Carpathian Mountains Ride

Transylvania Romania: (IT-RORT05)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/romania_carpathian_mountains.aspx

Introduction
Transylvania Romania
Transylvania is a land made for the adventurous horseback rider and there truly is no better way to explore the endless hills, meadows, and medieval villages it has to offer. The ride starts at the Southern edge of Transylvania and travels through the Southeastern corner of this mystical land. Journey 110 miles through the lush hills and medieval villages in a big arc back to Sinca Noua from which you begin. See and experience some of the most rural areas that Europe still has hidden, with tens of thousands of sheep grazing traditionally in the hills. Many of the beautiful and famous fortified churches of Eastern Europe along the way are 800 years old! Sinca Noua lay at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and is from which the ride ventures towards the plains of the Olt River valley. Many long canters make the riding exhilarating for even the most advanced riders among us. Splash across the Olt River and visit Ticusu Veche, an old Saxon village then ride towards the town of Selistat while observing the continuous beautiful Romanian landscapes.  You are likely to see colorful Bee-eaters, the crowned Hoopoe, and the Lesser Spotted Eagles! Journey over the hills to Viscri, famous for its fortified church, the village restored by the Mihai Eminescu Trust (under the patronage of Prince Charles) to its original setting. Have an evening to explore the village and its 1100 AD church, designated a World Heritage site in 1993 by UNESCO. In the village of Jibert stay in a newly constructed log-house and enjoy a great dinner and bonfire party! With stunning scenery and many chances for strong canters all along the way, the horseback riding and culture available on the Carpathian Mountains holiday is phenomenal and not to be missed!
 

Accomodation

Accommodation
This is a progressive ride so you will be staying in different locations each night.

Description
During the trail, overnights are in guesthouses or with local people on the way.

Attention: We are in rural Romania and the standard and comfort varies. The tranquility and slow pace of life in these villages is a special treat and makes up for any possible discomfort.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Guesthouse at the Riding Center
Night 2: Local family house in Mândra
Nights 3 & 4: Farmhouse in Cobor
Night 5: Accommodation in Viscri
Night 6: Cabin in Jibert
Night 7: Guesthouse at the Riding Center

Guesthouse at the Riding Center
The guesthouse has 9 double rooms, each with a bathroom. Downstairs, there is a nice dining room and there is a large veranda outside where guests can sit in the summertime. An extensive living room with open fireplace and bar is inviting for relaxing evenings. We heat our guesthouse with a modern wood central heater and treat our sewage with a reed bed for biological cleaning. There is now good cell phone coverage and wireless internet access at the farm. It is possible to do your laundry for a small fee.

Farmhouse in Cobor
This lovely farmhouse offers accommodations to visitors in a recently renovated building, mixing perfectly traditions with comfort. There are 6 bedrooms (total of 14 beds), all equipped with private facilities. Guests are also welcome to relax in the old stables (now a living room) and in the yard. There is free Wi-Fi access in common areas.

Cabin in Jibert
This charming chalet has been built completely out of wood and is surrounded by nature (very quiet). It has 11 bedrooms, all equipped with a heater and a private bathroom. There is no internet connection at this accommodation.

Room Occupancy
If we are unable to find another rider to share the room with you, the single supplement fee does not apply.
Single rooms are not available at every location based on availability.  Where available and applicable, the single supplement is paid locally.


Meals
All meals are included with this trip and wine is served with dinner.

We use mainly locally produced food in our kitchen. People in Sinca Noua generally don't use pesticides or artificial fertilisers, and the livestock is still kept the old way, that is, outside on the pastures. Our own vegetable garden delivers fresh onions, salad, zucchini etc. Other food such as milk, potatoes, lamb, and veal is bought from the farmers in the neighbourhood. We support the village on their way certifying their whole agriculture as being organic.
The farm in Cobor also uses many organic and locally produced ingredients. The other locations serve local food.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with advance notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

A HARD HAT IS MANDATORY FOR ALL RIDERS, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Riding Experience
This ride is tailored to strong intermediate riders and above. Participants have to be competent in all speeds and able to fully control a horse at a canter. Every day, we will have opportunities to canter and even gallop!
We ride mainly on grass-covered trails and across pastures, and occasionally come through oak and hornbeam forests.
We recommend that you are physically fit as well as riding fit for the possible long hours in the saddle.

Pace
The pace is dictated by the terrain with plenty of opportunities for faster riding. The rides are rather fast with a good mix of walking, trotting, and cantering.
We cover around 24-39km a day and spend approx. 4 to 7 hours in the saddle per day (incl. lunch break).
In total, we cover more than 200 km in 6 riding days.

Horses
With an assortment of horses to choose from there is a suitable horse for everybody, from calm horses for the lesser experienced, to fast and fiery horses for the demanding rider. All horses have stamina, are fit and are used to the mountains.
Our stock of over 40 horses is a good mixture of pure and half-bred horses, mainly breeds of Hungarian origin such as Shagya-Arabian, Kisberi, and Gidran. All these breeds are characterized by an outstanding willingness, endurance, beauty and good nature and proof their qualities again and again on all our rides.
Our horses live in two groups in open stables with sand paddocks, that allow them to move freely and complies with their need for social interactions with members of the same species. In addition, they are regularly turned out on large pastures.
The upper stables cover approximately 300 m2 and hosts about half of the horses (as well as our donkey Maja), which have the possibility of moving around freely. The horses have an open stable with two large boxes (50 m2 and 35 m2) and approximately 1,000 m2 of paddock. Furthermore, we have a separate box (18 m2) for horses that we want to temporarily separate from the herd (e.g. for fowling), and a box for a stallion with 16 m2. The lower stables also consist of an open stable for the remaining horses and the other animals.

Conservation Contribution
We ask all our visitors for a donation of 40 Euro per week for our regional conservation and development fund, which supports sustainable projects in and around Sinca Noua. Furthermore, we are personally involved in a number of conservation projects.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes.

Note: non-riders can join the tour with mountain bikes (rented separately or bring your own) and follow the horses on the trails or go and explore on their own. The area is very nice for mountain biking on trails and country roads.

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival 
Arrival in Bucharest (please note latest arrival is 16:15) transfer by minibus from Bucharest to Şinca Nouă, overnight at the guesthouse, dinner and evening introduction to the ride.  (Single rooms available on request)
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at a Guesthouse near the Riding Center


Day 2 (Sunday): Ride to Mândra 
After being introduced to the horses, we will leave Şinca Nouă (pronounced Shinca Noah), ride through the ancient forests of the Carpathian mountains towards the plains of the Olt River valley. We pass the ‘Daffodils Meadow’ Nature Reserve and can experience already several of the long canters before we arrive at our destination in Mândra, where we will stay with a local family. (no Single rooms available - double and triple rooms only)
Riding: ~7 hours (31 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Family house in Mândra

Day 3 (Monday)Mândra to Cobor 
We will cross the Olt River at Halmeag and continue up the Felmer Valley, where we will enter into the hills of Transylvania. We ride along a beautiful ridge with marvelous views to the Fagaras Mountains and reach our goal of the day in Cobor, an old Hungarian village in the middle of the Saxon area. Today, we will start to experience the beauty of this ancient land.
In Cobor, our hosts run a conservation project, which includes the development of an organic farm with emphasis on biodiversity conservation and the traditional restoration of some of the abandoned houses. We stay overnight in one of these new-old guesthouses for the next two days. (Single rooms available on request)
Riding: ~7 hours (32 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Farmhouse in Cobor


Day 4 (Tuesday): Ride around Cobor 
Full-day ride around Cobor with stunning views, fast canters, and rich birdlife: We are likely to see bee-eaters, hoopoes, great grey shrikes, stone chats, or lesser spotted eagles. In the late afternoon we are back in Cobor and can chill out in the old stables or in the cellar bar. (Single rooms available on request)
Riding: ~6 hours (31 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Farmhouse in Cobor


Day 5 (Wednesday): Cobor to Viscri
Full-day ride over the hills to Viscri, our destination for the next night. Viscri is probably the famous most Saxon village in Transylvania with a stunning fortified church, and the UK based Mihai Eminescu Trust (under the patronage of Prince Charles) has restored the village in its original setting. We stay in the old farmhouses, which are transformed into little guesthouses, and enjoy the traditional Saxon cuisine. In the evening there is time to explore the village. (Single rooms available on request)
Riding: ~7 hours (39 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Guesthouse in Viscri


Day 6 (Thursday): Viscri to Jibert
In the morning we explore the fortified church in Viscri, visit the local blacksmith (who still works by hand with old bellows and a charcoal fire), and have a lunch before we go. In the afternoon, we ride over the hills to a log-house on a big meadow in the forest near the village of Jibert. Stunning scenery and great canters all along the way. Today is a rather fast but shorter ride. We have a great dinner and will enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Transylvanian countryside. (Single rooms available on request)
Riding: ~3.5 hours (24 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Cabin in Jibert


Day 7 (Friday)Ride back to the stables
Today is our last day, but there are again plenty of canters over the hills and through the forests. Eventually we arrive in the Olt Valley, have a beautiful ride along the ridge through ancient oak pastures and descend from there through the forests towards Halmeag, where our ride ends. Here we enjoy a barbecue and a bus takes us back to Sinca Noua and also our horses get a transport back home. Surprise dinner in the evening. (Single rooms available)
Riding: ~5 hours (34 km)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Guesthouse near the Riding Center


Day 8 (Saturday):  
After a last breakfast, the minibus takes us back to Bucharest for our flights.
Meals included: Breakfast



Rates and Dates for Carpathian Mountains Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations, All meals including wine with dinner, Transfers, 6 Riding days & Entrance tickets

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20208 day trip, AP€1625$1840
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.13

Rates Note:

Commonly a tip of around 40 Euro is donated to the Conservation fund please.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

Commonly a tip of around 40 Euro is donated to the Conservation fund please.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2020 Transfer from Bucharest airport included at set times (around 4pm) 0 $0
2020 Recommended donation to Conservation Fund
- to be paid locally
40 $45
2020 Non-rider rate, dbl, pp 750 $850
2020 Single supplement (applicable 6 nights- not guaranteed), per night
- to be paid locally
15 $20
2020 Group discount (7+), pp -60 $-60

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 04/18 - 04/25 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Expired
A 2020 05/02 - 05/09 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Expired
A 2020 05/16 - 05/23 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Expired
A 2020 05/30 - 06/06 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Expired
A 2020 06/13 - 06/20 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Sold Out
A 2020 06/27 - 07/04 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Sold Out
A 2020 07/11 - 07/18 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Reserve
A 2020 07/25 - 08/01 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Reserve
A 2020 08/08 - 08/15 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Reserve
A 2020 08/29 - 09/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Sold Out
A 2020 10/03 - 10/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Reserve
A 2020 10/17 - 10/24 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /8 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Gratuities & Recommended donation to Conservation Fund

Other Info
Meeting: Sinca Noua
Airport: Bucharest
Transfer: Bucharest

Climate:
                                                Brașov area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

32

37

48

59

67

72

77

77

69

58

45

34

Average Low Temperature (°F)

19

21

29

37

46

52

55

54

47

38

29

21

Average High Temperature (°C)

0

3

9

15

19

22

25

25

20

15

7

1

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-7

-6

-2

3

8

11

13

12

8

3

-2

-6

Source: NOAA

 
Seasons

Spring (April to May)
Spring is usually short but is one of the best times to visit as temperatures are relatively mild and the landscape is covered in wildflowers.

Summer (June to August)
This is peak season. It can get quite hot around this time, so we usually leave earlier in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat. The occasional thunder storm is likely during summer.

Autumn (September to November)
This time of year is pleasant, with September and October being the driest months. Temperatures usually drop again but remain warm until November. The fall colors on the October trails are incredible and it is our favorite time of the year.

Winter (December to March)
Winters tend to be long and snowy, which is why we don’t offer our tours during this time.

What To Bring:
A HARD HAT IS MANDATORY FOR ALL RIDERS!

We recommend you bring your own helmet if possible for this ride as they are mandatory.  If not, there are a limited few around to borrow, but they are not property of the outfitter (they are forgotten helmets of past riders at the riding centre) and they will not assume the risk for their use.

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
Riding boots (short) + full or Mini-chaps
Riding helmet (mandatory)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
Waterproof jacket and pants

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Windproof jacket
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Warm jacket and hat for cool evenings
Underwear and socks
Pyjamas
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Flashlight
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and enough extra batteries
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm
Hair dryer - none at accommodations!