- About The Race
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The Amsterdam Marathon (branded TCS Amsterdam Marathon for sponsorship reasons) is an annual marathon (42.195 km) in Amsterdam in the Netherlands since 1975. The road race has a Gold Label from the IAAF. During the event, there are also a half marathon race (21.097 km) and an 8 km race in the program.
The TCS Amsterdam Marathon ranks as the world’s sixth fastest marathon city and is since 2018 also the Netherlands’ fastest marathon. Highlights of the course are the start and finish in the Olympic Stadium, the passage through the Rijksmuseum, the kilometres along the Amstel and through the Vondelpark.
The TCS Amsterdam Marathon has a broad field of international runners. Each year, over 100 nationalities line up at the start in Amsterdam. The TCS Amsterdam Marathon has been the most international sports event in the Netherlands for many years. The city of Amsterdam has a great attraction for foreign participants.
The TCS Amsterdam Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race that for years has had one of the fastest courses in the world. Highlights of the course include the start and finish in the Olympic Stadium, the passage through the Rijksmuseum and stretches along the Amstel and through the Vondelpark.
RACE DATE: October 22, 2018
START TIME: 8:00 AM
COURSE: The TCS Amsterdam Marathon is known for its fast and beautiful course. The start and finish take place in the historical Olympic Stadium. And every year this leaves an unforgettable impression, not least because of the presence of the supporters in the tribunes and the marathon grandstand. The Marathon course follows a part of the Olympic route along the Amstel River, past stately homes and a few windmills. This route offers beautiful rural scenery (which includes the Arena) and gives an impression of the huge amount of daily business that takes place on the Amstel.
ENTRY FEE : The entry fee is included in your package price and is an additional $45 for an additional entry.
PACE PACK / EXPO: In hall number 1 and 2 of the sports venue Sporthallen Zuid, we will organize an attractive Marathon Expo powered by Run2Day. Several top brands will be present to offer the newest athletic wear, shoes and other accessories at attractive prices and there is catering. Next to the Marathon Expo, there will be a cosy indoor terrace meeting point. Sponsors of and suppliers to the TCS Amsterdam Marathon will also be present.
Friday 18 October: 10.00 – 20.00
Saturday 19 October: 9.00 – 19.00
Sunday 20 October: 7.30 – 14.00
TIME LIMIT: The course is open for seven hours. The time limit is based on the gun time, not net time. A cut-off time is strictly enforced at each checkpoint due to limited duration of traffic control, security operation and even operation. The runners who fail to pass through the checkpoint before the cut-off time will be pulled from the race and disqualified.
NUMBER PICKUP: You must pick up your race bib and packet at the Registration & Expo prior to race day.
5 Days / 4 Nights Package: October 19 - October 23, 2018
- Four night accommodation at the Olympic Hotel (October 19 - October 23)
- Buffet breakfast each day
- All hotel taxes
- Day Tour and Expo visit (October 20)
- Race day transfers from finish line back to start area
Date : October 19, 2019
Time : 1:00 pm
ArrivalWelcome to Amsterdam! You can choose your arrival date in October depending on the availability of your flights. If you had chosen Airport Transfers as an add-on with ActiveXplorers.com, one of our representatives will wait for you at the airport to pick you up and send you to your chosen hotel. If you had chosen to arrange your own transfer, there will be a few options you can choose at the airport upon your arrival, from taxis to buses or limo services. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy this beautiful city.
Date : October 20, 2019
Time : 9:00 am
Marathon Expo, Pasta DinnerA van will be arranged for a stop at Amsterdam Marathon Expo, where each runner will collect their bib. The afternoon and evening are free to enjoy on your own. This evening is the pre-race pasta dinner.
Date : October 21, 2019
Time : 8:00 am
Race Day, Foot ReflexologyRace Day! The race starts at 8:00 AM at the Olympic Stadium. This is walking distance from your hotel. Following the race enjoy, if you had chosen our Foot Reflexology massage from our add-on options, our Foot Reflexology masseuse will provide a relaxing Foot Reflexology session either in the lobby of your hotel or in the privacy of your room if you so choose.
Date : October 22, 2019
Time : 10:00 am
Half-Day Tour, Spa SessionEnjoy a half-day tour with a local English speaking guide The sights shows the typical Dutch countryside of polders and little canals on the way to the ' Zaanse Schans', a well - known windmill village with many interesting windmills. We will be visiting a wooden shoemaker here. Then we move on to the world-famous fishing villages of Volendam and Marken - on the coast of the former Zuiderzee (now called IJselmeer). With its wooden houses and locals wearing their colourful style of dress. The rest of the day is light and easy.
Date : October 23, 2019
Time : 10:00 am
DepartureToday concludes the Amsterdam Marathon package. Enjoy a leisure morning before transferring on your own to the airport for your international flight home.
Located in Amsterdam South, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Olympic Stadium and Vondelpark. RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre and Concertgebouw are also within 2 miles (3 km). Amstelveenseweg Station is 6 minutes by foot and Amsterdam Zuid Tram Station is 18 minutes.
A restaurant, a bar/lounge and a snack bar/deli are available at this smoke-free hotel. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include self parking, coffee/tea in a common area and laundry facilities.
All 309 rooms provide conveniences such as sitting areas and electric kettles, plus complimentary wireless Internet access and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Minibars, espresso makers and safes are among the other amenities available to guests.
The rooms at the hotel are fitted with a seating area. At Olympic Hotel rooms are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast.
Vondelpark is 2.7 km from Olympic Hotel, while Moco Museum is 3.5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Rotterdam The Hague Airport, 65 km from the hotel.
- Towels provided
- Linens provided
- Separate sitting area
- Air conditioning
- Daily housekeeping
- Private bathroom
- Free toiletries
- In-room safe
- Iron/ironing board (on request)
- Electric kettle
WEATHER: The best time to visit Amsterdam is between April and May or September and November – right before or directly after the summertime high tourist season. Visitors to Amsterdam during the month of October should plan on bringing a rain jacket as it is even wetter than September. Temperatures begin to cool off significantly with an average afternoon high of 14.5°C (57°F) and overnight lows dipping on average to 8°C (46°F) which is the coldest it has been since May.
Get yourself an I Amsterdam Card
Apart from your accommodation costs, where do you think you will spend most of your money while you’re in Amsterdam? I’m sure you’re thinking internal local transport, boat ride, museum entry, food, etc. Well, good news – you can save money on this by getting yourself an I Amsterdam city card. Based on your duration of stay, you can get yourself a card that is valid for 1 to 4 days. A 24-hour card is for 59 euros and a 4-day card is for 98 euros. This card includes a free entry to most of the top museums in Amsterdam, unlimited use of public transport (trams, buses and metros), free canal cruise, and discounts in many restaurants.
Coffeeshops in Amsterdam are not exactly Cafes
A coffeeshop in Amsterdam is not your typical café but means something else entirely. I feel it is my duty to educate you so that you don’t get a shock when you visit a coffeeshop in Amsterdam just to drink coffee.
I’m sure you know by know that Amsterdam is one of those few places on earth where you can legally buy and consume marijuana for personal use. This happens not on the streets but in coffeeshops where you can see several kinds of weed, hash, etc., being sold per gram or in pre rolled joints.
Don’t Get in the way of cyclists
One of the first things that you will notice about Amsterdam is its bicycle dominated roads. The city is full of them and the locals love traveling on them. After all, Amsterdam has been declared as the most bicycle friendly city in the world. As per the Amsterdam tourism board website, there are more bikes in Amsterdam than permanent residents!
Pricing NameStartEndGroup (Min-Max)Seats leftPaxPrice
ActiveXplorers.com’s packages start with a Basic Package which includes the Race Entry OR the Guaranteed Entry for the Marathon race, a 5 Days / 4 Nights hotel accommodation of your choice and inclusive of breakfast. You will then be able to add-on Airport Transfer, Half-Day or Full-Day Tours (which would normally include a trip to the Race Expo for the bib number and Race Pack collection), pre-race carbo-loading dinner, post-race foot reflexology session, travel insurance, etc. You will also be able to extend their stay (in the same hotel), add extra beds or to request for room upgrades (if there is availability).
A ‘Single Occupancy’ room is for a single runner who is travelling and staying in a room alone. The price is different as the ‘Single Occupancy’ room includes Marathon Entry, hotel breakfast and other additional items, such as tour, airport transfer and travel insurance, if selected, is for a single traveller.
A ‘Twin / Double Occupancy’ room is for a single runner who is travelling and staying in a room with another traveller. The price is different as the ‘Twin / Double Occupancy’ room includes Marathon Entry for a single runner. However, the hotel breakfast and other additional items, such as tour, airport transfer and travel insurance, if selected, are included for 2 travellers. If, however, the second traveller is also a runner who wishes to participate in the relevant marathon event, you can purchase one additional Marathon Entry when purchasing your Travel Package.
All tax charges will already have been included in the Travel Packages. The tax rates which will be charged will depend on the country being visited. The hotel partners and suppliers will charge the relevant tax rates being charged based on each countries tax rates, therefore each country being visited will most likely have different tax rates.
The packages priced are for a per room basis, NOT per person.
In the event that a race has been cancelled, for any reason, ActiveXplorers.com will give guests two options: 1) Guests can cancel the entire trip, where ActiveXplorers.com will refund the entire payment OR 2) Guests can still proceed with the trip (minus the Race), where ActiveXplorers.com will refund the Race-related costs, such as the Race Entry or Guaranteed Entry and the pre-race carbo-loading dinner, if you had selected that option.
Should an entrant's application be refused by the Marathon Event organiser, for any reason, ActiveXplorers.com will give you two options: 1) You may cancel the entire trip, where ActiveXplorers.com will refund the entire payment OR 2) You will still be able to proceed with the trip (minus the Race), where ActiveXplorers.com will refund the Race-related costs, such as the Race Entry or Guaranteed Entry and the pre-race carbo-loading dinner, if you had selected those option.
As soon as you have learnt that you have been successful in obtaining the Entry through the balloting system, you can immediately send an email to email@example.com and we will be more than happy to refund you the cost of the Race Entry. Our team will also inform the Marathon organiser that your Entry is under the balloting system and not through ActiveXplorer.com.
There will be no fee charged for amendments on any bookings.
The Race Entries are STRICTLY non-transferable.
The purchase of the Race Entry OR the Guaranteed Entry alone is not possible. The Race Entry OR the Guaranteed Entry must be purchased in conjunction with the ActiveXplorers.com Travel Packages.
Most hotels allow children to stay in the room with parents either with or without an extra bed. The normal hotel policy is not to charge for children if they are under 12 years of age. Some hotels will limit occupancy of a room to two adults and one child. Only a few hotels will have existing bedding for additional children, so an extra bed is usually required. Most hotels will charge for this extra bed. Usually hotels will provide breakfast when there is a charge for an extra bed. However, this is dependent on each hotel's policies and procedures. A baby cot may be provided free of charge, by some hotels, for children under the age of 2. You will be able to see the individual hotel policy at the ‘Hotel Policy’ section of each of the packages page.
All our packages are in a pre-determined currency of American Dollars (USD).
It will normally take between 24 to 48 hours for ActiveXplorers.com to confirm availability of the rooms with our hotel partners. You will receive an email confirming the availability or the unavailability of the rooms. If the room that you had booked is not available, ActiveXplorers.com will immediately provide other available options, either in another hotel or another room level within the same hotel, whichever one you prefer.
Once you have received the email to confirm that your hotel booking has been confirmed, the hotel address and telephone number will be displayed within this email. You may also call the hotel to confirm if your room has been booked under the name you used when you made the reservation with ActiveXplorers.com.
The cancellation policy will be stated within the ‘Hotel Policy’ section. It will also be stated in the confirmation email we send you.
Note: Details and conditions in the cancellation policy will be different for each booking depending on each hotel, period of stay, room type, etc. Please read this carefully before submitting your booking.
Yes, you may make your own arrangements. However, if you purchase the half-day or full-day tour, our transportation will drop you at the Expo on the way back to your hotel. You can pick up your bib number and race pack at the Expo.
The tour date(s) are already set and is part of the itinerary and cannot be changed. The reason is because, in most cases, we have already made arrangements to drop by the Marathon Expo right after completing the half-day or full-day tours.
You will have to apply the Visa on your own, however, we do provide a Travel Advisory email to inform you of what you need to do and how you need to apply for your Visa. Also, you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions on Visa applications.
You can make changes to your booking by sending us an email at email@example.com and once we have confirmed with the hotel, we will send you the confirmation email. Depending on the property's policy, you can do the following:
• Extend / shorten your stay
• Change dates
• Cancel booking
• Change guest details
• Change room type
• Add a room
• Add a meal
Once you have decided on your preferred Travel Package and travel add-ons, you can click on ‘BOOK NOW’ to proceed to the checkout page. Please check and confirm the travelling dates and details of the Travel Package that you have chosen. If you would like to amend the Travel package or the travel add-ons, you may do so and after that, you can click on ‘UPDATE CART’. Once confirmed, you can click on the ‘PROCEED TO CHECKOUT’ to fill in your details and the details of your second traveller.
At the ‘Checkout’ page, please fill-in as much details as possible. The details that has a (*) is a compulsory information that is required. At the ‘Payment Mode’ section, you may choose either to make ‘Full Payment’ or ‘Partial Payment’. Partial payment will incur a 30% initial payment. You can then click on ‘BOOK AND PAY’. The next page requires you to either log-in (using your email and password) or to create an account, if you haven’t already. As a new user, you only need to enter your email address and to create a password.
Once you log-in, you will be taken to a page where you can choose between paying via Paypal or Credit Card. Once payment is made, whether full or partial payment, you will receive an email confirmation immediately.
If you have a Paypal account, you can click on ‘Paypal’ and log-in to your Paypal account. If you do not have a Paypal account, you can click onto the Visa or Mastercard and enter your card details to make payment.
At the Checkout page, you can either choose to make a ‘Full Payment’ or a ‘Partial Payment’. If you choose to make a ‘Partial Payment’, the payment would be in 3 instalments. The instalment payments are as follows:
1. When you are ready to purchase, the initial payment would be 30%;
2. The second payment would be another 30%: due 90 days before the arrival date;
3. The final payment is the remainder of 40% due 60 days before the arrival date.
If you made the initial booking / payment after the 2nd instalment or 3rd instalment deadline, then an email will be followed within 24 to 48 hours for the 2nd instalment or 3rd instalment respectively.
Note: The instalment payment dates may change from event to event, therefore, you need to verify and confirm the dates which are stated in each Travel Package.
The cancellation / refund deadlines are as follows:
1. Up to more than 91 days before arrival date: Full refund (no cost);
2. Between 90 days to 61 days before arrival date: 50% of payment that has been received, will be refunded;
3. Between 60 days to 31 days before arrival date – 25% of payment that has been received, will be refunded;
4. Between 30 days or less from the arrival date – No refund will be provided.
Once the cancellation has been completed, and if you wish to purchase the same Travel Package (if they are still available), ActiveXplorers.com cannot guarantee the availability of the same Travel package, as the Race Entry spot and package may be given to another runner.
You may NOT be able to re-apply for a Race Entry spot in the same event for the same year as the demand for the Race Entry will be very high.
No refunds will be provided to NO SHOWS.
Refunds will be applied directly to the same credit card that you used when you made the initial booking.
Note: The cancellation / refund deadlines may change from event to event, therefore, you need to verify and confirm the dates which are stated in each Travel Package.
Guests have 5 days to make 2nd or 3rd instalment payment or risk losing the Race Entry and Package spot to another runner.
ActiveXplorers.com uses Paypal as a payment gateway and Paypal has a Paypal Buyer Protection program and keeps credit card information securely encrypted and you are able to read more here: https://www.paypal.com/my/webapps/mpp/ua/useragreement-full#7
To check on the bookings that you have made (or if you would like to complete your full payment), you can access the user dashboard from the email on payment notifications that you have received or you can access from the website address for the user dashboard: activexplorers.com/wp-travel-dashboard.
You will receive a confirmation email within 36 to 48 hours after your purchase on the ActiveXplorers.com website.
Yes, you may call or email the hotel to ask for an official confirmation for visa application purposes or you could use the invoice and confirmation email provided by ActiveXplorers.com for your visa application purposes.
Absolutely. You can just email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will resend you the confirmation email.
All our packages are already inclusive of breakfast and cannot be removed.
Check-in/check-out times differ for each hotel. You can find a specific hotel's check-in/check-out times in the "Hotel Information" section for each Travel Package.
In the Checkout Page, you can make your special requests by entering your requests in the ‘Special requests box in the Travellers Details area. All special requests will be subject to availability. If you have additional special requests after you make the booking, you may also write an email to us at email@example.com to inform us and we will try our best to accommodate your requests.
All special requests are subject to availability. Once the special request has been confirmed, ActiveXplorers.com will send a confirmation email to you.