Trail ride in Romania

The Riders of Transylvania

7 days / 5 days riding from 1204€

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in yurts, the traditional housing in Central Asia, with beds and sometimes stoves for heating.

 

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ROMANIA-The Riders of Transylvania

7 days / 5 days riding from 1204€


Activity :

Level :

Comfort :

Venture into the mysterious landscape of Transylvania on a horseback trail through a world of counts and countesses, medieval villages and aristocratic houses. Ride through the spectacular scenery of the Carpathian mountains, where hay is still cut by hand, ox still pull the carts and the horse is omnipresent.

Strengths

- A 100% Romanian team of local guides who are happy to share their passion for their country
- The untouched nature of Transylvania and the rural way of life where the horse is stil king
- Some nights are spent in beautifully restored properties once belonging to princely families of Transylvania
- Chance to spend a night or two with Romanian families
- Unique architectural heritage with many preserved medieval villages

Itinerary

Day 1: LONDON - BUCHAREST - ZALANPATAK - No riding

Accommodation : COUNT KALNOKY'S HOUSE

On arrival at Bucharest airport you will be met and transferred to the small village of Miklósvár which is 25kms from the stables. Depending on availability you will either spend the night in a converted farmhouse in the village, a traditional guesthouse in a neighbouring village, or with a local family.

You will have dinner with your group and guide to discuss the week ahead.

Day 2: KOROSPATAK - MALNAS BAI - 4 hours riding

Accommodation : MALNAS BAI B&B

After breakfast you will be transferred to the riding centre at Valea Crisului. The ride starts slowly with a climb onto a ridge with magnificent views stretching to the high Carpathian Range. Leave the villages of Kálnok and Zalán down in the valley and meet shepherds with their flocks on the pastures. At the end of the day, descend through the forest to reach Malnas Bai where you stay the night as guests of a local hunter's family (bathrooms might have to be shared). Once a thriving spa with plenty of mineral water springs, this village has typical wooden turn-of-the-century Transylvanian spa architecture, although now in rather rickety shape.

Day 3: MALNAS BAI - BATANII - 4 hours riding

Accommodation : KRISBACON B&B

After breakfast, you climb back north-westerly into the deep forests of the Hatod region, where 6 villages share the same woods. Ride along a quiet forest track, alongside which bear tracks can sometimes be found. After riding around the extinct volcano “Murgo”, you descend on gentle grassy slopes to the Batanii villages (“Big Bacon and Little Bacon”) to reach your accommodation which is in village houses at Kris Bacon. The villagers here are known to be especially hospitable and friendly, and before dinner will take pride at showing you their still functioning watermill and traditional looms.

Day 4: BATANII - KORMOS - 3 hours riding

Accommodation : KORMOS GUESTHOUSE

Head northwest through forests and hay meadows, to climb up to Szép Arca hill on the southern slopes of the Hargita Range. Wide views open out onto the distant Barót and Olt Valley. Descend northwest into the Kormos (“Sooty”) valley, where Romania's ex-Dictator Ceaucescu had his private hunting villa. The river is teeming with trout and the meadows are full of beautiful wild flowers. You will be accommodated in a guesthouse called “Kormos panzio” where you will also have dinner. There are six double/twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms available as well as a big kitchen and a dining room.

Day 5: KORMOS - MIKLOSVAR - 5 hour riding

Accommodation : COUNT KALNOKY'S HOUSE

Mount up for the long ride south down the Kormos Valley and along the lower slopes of the hills. Pass the villages of Filia/Erdőfüle and endless hay meadows towards the town of Barot. Continue on slopes which offer many chances for canters and into the valley of the river Olt to reach Miklósvár. You will be accommodated guesthouses belonging to your hosts, but there is limited space - if the guesthouses are full then you will stay in local village houses.

Day 6: MIKLOSVAR - ZALANPATAK - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : COUNT KALNOKY'S HOUSE

From Miklósvár you ride back to the stables at Kőröspatak, riding through forested hills, crossing valleys and streams and stopping for a picnic lunch at Zalánpatak. This trip was very common for many generations of your hosts family who often had to ride between the two villages, where their two manors are. This part of the region is particularly rich in game. Arriving at Kőröspatak, you will be transferred back to Miklósvár by car for your last night at the guesthouse (or in private accommodation in the village if the guesthouse is full).

Day 7: MIKLOSVAR - BUCAREST - LONDON -

Accommodation :

After breakfast you will be transferred back to Bucharest for your flight back to London.

We recommend booking a flight in the late afternoon to leave plenty of time for your transfer.


Price details

- Flights are not included

- Groups are made up of 2-8 international riders

- This ride is guaranteed for groups of only two riders with no small-group supplementary charge; however the route is slightly modified. If there are 4 or more riders in the group then you will follow the route described in the itinerary. By signing up for this ride, you are agreeing to these conditions. The changes to the route for groups under 4 are as follows:

- Day 4 instead of leaving for the valley Kormos you will head towards the village of Miklósvár - to spend the night at Count Kalnoky's house
- Day 5, the ride will take you through the region of Zalanpatak

- Minors are welcome from 15 years old on condition that they are accompanied by a parent. Parents must sign a document on-site assuming all responsibility for their children during the ride.

- Transfers fee: for single riders, if there is no other rider being picked up at the same time as you, there will be an additional transfer fee of £145. It is possible to request a transfer from Bucarest city centre at an additional cost.

- There is no single room supplement; however, single rooms also cannot be guaranteed, so you should be prepared to share

- Optional: access to the Spa on Monday (approx. €3, payable locally)
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 Romanian English-speaking horse guide
1 English-speaking assistant

Logistic

1 cook
1 support vehicle
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle

Accommodation

Double or 3-bed rooms in guesthouses or hotels

Meals

Full board from the first diner on day 1 to breakfast on day 7
Wine or beer and water at meals

OPTION

Extras

Access to the spa on Monday - approx. €3

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

2 lunches on day 1 and 7 - depending on your flights

Transports

Transfers fees - please the see price details above
International flights

Extra

Tips to the local team

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked in case of cancellation

TIPS

Tips usually come to around 10% of the overall cost of your trip, but tipping always remains at your discretion.

HORSES

The local horses are between 14.2hh and 16.2hh and are a mixture of breeds, including Arabs, Lipizzaners and Huzul - a robust breed unique to the Carpathian mountains. They are keen spirited, adaptable and well suited to the terrain.
English saddles and bridles are used.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

The minimum requirement is that you are comfortable and secure in the saddle at a walk, trot and canter and are used to riding in open country and over different types of terrain. The horses used are sensible and well mannered to ride so they are well suited to people of intermediate riding ability and above. You should also be reasonably riding fit as you will cover 150km during the week.

Weight limit - 90 kgs.

PACE

The rides are at a moderate pace, with routes taking you through forest and up and down mountain tracks. There are lots of opportunities for trots and canters each day as much of the riding is across open grassland. There is a little road work each day (some on tar roads) in the vicinity of the villages you pass through, but roads are generally very quiet with little motorised traffic.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You will be requested to assist with the care and preperation of your horse although help is on hand if required.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

The area you ride through is very unspoilt and untouched by tourism. Some of the riding is through forest and up and down mountains and there are one or two places where you might need to dismount and lead your horse over rough ground.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

You need to be riding fit as you will cover 150km during the week. You are requested to ride regularly at home before joining the trip.

COMFORT

The accommodation varies throughout the trail. Rural guesthouses in the villages are roughly equivalent to British 'B&Bs' and you are staying with a family. They are simple but clean and well maintained, with inside plumbing, bathrooms and loos, hot water and central heating. Bathrooms are often shared and may be along a corridor or through the kitchen. Most bathrooms have showers rather than tubs but are clean with plenty of hot water.

CLIMAT

The average temperature in the south and along the Romanian coast is around 11°C, but is only 2°C in the mountainous regions. Winters in Romania can be particularly harsh and foggy; it often snows copiously between December and April.

In summer, it is generally hot and sunny along the Black Sea coast, with rainfall reaching its peak across the country in spring. The mountains receive the most rain and the Danube Delta the least.

Between April-May and September-October the temperature up in the mountains is usually around 12°C - 16°C and in the summer, a very agreeable, 22°c in the day - with some rainstorms possible.

Meals

Food in rural Romania is generally organic and full of flavour and you will have the chance to sample some traditional dishes, although the choice can be limited by what vegetables etc are in season. Breakfast is eaten at your guesthouse or inn and is typically a selection of eggs, cheese or cold meats with bread or toast. Lunch is generally a very simple picnic out riding - ham or cheese sandwiches with fruit for pudding. Dinner, which is eaten at your guesthouse or hotel, is often soup, then a main course which will sometimes include a regional speciality such as wild boar or venison stew, peppers stuffed with meat or vegetables, different types of sausage, seasoned minced-meat wrapped in cabbage or vine leaves or perhaps spicy meatballs, followed by a cold pudding or fruit. Food is locally grown and fresh, however usually only one menu is prepared at the guesthouse and there is no choice. Vegetarians can of course be catered for, but please let us know in advance.

Support Team

Guide and local team

A horse riding instructor and long-distance rider, Romfeld has a degree in philosophy and grew up in the region. As a guide he is very reassuring and disciplined and will take great pleasure in showing you his home region in the spring.

Elekes has a degree in geography and is proficient in horseback archery. He is passionate about his country, its tranquility and stunning countryside. He will be your guide on rides in spring and autumn.

Steliana is a much loved guide - as much for her calm and organised nature as for her lively and energetic side that is brought out when it's needed! She has a strong background in tourism; she is a qualified horse-riding instructor and has ridden in CSO competitions.

All the Romanian guides have at least an intermediate level in English.

Packing list

Head
- A riding helmet is compulsory and we recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. Helmet makers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème) now offer horse-riding helmets that are ventilated, strong, light and comfortable.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Warm hat for cold evenings/days

Upper body
- Thermals in case of cold weather (long and short-sleeved t-shirts)
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun or extra warmth
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Waterproof jacket (made from Goretex or equivalent) waterproof and breathable

Lower body
- 2 pairs of lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Waterproof over trousers (made from Goretex or equivalent), especially if you don't have a long waterproof coat
- Casual clothes for the evenings (jeans or walking trousers)
- A swimming costume may be useful for impromptu dips in the lake
- Non-irritant cotton or synthetic underwear

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Several pairs of warm socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Our Recommendations
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera, sunscreen, lip balm etc)
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Other useful items
- Water bottle (1.5 litres or 2 equivalent)
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Toiletries
- Protein or cereal bars for the longer stretches of riding
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it after use
- Swiss army knife or equivalent (in checking-in luggage!!)
- Small plastic bags for you rubbish
- Ear plugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- A pair of binoculars

Medical kit
Make sure any allergies (to medication or otherwise) and clearly stated in your medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Painkillers
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhea medication
- Vitamin C tablets
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Eye drops
- Hydrating/ soothing cream
- Plasters
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..
- 10cm wide bandage
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

General information
- The airline allows only one bag to be checked-in per passenger. Make sure it weighs no more than 20kg; if it exceeds this weight, you will have to pay excess luggage fees at check-in
- Hand luggage is limited to 7kg (measuring 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm), it mustn't contain any sharp objects (knives, scissors, nail file or nail scissors, etc.) and the quantity of liquid allowed per passenger is limited to 100ml per container.
In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant over 100 ml and all bottles can be decanted into small, clear, plastic Ziplock bags. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- In your hand luggage carry any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.

Equipment provided
- A first-aid/ medical kit
- Small saddlebags

ENTRY FORMALITIES

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the valid visa requirements for entry.
We will endeavour to keep this section up to date, but please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/romania.html (US citizens) or https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/romania (UK citizens) for further information.


Passport note:
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Romania.

Visas
Visas are not required by British, American, Canadian and EU nationals for stays in Romania of up to three months.

Addresses of consulates

  • Ambassade de France à l'étranger
    13-15 Strada Biserica Amzei
    BP 143
    010392 Bucarest
    Tél. : 40] (21) 303 10 00
    Fax : 40] (21) 303 10 90
  • Ambassade en France
    5-7, rue de l'Exposition
    75343 PARIS CEDEX 07
    Tél. : 01 47 05 10 46/27 55
    Fax : 01 45 56 97 47
    secretariat@amb-roumanie.fr / sconsulara@amb-roumanie.fr
  • Embassy of Romania in London
    Arundel House
    4 Palace Green
    W84QD London
    Tél. : +44 20 7937 8069
    Fax :
  • Ambassade de Roumanie
    Rue Gabrielle 105
    1180 Bruxelles
    Tél. : +32 (0) 2 345 26 80
    Fax : +32 (0) 2 346 23 45
    secretariat@roumanieamb.be
  • Ambassade de Roumanie
    Kirchenfeldstrasse 78
    3005 Berne
    Tél. : 031/352 53 00
    Fax : 031/352 64 55
    ambasada@roamb.ch

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

Venture into the mysterious landscape of Transylvania on a horseback trail through a world of counts and countesses, medieval villages and aristocratic houses. Ride through the spectacular scenery of the Carpathian mountains, where hay is still cut by hand, ox still pull the carts and the horse is omnipresent.

  • Explore Transylvania on horseback
    Riding by the lakes in romania
  • Fast canters in the vast plains of Romania
    Riders in Romania
  • The hills of Transylavania on horseback
    Horseback trail ride in Transylvania, Romania
  • Meeting with the locals along the trail
    Agricultural tradition in Romania
  • Riders in Transylvania
    Transylvania on horseback
  • Riding in the shaded Romanian forests
    Horseback trail ride in Romania
  • Ride across rural villages and discover a new culture
    Trail rides in Transylvania
  • Accommodation is in guesthouses
    Trail riding holidays in Transylvania Romania
  • Long stretches of gallops in the meadows of Romania
    Horseback trail ride in Transylvania Romania
  • Discover the Romanian traditions
    Horses and local in Transylvania, Romania
  • Meeting with the cattle
    Horses and cattle in Romania, Transylvania
  • Transylvania's villages
    Village in romania

STRENGTHS

- A 100% Romanian team of local guides who are happy to share their passion for their country
- The untouched nature of Transylvania and the rural way of life where the horse is stil king
- Some nights are spent in beautifully restored properties once belonging to princely families of Transylvania
- Chance to spend a night or two with Romanian families
- Unique architectural heritage with many preserved medieval villages

ITINERARY

Day 1: LONDON - BUCHAREST - ZALANPATAK - No riding

Accommodation : COUNT KALNOKY'S HOUSE

On arrival at Bucharest airport you will be met and transferred to the small village of Miklósvár which is 25kms from the stables. Depending on availability you will either spend the night in a converted farmhouse in the village, a traditional guesthouse in a neighbouring village, or with a local family.

You will have dinner with your group and guide to discuss the week ahead.

Day 2: KOROSPATAK - MALNAS BAI - 4 hours riding

Accommodation : MALNAS BAI B&B

After breakfast you will be transferred to the riding centre at Valea Crisului. The ride starts slowly with a climb onto a ridge with magnificent views stretching to the high Carpathian Range. Leave the villages of Kálnok and Zalán down in the valley and meet shepherds with their flocks on the pastures. At the end of the day, descend through the forest to reach Malnas Bai where you stay the night as guests of a local hunter's family (bathrooms might have to be shared). Once a thriving spa with plenty of mineral water springs, this village has typical wooden turn-of-the-century Transylvanian spa architecture, although now in rather rickety shape.

Day 3: MALNAS BAI - BATANII - 4 hours riding

Accommodation : KRISBACON B&B

After breakfast, you climb back north-westerly into the deep forests of the Hatod region, where 6 villages share the same woods. Ride along a quiet forest track, alongside which bear tracks can sometimes be found. After riding around the extinct volcano “Murgo”, you descend on gentle grassy slopes to the Batanii villages (“Big Bacon and Little Bacon”) to reach your accommodation which is in village houses at Kris Bacon. The villagers here are known to be especially hospitable and friendly, and before dinner will take pride at showing you their still functioning watermill and traditional looms.

Day 4: BATANII - KORMOS - 3 hours riding

Accommodation : KORMOS GUESTHOUSE

Head northwest through forests and hay meadows, to climb up to Szép Arca hill on the southern slopes of the Hargita Range. Wide views open out onto the distant Barót and Olt Valley. Descend northwest into the Kormos (“Sooty”) valley, where Romania's ex-Dictator Ceaucescu had his private hunting villa. The river is teeming with trout and the meadows are full of beautiful wild flowers. You will be accommodated in a guesthouse called “Kormos panzio” where you will also have dinner. There are six double/twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms available as well as a big kitchen and a dining room.

Day 5: KORMOS - MIKLOSVAR - 5 hour riding

Accommodation : COUNT KALNOKY'S HOUSE

Mount up for the long ride south down the Kormos Valley and along the lower slopes of the hills. Pass the villages of Filia/Erdőfüle and endless hay meadows towards the town of Barot. Continue on slopes which offer many chances for canters and into the valley of the river Olt to reach Miklósvár. You will be accommodated guesthouses belonging to your hosts, but there is limited space - if the guesthouses are full then you will stay in local village houses.

Day 6: MIKLOSVAR - ZALANPATAK - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : COUNT KALNOKY'S HOUSE

From Miklósvár you ride back to the stables at Kőröspatak, riding through forested hills, crossing valleys and streams and stopping for a picnic lunch at Zalánpatak. This trip was very common for many generations of your hosts family who often had to ride between the two villages, where their two manors are. This part of the region is particularly rich in game. Arriving at Kőröspatak, you will be transferred back to Miklósvár by car for your last night at the guesthouse (or in private accommodation in the village if the guesthouse is full).

Day 7: MIKLOSVAR - BUCAREST - LONDON -

Accommodation :

After breakfast you will be transferred back to Bucharest for your flight back to London.

We recommend booking a flight in the late afternoon to leave plenty of time for your transfer.

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