Croatia·June 25 - July 7 2024
The Dash to Dubrovnik is the ultimate European road trip. 2000 miles. 12 countries. 8 days. And one £500 car.BOOK NOW
The Dash to Dubrovnik is the ultimate road trip. 2000 miles. 12 countries. 7 days. And one £500 car. Convoy and party through Europe's coolest destinations, with a group of mates in a £500 car. A true Top Gear inspired adventure, whilst raising money for great charities across the UK. A trip that looks just as good on your Instagram as it does your CV. Difficulty Rating - 2/5 This is a moderate-easy challenge involving long periods of driving (or sitting as the passenger choosing the best song to play next!)
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair! Explore this magnificent German castle.
A world-famous mountain road for a reason. Ensure you stop to capture all the photos you can down the amazing valley.
Navigate the winding side streets and gaze at the stunning architecture of Venice's towers and buildings.
Can you handle the freezing cold temperatures of an Austrian alpine lake? No, us neither!
Nothing quite beats the fresh air at this amazing national park! Known for its healing benefits, there's no better way to recover from a long days driving.
On the tranquil coast of Lake Garda, unwind and relax sipping a glass of pinot and munching a pepperoni
Hire a kayak, and visit dark caves and beautiful Croatian coast line. Paddle right up to the castle walls and stop for some cliff-jumping
Use Dash to Dubrovnik's detailed guide and expert advice from the Dash Reps to sort a car for the trip. This can be purchased, borrowed, or just use your own! Ensure you have all the paperwork, insurance and cover to drive in Europe. The adventure awaits!
Dash to Dubrovnik Car Buying Guide
Dash Kit List
Car Breakdown Cover
Bright and early, you will meet your convoy at Dover Ferry Services, where our dedicated Dash Reps will be waiting to meet you. This meet points gives everyone a chance to laugh at each other's car choices, and to plaster each others rides with stickers for the epic journey ahead.
From there, we all get on the ferry together, over to Calais. It's then a short, and straight forward drive through France and into Belgium, giving everyone a chance to get used to driving on the right-hand side.
Arriving in Brussels, one of Europe's most buzzing cities, we grab a bite to eat, and then head to Delirium Bar for a night of live music, team challenges and dancing. Delirium Bar holds the World Record for the most number of beers on tap, so is a must vist. Our amazing hostel is right in the city centre, so is amazing for exploring the backstreets.
Ferry from UK to France
After grabbing a free breakfast at the hostel, we depart from Brussels, through Germany's beautiful countryside and gorgeous Black Forest.
This a day where groups can choose to go and explore alone, visiting idyllic German towns, Luxembourg City, or join the Dash Convoy for the scenic route to the world-famous race track the Nürburgring. If you are feeling adventurous you can take your car for a lap around the 13-mile race track - just make sure you have the right insurance first!
From here we push onwards into Stuttgart, where we go out for a large meal as a group, munching on Bratwurst and sipping on Steins. Accommodation is another sociable and friendly high-quality hostel.
As we push further south, we begin to gain altitude, and the roads get more and more twisty, and the view points more and more breath-taking. After an early rise, we travel in convoy to Neuschwanstein, the castle that Walt Disney used as inspiration for Cinderella's Castle. Here we take a walking tour around the amazing hillside castle and grab some lunch. From here its a short drive into Austria and to a hidden alpine lake, where we grab pedalos, and go for an icy swim - how long can you stay in for!? After relaxing at the tranquil lake, we convoy onwards to the sunken village view point, before pushing into Malles, high in the Italian Alp foothills for a group organised dinner and glass or Italian wine to end the day.
After an early start, and hearty breakfast - we take on the most challenging, but most scenic road on the entire trip. Featured on Top Gear many times, the Stelvio Pass is over 9000ft above sea level, one of the highest in the Alps. Featuring 48 hair-pin turns and some unbeatable viewpoints, this is a road not to be missed.We push up and over the Stelvio Pass, and descend into the beautiful sunshine of northern Italy, and the rolling foothills with countless vineyards. Tonight, we stay right on the water's edge of Lake Garda, which gives everyone time to go swimming, play games and relax. Late night parties fuelled on Italy's best pizza and pasta often follow...
As we head south-east, we stop for an early lunch in the world-famous city of Venice, wandering the backstreets and crossing canals.
Following this we are back in convoy, and driving through the unbeatably beautiful countryside of Slovenia and the seaside town of Portoroz.
Tonight we head out to sample some of the wild nightlife that Slovenia has to offer.
Today we journey in convoy down the most picturesque part of our adventure - the Croatian Coast roads. As we head further south, the weather gets warmer, and the sing-along tunes on the radio get louder!
Another epic day, driving village to village on the winding coastal path of the Adriatic. We take an early morning detour to Krka Waterfalls park, and have a secret swimming spot near some amazing waterfalls.
As we approach Dubrovnik, a huge sense of achievement washes over the group, and the final Dash to Dubrovnik portion of the trip begins.
After arriving and grabbing some dinner, we meet for an awards night, with Dubrovnik's city walls as the backdrop. Here, we reflect on the huge journeys we have been through together (and of course the mistakes and funny stories!) We then head to Revelin nightclub, an awesome live music venue, with world famous DJs, where we boogie until the early hours of the morning. Top points go to those who make it to the sunrise, and the ritual dip in the sea!
This is a day that is completely free to use as you please. Whether its just napping at the beach to cure the hangover, exploring Dubrovnik's city walls, cliff jumping into the ocean or Kayaking round the old town - the day is yours for taking!We book an extra night of accommodation here to ensure everyone maximises the activities that Dubrovnik has to offer.
From there, it's a very sad farewell as teams depart, driving either directly home to the UK or making a longer road trip of it (we know which one we would choose!). If you need to rush home, you can always sell your car in Dubrovnik and fly home!
The Dash to Dubrovnik is over. Most people choose to drive home with all their new found friends!
Breakfasts at overnight accomodation
UK to France Ferry
Trained Dash Reps on your trip
Dash Guide providing loads of info for the road trip
Sticker Pack for Cars
Recommended Route, with many hidden gems
Organised Checkpoints, Challenges and Safety Information
Car Purchasing Information
24/7 UK emergency line and support whilst on the challenge
Expert fundraising support
Car, Car Insurance & Breakdown Cover
Petrol and Tolls
All meals not specified
Personal Spending Money
Return to UK (You are free to choose any route back!)
Visas (if required)