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BALKAN EXPRESS ORIENT EDITION 2023

The adventure to the Orient only 2023!
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Caucasus Mountains & Carpathians
The ultimate road trip through the Balkans & Orient
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Dusty Roads & Cool Cars
The ultimate rally to the Orient!
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Balkan Express Orient Edition 2023
Start at the ultimate adventure to the Orient
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No GPS - No Motorways
3 Weeks - 15 Countries - 7.500 km
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The variety of the Balkans to the Orient
Anatolia - Adria - Adventure
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Discover unknown terrain
along breathtaking routes
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Are you ready?
This is your next big Adventure!

THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE
ALL THE WAY TO THE ORIENT

3 weeks of unknown terrain. On dusty roads, past white beaches, over rough mountain ranges and across lonely wilderness - right through the heart of the Balkans to the Orient. Experience the pulsating metropolises of Southeast Europe and discover towns and villages in the Near East where time seems to stand still. The Balkan Express-Orient Edition is a unique adventure. Because the Orient Edition only takes place in 2023!

Start in mid-July on the most awesome adventure rally road trip of your life through the fascinating and diverse Southeastern Europe to the Orient. Small cars, off-road vehicles, young & oldtimers, motorcycles and trucks are allowed! No sat nav, no highways, 7,500 km through more than 15 countries.

This is the unique Balkan Express Orient Edition!

Rally data and application

15 July - 05 August 2023
Sign up is open now!

Quickfacts - BALKAN EXPRESS Orient Edition

THE ROUTE

Start: Dresden, Germany. Finish: On the Adriatic Sea.
7,500 km in 3 weeks:

  • Carpathians, Transylvania, Low & High Tatras
  • Black Sea & Caucasus Mountains
  • Eastern Anatolia, Mount Ararat, Cappadocia
  • Balkans with Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia etc.
  • Budapest, Bucharest, Istanbul, Tbilisi, Sarajevo, Tirana etc.
  • Adriatic Sea & Dinaric Alps

THE VEHICLE

Cars
Modern classic or vintage cars: 10 years and older (incl. 12/2013)

Motorcycles
Modern classic or vintage motorcycles: 10 years and older (incl. 12/2013)

Vans & Trucks
Modern classic or vintage vans & trucks: 10 years and older (incl. 12/2013)

Electric vehicles
No age restriction, purely electric drive
More information


REGULATIONS

Codex

  • No GPS
  • No navigation systems
  • No highways/motorways
  • More adventure!

Roadbook
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!


YOUR TEAM

How many members can a team have?
There’s no upper limit. All of you have to fit in the vehicle, however!

Charity:
Each team collects €500 for sustainable charity projects of their choice. All possible – nothing required!

Entry fee:
A two-person team starts at 980 €.
Each additional member pays 300 €.


START EVENT

In July the rally starts in Dresden. The event begins at 10am and the official start takes place between 11am and 1pm. 
The day prior all adventurers can already get to know each other at the pre-adventure-get-together and get in the mood for the upcoming adventures. The event will start around 6pm.
Of course, all friends and fans are welcome.


THE ROADBOOK

At the Starting Line of the Balkan Express Orient Edition  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!


PARTY TIME

Along the way through Southeast Europe to the Orient we’re going to party like crazy togethertwice—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.


THE WINNERS

By the Adriatic Sea we’ll celebrate the successful endling of the Balkan Express Orient Edition with a big finish line event and of course we’ll crown the winners!

The winning team of the Balkan Express Rally Roadbook Competition will earn a starting spot for a future SAC rally of their choice at a value of up to €1.090!

No obligations, just a load of possibilities!


LIVE TRACKING

With the SAC Live Tracking App for all rally teams, your friends, relatives and colleagues can follow your team live during the rally.

With the app you can view your driven route as well as rally statistics and add photos, videos and comments to the individual stages. You can also create a professionally designed photo book with all your rally memories after the rally.


THE ROADWAY

The conditions of the roadways can vary considerably during the rally:
from dry asphalt lanes in the Anatolian 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!


LODGING

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.


RALLYE KIT

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 four weeks before the Rally Start.


PIMP YOUR CAR

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.


ENTRY FEE
  • The registration fee for the Balkan Express is 980 € for a two-person team.
  • The fee for each additional team member is 300 €.
  • 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. All possible – nothing required!

YOUR CHARITY

Round up €500 for great charity projects. All possible – nothing required!
The money can go to projects that we have carefully vetted to ensure that all contributions go where they should—to the people who truly need them. Or you are free to pick a charity project that has always been dear to your heart.
Charity donations can be collected any time from the date you sign up to the moment you cross the Finish Line. More


Covid-19

You can book your Adventure Rally with complete peace of mind. 

If the tour does not take place due to Covid-19, we will refund your entry fee or we will reschedule your entry (entry guarantee).

So you have all options!


START THE RALLY ROADBOOK COMPETITION NOW!

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FAQ - Frequently adventured questions

A sense for adventure, an at least 10-year-old classic car, small car, off-road vehicle, two-wheeler, truck or electric vehicle and 3 weeks time.

If you are an EU citizen, you don't need any visas for this tour. We ask our rally participants who do not come from the European Union to inform themselves about the respective entry regulations of the individual countries.

 

Cars
Modern classic or vintage cars: 10 years and older (incl. date of manufacture 12/2013)

Motorcycles
Modern classic or vintage motorcycles: 10 years and older (incl. date of manufacture 12/2013) – a motorcycle team can consist of no more than 2 bikes

Vans & Trucks
Modern classic or vintage vans & trucks: 10 years and older (incl. date of manufacture 12/2013). Whether VW Bulli, Magirus Deutz fire truck or A-Team Bus GMC Vandura - at the rally also everything is allowed that is big and loud.
Motorhomes and caravans are not allowed. Vehicles built exclusively as motorhomes, e.g. with alcoves, etc., are not allowed.

Electric vehicles
No age restriction, pure electric drive. Plug-in hybrid vehicles are not permitted.

There is no designated maximum value for your rally vehicle.

You can still sign up even if you haven’t gotten your vehicle yet. You have until the start of the rally to find your perfect set of wheels.

Look on the Internet or in the advertising section of your daily newspaper. On the relevant used car portals, you will find a wide selection of suitable and inexpensive vehicles. Or ask your grandmother if she lends you her old Mercedes for a spin. The vehicle does not have to be fixed at the time of registration. Until the start of the rally, you have time to find your perfect rally vehicle.

The rally kicks off in the heart of eastern Germany. The event will start at 10am. The official start will take place between 11am and 1pm.
We’ll let you know the exact address of all this action one month in advance.
All adventurers can already get to know each other on the day prior at the pre-adventure-get-together and get in the mood for the upcoming adventures.
The event will start around 6pm. All friends, family and fans are welcome.

 

Along the way through Southeast Europe to the Orient we're going to party like crazy - twice - at some truly extraordinary locations.

At the official rally parties we'll pitch a tent celebrate our adventure into the wee hours. Overnight stays in nearby hotels and other accommodations are also possible!
Where exactly remains our secret until the start...You'll find out in the roadbook.

At the Adriatic Sea we celebrate the successful end of the Balkan Express Orient Edition with a big closing event and of course an award ceremony.

That’s up to you! How about just happily driving it home, you full of adventure and the car full of luggage, and rolling up in it again next year for the next rally?!

Accommodations are chosen and organized by each team.

From rustic Balkan camping, to post-communist motels, to swanky beach hotels, anything goes! Depending on your adventurous spirit and budget, you are free to decide what suits you best on each stage. The spontaneous search for a suitable overnight accommodation on the respective stage has proven itself in the past and is usually no problem during the rally period.

At the official SAC party stops all teams pitch their tents together. Of course, you can also spend the night there in your own rally bus or truck.

In the road book there are always tasks that directly aim at sleeping in the tent. So pack your tent and sleeping bag, because "wild" camping is only a real adventure when you are in your tent...

The conditions of the roadways can vary considerably during the rally:

From dry asphalt track in the Puszta at 35 degrees, to gravel tracks in the high mountains with rain and hail at 8 degrees, to the Balkan slalom pothole course....

Everything is possible & there is something for every taste!

Each rally has its own Facebook group. There you can exchange ideas with other teams before, During and after the rally. 

The following topics are gladly discussed there:

  • Personal team introduction and presentation of your own charity project
  • Tips & tricks for the right equipment
  • Progress in pimping the rally car
  • Purchase and sale of proven rally vehicles
  • Search for other team members or a team to ride with

To the official facebook group

Collect €500 for great charity projects.
The money can go to projects that we have carefully vetted to ensure that all contributions go where they should — to the people who truly need them. Or you are free to pick a charity project that has always been close to your heart.
Charity donations can be collected any time from the date you sign up to the moment you cross the Finish Line. More

 

Come up with something! Tell your friends, family, business partners, colleagues and sponsors about your commitment to great charity projects. Collect online via Social Media. Organize a flea market. Make a tombola. Get into the local press or organize a charity party. There are countless ways. Collecting donations is an adventure in itself. More

 

Create your personal donation collection pages at movember.com or any other online donation platform. Online donation platforms give you the opportunity to present your donation collection transparently and easily and to handle it online. All donations collected via movember.com or other online donation platforms directly benefit the SAC aid projects and organizations as well as your charity projects.

If you collect donations for your freely chosen heart project, please send us a donation receipt at the end of the donation campaign or at the latest at the end of the rally. This can also be done by email. More

In order to get even more support for your project and your fundraising, you are welcome to contact the press. Tell the local newspaper, radio or TV about your charity rally. So you might get even more donations and find additional sponsors.

 

Ask the workshop of your trust if your rally car will be ready for you. Ask at the shop on the corner whether he will provide you with the right equipment. Or get a rally haircut from your favourite hairdresser. In return, your sponsors can immortalize themselves on the rally car or you can include them on your website or in your press work. Here, too, there are countless possibilities.

 

You have found the right vehicle, you have your sponsors and now you want to visually pimp the car/van/motorbike. We give your creativity absolute freedom. There is only one thing to consider: a sticker with the official rally logo will appear on the driver and passenger doors as well as on the bonnet. Furthermore, two stickers with your starting number must be placed clearly visible on the vehicle. 

Dimensions of the stickers: 
Official rally logos: approx. 45 cm diameter 
Starting numbers: approx. 45 cm diameter

Yes, as soon as you have officially signed up a team for the rally. You can find the official rally and route logos in the rally news in the MySAC login area for download. As a signed up rally team you are also welcome to download pictures directly from the website (right mouse button, save picture as).

Please always refer to us for pictures and logos, especially if they are given to the press. Photo Credits: Superlative Adventure Club

Every team can be found in real time on the SAC Live Tracking map. For this we work together with the tracking specialists of FindPenguins and use the FindPenguins app. The app can be downloaded through the PlayStore for android phones and through the AppStore for iOS devices. 
The Live-Tracking map shows you the driven kilometres aswell as the current postion of every team in real time. SAC Live Tracking is of course optional for every team and can be turned off at any time.

All memories in one app - or as a foto album right to your home.
The FindPenguins app allows for every team to create a shared journey. That way all team members can add Fotos, Videos and comments to the respective stages aswell as seeing their detailed Route and Rally-Statistics. You can share each adventure with your friends, family, sponsors or the press via Link. In addition, you can also generate a professional foto album in a matter of seconds.

Offline tracking. Is that possible?
Yes, without any difficulty! Your phone captures your route as long as there's a GPS signal. The next time you're online that information will automatically be send to the server and your route will be up to date.

You’ve got to repair your vehicle! 

But don’t worry - even if you have no clue about technical workings, you’ll get your ride up and running again. This is how we know: 

  1. It’s part of the rally code of honour that teams help each other whenever necessary. There’s nearly always a fellow rally participant in close proximity who has enough technical know-how and the right tools to help you out. 
     
  2. If you’re really stranded way out in the sticks, don’t hesitate to ask for help from local people. Even if you don’t speak the language, you’ll encounter people more than willing to help out. Sometimes just a friendly smile and a couple of shared vodkas will do and before you know it, your motor will be running again…. 
     
  3. If everything else fails, your saving grace will be having registered for some kind of abroad insurance protection at one of the big auto associations.

Everything is open to the top! However, you must be at least 18 years old to be allowed to participate. Further, we point out that you should be in good physical condition. The participation in this adventure rally is not a coffee ride with an electric blanket.

 

You can easily register for your rally adventure in three quick steps.

  1. Log in to MySAC
  2. Afterwards, you can create a team in the "My Teams" section
  3. If you have successfully registered your team, you can book the rally for your team

Tip: 
You can change and edit your team name, the number of team members, as well as the facts about your vehicle and pictures even after registration.

Yes, you can still change and edit your team name, the number of team members, as well as the facts about your vehicle and pictures after registration. 
Simply log in with your team account and go to "My Teams". On your team page, you will also find your team members and can edit, delete or add their profiles.

 

In order to make a booking, you must first create a team. You can change the team data, the number of members and the name at any time.

 

The entry fee must be paid within 3 days to the SAC registration account, so that your starting spot is officially booked.

In case of a cancellation within the first 4 weeks after booking we will refund 100% of the entry fee.

Furthermore, you have the possibility to secure the entry fee for your starting spot through our ticket protection, should something unexpected, such as a serious illness or pregnancy occur.

Should you not be able to participate in the rally for any other reason, we also offer you the possibility to rebook your starting spot for another year or another rally. For this we charge 250 € reactivation fee. A rebooking is possible until 4 weeks before the start of the rally.

As a further option you can also pass on your starting spot to a third party. If friends, relatives or acquaintances take over your starting spot, please inform us directly via e-mail about the changes. You can then change the team data yourself in the team area under MySAC.

It's possible to book a ticket protection for the entry fee. If due to an unexpected event, for example a bad illness or pregnancy, you can't participate in the rally, you'll get a refund. Yo can find more information about insurance options in the Rallye-News section in MySac.

In addition to the entry fee there are additional costs for food, accommodation, petrol, possible ferry crossings or tolls.

The amount depends on you and your budget and the thirst of your car. To give you an idea of your individual travel costs, here is a rough overview of the travel costs per day for a team of 2 people: 

Fuel costs:
approx. 1,50€ per liter

Calculation example:
1,50€ × 8 liters per 100 km × 400 km = 48 € a day.

Accommodation:

Overnight stay in the open air, in a tent, vehicle or with new friends: 0€.
From campsite to luxury hostel: 15€ to 150+€

Catering:

Hunters, Collectors, Fishermen: 0€
Self-catering from the supermarket: 30€
Gourmets and restaurant testers: 60+€

Other costs:

Depending on the route chosen, additional costs for road and bridge tolls, ferry crossings or speeding tickets from 100€ - 250+€ may be incurred on the entire route.

 

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