3-CITY DELUXE PACKAGE WITH YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
May 12 (Tu) - Depart U.S. for flight to Beijing.
May 13 (We) - Arrive in Beijing. Transfer to the JW Marriott Hotel Beijing. This evening you will enjoy a welcome cocktail reception.
May 14 (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 15 (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 16 (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 17 (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 18 (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 19 (Tu) - After breakfast this morning we check out of the hotel and board our 90 minute flight to Xian. 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. Check in this afternoon at the Sofitel on Renmin Square Xi'an Hotel. Dumpling dinner at famous Defachang's. (B, D)
May 20 (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 we will continue to tour Terra Cotta Horses. we will visit the Big Wild Good Pagoda on our way back to the hotel. Local dinner show is included this evening. (B,L,D)
May 21 (Th) - After breakfast this morning we will check out of the hotel. We travel by air to Chongqing to continue our journey on the Yangtze. Upon arrival in Chongqing we are met and transfered to the city. Our guide will brief us on the city's history with brief stops in certain sightseeing spots. We will experience the local hot-pot dinner before boarding the luxury river cruise boat -Yangzi Explorer. ($25/person cabin gratuity is collected locally as we embark)
May 22 (Fr) - Today you will have a shore excursion at Fengdu, the Ghost City known for its gardens, temples and statues of ghosts and devils. Lunch and dinner are included today. *Alternate shore excursion may visit Shibaozhai or Wanzhou (B,L,D)
May 23 (Sa) - Enjoy the Yangtze River as you cruise through the first two of the fabled Three Gorges: the Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Qutang Gorge is the shortest (5 miles), narrowest (500 feet) and most dramatic. The 25-mile long Wu Gorge is known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains, and cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates the precipices. Next travel through the Daning River Small Gorges, which are narrower than the Three Gorges but still impressive. Today we wil disembark at cruise the smaller Shennong Stream for a Sampan ride. Later in the day we enter Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles) and the deepest of the Three Gorges. In the evening we sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks. Lunch and dinner are included today. Please note that transit of the dam is not always possible. (B,L,D)
May 24 (Su) - Your last day on the river will bring a visit to the Three Gorges Dam site at Sandouping, the largest project of its kind in the world. After lunch you will disembark and continue on to Yichang at the pier to transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival transfer to deluxe Portman Ritz-Carlton in the heart of Shanghai. Dinner will be on your own this evening. (B,L)
May 25 (Mo) -After breakfast meet your local guide and travel by bullet train for about 90 minutes to Hangzuo. Your first stop is Ling Yin Temple which is without a doubt, the premier destiantion in the West Lake area, and is noted as one of the ten most famous Buddhist temples in China,. In 1961 the temple was listed for protection as a key provincial historical and cultural site and is considered a leading center for research realtive to Chinese Buddhist culture. After your visit, lunch is included at a local restaurant in the city before taking the coat cruise on West Lake, followed by a walk along its shore. Next we will visit a a tea village for an opportunity to visit the area of Lopng Jing, Dragon Well, where one of the most famous Chinese green teas is grown. You will wexperience a tea-tasting as well as a visit of the facilities.
May 26 (Tu) - After breakfast meet your local guide as we start our morning bu visiting the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. The Exhibition Center is a six -story building, with two basement levels, which displays Shanghai's urban planing and development. The forcios of the exhibit is a large scale model of the entirety of urban Shanghai, whosing existiong buildings and approved future buildings. Other exhibits relate to Shanghai's history and planned development, inncluding smaller scaled models focussing on particular areas of interest such as the Bund. We then depart for Yu Yuan Garden. The garden was the template for the "Willow Pattern" English poetry which features the centrally positioned tea house. Yu Yuan is located in the old part of Shanghai, accessed by a labyrinth of bustling streets. After a dim sum lunch at a local restaurant, stroll around the famous Bund/Waterfront and venture to the Shanghai Museum (with audio recorder). Located in the People's Square, the museum boasts a staggering collection of over 120,000 unique ancinet Chinese artifacts. Take a walking tour with yout guide through Shanghai's French Concession, also known as French town. Tonight is a Western set menu at the House of Roosevelt, directly overlooking the Bund at night.. (B,L,D)
May 27 (We) - Transfer to the airport for return flights returning to the U.S.
Package price per person
|Double/Twin Occupancy||Single Occupancy|
| || USD $5224.00|| USD $7128.00|
- Five-star accommodations at: The JW Marriott in Beijing, the Sofitel on Renmin Square Xi'an, the Yangzi Explorer, Portman Ritz Carlton Shanghai
- 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
- Post-race massage
- Pre-race pasta dinner
- Hosted by Marathon Tours staff
- Guaranteed entry*
- Visa fees additional
- Rates are per person
- Gratuities aboard the Yangzi Explorer cannot be prepaid. This fee is collected at prior to disembarkation.
- Not all daily excursions are included aboard the Yangzte River cruise. Certain shore excursion are offered on an optional basis.