We invite you to read what others had to say about their Berlin experience.
In terms of the service of Marathon Tours: Everything was planned for us! I didn't have think about anything but how was I going to get to/from the airport, and I hope I don't get lost on my shake out runs. Coordinating with the hotel for an early start to the breakfast on Sunday morning was fantastic as well. I don't normally eat a large breakfast on marathon mornings due to timing, but this worked out perfectly. I was full three hours prior to the race, and had a banana about 45 minutes before the start. Perfect fueling. In terms of Berlin: What an amazing city. I had only ever been to southwest Germany in the past, so coming to Berlin was an opportunity to truly immerse myself in the history - good and bad - of the country. The city did not disappoint. I used the four-hour city tour on Friday to pick out spots where I wanted to explore further on Monday (as I was leaving early on Tuesday). This was so helpful - and having a tour guide like Ulli made it even better. She was so down to earth, and genuine. I wish the folks who do the course tour for the NYC Marathon would take note! In terms of the marathon: I've run big marathons in the past - heck, this was #4 of the six majors for me. But it was such an incredible experience being on the international runner side, as opposed to being a runner in the NYC or Chicago races. The spectators were awesome - and it was great to hear them call out my name, even though no one had any idea who I was or where I was from. The global community of runners was so strong. And ... what's a marathon in Berlin without beer on course? Thank you to the beer stop (unofficial, I believe) at mile 25!
The City Tour was beyond fabulous. I also loved the pre-race dinner. It was spot on. I loved the camaraderie. Meeting new people during the Thursday night Happy Hour and then seeing them again and again over the weekend gave the trip added depth and meaning.
I really feel like I got my money's worth with the social events (which I was not actually expecting) and the bus tour. You can tell you guys have been doing this for a while, a very well oiled machine.
I was amazed on how well the whole Marathon Tours package was delivered. Very professional folks, very timely communication.....this was all new to me and it went extremely smooth!!! As a matter of fact, we are now looking at Tokyo and reaching out to fabulous Nicole for help!! Woohoo!!
This is the 3rd time we have booked with Marathon Tours and they do a fantastic job. All the extra events they had planned for the runners and families were amazing! Can't wait to book with them again!
This is my third trip with Marathon Tours and each one has been better than the next and the first one was awesome! Thank you so much for your personal touch and your dedication to making these trips fabulous!! I especially appreciate your effort in acknowledging the World Marathon Majors Finishers. It was a special race for me in that regards and the effort you put forth to celebrate with me and my family was very much appreciated. Marathon Tours rocks!! Nicole is awesome and I believe Jacqui has talked me into the Maasai marathon next summer - 7 continents here I come! Great company, great people!
The support before and during the Berlin trip, from the greeting in the hotel. The cocktail hour on the Thursday, the bus tour and the greeting at the hotel after the marathon with beer, Gatorade and bath salts were great. The post marathon social event was great too.
I had an amazing time both prior to Berlin and while in Berlin. Nicole was AMAZING in handling of all my questions and getting me the right information at the right time. I was very very impressed. I believed everything was very well organized and the staff was extremely friendly/knowledgeable. Thank you for such an amazing/unforgettable trip.
Marathon Tours were beyond awesome. They took care of everything from welcoming you, cocktail reception, tour, and pasta dinner. All I had to worry about was running the race
This was my second trip with Marathon Tours and once again it didn't disappoint. Everything, start to finish, was well organized and the delivery was exactly as outlined. Great hotels: centrally located for easy expo & race access, and to Berlin sites and attractions. Enjoyed and appreciated the reception and pre-race dinner, bus tour, transportation to & from the 6km breakfast run, etc., etc. It was great to meet Nicole (especially after exchanging emails for so many months/years), along with Alyssa, Jacqui, etc. . Also to connect with fellow Canadians Christine and Paul. I appreciated Jeff's personal participation in all the events and his vision for the future of the company and recognition of the staff who will make it all possible.
The whole trip was a wonderful experience! We met so many lovely people on this trip. Marathon Tours did a great job, everything ran so smoothly and was well organized. I will definitely use Marathon Tours in the future and recommend Marathon Tours to fellow runners.
I will definitely use Marathon Tours for the two majors I have left - London and Tokyo.
I was very impressed! Overall, outstanding value for this running experience in Berlin! Marathon Tours delivered in a way that allowed me to just focus on my race and not worry about other details!
Everything. I met some great people at the cocktail party that I hung out with for the remainder of the trip. All the scheduled events were well run and the pasta dinner was so convenient and delicious. The Munich leg, including Oktoberfest was wonderful.
The race itself, the international breakfast run, the bus tour (guide was great). Liked the ease of travel, the knowledge of the race that your staff had, the inside tips and advice, meeting other US runners in your program, etc. We would not have come in on Thursday if not for your staff recommendation and pre-pkgd hotel. Really glad we did... we needed all of that time to adjust to the time zone.
The hotel location was perfect the race on Sunday. It was a short walk to/from the runners village. I was glad that Marathon Tours provided buses to the breakfast run on Saturday so that we could participate in that run. It was a great way to get a run in before the race, see how the weather was going to be the next day, and run off some pre-race jitters. I went into Sunday's race feeling much better - and I got a PR, knocking 18 minutes off my previous best. Yes, I am happy. :-)