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5 Days Point to Point Trail Riding Holiday in Transylvania, Romania

Nagykede, Chedia Mare, Simonesti, Harghita County, Transylvania, Romania

Unique Trails Horse Riding Holiday in Romania

This three days offer is loved by many because of it’s shortness, and also maybe because it is not that exhausting. Still, you get a great slice of the Transylvanian natural beauty: its endless hills and colorful valleys, rabbits, foxes, and deer. It’s just a wonderful possibility for riding, relaxing, and slackening your pace. Usually, this offer comes with four nights of accommodation and full board.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 16 to 17 hands
  • Tack Type: English tack
  • Horse Breed: Hungarian-origin horse breeds: Shagya Arabs, Gidran horses, Kisberi horses, and Lipizzanner

Meet the instructors

Lehel

Highlights

  • 3 days of riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4-5 hours
  • Ride through Transylvanian villages
  • English speaking tour guide
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Full riding equipment
  • Full board meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hungarian
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Cluj-Napoca International Airport (US$30 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Sibiu International Airport (US$30 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Transilvania Tí¢rgu MureÅŸ International Airport (US$24 per person)
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Accommodation

Your accommodation throughout this holiday will be in:

  • Day 1 and 2: Nagykede
  • Day 3: Firtosváralja
  • Day 4: Kiskede

Program

Arrive the night before, so you’ll have the chance to meet each other, you will stay at EquiTransylvania’s partner guesthouse. In the morning, you will be introduced to the horses and every rider gets the best suitable horse for the ride. You’ll spend some time here, usually, a short ride in arena is also needed.

Groups are welcome, but EquiTransylvania also accept two persons for this ride, so you can enjoy the unique landscape, the wildlife and the clean air, spiced up with great canters only in small group (couples, friends etc.). Also, during the three days, you will explore a slice from the villages of Transylvania.

In the saddle of EquiTransylvania’s well-trained, fit horses, you spend relaxing, unique days. Settled in the center of the country, in historical Transylvania, you will have the chance to explore the pretty much rural landscape, where most people still live like they did centuries ago.

The riding

During this vacation, you will ride EquiTransylvania’s well-trained, fit and forward going Hungarian purebred sport horses (Shagya-Arabs, Gidrans, Kisberi half bred, and Lippizainers). The horses are trained and used to the varied terrain condition.

The horses are ridden in English tack. EquiTransylvania have custom-made saddles, fitting individually for each horse, produced by a saddler manufacture. You’ll spend 4-6 hours in saddle, picnic is organized at midday.

Riding level

The riding is a mix of paces to suit the actual terrain condition and is fast in places. This ride is only suitable for good intermediate to experienced riders who are confident in all paces.

You must be confident handling a horse at speed in a group situation and comfortable riding over varied terrain. Some natural obstacles also need to be negotiated. You also need to be healthy and physically fit. For security reason, EquiTransylvania recommend wearing hard helmets.

Itinerary

EquiTransylvania offer several options for the three days riding vacation, usually with five hours per day spent in saddle and one hour rest at picnic lunch. Please note that the initial itinerary is a base line, depending on weather conditions, unpredictable natural or built obstacles can change the route.

EquiTransylvania have the distances and riding times measured and scheduled. Based on the rider’s abilities, for your best interest, the guide can decide for shortening the initial trail or change the route.

Day 1: Arrival at guesthouse in Nagykede

Arrive to EquiTransylvania’s partner guesthouse in Nagykede, on the afternoon. You’ll get to know each other, dinner, and a short briefing also take place. If there is time, you will meet the horses as well.

Day 2: EquiTransylvania horse riding base - forest rest place near the village of Székelyszentmihály (Mihaileni)

Today is your first day of riding. After tasty breakfast, you are transferred to EquiTransylvania horse riding base, where tacked up horses are awaiting. Every rider gets the best suitable horse for the following two days. You’ll spend some time here, usually, a short ride in arena is also needed.

After preparations, you’ll head to your first destination: a nice forest rest place near the village of Székelyszentmihály (Mihaileni). You ride through Transylvanian villages, meadows and cart routes, and also forest road.

The hills offer a fantastic view over the local area, the feeling of freedom and clean air is your fellow traveler. You’ll often see rabbits running over the pastures, foxes escape from the riders noise, and groups of deer are watching you on your way.

The ride is a mix of walk, trot, and occasionally canters. During the day, you’ll spend approximately four to four and a half hours total in saddle, riding around in total 30 kilometers. Cold picnic at lunchtime will be from local food, served at the rest place - delivered by service car.

After lunch, you will return to your base and have the same accommodation for this night as the one before.

Day 3: Nagykede - Csehetfalva - Firtosváralja

Having the experiences from first day, the second day of riding is about heading to your next destination, a beautiful small village, called Firtosváralja, where you’ll also spend the night.

During the day, you’ll spend approximately five hours in saddle, the ride is a mix of walk, trot, and occasionally canters, riding around in total 30 kilometers. You will have lunch at a guesthouse halfway, cooked, and served by the Unitarian service from Csehetfalva.

The trail leads through meadows, cart routes, and forest trails. You’ll often see rabbits running over the pastures, foxes escape from the riders’ noise, and groups of deer watching you on your way.

Sheep herds and flocks of cows are to be seen often, traditional agriculture is still part of the everyday life of Transylvania.

Late afternoon, you’ll arrive at the destination. A nice, untouched village, where you spend the night in a specially arranged guesthouse. Dinner is your main meal, usually prepared from locally produced fine ingredients.

Day 4: Firtosváralja - Kiskede

This is the third and last day of riding of this vacation. After breakfast, you’ll leave and come back to the riding base in Kiskede. But, EquiTransylvania will choose other routes, so you can visit other places, meet new villages, ride through new hills, and forest trails.

The riding is, as the day before, based on the experience and skills of the riders, you’ll often trot and canter with your fit and forward going horses. The hills offer a fantastic view over the local area, the feeling of freedom, and clean air is your fellow traveler.

You’ll arrive at Kiskede in the late afternoon when your three-day vacation ends, but not before a festivity “goodbye” dinner and a great night.

Day 5: Departure day

After breakfast, you’ll say goodbye and end this riding vacation.

Location

During this riding holiday, you will visit beautiful Transylvanian villages.

Food

Meals are prepared from local vegetables, grown by small farmers in the village. Meat and milk also comes usually from regional farms. During the tours, you will take your breakfast at the guesthouse, lunch is served along the way. This can be the from saddle-bag, or if possible, lunches can be organized at guesthouses or interesting places where local specialties are served. Dinner is your main meal, back in guesthouse.

Vegetarians and vegans are welcomed, please let the organizer know your requirements at reservation.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

In addition to the horse riding trips, you'll have the chance to meet local people, explore the Transylvanian dances, and part of local culture. For non-rider friends or family members, hiking or mountain biking trips can be organized. Excursion with traditional horse cart is also fun. Wildlife viewing and bear watching are also popular which needs to be organized in advance. Swimming is also possible in the lake nearby.

What's included

  • All riding
  • Tour guiding
  • Full riding equipment
  • Full board meals
  • 4 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Trip (transport)
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Helmet
  • Tips
  • Extra alcoholic beverages

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight o arrive at Transilvania Targu Mures International Airport (TGM). Driving time from the airport to the location is approximately 1.5 hours.

Airport: Cluj-Napoca International Airport Airport transfer available: Cluj-Napoca International Airport (US$30 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Sibiu International Airport Airport transfer available: Sibiu International Airport (US$30 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Transilvania Tí¢rgu MureÅŸ International Airport Airport transfer available: Transilvania Tí¢rgu MureÅŸ International Airport (US$24 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 175 EUR per person. To benefit, book or reserve before March 1st, 2020. Extra discounts in case of group reservation.

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