THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE THROUGH SOUTHEAST EUROPE
8 days of undiscovered terrain. Down dusty roads, along white beaches, overtop rugged mountain ranges and through the secluded wilderness—right through the heart of the former Eastern Bloc. Experience the pulsing metropolises of Southeast Europe and discover cities and towns where time seems to have stood still. It’s the ultimate old-school auto rally: The Balkan Express!
Next September, get ready to embark on the wildest adventure road trip of your life, as you make your way through the fascinatingly diverse landscape of Southeast Europe. Cruise your classic—or modern classic—rally vehicle (which should be at least 20 years old) across 12 countries in 8 days, covering 3,500 km: all without the help of GPS or navigation systems.
Your next big adventure starts here!
Rally Dates: September 22nd – September 29th, 2018
Sign-up: Starts October 17th, 2017, at 6 p.m. CET
Quickfacts - BALKAN EXPRESS RALLY
Starting Line: Dresden, Germany. Finish Line: Croatia.
3,500 km in 8 days through:
- The Carpathians, the Low & High Tatras, the Dinaric Alps
- The Balkans, incl. Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia
- Budapest, Belgrade, Sibiu, Sofia, Sarajevo, Tirana, Dubrovnik, Split
- Transylvania & the Adriatic Sea
1 WEEK’S TIME
Rally from Saturday to Saturday!
You can’t possibly pack more adventure into a single week!
Take just 1 week of vacation for this amazing road trip through Southeast Europe.
Got some vacation days left over? Use the opportunity to enjoy the Adriatic Sea for a few more days after crossing the Finish Line!
Old-school cars: Classics or modern classics, at least 20 years old (incl. 1998 makes)
Old-school bikes: At least 20 years old (incl. 1998 makes); a motorcycle team may consist of no more than two motorcycles
Old-school vans & trucks: At least 20 years old (incl. 1998 makes); campers/RVs and trailers are not allowed
- No GPS
- No navigation systems
- No highways/motorways
- More adventure!
The Roadbook awaits you and your team, filled with great suggestions for your trip in addition to cool challenges and opportunities for extra fun. The activities and tips in the Roadbook are just a bonus, not mandatory!
How many members can a team have?
There’s no upper limit. But you do all have to fit in the vehicle!
Each team collects €500 for sustainable charity projects.
A two-person team starts out at €750.
Each additional member costs €200.
Along the way through Southeast Europe we’re going to party like crazy together—twice—at some truly extraordinary locations.
At the official rally parties we’ll pitch a tent and celebrate our adventure into the wee hours.
The exact party locations will be our little secret up until the Rally Start…The Roadbook will tell you all you need to know.
At the Starting Line of the Balkan Express in Dresden, your team will be given the Roadbook, which is packed with useful tips for your route, unbelievable challenges, and plenty of suggestions to maximize your fun and get the most out of your adventure.
The activities and adventures in the Roadbook are best undertaken as a team. Creativity and a talent for improvisation are your best assets here!
The activities and tips in the Roadbook are just a bonus, not mandatory!
In Croatia we’ll celebrate the successful conclusion of the Balkan Express with a big send-off party and, of course, we’ll crown the winners!
The winning team of the Balkan Express Rally Roadbook Competition will earn a starting position at a future S.A.C. rally of their choice at a value of €850!
No obligations, just a load of possibilities!
With SAC TRACK—the live tracking app for all rally teams—your friends and relatives can follow your team live throughout the trip.
You can also attach your best photos to the SAC TRACK and, at the end of the rally, download the route you took.
The conditions of the roadways can vary considerably during the rally:
from dry asphalt lanes in the Pannonian Steppe at 35 degrees C,
to dirt roads through the high mountain passes in the rain and hail at 8 degrees C,
through to the Balkan “slalom pothole parkour”…
Anything’s possible and there’s a little something for everyone!
From rustic Balkan-style camping, to post-communist motels, to posh beach hotels—anything goes! You’re free to choose your own lodgings at every stage of the trip depending on your budget and your notion of “adventure.”
Even playing it by ear and deciding as you go has worked out for teams in the past and generally isn’t a problem in the time period the rally takes place.
The Rally Kit has everything that belongs at an official rally:
- rally vehicle branding with the official Balkan Express logos and your official rally starting numbers
- rally T-shirts
- awesome additional Balkan Express merchandise
Your team will receive the Rally Kit two months before the Rally Start.
PIMP YOUR TEAM
Creativity pays off!
Teams with extravagant costumes and eye-catching vehicle decorations will be awarded extra points by the rally jury.
Whether you dazzle your fellow drivers with slick racing stripes and fluttering flags or go full techie with flashing disco lights on your radiator, we’re looking forward to seeing how you bring it.
Anything goes, as long as it’s street-legal.
The registration fee for the Balkan Express is €750 for a two-person team. The fee for each additional team member is €200.
Additional team members can be added up to 1 month before the Rally Start.
The registration fee does not include the charitable donation of €500.
Round up €500 for charity projects. 50% of that will go to our selected charity partners.
You can donate the other half to whatever charity is closest to your heart!
Charity donations can be collected any time from the date you sign up to the moment you cross the Finish Line.