Peaks of the Adriatic Pre War

Peaks of the Adriatic Pre-War.

The Balkan is attracting more and more tourists and for some reason, it has a vast coastline inundated with sun, the mountains are wild and mighty and the people are welcoming.

Leaving the motorail to the start hotel we drive through the Dolomites (we suggest you take a motorail a few days early). From the castle in Cividale del Friuli we drive towards the Croatian coast to the Grand Hotel in Crikvenica. From there we drive via Zadar in two days over the cliffs overlooking the Adriatic to the ancient city of Split. We stay on the main square in the centre of town in two historical buildings.

We leave the coast into Bosnia and Herzegovina. As we approach our destination, Mostar, we see the mountains doming ahead. We drive some of the most beautiful roads over passes, through villages right out of a different time into Montenegro. Our modern and stylish hotel seems out of place, but the next day we understand. We drive through the second largest canyon in the world, 82 km long and at 1200 m deep at one point.

In Albania we stay in in the small town of Shköder with the mountains as magnificent backdrop. We leave the – relatively – populated coast for the mountains. Again it is a magnificent drive in the valley towards lake Debar and Macedonia.

We go south and pass lake Ohrid and lake Prespa, the former is one of the deepest lakes in the world and declared UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its unique ecosystem. We cross once more into Montenegro before our last border crossing into Greece. We will have covered approximately 1.750 km when we arrive at our last hotel at the lake of Kastoria.

It is a final 230 km to Igoumenitsa where the ferry will bring us all to Ancona.





Day 1, Saturday May 18, Motorail - Cividale del Friuli: 300km

The motorail runs daily from Düsseldorf to Innsbruck. We suggest you take a day extra in order to have all the time to enjoy driving the Dolomites.

Of course you are also welcome to come by own means to Cividale del Friuli.

The hotel for the start is 300 km from Innsbruck. It is a former 19th century cloister converted into hotel and wellness centre. For those arriving early we recommend a 15-minute walk to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tempietto Longobardo. Together with the monastery of Santa Maria in Valle it constitutes some of the oldest Lombard architecture.

Locanda al Castello

Via del Castello 12

33043 Cividale del Friuli (UD)

Tel.: +39 0432 733242



Day 2, Sunday May 19, Civiadale del Friuli - Crikvenica: 240 km

Shortly after leaving we pass the first border of the many crossing we will have during this rally. In Slovenia we drive through the woods over the lower part of the mountains to the fertile planes.

Soon we leave the planes for the more desolate mountains separating us from Croatia. In Croatia we descend towards the coast. It is here that we find the Grand Hotel where we will spend the night.


Hotel Kvarner Palace
Ul. braće dr. Sobol 1
51260, Crikvenica,
 Tel.: +385 51 380 000


Day 3, Monday May 20, Crikvenica - Zadar: 190 km

This is one of these days where it is impossible to make a classification. Not that the competition part is very fierce, it is mainly there to add some livelihood to the discussions at the bar. You really cannot get lost, just keep the sea on your right and the mountains on your left and eventually you will end up in Zadar.

We will be staying in a brand new stylish 5-star resort with all the facilities making you wish you never had enrolled on a rally.

Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa
Resort Punta Skala
23231, Petrčane
 Tel.:+385 23 555 601


Day 4, Tuesday May 21, Zadar - Trogir: 155 km

We considered driving from Crikvenica to Trogir in one go. But the Peaks of the Adriatic rally has a high social character, so we decided for a resort hotel just outside Zadar to shorten the journey and for a very cosy hotel in the lovely town of Trogir, close to Split.

From Zadar it is now a drive of 165 km along the beautiful coast. You can do it in one go and be in time for lunch at the lake-side restaurant of the Brown Beach House hotel in Trogir and take a shuttle to Split. Always buzzing, this exuberant city has just the right balance of tradition and modernity. Step inside Diocletian’s Palace (a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments) and you’ll see dozens of bars, restaurants and shops thriving amid the atmospheric old walls where Split life has been humming along for thousands of years. 





Day 5, Wednesday May 22, Trogir - Mostar: 160 km

We drive our last kilometres along the breathtaking coastline and take left into the mainland and towards Bosnia and Hertzegovina. We then take the smaller roads before entering the valley towards our destination Mostar.

In Mostar we stay in a modern hotel, entirely build with natural stones. It is located nearby the famous bridge which was rebuild after the war.



Day 6, Thursday May 23, Mostar - Zabljak: 245 km

From here on we indulge in nature, vast forests and long mountainous chains. The region is upcoming for all those who like hiking in the nature. As this is not our sport, we take the more comfortable automobile.

In Montenegro we drive through the national park of Durmitor on the Prevoj Sedlo pass at an elevation of 1.907 m. It’s one of the most spectacular roads in Montenegro. On the summit there are fantastic views on both sides, with a nice panorama of the Valovito Jezero lake and the sharp rock of Stožina (1,905 m).



The last stretch for the day is absolutely stunning. High in the meadows, a perfect one-lane road meandering over the mountains.

You would not expect a modern hotel here. But as tourists are coming to the region, the tourism industry is starting to develop.


Day 7, Friday May 24, Zabljak - Shkodër: 275 km

We leave our hotel for a drive to one of the largest canyons in the world. It is claimed to be the second largest behind the Grand Canyon, but to be honest it does not stand the comparison. However it is quite long and we drive for 40 km between the mountains. The Tara canyon’s fame comes from the rafting on the waters of the Tara River. We keep it dry.

Obviously the Balkan countries have found their way to the infrastructural funds from the IMF, World Bank, EU and other agencies. The two lane roads are mostly excellent. We will be going into Albania and the 2016 Google Map pictures show extensive work on most of the stretch from the Montenegro border to Shkodër where we will be spending the night. But lets hope they keep a gravel stretch for us.


Day 8, Saturday May 25, Shköder - Lake Ohrid: 240 km

Shkodër is at the coast. However we will go east, back into the mountains. The coastal area of Albania is not really attractive and the mountain harbour some beautiful drives with astonishing views.


Again, the roads are quite good. When we finally go south we arrive into Macedonia, in a region which one could call touristy. Several lakes do attract the holiday goers and we stay in the band new Unique Hotel.


Unique Resort & Spa

Tel.: +389 46 272 222



Day 9, Sunday May 26, Lake Ohrid - Meteora: 260 km

The lake region is quite spectacular. We leave lake Ohrid, one of the deepest lakes in Europe and home to its own ecosystem granting it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The views from its shores are spectacular but not as spectacular as from the top of the little pass separating it from lake Prespa. 


We drive along lake Prespa and come again across a border crossing, this time back into Albania. Some 55 kilometres further we cross the border to Greece we now pass  Lake Kastoria and are on the way to the last hotel of the rally near Meteora.

The finish of both the Via Hellenica Pre War and the Classic edition was in Meteora. Both times it ended in a big party. 

Divani Hotel

National Road

Kalampaka 422 00

 Tel: + 30 2432 023 330


Day 10, Monday May 27, Meteora - Igoumenitsa: 170 km

From now on it is only downwards, literally. Though not a rally day anymore the drive to the ferry in Igoumenitsa is still extremely nice, not too challenging, just enjoying driving roads meandering slowly over the mountains. Alternatively you can take the highway over much of the distance.


We have plenty of time for a dinner in one of the many restaurants in Igoumenitsa. Meanwhile our cars can be parked safely behind customs. The ferry for Ancona leaves around midnight.


Day 11, Tuesday May 28, arrival in Ancona

The ferry will be arriving on Tuesday at 16:30h.

On Wednesday you can drop off your car at the Bologna airport, some 230 km from Ancona. There are many scenic roads which you can take. We will either be taking your car to Holland or to Essex. 

For the night you are free to choose your hotel.


Number: 31      Year of manufacture: 1938      Car: Frazer Nash BMW 327 cabrio
John Noble (UK)
John Noble
Jean Noble (UK)
Jean Noble
Frazer Nash BMW 327 cabrio 1938
Participated in :
Number: 30      Year of manufacture: 1936      Car: Alvis 4,3 ltr Special
Roland van Pelt (NL)
Roland van Pelt
Francis Driessen (NL)
Francis Driessen
Alvis 4,3 ltr Special 1936
Participated in :
Number: 29      Year of manufacture: 1929      Car: Bentley
Adrian van der Kroft (B)
Adrian van der Kroft
Joanna van der Kroft (B)
Joanna van der Kroft
Bentley 1929
Participated in :
Number: 28      Year of manufacture: 1931      Car: Delage
Herman Jacobs (NL)
Herman Jacobs
Janneke Jacobs (NL)
Janneke Jacobs
Delage 1931
Participated in :
Number: 27      Year of manufacture: 1931      Car: Bentley
Harm Altena (NL)
Harm Altena
Els de Bruin (NL)
Els de Bruin
Bentley 1931
Participated in :
Number: 26      Year of manufacture: 1938      Car: Alvis Speed 25 Charlesworth SportsSaloon
Klaus Ziegner (D)
no photo available yet

Anja Höffken (D)
no photo available yet

Alvis Speed 25 Charlesworth SportsSaloon 1938
Participated in :
Number: 25      Year of manufacture: 1935      Car: Rolls Royce 25-30
Jose Maria Cebriá (E)
Jose Maria Cebriá
Ramona Escola (E)
Ramona Escola
Rolls Royce 25-30 1935
Participated in :
Number: 24      Year of manufacture: 1936      Car: Cadillac Convertibile V8
Juan Pascual Nadal (E)
Juan Pascual Nadal
Carmen Haro Borobio (E)
Carmen Haro Borobio
Cadillac  Convertibile V8 1936
Participated in :
Number: 23      Year of manufacture: 1929      Car: Rolls Royce Phantom 2
Richard Biddulph (UK)
Richard Biddulph
Charess Biddulph (UK)
Charess Biddulph
Rolls Royce Phantom 2 1929
Participated in :
Number: 22      Year of manufacture: 1936      Car: Bentley 4 1/4 DHC
Miguel Cases (E)
Miguel Cases
Rosa Maria Nabau (E)
Rosa Maria Nabau
Bentley 4 1/4 DHC 1936
Participated in :
Number: 21      Year of manufacture: 1929      Car: Bentley 4.5
Frank Solano (UK)
Frank Solano
Luise Calvert (UK)
Luise Calvert
Bentley 4.5 1929
Participated in :
Number: 20      Year of manufacture: 1924      Car: Bentley 3/4.5
Stuart Fearnside (UK)
Stuart Fearnside
Jill Fearnside (UK)
Jill Fearnside
Bentley 3/4.5 1924
Participated in :
Number: 19      Year of manufacture: 1930      Car: Bentley Speed 6
John May (UK)
John May
Jill May (UK)
Jill May
Bentley Speed 6 1930
Participated in :
Number: 18      Year of manufacture: 1935      Car: Alvis Silver Eagle
Kalli Eppstein (D)
Kalli Eppstein
Loes Eppstein (D)
Loes Eppstein
Alvis Silver Eagle 1935
Participated in :
Number: 17      Year of manufacture: 1834      Car: Lagonda M45
Michael Diekmann (D)
Michael Diekmann
Bettina Diekmann (D)
Bettina Diekmann
Lagonda M45 1834
Participated in :
Number: 16      Year of manufacture: 1923      Car: Bentley Supersports
Andrew Bailey (IRL)
Andrew Bailey
Philippa Spiller (IRL)
Philippa Spiller
Bentley Supersports 1923
Participated in :
Number: 15      Year of manufacture: 1931      Car: 8Ltr. Bentley Open Tourer
Peter Godehardt (D)
Peter Godehardt
Marina Godehardt (D)
Marina Godehardt
8Ltr. Bentley Open Tourer 1931
Participated in :
Number: 14      Year of manufacture: 1932      Car: Invicta S model low chassis
Shane Houlihan (IRL)
Shane Houlihan
Zuzana Ratajova (IRL)
Zuzana Ratajova
Invicta S model low chassis 1932
Participated in :
Number: 13      Year of manufacture: 1928      Car: Bentley 4.5 Litre
Richard Farr (UK)
Richard Farr
Christine Leist Farr (UK)
Christine Leist Farr
Bentley 4.5 Litre 1928
Participated in :
Number: 12      Year of manufacture: 1938      Car: Riley MPH special
Wouter Panis (B)
Wouter Panis
Eelke Panis (B)
Eelke Panis
Riley MPH special 1938
Participated in :
Number: 11      Year of manufacture: 1936      Car: Railton Fairmile II DHC
Jan Roosenburg (NL)
Jan Roosenburg
Frans Hora Siccama (NL)
Frans Hora Siccama
Railton Fairmile II DHC 1936
Participated in :
Number: 10      Year of manufacture: 1923      Car: Vauxhall 30/98
David Biggins (UK)
David Biggins
Becca Parker (UK)
Becca Parker
Vauxhall 30/98 1923
Participated in :
Number: 09      Year of manufacture: 1935      Car: Lagonda M35R
Roy Callow (UK)
Roy Callow
Brigitte Callow (UK)
Brigitte Callow
Lagonda M35R 1935
Participated in :
Number: 08      Year of manufacture: 1934      Car: supercharged MG PA
Tim Luffingham (UK)
Tim Luffingham
Clare Belsten (UK)
Clare Belsten
supercharged MG PA 1934
Participated in :
Number: 07      Year of manufacture: 1937      Car: Alvis Open Tourer
Tom Gatsonides (NL)
Tom Gatsonides
Rosalie Gatsonides (NL)
Rosalie Gatsonides
Alvis Open Tourer 1937
Participated in :
Number: 05      Year of manufacture: 1936      Car: Alvis Speed 25/Labro
Martin Aaldering (NL)
Martin Aaldering
José Aaldering (NL)
José Aaldering
Alvis Speed 25/Labro 1936
Participated in :
Number: 04      Year of manufacture: 1938      Car: Bentley Derby 4.25
Henk Sonnenberg (NL)
Henk Sonnenberg
Joan Sonnenberg Nauta (NL)
Joan Sonnenberg Nauta
Bentley Derby 4.25 1938
Participated in :
Number: 03      Year of manufacture: 1936      Car: Bentley 4 1/4 liter
Hansruedi Moser (CH)
Hansruedi Moser
Bea Moser (CH)
Bea Moser
Bentley 4 1/4 liter 1936
Participated in :
Number: 02      Year of manufacture: 1937      Car: Hudson Tourer
Cees Willemse (NL)
Cees Willemse
Ingeborg van 't Hof (NL)
Ingeborg van 't Hof
Hudson Tourer 1937
Participated in :
Number: 01      Year of manufacture: 1936      Car: Bentley Derby 4 1/4
Renger Guliker (NL)
Renger Guliker
Gerda Guliker (NL)
Gerda Guliker
Bentley Derby 4 1/4 1936
Participated in :

Rally Details


Start: Saturday May 18
Locanda al Castello
Cividale del Friuli

Finish: Monday May 27
Igoumenitsa ferry port

  • A maximum of 30 crew.
  • Nine nights in excellent hotels
  • Seven dinners
  • Seven lunches
  • Technical assistance by Altena Classics
  • Raidillon watch for the winners.
  • Large commemorative book by photographer Wico Mulder.
  • Via Flaminia polo
  • Roadbooks, rallyshields etc

Entry fee

Booking fee for a crew of two:
(Down payment received before December 1st, 2018)

Registration: € 4.600, –
Update (you are on top of the list for the best rooms): € 500, –


Late booking fee for a crew of two: 
(Down payment in after December 1, 2018)

Registration: € 4.900, –
Update (you are on top of the list for the best rooms): € 600, –

Total kilometers

Train details

Total rally kilometers: 1750

From the disembarkation of the first hotel: 300 km

From the finish to the port of Igoumenitsa: 230 km

Daily from Düsseldorf to Innsbruck.

Departure at 21:00 and arrival at 09:15

Daily from Hamburg to Vienna.

Departure at 20:15 and arrival at 08:20

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