6-Day Deluxe Marathon Package with extension to Xian

 

6-NIGHT DELUXE MARATHON PACKAGE WITH 3 NIGHT EXTENSION TO XIAN

 

May 13 (Tu) - Depart U.S. for flight to Beijing.

 

May 14 (We) - Arrive in Beijing. Transfer to the Peninsula Hotel Beijing. This evening you will enjoy a welcome cocktail reception.

 

May 15 (Th) - We travel to the Great Wall for a mandatory inspection of the on-Wall route. Both runners and spectators will visit the Great Wall and all race details will be given at this time. All runners must walk the 3.5 km of the wall that is part of the Great Wall Marathon course, as it is very important to familiarize oneself with that specific section in order to take proper precautions and incorporate that part into the race strategy. Non-runners are also welcome to participate in this walk (good physical condition is required for this strenuous walk). Lunch is included. This evening we enjoy a dumpling dinner followed by the world famous Chinese Acrobatic Show. (B,L,D)

 

May 16 (Fr) - This morning you will enjoy a behind-the-scenes view of Hutong, the old city of Beijing. You will travel the ancient alleyways via 3-wheeled bicycle rickshaws. This will be followed by a stop at the Olympic Village. (Optional entry to the Bird's Nest or Water Cube is addtional) We return back ot the hotel early today to allow you to rest before the big race day. We gather tonight at the hotel for a pre-race pasta dinner. (B,D)

 

May 17 (Sa) - RACE DAY. Early morning departure for the Great Wall International Marathon, Half-Marathon, 7.5K fun run. Time to experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of running on the world famous Great Wall of China. A boxed lunch will be provided after the race and massage is available as well. Dinner is on your own. (B,L)

 

May 18 (Su) - After breakfast we will to the Summer Palace. Here we can view the most well preserved royal park in China as well as the Marble Boat and Seventeen Arch Bridge. Lunch at a local restaurant. Tonight we celebrate your accomplishment of running on the Great Wall at the Gala Dinner Celebration. (B,L,D)

 

May 19 (Mo) - After breakfast we start the day by motorcoach to Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world. We will walk through the square from south the north, passing Chairman Maos Mausoleum. We will then entter the Imperial Palace and the Forbiden City, one of China's architectual masterpieces which were forbidden to the common people until the early 1900's. We thenstop to the Temple of Heaven where the emperors of the Ming and Ching dynasties prayed to heaven for a good harvest and good luck. The visit is about 90 minutes followed by a visit to a visit to a tea house where you will experience a tradtional, Chinese tea ceremony. Lunch is to follow. We will conclude our evening with a hosted Peking Duck Dinner banquet for our farewell dinner.

 

May 20 (Tu) - After breakfast we will check out of the Peninsula Hotel and transfer to the Beijing Airport for a 90 minute flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival, a cordial welcome by our English-speaking local representative who coordinates your ride to the hotel. Tour the enormous city walls,sensing the immense scale and enduring impregnability, and then guided walk through the Muslim quarter of the Old Town and the local market. Dumpling dinner at famous Defachang's. (D)

 

May 21 (We) - After breakfast, we will visit the famous life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors who have been guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi for 2,000 years and the Horse Museum. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit Wild Good Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda located in souther Xi'an. Local dinner show is included this evening. (B,L,DS)

 

May 22 (Th) After a sumptuous buffet breakfast in the hotel you start the morning by visiting the Nasuo Village in the Hu County near Xi'an, where you will enjoy a very delightful local country life with a visit the the local farmer's house, farm fields,temples, etc. Farmer's dragon dance and Waist drum dance to welcome. Learning to draw the well-known "Farmer's Painting" inthe village. The painting style in Huxian is said to originate from the 1950's when Hu township peasants built a new reservoir and bgan to paint the work in progress in order to record this wowrk. Lunnch at a local farmer's house in included. Late afternoon, we drive back to Xi'an. Buffet dinner in the hotel. (B,L,D)

 

May 23 (Fr) After breakfast, transfer back to the airport for your flight back to Beijing.(B)

 

Package price per person
Double/Twin OccupancySingle Occupancy
USD $3279.00 USD $4098.00

 

 

PACKAGE FEATURES:

  • Five-star accommodations at: the Peninsula Hotel in Beijing and the Sofitel Hotel in Xi'an
  • Western-style breakfast daily
  • Lunch and dinner most days per itinerary
  • All hotel taxes
  • All current airport taxes and surcharges
  • Airport transfers
  • Numerous sight-seeing excursions per the itinerary with English-speaking guides
  • Admission and fees to temples, shrines, palaces and more per itinerary
  • Chinese domestic flights per the itinerary (Beijing to Xi'an to Beijing)
  • Post-race massage
  • Pre-race pasta dinner
  • Hosted by Marathon Tours staff
  • Guaranteed entry*
  • Visa fees additional
  • Rates are per person