I think Marathon Tours has an exquisite trip to the Tokyo Marathon. There really isn't a thing I'd change. Also, I should mention that each member of the Marathon Tours staff (I will not mention all the names as I fear I'd leave someone out), went above and beyond to make the event amazing. Then on the Kyoto extension, Nicole (who from the very early planning stages amazed me with her responsiveness and attention to detail) and Alyssa were THE BEST.
Marathon Tours took care of the details - I didn't have to do a lot of pre-trip planning. I knew things would move along smoothly. I also appreciated Marathon Tours lining up the Six Star Finishers Medals - we just let you know it was our 6th and you handled everything from there. Thank you!
How can we improve this trip for the future? Nothing really other than make sure people know the value they are getting from the package in terms of the city tour and lunch and two dinners. And breakfasts included with hotel. Real value here that I hadn't appreciated ahead of time.
What I liked best about this trip with Marathon Tours is their organization. Great hotel, delicious breakfasts that are included in the package and a sightseeing tour with a buffet lunch that is over the top! From the amazing view to the delicious meal, they really pay attention to every detail. I know that when I book with Marathon Tours my hotel will be excellent with a great location. I only have to focus on the race, because they have taken care of the rest
What did you like best?
The zodiacs and the opportunities of seeing whales, orcas, seals, penguins, icebergs, and glaciers
Besides how incredible the experience was, I was blown away by the quality of the staff (One Ocean and Marathon Tours). They made our experience truly unforgettable.
Everything. I liked the people (both runners and staff), the wildlife, and the race itself. I don't have a favorite thing because it was all great!
It exceeded expectations, but there were expectations I didn't even have - never expected to see whales like that.
The BBQ with the other ship, afternoon tea, happy hour and the polar plunge
It was an opportunity to visit Antarctica for the 5th time, a place I love with a new found passion for running. I really liked that there were runners at all levels, I was nervous that I might not "Fit in", but that was not the case, this is a trip for those whose passions spread from running to nature. I was impressed with the number and quality of landings we were able to pack into such a short trip with race preparations etc., I think folks got a real sense for Antarctica and I heard a few would be back. The One Ocean Crew and Marathon staff were amazing, some of the best we have traveled with to Antarctica and other remote locals.
My boat experience really exceeded my expectations. I made it to all the lectures ...all staff were fun, professional, and knowledgeable! The hardest part was getting on the bus for an airport transfer. This was by far the best vacation I've ever had, and well worth the money spent.
I liked - The people my husband and I met. We are looking forward to visiting them in the future. The inter-generational mix on the ship. And the fact that there were people from all over the world. What made this trip unique was the fact that we were together on a ship for several days--and thus were invited and encouraged to meet other runners and their supporters. Further, it was very nice that the supporters were warmly welcomed. This was greatly appreciated. Finally, the attention to ensuring the survival of the Antarctic environment and the wildlife through the Oceanites' connection is essential for this trip. I want to give a special shout out to Thom for his creative and inventive approach to adventure travel--and for his many efforts in sustaining and growing this opportunity. He has opened up worlds for individuals. Kudos to Jeff as well for seeing that Thom's vision, efforts and leadership are maintained and expand in the future.
"A marathon that I would encourage any marathoner to participate in. Marathon Tours did a great job on making all the arrangements (from arranging a driver to meeting me up at the airport, and return to the airport after my stay ended; hotel accommodations, etc.) The hotel was nice, and the hotel staff were friendly - this also applies to the Swedish people I met while there. The Expo was large. The start and finish line is within a few minutes walking distance from/to the hotel. The finish line had runners walking into the soccer field where the Race T-Shirts were given to all runners. A great trip that I highly recommend - I plan to repeat again in the future."
I can honestly say the logistics on race morning were much easier than the New York City Marathon. We lucked out on the Drake Passage and the weather on race day. The race course was challenging, but Marathon Tours told us it would be.