Home to Reims
(165 miles, 2hrs 30mins from Calais)
Reims to Zurich
(569km, 5hrs 43mins)
After walking the grid and grabbing some snaps of the grandstand start, Day 1 takes us into Switzerland and straight to the foothills of the Alps, to the beautiful lakeside city of Zurich.
We’ll share a story or two over a beer or two, with the Lake as our stunning backdrop.
Zurich to Salo, Lake Garda (via Stelvio Pass)
(474km, 8hrs 1mins)
Salo, Lake Garda to Trieste (via Venice)
(359km, 3hrs 47mins)
Trieste to Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik to Sarande
(516km, 8hrs 14mins)
Sarande to Thessaloniki
(434km, 5hrs 11mins)
Into Greece today and the well known holiday area of Thessaloniki. It would be rude not to enjoy what it’s famous for, more sand, more sunshine and probably an Ouzo or two? Yamas!
***As in 2016, should the decision be made to re-route to Athens, Thessaloniki will be omitted and Day 6 will be the final day of the rally. There are numerous scrap yards in Athens where you can dispose of your cars… if you can bare to part with them after all this!***
Thessaloniki to Istanbul
(595km, 6hrs 59mins)
At last we arrive into Turkey, our tenth Country of the Rally (even if we cheat a little bit?!), and to Istanbul where we can officially claim the bragging rights of getting a banger to Asia! Known as the crossroads of civilisation, what a delight indeed…
*Once again as we strive to be more exotic we are surprisingly faced with diplomatic issues. You may think the Turks would jump at the chance of taking your Rover 200 Series off your hands on arrival but sadly this isn’t the case! It is not possible to import cars into Turkey, so all Teams driving in MUST drive back out to dispose of them. We recommend you do this in Thessaloniki from where there are also regular flights back to the UK.