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Transylvania Ride

Transylvania Ride

Tack: English
Horses: Shagya-Arabian, Lipizzaner, Gidran, and Lipizzaner’s sure-footed crosses with Hutzuls. They range from 14.2hh to 17hh
Pace: Moderate with many opportunities for trots and canters each day - about 3 - 6 hours daily. 5 days of riding for the long program and 3 days od riding for the short program
| Walk | Trot | Canter |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (3 to 5 out of 5)    Intermediate
Weight: Max 198 lbs / 90 kg
Riders: Min 3 riders Max 8 riders

Riding Experience
To participate in these rides you should have a reasonable amount of previous riding experience. 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. You should also be reasonably riding fit to take part and we recommend you ride regularly at home before you go to accustom yourself to the hours you will spend in the saddle.
The horses used are sensible and well-mannered to ride so they are well suited to people of intermediate riding ability and above.

The area you ride through is very unspoilt and little touched by tourism. Some of the riding is through forest and up and down mountains and there are one or two places where riders might need to dismount to walk over rough ground, depending on conditions - a good chance to stretch your legs! However overall the area is excellent for riding, with plenty of space, wonderful open mountain pastures full of wild flowers in the spring, varied scenery and many wonderful views.

The full trail ride takes 5 days in the saddle, a shorter 3-day version and day-rides are also possible.
Riding days are generally between 3 and 6 hours in the saddle, with breaks to rest and for lunch.
The rides are at a moderate pace overall, with routes taking you through forest and up and down mountain tracks. There are many 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 motorized traffic.
The terrain is varied and you cover about 150km during the course of the week.

Our current breeds are Shagya-Arabian, Gidran, Lipizzaner and Lipizzaner cross with Hutzuls, the Carpathian mountain ponies. They range from around 14.2hh to 17hh.
They are keen and spirited, adaptable and well suited to the trails, which can get rough and steep in places. They are also of calm temperament and sensible to handle.
As every horse and every rider are different, we match horse-rider couples during a personal meeting before the trek.

English general-purpose saddles are used and saddle bags are provided.  The horses are ridden in snaffle bits.
Please note that there are NO Western Saddles available. However, we have some American style saddles.

Guides & Staff
Rides are led by two guides (one English speaking). When moving accommodations, luggage is transported for you by back-up vehicle.
In 2023, many rides will be guided by the Kálnoky family’s eldest son, 28-year-old certified riding guide count Mátyás Kálnoky, who is eager to show you the marvels of the wonderful region he has grown up in and calls his home.

Non riders are welcome on this trip. We can arrange activities such as walking, cycling, bird watching and traveling by horse-drawn carriage. Specialist guides can be provided for walking and cycling. Riders and non-riders stay in the same overnight accommodation, and on some days meet for lunch.

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Transylvania Ride
Tour Code: IT-RORT01
7 days / 6 nights
Dates : April - November

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
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.
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.
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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B 2024 04/07 - 04/13 7d / 6n 7 days Trip (long ride) 3 /8 Reserve
B 2024 04/21 - 04/27 7d / 6n 7 days Trip (long ride) 3 /8 Reserve
A 2024 05/05 - 05/11 7d / 6n 7 days Trip (long ride) - pe... 3 /8 Reserve
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A 2024 06/16 - 06/22 7d / 6n 7 days Trip (long ride) - pe... 3 /8 Sold Out
B 2024 06/30 - 07/06 7d / 6n 7 days Trip (long ride) 3 /8 Reserve
B 2024 07/14 - 07/20 7d / 6n 7 days Trip (long ride) 3 /8 Reserve
B 2024 07/28 - 08/03 7d / 6n 7 days Trip (long ride) 3 /8 Reserve
B 2024 08/11 - 08/17 7d / 6n 7 days Trip (long ride) 3 /8 Reserve
B 2024 08/25 - 08/31 7d / 6n 7 days Trip (long ride) 3 /8 Reserve
B 2024 09/08 - 09/14 7d / 6n 7 days Trip (long ride) 3 /8 Sold Out
B 2024 09/22 - 09/28 7d / 6n 7 days Trip (long ride) 3 /8 Sold Out
B 2024 10/06 - 10/12 7d / 6n 7 days Trip (long ride) 3 /8 Reserve
B 2024 10/20 - 10/26 7d / 6n 7 days Trip (long ride) 3 /8 Reserve
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Airport: Bucuresti Otopeni
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