7 Days 6 Nights International Package

7 Days 6 Nights

This 7-day marathon and holiday package offers you the definitive Beijing experience! 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 tour options 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 optional tours offer a wide range of attractions that give visitors a great taste of Beijing.

If you want to add a rural experience to your stay, have a look at the 6-day itinerary which includes a 2-night stay near the marathon venue.

Day 1 Welcome to Beijing Meals: B, L

Welcome to Beijing

Arrival in Beijing. Great Wall Marathon staff will greet you at the airport and an arrival transfer is included in this package. After checking into your hotel, check the hotel notice board for your tour guide's name and phone number. Information packs will be handed out by the guide. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Beijing.

Day 2 Explore Beijing Meals: L

Explore Beijing

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.

Day 3 Great Wall Marathon route inspection Meals: B, L, D

Great Wall Marathon route inspection

Today we make an early start and head to the Great Wall for route inspection. Breakfast will be served as a breakfast box if the 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 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.

Day 4 Cloisonné factory and Ming Tombs Meals: B, L

Cloisonné 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.

Day 5 Race Day Meals: B, L, D

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

Day 6 Beijing tour option and marathon party Meals: B, L, D

Beijing tour option and marathon party

Today is a day of recovery. Sleep in, relax or 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 tour is available for purchase today. This tour takes you to the Summer Palace just outside Beijing and pays a visit to the giant panda at Beijing Zoo. All participants will be picked up at their hotels and taken to the party venue tonight.

Day 7 Farewell Beijing Meals: B, L, D

Farewell 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.

7-day Itinerary – 13 May to 19 May

Hotel Rating

Hotel Rating
Package price per person
Shared Double/TwinSingle supplement
3 star
USD 1460
USD 1710
3.5 star
USD 1530
USD 1830
4 star
USD 1685
USD 2125
5 star
USD 1795
USD 2320
Optional tours for 6-day itinerary
Price per person
Rural China
16 May
USD 75
City of Emperors
18 May
USD 62
City of People
18 May
USD 56

Included in the price

  • One-Way Transfer Between Airport And Hotel Upon Arrival On 14 May 2014. Transfers Are Shared With Other Runners Arriving Around The Same Time So You May Need To Wait For Around Half An Hour Depending On Arrival Times.
  • 5 Nights Accommodation
  • Meals As Stated In The Itinerary. Breakfast Is American-Style Buffet When Possible. Meals In Jixian Are Offered According To The Itinerary.
  • Sightseeing And Excursions As Stated In The Itinerary. Optional Tours Can Be Purchased Separately.
  • The Great Wall Marathon Race Package On Race Day Which Includes: Start Number, Bib Chip Timing, Running T-Shirt, Supplies On Route, Danish Medical Team And Finisher Certificate From Marathon Photo. 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.

Excluded from the price

  • Flights
  • Visa For China
  • Return Transfer To The Airport
  • Optional Tours Which Must Be Booked In Advance
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals Not Stated In The Itinerary
  • Personal Expenses

Optional Tours

 Acrobatics Show

Acrobatics Show

This is the perfect evening out! Watch an awe-inspiring display of breathtaking stunts and gravity-defying performances by talented acrobatics.

USD 29 per person
 City of Emperors

City of Emperors

Visit the classic Beijing highlights on this tour. Starting at Tiananmen Square, we’ll continue to the Forbidden City, visit the Temple of Heaven and a silk exhibition hall. Lunch is included.

USD 62 per person
 City of People

City of People

Pay the giant panda a visit at the Beijing Zoo, followed by an incredible tour of the imperial summer residence at the Summer Palace. This tour includes lunch.

USD 56 per person
 Rural China

Rural China

Spend the morning shopping for souvenirs at the Jixian outdoor market followed by a visit to the magnificent Qing Tombs. We’ll end the morning’s excursions with a delicious Chinese lunch.

USD 75 per person

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Contact Information

The Great Wall Marathon Head Office,

Culturestone Event Co. Ltd.
Address: 1209 unit3 Building 40,
Shouyishangcheng, Xingfeng Street,
Daxing District, Beijing. PRC
Tel: (8610)-63552521 / 68512395 
Fax: (8610)-63552521 
E-mail: gwm_booking@263.net.cn