Erbil Marathon 2019

This package offers travel and entrance to the Erbil marathon.

We will meet you at Erbil airport and show you the places of interest in the Iraqi Kurdistan capital. We will also head out of Erbil to visit Lalish, the spiritual home of the Yazidi people and go training with female runners breaking taboos in Iraq, giving you a taste of life in Northern Iraq.
There are three distances (5km, 10km and full marathon) so even if you are not a strong runner you can take part and enjoy the event and the famous Kurdish hospitality.
Iraqi Kurdistan has largely escaped the violence that has plagued the rest of the country and is a great way to get a flavour of modern Iraq.

Date: 21st – 26th October 2019
Start Point: Erbil
End Point: Erbil
Cost: US$1850

Day 1 – Erbil
Monday 21st October 2019
Arrive in Erbil.
Briefing. Depending on time of arrival we will be able to arrange a city tour to some of Erbil’s sights including the ancient citadel that dominates the centre of the city.
Overnight in Erbil.

Day 2 – Outside Erbil – Activities day with Iraqi runners
Tuesday 22nd October 2019
A day in the Kurdish countryside with some local runners. The day should be fun and hopefully will be able to get an insight into life as a runner in Iraq.
Overnight in Erbil.

Day 3 – Day trip to Lalish
Wednesday 23rd October 2019
A drive into the hills of Kurdistan to visit Lalish, the spiritual home of the Yazidi people. If there is time and the security situation allows we will also visit the Alqosh monastery high in the hills overlooking the Ninevah plains.
Overnight in Erbil.

Day 4 – Rest Day
Thursday 24th October 2019
For serious runners, this will be a day of rest.
For others, our guides will discuss some options in or close to Erbil for some further sightseeing or meeting with organisations.
Overnight in Erbil.

Day 5 – Erbil Marathon
Friday 25th October 2019
Run the Erbil Marathon. Our team will be there to get photos and support the runners before and after the race.
Overnight in Erbil.

Day 6 – Erbil Marathon
Saturday 26th October 2019
We will drive back to Erbil to connect with afternoon or evening flights home.

You will be accompanied by an English-speaking Iraqi translator and an international guide for the length of the trip.

The trip includes:
All accommodation (5 nights in Erbil)
All ground transport
Entry to the Erbil Marathon

The trip does not include:
Flights to Iraqi Kurdistan
Entrance fees
Lunch & Dinner

We do not directly arrange international flights to Iraqi Kurdistan. We can suggest routes and operators.
You can also contact the Untamed Borders dedicated team at Flight Centre for suggested routes.
Phone: +44(0) 844 560 9966
If you do want to extend your trip in Iraqi Kurdistan either before or after this one please contact us for arranging something or simply for advice and suggestions.

For most nationalities, a visa is available on arrival in Erbil airport. The visa is valid for Iraqi Kurdistan only and NOT for southern Iraq.

Breakfast is included on this trip. Other meals will be paid for by yourself.

We do not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on our itineraries. We consider comfort, location, design, character, security, historical interest and whether the money we spend will go into the pockets of the local community when we make our choices of where to stay.
In Erbil we will stay in a 3-star Hotel.
The accommodation will be based on 2 people sharing a room in Erbil.

When we choose our vehicles and drivers we take into consideration the road conditions, the length of the journey and the competence of the man behind the wheel. Your comfort, enjoyment and safety of the journey is the first priority.

You will be accompanied by an international guide for the length of the trip. There will also be a local Iraqi guide to translate.

Trips to Iraq do create dangers of their own and whilst we want you to have as much freedom as possible we must state that the tour leader has the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons. Whilst the route we have chosen passes through areas which we consider to be relatively stable things can change and we may have to alter the route or cancel sections of the trip at short notice.

For further details about this trip and the chance to join us please contact us. For more information about the race itself visit