Great Wall Marathon, and then after this trip, book your flight departure from Shanghai, as we offer no domestic return to Beijing.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Add an extra day

    It is possible to extend your stay in Shanghai for an extra day if you want more time to explore the city on your own. The transfer to the airport will still be included on the 9th day when you book the extra night.

  • Price information

    Shared double room: 1640 USD
    Single room supplement: 315 USD

  • Inclusions

    Second class ticket with bullet train Beijing-Xian one-way
    7 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”

  • Optionals

    Upgrade to first class (Train Beijing-Xian only): 70 USD
    Tang Dynasty dancing show: 35 USD
    Sozhou and Tongli excursion: 85 USD
    Extra night from 28 to 29 May – shared double room: 150 USD
    Extra night single room supplement: 60 USD

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Price information

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

Prices

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.

Inclusions

  • 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

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 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.

Transfers

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. 

Hotels

Beijing

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.

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 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

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.

baze187,
2016 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!

tomvanhouche,
2016 Great Wall Marathon finisher

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