A cross-country rally is a glorified enduro race for both bikes and cars. By glorified I mean at least 5 days with at least 400 km a day of times stages. The Paris Dakar is more like 20+ days covering at the very least 10.000 km. These races are governed by the FIA (<a target="_blank" href=http://www.fia.com>www.fia.com</a>) which governs most motor sports outside the US. Most cross-country rallies however take place in a single country like the Rally of Egypt, which spans 7 days and covers 3.500+ km. They’re just called cross-country since the Dakar rally started the fad.