Erbil Marathon

from US$1,850

This package offers travel and entrance to the Erbil Marathon.
There are three distances (4km, 12km and full marathon) so even if you are not a strong runner you can still take part and enjoy the event.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Culture, Marathons
    • Activity Level Tough
      6/8
    • Group Size Large Group
      15
    All about the Erbil Marathon.

    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 head out of Erbil to visit Lalish, the spiritual home of the Yazidi people. You can also train with female runners breaking taboos in Iraq, giving you a taste of life in Northern Iraq.
    The Kurds are famous for their hospitality.
    Iraqi Kurdistan has mostly escaped the violence that has plagued the rest of the country and is a great way to get a flavour of modern Iraq.

    There are three distances (4km, 12km and full marathon), so even if you are not a strong runner, you can still take part and enjoy the event.

    Start Point: Erbil
    End Point: Erbil

    A US$400 deposit is required to reserve a place on this trip.  The deposit amount will be charged at checkout, the balance shall be requested 90 days prior to the start of the trip.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • All accommodation (5 nights in Erbil)
    • Breakfast
    • All ground transport
    • Guiding
    • Entry to the Erbil Marathon
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Flights to Iraqi Kurdistan
    • Entrance fees
    • Lunch & Dinner
    • Drinks
    • Tips
    1. Day 1 Arrive - 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. Day 5 Race Day

      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.

    6. Day 6 Erbil - End

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

    Accommodation

    We do not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on our itineraries. We consider comfort, location, design, character, 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.

    An optional single supplement is US$300 per person.

     

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Included in the price:
    • All accommodation (5 nights in Erbil)
    • Breakfast
    • All ground transport
    • Guiding
    • Entry to the Erbil Marathon
    Not included in the price:
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Flights to Iraqi Kurdistan
    • Entrance fees
    • Lunch & Dinner
    • Drinks
    • Tips

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

    We do not directly arrange international flights to Iraqi Kurdistan. We can suggest routes and operators.
    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.

    We provide breakfast every day but not other meals. We know plenty of places in Erbil. From traditional kebab houses to international restaurants at international prices. When there is an option, we let you make the choice of how much you want to spend.

    When we choose our vehicles and drivers we take into consideration the road conditions, the length of 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.

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