Greece Rally
Rally Raid
September 22nd 2024
The DRR Review

One of our favourites in the calendar, strikes the balance just right between a professional organisation, some of the best trails that Northern Greece has to offer, plenty of competition, whilst remaining a friendly, enjoyable event for all. Whether you're a seasoned pro, or new to the sport, the Greece Rally should be in your calendar!


Desert Rose Racing have been attending the Greece Rally since its conception, with it being known formerly as the ‘Serres Rally’, this is a well known event within the rally-raid world, and all for good reason! We have many events in the calendar that we’re fond of, but the Greece Rally is genuinely one of our favourites. The combination of some fantastic riding, with tracks that are designed around bikes before any other category, a professional yet always friendly and helpful organisation, makes it an event that we’re always keen to recommend, no matter your previous rally experience!

The Greece rally is a seven day event, based almost entirely at ‘The Lake Hotel’, in the town of Ioannina. With the exception of a marathon stage out to Kastoria on day five and six, the rally is a ‘cloverleaf’ style, meaning that riders return to the same base each day, giving them time to relax and enjoy hotel and the town that contains it. This year the marathon stage runs out to the town of Kastoria, on the shores of Lake Orestiada, giving riders an additional experience of being based somewhere different for one evening, whilst adding a slight challenge of having to maintain their own bikes ensuring that they make it back to the bivouac the following day!

The Greece Rally really is a great option for all, it presents an enjoyable challenge for all levels of riders, whether you’re an experienced desert pro, or new to the sport and new to the art of roadbook navigation, there are few other events we’d recommend over this one. The bonus of being based at a comfortable hotel removes the additional requirement of having to move every day, meaning that riders can enjoy their time both on and off the bike. It’s easy to see why this is so popular, with many coming back year after year!

Interested in joining us in Ioannina in September? Get in touch for more information!

Things riders love
  • A friendly, yet well organised event, with in person briefings, thorough safety measures in place, and run to FIM standard.
  • Challenging yet enjoyable road-book navigation, probably the best in the European calendar.
  • Based at 'The Lake Hotel' in Ioannina, riders have time to explore and enjoy themselves off the bike of an evening.
  • Whether new to the sport and looking for a real rally experience, or a seasoned rider and looking for a new event, this is the one.
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What’s included with event ride support?
Our team has been competing in rallies since 1999, and has all the experience needed to help you make your next one a success!
Assistance through event registration - For the Illyria Raid we can arrange your entry for you!
Advice around bike and rider preparation
Mechanical assistance included with our Factory package
Transport from the UK to Ioannina for your bike and kit!
Handling of all customs requirements required for the safe transport of your bike and gear.
All bikes are registered on an ATA carnet for transport.
Our help through event registration and scrutineering in Ioannina
GPS and tracker fitting with our Factory package.
Our team at all midday service/refuelling points through the event!
Bike maintenance and servicing, carried out by one of our professional mechanics, included with our Factory option.
Access to the umbrella of our support vehicles, including a covered work area, lighting, floor matting, power and everything else!
The support and the benefit of our experience of many years supporting and competing at events around the world!
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