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Carpathian History & Nature Ride


Itinerary for Carpathian History & Nature Ride



Sample Itinerary: Forest and Bears - subject to changes

This center-based one week riding program includes 5 riding days and one 2-day trip with an overnight stay in tents. The trails lead us through meadows and forests of the Carpathian Mountains and their foothills between 500 and 1,400 m altitude. We ride mainly on grass-covered paths and trails, or on forest roads. Sometimes, we come across tracks or markings of bears, occasionally even of wolves.
To protect our horse's joints, we dismount and lead the horses on steep descents.
We cover between 20 and 30 km daily which takes us between 6-7 hours, including our lunch break. The rides are a good mix of walking, trotting, and cantering.
If rain would not allow a full day of riding, we can offer alternatives to riding.


Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival  
Fly to Bucharest airport (please be sure to arrive by 4:15pm), where you will be picked up and transferred through the spectacular Carpathian mountains to our guesthouse in Sinca Noua (ca. 3 hours). Receive a welcome drink upon arrival, a great dinner and spend the evening with the staff to prepare the week.

Day 2 & 3 (Sunday & Monday): Trips over the hills and into the mountains
After breakfast you will be shown around the farm and introduced to the horses. Soon we take off for the first ride along the meadows and through the forests at the foot of the mountains. The hills offer a fantastic view over the area and the meadows invite for some first trots and canters. You will be stunned by the variety of wild flowers and we often come across tracks of bears or wild boar. There are lots of possibilities for canters over the meadows. We do our lunch breaks on beautiful meadows with spectacular views and return in the afternoon back to the guesthouse. 
After dinner, you have the choice to watch video presentations about the research and conservation projects, which the owners have carried in recent years. You might also opt to spend the evening under the willow pavilion by the open fire place or have a drink at the cosy bar.
One evening, you will have the possibility to visit a bear hide in the forest not far from the riding center, where the chance to see wild brown bears is very high.

Day 4 (Tuesday): History of Transylvania (no riding)
Today we give the horses a rest and experience the true history of Transylvania. We leave Sinca Noua and drive north for about 2 hours through sleepy villages, until we reach the medieval town of Sighisoara, one of the cultural centres of the Transylvanian Saxons.
Thereafter, we continue to the village of Viscri with its famous fortified church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) from the times of the invasion of Turks. A gravel road gets us the last 10 kilometers to Viscri, a settlement of the German minority, founded 900 years ago. In 1990, most of the villagers left for Germany, but a small number of people stayed to continue their traditional life. Prince Charles, who visited the village many times, is a great admirer of the village.
We will be served a traditional Saxon meal with food from their own gardens and home-made wine and plum brandy: Atfter a relaxing lunch, we visit the fortified church, stroll through the village and return back to Sinca Noua for the evening. Your local Romanian guide is passionate about the history of Transylvania and once you have spent the day there with him, you will be as well.

Day 5 & 6 (Wednesday & Thursday): Round trip through the Transylvania forests
A 50 km roundtrip leads us through the endless forests of Transylvania, home of the large carnivores. We pass through forests and cross beautiful mountain meadows where you will have the possibility for some long canters. In the afternoon you will arrive to an area where people’s life has changed little since the Middle Ages. Their little mountain farms are still being worked with oxen or horses, while people even still lack facilities such as running water or electricity. Camp is set for us atop a ridge on a farm with fantastic views all around. We will enjoy a rustic dinner cooked on the campfire and have a long evening around the fire to tell stories enjoying some beverages.
If you don’t fancy camping out in tents, we are happy to pick you up after dinner (20 min walk is necessary) and drive you to the guesthouse for the night and back again the next morning.
The next morning we pack our stuff and ride along forest trails and roads through the wild forests of Transylvania. We enjoy the spectacular view over the Carpathian Mountains meanwhile tracks of wolves and bears are commonly found along the trails. In the afternoon, we arrive back at the guesthouse.

Note: The two-day trip with overnight stay depends on the weather conditions. In case of bad weather forecast we reserve the right to change the two-day trip into two single day trips with overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 7 (Friday): A ride through time and a visit to Dracula's castle
On our last ride for the week, we ride for about 3 hours in a large loop around Sinca Noua through wild forests, beautiful meadows, enjoy canters and great scenery. We are back for a late lunch and continue the afternoon to the nearby Bran castle, commonly known as Dracula's castle. However you will learn that the history is much more exciting than the legend...

Day 8 (Saturday): Time to say good-bye
After breakfast we pack our luggage and are being brought back to Bucharest. Please book flights departing after 2:00pm.



Sample Itinerary: Winter ride - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival  
Fly to Bucharest airport (please be sure to arrive by 4:15pm), where you will be picked up and transferred through the spectacular Carpathian mountains to our guesthouse in Sinca Noua (approx. 3 hours). Receive a welcome drink upon arrival, a great dinner and spend the evening with the staff to prepare the week.

Day 2 & 3 (Sunday & Monday): Riding in the Snow
For the first two days you ride 2-3 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon. In between, return to the guesthouse for a warm lunch and relax in front of the fireplace. Cantering through the snow is one of the most beautiful experiences on earth. (Although snow cannot be guaranteed, it is still very likely that there will be nice powder snow all throughout January and February)
In the evenings there is time to relax with a home-made liqueur or brandy in front of the open fire, have a drink at our bar, or watch video presentations about the research and conservation projects of your hosts.

Day 4 (Tuesday): History of Transylvania (no riding)
Today is a break from riding for the horses and yourselves so you can experience the history of Transylvania. The group decides as a whole, whether to visit Bran Castle (the so-called Dracula Castle, but you will experience the true history of the place) and the old town of Brasov, or Sibiu (European Cultural Capital in 2007) - or some of the smaller medieval villages of Transylvania.

Day 5, 6, & 7 (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday): Winter Rides
Again, head out for a morning and an afternoon ride through the hills, forests, and meadows of the surroundings of Sinca Noua. It is very likely we come across tracks of wolves, lynx or red deer and with some luck, you may also see some of the forest inhabitants of the Carpathians. Evenings are spent in the cozy guesthouse. If you wish, we have the possibility of organizing a trip with a horse-drawn sledge.

Day 8 (Saturday): Time to say good-bye
After breakfast we pack our luggage and are being brought back to Bucharest. Please book flights departing after 2:00pm.



Sample Itinerary: Special Weeks for Novice Riders - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
We pick you up from Bucharest airport, and transfer you through the spectacular mountains to our guesthouse in Sinca Noua (ca. 3 hours). You will receive a welcome drink, a local dinner and will spend the evening with the Team to prepare the week.

Day 2 & 3 (Sunday & Monday): Riding lessons
After breakfast you will be shown around the farm and get an introduction into horses. Throughout the next days, we will explain you all about equipment, horse care, saddling and whatever you want to know about horses. For the first two days, you will get two riding lessons each day to learn some basic skills of riding. The rest of the day there is plenty of time for walks through the nature or to hang out on the veranda and read a book.
On Monday evening, you have to possibility to visit a hide in the forest not far from the center, where the chance to see wild brown bears is very high.

Day 4 & 5 (Tuesday & Wednesday): Riding lessons and half-day trips
On these two days you will continue to learn. Each day, you have one riding lesson in the morning and after lunch you will be taken to some of the interesting spots in the surrounding area.
One day we go by minibus to the famous Dracula Castle, learn about the true history of the place. Then, we visit the farmer’s castle in Rasnov, which is less famous, but also very interesting.
We can also go for a hike into the Zarnesti canyon in the nearby Piatra Craiului National Park. Stunning rock-walls are along this hike, which will take us for about 2.5 hours through one of the most amazing geological highlights of the Carpathians.

Day 6 & 7 (Thursday & Friday): Riding lessons and first trips on horseback into the country side
Again, you will get a riding lesson each morning and in the afternoons you will go on a your first trail ride (about 1.5 hours) through the stunning nature.
On one of the days, we will drive into nearby Strîmbisoara Valley and visit the virgin forests there. Here you find huge, hundreds of years old beech, fir, and spruce trees, fallen giants make way for the next generation. An impressing nature!

Day 8 (Saturday): Time to say good-bye
After breakfast we pack our luggage and are being brought back to Bucharest.



Important Notes:
-- Due to weather conditions, the order of the program might change.
-- We reserve to change the program, as long as it doesn’t change the character of the trip.
-- Guests are kindly asked to contribute with a 40 € donation to our conservation project.
-- The bear hide is a service from the local wildlife management organization (extra cost) and so we cannot guarantee the visit 100%. However, all our guests over the last 3 years have actually seen wild bears.
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Carpathian History & Nature Ride
Tour Code: IT-ROSR04
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,310.00
Dates : Jan-Feb, Apr-Oct

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 09/26 - 10/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP, Center-based... 3 /6 Expired
B 2020 10/10 - 10/17 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP, Center-based... 3 /6 Expired
B 2020 10/24 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP, Center-based... 3 /6 Expired
B 2020 10/31 - 11/07 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP, Center-based... 3 /6 Expired
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Horses: Shagya Arabs, Arabs, Kisberi, Gidran, ...
Pace: Good mix of walking, trotting, and can...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Bucharest
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