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Great Wall Marathon 2016 (6 Days)

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Great Wall Marathon 2016 (6 Days)

The Great Wall Marathon package offers an incredible tour of Beijing and a stay in Jixian. Combine one of the world's most challenging marathons with a great holiday.

This 6-day / 5-night itinerary is one of the two ways to participate in one of the world's most amazing marathon experiences - The Great Wall Marathon.

This itinerary is primarily aimed at runners who want to participate in the marathon, but friends and family are welcome to accompany runners. This tour combines seeing the capital city of Beijing with a stay in rural Jixian located in the vicinity of The Great Wall Marathon venue. The town Jixian offers the charm of like in a small town as well as fairly modern and comfortable hotel facilities, and is a wonderful place to explore a different side of China. A fluent English-speaking guide will escort the group throughout the sightseeing tours.

Beijing China
Beijing China

Trip highlights

  • Run the Great Wall Marathon, one of the most spectacular adventure marathon challenges in the world!
  • Stay at Jixian, near to The Great Wall of China.
  • Visit the historical highlights of Beijing, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven
  • Immerse yourself in Chinese culture and try the local cuisine


Day 1: Welcome to China, 18th May


Welcome to amazing China and the city Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China. You arrive in a modern and bustling airport that reflects the energy of contemporary China. Arrival transfer to hotel is not included in the package price. After checking in, check the hotel notice board to get your tour guide’s name and phone number. 

Great Wall Marathon information packs will be handed out by your tour guide, call the guide if you can’t see him/her. 

The rest of the day is at your own leisure. 

Meals: No meals are included on this day.

Day 2: Great Wall Marathon Inspection & Jixian, 19th May

A closer look at Beijing will have to wait three more days, as we will be heading for The Great Wall of China. Today your dream of climbing the Great Wall will come true.

We will leave Beijing at 06:45 am (breakfast box prepared by the hotel will be handed out by your guide if the hotel can’t serve buffet breakfast this early) and head northeast to "our section" of the enormous Great Wall at Huangyaguan. Very few tourists find their way up to this remote place, despite the rich range of possibilities here.

All runners must walk the 3.5 km of the wall that is part of the Great Wall Marathon course to familiarize themselves with the route. Non-runners are also welcome to partake in this walk, though good physical condition is required.

A sandwich lunch will be served and after lunch we will go straight to our hotel in the small town of Jixian, situated approximately a 45-minutes drive away from Huangyaguan. The town has few sites, but lots of local folklore that a visitor would never get to experience in Beijing.

The rest of the afternoon is spent at your own leisure and that night, we will enjoy typical local dishes for dinner. 

Please remember to check out of your hotel before leaving Beijing. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included on this day.

Day 3: Relaxation in Rural China with Tour Option, 20th May

Today is a good day to relax and take in the local atmosphere of rural China. The warm and friendly Chinese in this area are not so used to foreigners, and their curiosity is a tourist attraction in itself.

There is an opportunity to participate in the optional tour of Jixian and its most famous monuments. 

Optional Tour - Rural China. Tour includes Local Outdoor Market, The Qing Tombs and Lunch. More info about this tour mentioned in the Excursion Section below.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner are included on this day. Lunch only included with the Optional Tour.


Day 4: The Great Wall Marathon, 21st May

Today is the big day. We get up early in order to have breakfast, and will leave Jixian at 05:20 am to head for Huangyaguan and 7:30 am start of the 2016 Great Wall Marathon. The reason we start early is to avoid the daytime heat and humidity. Running in the early hours of the morning is much nicer, and will definitely improve your running time.

The Great Wall Marathon is an official international marathon timed by the Bib-Chip system. All participants who complete the race within 8 hours receive a medal. However, it should be emphasized once again that the main aim of this challenge is to have fun and finish the race. Times are of minor importance and there are no prizes to be won. 

Sandwich lunches are provided for everyone. Between 12 am and 4:30 pm, busses will take runners back to Beijing as they fill.

  • 20 minutes massage on site is included after race.

  • Remember to check out of the hotel in the morning, as we will go to Beijing at the end of this day.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch are included on this day.

Day 5: Beijing at Leisure with Tour Options and Celebration Dinner, 22nd May

Today is for runners to sleep in, recover and take it easy. You can shop at Silk Alley, or fill your senses with sights and sounds of Beijing, the street vendors, the crowds, the bicycles or the colorful banners.

A day program is not included so Sunday is a good day to explore Beijing and its markets on your own. Don't forget to take a package of matches or a business card from the hotel, so you can show it to a taxi driver to get back in case you get lost.

However, for people who prefer more planned activities, there is a choice of participating in two optional tours of Beijing and in this way exploring the most famous attractions in Beijing.

Optional Tour 1 - City of Emperors. The tour includes The Tian An Men Square, The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Silk Exhibition Hall and a Peking Duck Lunch.

Optional Tour 2 - City of People. The tour includes The Summer Palace, Pearl Exhibition Hall, Giant Panda, Olympic Village Visit from outside and Lunch.

More details on the optional tours are mentioned in the Excursion Section below.

At 6:30 pm, all participants - runners and non-runners alike - are picked up from the hotel and taken to the banquet prepared to celebrate your triumph run over the Great Wall. Busses will be serving all hotels between 9:30 pm. and 10 pm. For the very fit who do not want to spend this celebratory night in bed, one of Beijing's great nightclubs will be awaiting us with dance music and colorful cocktails until the break of dawn.

Dress code for the evening: No shorts or sandals! 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner are included on this day. Lunch is included with Optional Tours.


Day 6: Farewell Beijing, 23rd May

Bags packed with sweaty running gear and unforgettable memories, we are ready to return home.

Depending on your departure time, you will have the day for shopping or a final visit to one of the many sights of Beijing. You need to check out before 12:00 noon. Departure transfer to airport / railway station is not included in the package price.

Meals: Breakfast is included on this day.


Price includes:

• 5 nights accommodation, including service charge and taxes 

• Meals as written, where breakfast is American buffet style when possible. Meals in Jixian offered 

according to program

• Sightseeing and excursions as listed (Optional tours must be purchased separately) 

• All expenses related to the Great Wall Marathon

• Marathon medical team of specialized physicians and nurses. This service is offered on race day


• Comprehensive information packet with documents 

Price excludes:

• International air tickets, air fees and airport taxes 

• Passport fee (every participant must have a passport valid past December 01st 2016) 

• Visa for China 

• Tranfer to hotel and transfer to the airport (can be booked through your national GWM sales agent).

• Optional Tours which must be booked in advance 

• Insurance

General Price and booking information: 

• All prices are per person based on double occupancy (minimum 2 persons traveling together).

• Single accommodation is available upon request for a supplementary fee. 

• Price reduction of $50 per person if booking and deposit are made before December 1

• Late entry fee of $50 per person will be applied for participants who book and register after March 

21st, 2016.

• Last possible date to book and register with The Great Wall Marathon 2016 is April 21st 2016.

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How to get there

Getting there

Fly in to Beijing International Airport. 

Practical information

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.

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. 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.


There will be 2 Star, 3 Star and 4 Star options available.

Please book early to get your desired accommodation.

Please Note

• It is the responsibility of each participant to have a valid passport and to obtain a valid visa before traveling into China. 

• Participation is purely at your own risk. All extra costs incurred, no matter what the cause, will under no circumstances be the responsibility of the Great Wall Marathon Company. 

• Concerning medical risks - all active participants must declare that they are in good health and have their own insurance that covers their stay in China. The Great Wall Marathon brings its own team of specialized physicians and nurses to assure that every injured participant receives suitable treatment.