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Transylvania Ride


Itinerary for Transylvania Ride


 

Sample Itinerary: Long Ride Program - subject to changes

This is the standard itinerary available from the beginning of April to the beginning of November. Around 4-6 hours are spent in the saddle daily and a variety of terrain is traversed as you travel through wild hills and forest landscapes. The villages are situated at 450-700m, the hills reach 800-900m. This whole region is called Erdővidék, or “Woodlands”, and has been looking very much the same for the last centuries.

Day 1 (Sunday)Arrival
You will arrive at Miklósvár / Miclosoara after being transferred from the airport/station.
The village of Miklósvár was part of the Kálnoky family estate and the old hunting manor is on the edge of the village - now The Museum of Transylvanian Life. The area was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and became Romanian during the 1st World War. A number of the traditional houses in the village have been carefully restored in order to preserve their original Transylvanian charm and character and accommodation is in these guesthouses. The cottages are situated within spacious gardens, with storks nesting on nearby rooftops.
Meet your guide or Countess Anna Kálnoky to discuss about the horses you will be riding during the tour.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Count Kalnoky’s Cottage in Miklosvar


Day 2 (Monday): Ride to Malnas Bai
Transfer to the riding centre at Valea Crisului (Sepsikőröspatak, “Round Brook”), 40 min. by car. The ride starts ascending slowly onto a ridge, where we are heading north on high pastures with magnificent views stretching to the high Carpathian Range. We leave the villages of Kálnok and Zalán to our right below us down in the valley, meet shepherds and their flocks on the pastures. At the end of the day, we descend through the forest to reach Malnas Bai (Málnásfürdő, “Raspberry Baths”), where the riders stay for the night as guests of a local hunter’s family (bathrooms might have to be shared). It is a thriving spa village with plenty of mineral water springs and typical wooden turn-of-the-century Transylvanian architecture. The small local spa will be opened exclusively for the riders from 5:30PM.
Riding approx. 4-5 hours (21 kn)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Malnas Bai


Day 3 (Tuesday): Malnas Bai to Batanii
We ascend back up into the deep forests of the Hatod region, where 6 villages share the same woods (hatod = “one sixth”). We travel along a quiet forest track, where bear traces are often to be found. After having ridden around the extinct volcano called “Murgó”, we descend on gentle grassy slopes to the Batanii villages (“Big Bacon and Little Bacon”) to reach our accommodations in village houses at lovely “Little Bacon” where we shall have common dinner at a local family. The villagers here are known to be especially hospitable and friendly, and before dinner they will take pride at showing you their still functioning watermill and traditional looms.
Riding approx. 5 hours (22 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Malnas Bai


Day 4 (Wednesday): Batanii to Miklosvar
We head northwest through forests and hay meadows, to climb up to Szép Arca (“Pretty Face”) hill on the southern slopes of the Hargita Range. Wide views open out on distant Barót and Olt Valley. We descend south and cross a valley to reach the hills south of Barót where we will have our picnic at a small lake. It is the result of a collapsed mine and is situated at the old mining settlement 'Köpecbánya' which is now mainly populated by gypsies. From here, we follow the lower line of the forest along the beautiful valley of the Olt river, reaching Miklosvar's manor grounds and stables in the afternoon. Visit the castle, its museum and park in the afternoon and hang out at the Stone Pub for pre-dinner drinks in the evening.
Riding approx. 6 hours (25 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Count Kalnoky’s Cottage in Miklosvar


Day 5 (Thursday): Miklosvar to Valea Zalanului
We leave Miklósvár and head east along forests and pastures, passing through Szárazajta / Aita Seaca (‘Dry’ Ajta village), to climb up to the ridge above Zalánpatak valley. Wide views open out on the distant Carpathian mountain range. We descend southeast to the village of Zalánpatak / Valea Zalanului, which was part of the Kálnoky family estate as a glass manufacture and now harbours H.R.H. The Prince of Wales's private retreat. Several traditional houses in the village have been carefully restored, where you will be accommodated for the next 2 nights. Before dinner, you will have a walk in the evening on the Prince's estate to watch wildlife venturing out onto the meadows at sundown.
Riding approx. 5-6 hours (21 km)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Valea Zalanului

Day 6 (Friday): Back to the Stables
From Zalánpatak, we return to Kőröspatak crossing the hills and brooks. This trip was very common for many a generation of the Kálnoky family who had to ride often between the two villages. It is a medium ride through spectacular surroundings with wonderful views from the high pastures. After crossing the ancient village of Kálnok, the final canter will reach the ruins of the old tower above Kőröspatak. Before reaching the stables you will dip the horse's legs in the little stream crossing the village. You will be transferred back to Zalánpatak guesthouse for the evening. 
Riding approx. 4 hours (19 km)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Valea Zalanului

Day 7 (Saturday): Departure
Depart after breakfast, or adding on a few days of relaxation and tours based at Count Kalnoky’s Guesthouses in Miklosvar. 
Meals included: Breakfast



Sample Itinerary: Short Ride Program - subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
You will arrive at Miklósvár / Miclosoara after being transferred from the airport/station.
The village of Miklosvar was part of the Kalnoky family estate and the old hunting manor is on the edge of the village - now The Museum of Transylvanian Life. It is the oldest village of Szeklerland, documented as soon as AD 1211. The area was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and became Romanian during the 1st World War. A number of the traditional houses in the village have been carefully restored in order to preserve their original Transylvanian charm and character and accommodation is in these guesthouses. The cottages are situated within spacious gardens, with storks nesting on nearby rooftops.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Count Kalnoky’s Cottage in Miklosvar


Day 2 (Monday): Sightseeing (no riding)
Discover the estate and its craftsmen who will help you create your own Transylvanian crafts item which you can take back home. Then, the cooks will help you make our traditional Szekler 'Chimney Cake' over open fire. Your own cake will be served for desert or tea. The local blacksmith will show you how he beats hot iron into shape in the old smithy.
The rest of the day will be spent at the renaissance manor which has recently been restored. Discover its interiors which reflect lifestyles of past centuries. Have tea on the southern terrace sheltered by the manor's towers and ancient elmtrees, discover the english park or relax at the pond or the formal garden.
Meet your guide or Countess Anna Kálnoky to discuss about the horses you will be riding during the tour.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Count Kalnoky’s Cottage in Miklosvar


Day 3 (Tuesday): 'Middle Ajta' Ride
Transfer to the riding centre at Valea Crisului (Sepsikőröspatak, “Round Brook”), 45 min. by car. The ride starts ascending onto a ridge with a good canter, where we are heading west on high pastures with magnificent views stretching to the high Carpathian Range. We will meet shepherds and their flocks on the pastures and at the end of the day we descend into a meandering valley to reach the picturesque village of 'Middle Ajta'. From there, a short way over the hill will lead us back to Miklósvár. Pre-dinner drinks in the Stone Pub, then dinner in the wine cellar.
Riding approx. 6-7 hours (25 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Count Kalnoky’s Cottage in Miklosvar


Day 4 (Wednesday): Miklósvár to Zalánpatak / Valea Zalanului
We leave Miklósvár and head east along forests and pastures, passing through Szárazajta / Aita Seaca (‘Dry’ Ajta village), to ascend the ridge above Zalánpatak valley. Wide views open out on the distant Carpathian mountain range. We descend southeast to the village of Zalánpatak / Valea Zalanului, which was part of the Kálnoky family estate as the region's first glass manufacture and now harbours H.R.H. The Prince of Wales's private retreat. Several traditional houses in the village have been carefully restored, where you will be accommodated for the next 3 nights. Before dinner, you will have a walk in the evening on the Prince's estate to watch wildlife venturing out onto the meadows at sundown.
Riding approx. 5-6 hours (21 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Valea Zalanului


Day 5 (Thursday): Ride back to Stables
From Zalánpatak, we return to Kőröspatak crossing the hills and brooks. This trip was very common for many a generation of the Kálnoky family who had to ride often between the two villages. It is a medium ride through spectacular surroundings with wonderful views from the high pastures. After crossing the ancient village of Kálnok, the final canter will reach the ruins of the old tower above Kőröspatak. Before reaching the stables, you will dip the horse's legs in the little stream crossing the village. You will be transferred back to Zalánpatak guesthouse with a stopover at the local spa 'Raspberry Baths' for a refreshing dip in mineral water (bring your swimming gown!).
Riding approx. 4 hours (19 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Valea Zalanului


Day 6 (Friday): Relax (no riding)
Relax at the Prince's retreat with the villagers by carving your own walking stick from hazel branches, helping to make hay, discovering the tiny village museum or going to the bear-hide in the evening. It's the perfect place to unwind after 3 days in the saddle!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Valea Zalanului


Day 7 (Saturday): Departure
Departure after breakfast. You can also add a few days of relaxation and discovery based at Count Kálnoky’s Guesthouses in Miklósvár or at the Prince’s retreat.
Meals included: Breakfast
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Transylvania Ride
Tour Code: IT-RORT01
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,405.00
Dates : April - November

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 2021 04/04 - 04/10 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (long ride) 4 /8 Reserve
C 2021 04/04 - 04/10 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (short ride) 4 /8 Reserve
C 2021 04/18 - 04/24 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (short ride) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 04/18 - 04/24 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (long ride) 4 /8 Reserve
B 2021 05/02 - 05/08 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (long ride) ... 4 /8 Reserve
D 2021 05/02 - 05/08 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (short ride)... 4 /8 Reserve
D 2021 05/16 - 05/22 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (short ride)... 4 /8 Reserve
B 2021 05/16 - 05/22 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (long ride) ... 4 /8 Reserve
B 2021 05/23 - 05/29 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (long ride) ... 4 /8 Reserve
D 2021 05/23 - 05/29 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (short ride)... 4 /8 Reserve
D 2021 06/06 - 06/12 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (short ride)... 4 /8 Reserve
B 2021 06/06 - 06/12 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (long ride) ... 4 /8 Reserve
B 2021 06/20 - 06/26 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (long ride) ... 4 /8 Reserve
D 2021 06/20 - 06/26 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (short ride)... 4 /8 Reserve
C 2021 07/04 - 07/10 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (short ride) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 07/04 - 07/10 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (long ride) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 07/18 - 07/24 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (long ride) 4 /8 Reserve
C 2021 07/18 - 07/24 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (short ride) 4 /8 Reserve
C 2021 08/01 - 08/07 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (short ride) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 08/01 - 08/07 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (long ride) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 08/15 - 08/21 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (long ride) 4 /8 Reserve
C 2021 08/15 - 08/21 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (short ride) 4 /8 Reserve
C 2021 08/29 - 09/04 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (short ride) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 08/29 - 09/04 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (long ride) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 09/12 - 09/18 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (long ride) 4 /8 Reserve
C 2021 09/12 - 09/18 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (short ride) 4 /8 Reserve
C 2021 09/26 - 10/02 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (short ride) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 09/26 - 10/02 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (long ride) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 10/10 - 10/16 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (long ride) 4 /8 Reserve
C 2021 10/10 - 10/16 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (short ride) 4 /8 Reserve
C 2021 10/24 - 10/30 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (short ride) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 10/24 - 10/30 7d / 6n 7 days Trip, AP (long ride) 4 /8 Reserve
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