Berlin 2024 Weekend

5-Day / 4-Night Stay and Play VIP package at The Westin Grand Berlin

Check in: Thursday, September 26, 2024

Race Date: Sunday, September 29, 2024

Check out: Monday, September 30, 2024

Optional Trip Extension: 4 Days / 3 Nights in Munich and Oktoberfest!

  • Race bibs are SOLD OUT!
  • The Munich extension trip is SOLD OUT!
  • We still have rooms available without bibs.
  • This package includes guaranteed marathon race entry!
  • Don’t worry about the details. We’ve got you covered. We do everything for you but run!

Contact us at hello@destination-marathons.com

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World Class Event, International Experience!

For the 4th consecutive year, Destination Marathons is proud to be an official tour operator for the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. As an Abbott World Marathon Major, the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is one of the most sought-after races in the world.  We have access to guaranteed race entries with the purchase of a travel package. Travel with us and experience for yourself what it’s like to be an international VIP!

**If you purchase a package with a race bib with us and then get a race bib through the lottery, we will refund your bib purchase with us. Stress-free, hassle free, the way it should be!

What's included in the Stay & Play VIP Package?

DM-VIP PERKS INCLUDED WITH EVERY PACKAGE

Not included
VIP Experience

Guests have access to hosts on-site all weekend to ensure a stress-free, fun-filled trip.

Ideal Location

The Westin Grand Berlin is just 800 meters from the iconic Brandenburg Gate and nearby finish line.

Pre-Race Dinner

We’ve got you covered for the pre-race dinner. Enjoy local Italian fare without having to leave the hotel.

Spectators

We love our non-running guests and have plenty of activities for you to choose from.

ITINERARY

 Thursday, September 26th

Welcome to Berlin!

3:00pm Hotel check-in

Destination Marathons Welcome Reception – light refreshments, get swag bag and name badge, and meet hosts

Sign-Making Station for Spectators

   *Relaxation Station available

 
Friday, September 27th

8:00am Join us in the lobby for a walking tour of the city

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the city. Reference our City Guide for ideas.

 

Saturday, September 28th

8:00am Join us in the lobby for a shakeout run including a stop at Brandenburg Gate and preview of the finish line

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the city. Reference our City Guide for ideas.

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Pre-race dinner

   *Relaxation Station available

 

Sunday, September 29th

7:45am Marathon runners depart hotel to start area

8:30am Spectators depart to cheer zones

4:00pm After-party and awards ceremony

   *Relaxation Station available

6:00pm Dinner on your own (if you’re still hungry after the party!)

 

Monday, September 30th

8:00am Be sure to wear your finisher’s medal to breakfast! This is also your chance to gather with others for airport transport (groups gathered based on flight information given during the welcome reception).

12:00pm Hotel check out.

*Times may be subject to change and are based on 2023 Berlin Marathon  itinerary guide.

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For information about our Munich Extension package, scroll to the bottom. 

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Westin Grand Berlin is a 5 star hotel that sits in the middle of Berlin, close to train and subway stations, historical landmarks, and the government district. The hotel offers close proximity to boulevard Unter den Linden, which takes you to the Brandenburg Gate and other historical landmarks. The newly renovated guestrooms and suites feature the signature Westin Heavenly Bed.

On-site restaurant, bar, and cafe

Spa and fitness Center

Bicycle Rental Available

Conveniently located near finish line

Sustainability

High-speed internet

PRICING

Please Note

*All packages have a $1,000 non-refundable deposit due upon completing your reservation. Then you can choose to pay the remainder of your trip in full or enroll in auto-payments.

*Pricing is the same for both runners and non-runner guests.

*Guests reserving a package and staying with us can be a resident of any country.

*We can only sell race bibs to U.S. residents, per tour operator rules.

*Children aged ten (10) and younger may stay free with a paying adult, as occupancy permits.

*Guests who pay in full at time of booking are eligible for a $150 reimbursement.

*DM reserves the right to increase pricing to reflect current market conditions.

*Guests receive all the same VIP perks as the payor. All guests (including children) must be registered at checkout to ensure DM has knowledge of who is in the room in case of emergency and so all paid guests have access to the package perks. The additional guest rate is for the entire stay.

*Running is a sport that may cause injury during training. Injuries do not exempt you from the cancellation policy. We strongly encourage guests to consider travel insurance. Please see our Travel Insurance information at the bottom of this page.

YOUR HOSTS

Mark Janik

Founder

Jeff Lax

Business Strategy, Trip Lead

Dan Semsel

Excursion Analyst

Campbell Bews

Regional Host - Berlin

Stacy Bolyard

Logistics Manager + Data Analyst

Munich Extension Package

Must be purchased separately. Space is limited!

Monday, September 30th

12:00pm Hotel check out. Please note – those who are joining us for the Munich extension will meet in the lobby earlier to travel together by train. The train has a dining car for your convenience.

3:00pm Munich hotel check in. Group dinner provided by DM.

Tuesday, October 1st

8:00am Bus Tour to Neuschwanstein, and  Garmisch. Lunch is on your own in Garmisch. We will provide information about places to eat.

5:00pm Dinner on your own. 

Wednesday, October 2nd

8:00am Today we will go to Oktoberfest! Gather in the hotel lobby for transportation to world famous Bavarian culture! 

Dinner on your own

Thursday, October 3rd

12:00pm Hotel check out.  We recommend guests allow adequate time to travel to the Munich airport and additional time if they are traveling back to Berlin airports.

*Times may be subject to change and are based on 2023 Berlin Marathon itinerary guide.

 

RACE SPECIFIC FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I hold my reservation?

Guests are required to pay a $1,000 non-refundable deposit upon signing up for the trip. Read our payment policy at the bottom of this page for details.

Do I have to register my guests even if they’re not running?

Yes! DM guests have access to all the great VIP perks as our runners. For everyone’s safety, we need to know who is traveling and staying with our group in case of emergency. Adherence to our security policy is strictly enforced. You can read more details in our Terms and Conditions.

Can I bring my kids?

Sure! Kids 10 and under are welcome on any of our packages for free, provided they stay in your room (same room as the payor). Some hotels/packages may have restrictions on the number of guests per guestroom so please check with us as you make your reservation. Please note, children must be supervised at all times by a guardian aged 18 or older.

Can we add additional nights onto our stay?

Sure! Please reach out if you would like to add nights prior to or after our package dates. Our email is hello@destination-marathons.com. Of course, guests are free of charge for those additional nights.

If I only wanted to stay 3 nights, can I alter the package?

Since the rooms are sold as a package, we require a minimum of 4 nights. If you don’t use the additional night, that is your choice.

What if I have food allergies?

Please notify us of any dietary restrictions you have so we can do our best to accommodate you.

How do I make my final payment?

You will receive payment reminders prior to the payment deadline, but you can log into your WeTravel account at any time to make your final payment.

When do we register for our bibs

Although we can’t say for certain, usually SCC Events will start the bib registration in the spring. You will receive an email from us with next steps, so there’s no need to worry. We will pass along the information as we receive it.

What happens if I buy a bib but then find out I got one through the lottery?

No worries! If you bought a bib but then find yourself with a bib through the lottery, just let us know. We will apply your bib payment to your account balance.

How will spectators find their runners at the end of the race?

You should expect large crowds near the finish area, so meeting your runner may take longer than expected. We suggest you pick a landmark near the Reichstag or for simplicity, meet at the hotel or at the post-race party.

How do we get back to the hotel after the race?

With our hotel’s central location, it’s an easy walk back.

Reviews

Can't say enough great things about this company. We have done a couple of races with them and would have loved to have been there in London with them. I know you guys are on it. Love Mark and Jeff... as well as all the ambassadors that work effortlessly to reduce the stress of the logistics for these races. I highly recommend Destinations for your next run vacation.

Destination Marathons is amazing! Mark and his crew not only took care of the runners but they also made sure our family members had a great time. The hotel we stayed at was convenient and I really appreciate the private coach to the start line in Hopkinton. Thank you for making this Boston experience so positive for my family and me!

Destination Marathons did an excellent job!!! It was my first time booking a trip through them and I am 100% pleased!! I’m already planning another!! The whole process was easy, the communication was clear, the accommodations were perfect, the gatherings (parties) were really fun!!! Everything was on point. Thank you DM!!!!

I can't say enough about what a fantastic job Mark and his team did for our entire experience at the Berlin Marathon. They truly thought of everything and went above and beyond to make our experience unforgettable. I so appreciate all of your hard work and attentional to details. We will definitely join in the fun again!

Amazing time!! Highly recommend! Mark and his team take the race logistics stress away! Had an incredible weekend in Boston! The dinner before race night took the stress of finding dinner in a town where all the restaurants were full. The shuttle gave us an extra hour of sleep and no stress fighting the crowds. Access to our own bathrooms was worth the price alone, when I got to athlete's village the bathroom lines were insane, so glad we had our own! You can tell they are committed to giving you the most stress free weekend allowing you to focus on what you came there to do, race!

*If you did not travel with DM to Berlin, never fear. You can purchase this package on its own. Join us after the race to explore more of the country and enjoy the local festivities!

*All extension packages have a $350 non-refundable deposit due upon completing your reservation. Then you can choose to pay the remainder of your trip in full or enroll in auto-payments.

*Excludes taxes and fees.