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BMW Berlin Marathon - 27 Sep 2020

BMW Berlin Marathon - 27 Sep 2020 (BBM10)

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One of the 6 World Majors, this Marathon is one of the fastest races in the world, annually held in Berlin. With over 122 nationalities & more than a million spectators, this worldwide phenomenon began in 1947.This event holds the most number of marathon world records for men & women in the world. Starting at the Brandenburg Gate, this marathon lets you bask in the mild autumn temperature while you run on this flat and even surfaced course with the cheering spectators sure to boost your running streak! Break your own personal record and treat yourself to a holiday in Europe after, in this fun & exciting running vacation!

Extend your stay in Germany with our 3-day trip to the Oktoberfest in Munich. Click here for more details. 

Itinerary

Day 1
Friday Open or Close

Check-in is at 3 pm. If you are arriving early and would like to have your room ready on arrival please pre-book the previous night. (please see the FAQs on extra nights).
Your trip to the Berlin Marathon starts at the hotel today at 3:30pm with a high-tea meet up followed by an optional small group walking tour of Berlin. We visit Brandenburg gate - the start and finish point of your marathon on Sunday. You don't want to miss the high-tea is a great chance to meet your fellow runners and ask us any final questions you might have about the race.
For those arriving in the morning, head over to the expo to collect your bibs.
Meals: High tea.

Day 2
Saturday Open or Close

This morning the whole group will be transferred from the hotel to the venue of the Breakfast Run. Starting at 9am, this run is a great chance to loosen up the day before the race with an easy 6km as well as meet runners from all over the world. The race ends at the spectacular Olympic Stadium.
You have the rest of the day free to visit the expo, rest, and explore a little bit of Berlin.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3
Sunday Open or Close

Today is race day. Enjoy the energy of the event as you run this iconic race, one of the largest marathon races in the world. Your hotel is well located and you will get to the race start and end within a matter of minutes. Consider hitting one of Berlin's famous pubs to celebrate your race or join our after party (transfer arranged on optional basis)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4
Monday Open or Close

Depart on your own to the airport or even better, extend your trip and visit more of Germany hitting the Oktoberfest in Munich. Check with us for our exclusive Oktoberfest extension.
Meals: Breakfast

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Accommodation

HOTEL - NH HOTEL BERLIN MITTE CHECK POINT CHARLIE 03 Nights / 04 Days:

The property is walking distance from the start and the finish of the race and our runners love staying here. The marathon runs right past the hotel and the level of service is exactly what runners need. 

HOSTEL - CITY HOSTEL 03 Nights / 04 Days (Six shared dorm basis)

The Hostel is a 1 Km away from Brandenburg gate - at the start and the finish. The hostel does not permit residents below 18 years of age.

Dates & Prices

NH HOTEL BERLIN MITTE (25 Sep - 28 Sep, 2020)

Per person on twin share
(With Race Entry)
Per person on single Room
(With Race Entry)
Per person on twin share
(No Entry)
Per person on single room 
(No Entry)
INR 64000 INR 85,000 INR 40,000 INR 60,000

 

Extra Nights on Thursday and Monday at the NH Berlin Mitte Hotel: Single Room Rs.13,000 & Twin Share Room Rs.7000 per person including breakfast and all taxes.

All prices exclude GST 5%.

Payments through card attracts 2.75% surcharge. 

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Hotel accommodation at a convenient location within minutes from the race start and finish
  • Guaranteed Race Entry to BMW Berlin Marathon 
  • Timing chip rental
  • Travel card for one day to enable you to get to the expo (hotel package only) 
  • Bus Transfer to start of Breakfast Run on Saturday 
  • Hi-Tea Orientation meet-up and network with fellow runners 
  • Services of an Active Holiday Company representative for ground assistance.
  • All Breakfasts and one high-tea
  • Active Holiday Company T-Shirt (With Race Entry only)
  • HOSTEL INCLUSIONS: 3 Nights stay in a 6 bedded mixed dormitory with attached toilets. Race entry is included. Travel Card is NOT included in your trip price. Guaranteed Race Entry, high tea with fellow runners, timing chip rental and Active Holiday Company T-Shirt is included in your trip price. Companions are not allowed on this package. Hostel option is 100% non-refundable. GST is as applicable.

Exclusions

  • The exact inclusions on your trip are detailed on every trip page.
  • Typically, the cost of flights, visas, passport, insurance is not included in the tour price unless stated otherwise.
  • Any meals not mentioned as included are at your own expense.
  • Single rooms, optional tours and extra nights cost extra.
  • Tips for drivers, guides and tour managers is not included in your tour price.
  • Arrival and departure transfers may or may not be included in your tour price – this is clearly stated on the trip page.
  • Excess baggage, porterage, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages are considered personal expenses and not included in your tour price.
  • GST, VAT and other taxes as applicable in your country are additional to the tour price.

Terms & Conditions

HOSTEL PACKAGE
The hostel package is 100% non-refundable. A complete registration form with a non-refundable deposit of Rs.25000 per person is needed to confirm your race participation and accommodation. Full payment is due before 10th May 2020.

HOTEL PACKAGE 
A complete registration form with a non-refundable deposit of Rs.25000 per person (for race participants) and Rs.10,000 per companion is needed to confirm your race participation and accommodation. Full payment is due before 10th May 2020.

Child below 8 years with no extra bed, Sharing with parents INR 6,000 per child
Child between 8 - 11 years with extra bed INR 11,000.

The HD Race Video charges is for the creation of the video. It can be viewed any number of times, however, the downloading charges are extra!

If this is your sixth and final Abbott WMM race, check our FAQs to ensure you receive a six star medal at the finish.

CANCELLATION & AMENDMENT
* For the hotel package - cancellation on or before the 31st May 2020 is subject to cancellation with the deposit amount only.
* Cancellations after 01st June 2020 attract 100% cancellation.
* Race Entry transfers are possible at a charge that depends on when you transfer the entry. Transfer on or before 31 May 2020 at Rs.10,000 per person and transfer from 01 June till 15th August 2020 at a charge of Rs.25000 per person. Race transfers are not possible after this date. Active Holiday Company assists in finding a runner who can take your entry but we do not guarantee it.

Group offer for running groups with 06 runners. Please inquire with info@activeholidaycompany.com.
Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation is mandatory for all travellers
Please review the accommodation options very carefully before making your booking. Changes in category of accommodation will not be permitted after the booking has been made.
Any amendment / change in hotel reservations until 1st August 2020 will attract a fee of Rs. 1500 per change. No changes are possible after this date.
Race entry is not available without the package; however, the package can be booked without the race entry.
Your Timing Chip is rented and you are expected to return it at the end of the race. There isadditional cost of 25 Euros, if not returned and we will send you an invoice before 31 December 2020 should this not be returned after the race.

TRANSFER OF ENTRIES
Berlin Marathon permits the transfer of entries and we do receive requests from runners who have a confirmed spot with us for a race bib / entry transfer. To ensure that we only wait list runners who are seriously interested in running the Berlin Marathon, we accept wait lists for the Berlin Marathon against a deposit of INR 10,000 per person.
If and when your spot is confirmed this amount is adjusted against your final dues to us. If your spot is not confirmed up to one month before race-day this amount will be refunded to you.
Should your spot become available and you choose not to take it, the deposit will be retained as cancellation. However should you change your mind before we confirm the spot, you can request a full refund of your deposit.
Spots are offered on first come basis as and when they become available. Typically these happen 3 to 1 month before departure.

FAQs

Q: Can I book extra nights before or after the race?
A: Yes, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to book the extra nights for you. We have various extension packages available on our website and we can also work with you to create a full extension package if you like. You are also book the extra nights yourself, however, in case you have booked your own room for the pre-tour please note that you will have to check out of that room and check in to the new room allocated for the group. Please do not request us or the hotel reception to allow you to continue staying in the same room if your booking has not been made as part of our group. 

Q. This is my Sixth WMM, how do i receive a six star medal at the finish?
A. If you have booked your sixth and final Abbott WMM race, kindly let us know. We will guide you through the process and ensure you receive a medal at the finish.

Q. Can I check-in early?
A. Check-in time is 3 pm on the day of arrival at both the hotel and the hostel. Early check in is subject to availabilty at the time of arrival. The marathon weekend is a very busy time for all accommodation and if you are arriving early and you would like a room ready upon arrival you will need to book and pay for it from the pevious night. 

Q. Is the race entry guaranteed if I book a package through Active Holiday Company?
A. Yes, all of our World Marathon Major packages come with guaranteed race entry.

Q: Will I have to collect my own bib?
A: Yes, all the World Major Marathons require that the participants attend the expo in person and collect their bibs. Your travel documents will contain detailed instructions on how to get to and from the expo from your hotel. 

Q: How far is the hotel from the start/finish line?
A: If the start/finish line are the same then we try to ensure that the hotel is within walking distance or easily accessible by public transport. Should the start and finish be different, we usually have hotels close to the finish line with transport arranged to the race start. Please check with us about specific races. 

Q: What category of hotels are used?
A: The NH Collection Berlin Mitte Hotel is a 4* hotel. It is chosen for its fabulous location and ease of access but all our runners also love the service and the rooms there. 
The Hostel is a 2 star hostel, very close to the start and the finish and chosen to make it possible for runners from all economic backgrounds to run this incredible race. 

Q: I am a solo traveller, is it possible for me to find someone to share my room with?
A: We have several single travellers interested in sharing a room with another runner and, wherever possible, we try to pair up people who have requested rooms on twin share. However, please keep in mind that this is not a guarantee and in some cases you might be required to take a single supplement. If you have a friend who is already on the group you'd like to share your room with please let us know your preference at the time of making the booking.  

Q: Is it possible for me to buy just the race entry and make my own accommodation arrangements?
A: As Tour Operators, we are required to sell the race entry along with accommodation. It will not be possible to buy just the race entry.

Q: I’ve got the race entry through the Ballot/Charity, can I buy the accommodation from Active Holiday Company? 
Yes, it is possible for you to stay with our marathon group if you already have the entry or if you are travelling with a non-running companion. However, please note that this will be at the same hotel as the rest of the group travelling on our package. we do not accept companions or runners with race entry for the hostel. 

Q: I am taking the race package through Active Holiday Company, is it possible for me to upgrade my accommodation?
A: No, it is not. We plan it such that we have the whole group staying together at a single hotel so it will not be possible to upgrade hotels since you are part of a group booking.

Q. I cannot attend this race. Is it possible for me to transfer my registration to another runner?
A. The Berlin Marathon allows runners to transfer their spots to another runner until a certain date. Please get in touch with us to find out what the exact dates are. None of the other World Major Marathons allow this.

Q. Is it possible for me to defer my registration to the following year?
A. The Berlin Marathon does NOT  allow runners to defer registrations to the following year.

Q. Will you be able to assist me with visas and air tickets?
A. Yes, we can help you with visas and flight tickets for an additional charge. Please get in touch with us for details. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IF YOU ARE BOOKING YOUR FLIGHTS VIA LONDON, YOU REQUIRE A TRANSIT VISA FOR THE UK (in addition to the Schengen Visa), unless you already hold a US visa. 

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  • Ramesh Raman

    Sep 2019

    Berlin Marathon with Gauri

    Hats of.... Simply.. My Salutations to this marvellous lady called Gauri Jayaram.

    Everything about the race was outstanding.. No words to express sincere gratitude.
    It's really a dream come true for me to run my maiden international marathon in the world's fastest route that gave me my personal best of 5.10.29 .

    Thank you Gauri and Arshad and Team Active Holidays.

    My special thanks to Gauris husband and daughters who are doing a great job in supporting Gauri. Truly amazing.

    Wish you many success and a very happy Deepavali.

    The ah-ha moment on the trip

    Gauri at 7km and 39km mark cheering the Indian team despite the bitter weather. Many thanks Gauri and the other ladies

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  • Vernon Morais

    Sep 2019

    Berlin Marathon taken in 2019

    The trip was planned right before the word GO and Active Holiday mentions very clearly what needs to be packed even in case of exigencies ( even if your bag is lost for a day by your airline). The entire trip is absolutely worth remembering - Hotel, stay, food, centrally located for sight-seeing, nearest to start/finish of race. what more you want?

    The ah-ha moment on the trip

    The Active Holiday team headed by Gauri will be seen cheering at the 39th km and if you want to take any memory to the finish point, you can ask her for same. I asked her to hold the India flag and hand over to me and it happened.

    Tips for future travellers for this trip

    Dont think too much on the trip as the home-work is already done by Active Holiday.

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    NH Collection is the best suited for Berlin marathon

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