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8 Days Point to Point Wonderful Transylvanian Horse Riding Adventure in Romania
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Soparkut Panzio, DJ131A, Soparkut Baile Homorod, Harghita, Romania

Unforgettable Horse Riding Holiday in Romania

There is a story. In olden times, there lived an old man called Hargita. The Creator gave him the task of caring for this wonderful land as though it was his own flesh and blood. His spirit lives on today in every flower, every animal, every tree, every singing bird and each clear river. You can still feel him there. For horse riders seeking a feeling for times long past when horses ruled the roads, Hargita country is definitely a place to discover. Those who wish to have a unique experience of this wild and unspoiled area of Europe are invited to join Soparkut Panzio team in an unforgettable horse riding adventure.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 105 kilograms / 231 pounds
  • Horse height range 150-173 centimeters at the withers / 14.8-17 hands
  • Tack type: The saddles are English type tour saddles and bock saddles
  • Horse breed: Arabs, Lipizzaner and TB crosses from the Furioso North Star bloodlines

Meet the instructors

Elek
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Highlights

  • 6 riding days
  • Ride through the wild forests of Harghita
  • View the majestic scenery of the Csik basin
  • Approximate daily riding time: 5-6 hours / 20-35 kilometers
  • Be on top of the world looking down towards the Csiki valleys
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Free airport transfers
  • 3 meals per day

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in Hungarian
The organizer also speaks: English, Romanian
Group size: 4-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Cluj-Napoca International Airport
Airport transfer included: Henri Coandă International Airport
Airport transfer included: Transilvania Tí¢rgu MureÅŸ International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Soparkut Panzio

In county Harghita, 14 kilometers from Odorheiu Secuiesc, 31 kilometers from Miercurea Ciuc, is Homorod Furdo (750 meters high from the sea level). At this location, you can find Soparkut Panzio on an area of 20,000 square meters on a silent place in the wood. Soparkut Panzio is looking forward to welcoming you and your groups of friends with their traditional Szekely hospitality.

At the horse farm on the yard of the pension, there are horses and riding on them you can admire the wild landscapes of Hargita. Their hobby pet-farm delights all dear visitors. The living quarters has four two-bedrooms with own bathroom and six four-bed rooms with own bathroom. The rooms are available also in wintertime (can be heated).

Tunderkert Panzio

Tunderkert Panzio is located in the heart of Transylvania in Ivo, in the middle of pine forest and wild nature. Tunderkert Panzio has 11 rooms, each room has a bathroom.

Piposz Tanya

Surrounded by meadows, woods, traditional sheep-cote, streams, springs, and a crawl, Piposz Tanya's pension and the small wooden houses are ready to welcome all the visitors, representing comfort in the middle of the wilderness. Ghimes Valley left in its natural condition is the perfect place to relax far from the cities and every day worries.

The pension with its seven rooms and totally 35 spaces have the high comfort that the visitors needs for a perfect rest. Couples, families, and groups are welcomed as well. The pension consists of three rooms with two double beds, one room with three double beds, two rooms with one double bed and one spare bed, and one room with one double bed and three spare beds.

Accommodation in the huts: Each 10 of the small houses offers intimacy for visitors who want to spend the night close to nature. Bathroom and kitchen facilities are available in the building of the pension.

Zsigmond Malom Panzio

In Madaras, near the Olt River, is placed the renovated old mill. The guest house has three reconstructed traditional houses, in which you can find double rooms with private bathrooms.

Program

This is a sample itinerary and subjects to changes.

Day 1: Arrival to Soparkut

Transfer from the airport to the Soparkut guest-house. There will be a friendly dinner, conversation about the trip and introduction to the route.

Day 2: From Soparkut to Kalibasko (20 kilometers)

Breakfast then packing. Only bare necessities that can be packed into two saddle bags. In each point, you will receive your luggage, taken by the team's jeep. After being introduced to the horses, you will depart from the western slopes of the Hargita mountains. The path crosses ancient forests and beautiful meadows fragrant with wildflowers. The mid day picnic will take place near a mountain stream, in Kek vize feje. Meanwhile, the horses will have a chance to rest and drink.

Day 3: Kalibasko to Csiksomlyo (25 kilometers)

The journey onwards takes you through pine forests, winding up to 1200 meters at a place called Harmas Kereszt. Continuing the journey towards the lower Csiki basin, you are surrounded by the majestic scenery of the Csik basin embraced by mountains and the Nagyhagymas mountain standing out above them. Arriving at Csiba, you ford the river Olt on horseback, finding yourself at the famous pilgrimage destination Csiksomlyo. There will be your first accommodation place in a comfortable family house.

Day 4: Csiksomlyo to Bukkloka (27 kilometers)

You climb the “Csiki” mountains from the east, departing from a traditional Szekler village, Csomortan. The path crosses ancient forests until you arrive at the mountain ridge. From “Sandor dombja” (1,174 meters), you enter the high mountain pastures. The mid-day picnic will be in a traditional pastoral statin at Kolos-teto (1,245 meters). The shepherd will offer you locally made produce from his land.

After a very good rest, you get to the top of the Csiki mountain, Szello teto (1,494 meters). From there, there is an amazing view with a feeling of being on top of the world looking down on the left towards the Csiki valleys and the right towards the Gyimes Valley. From there, you descend to the Gyimes valley. Your comfortable accommodation will be in Piposz Estate, near Bukkloka. You will admire the crystal clear springs and enjoy the rich pastures basking in the summer sun.

Day 5: Bukkloka to Bodorvesz (23 kilometers)

You climb back towards Szello crossing the ridge to the Fuges Pass (1,156 meters), where you can enjoy unforgettable gallops and then resting at the Kupus Spring. This road was constructed in the Middle Ages to connect Transylvania with Moldavia. Continuing along the ridge, you can visit a very special place, named Szephavas, the site of an ancient circular church, consecrated to the Holy Spirit. Passing near a cattle ranch, you have the sensation of traveling back in the time 500 years.

You arrive in Bodorvesz, in a sheepfold, in a wonderful world totally isolated from modern civilization. After a traditional and locally made organic dinner, prepare to go to your accommodation in a hay barn, like the early nomads and first settlers to this region.

Day 6: Bodorvesz to Csikmadaras (30 kilometers)

Waking up with the morning bird song, you head towards the Pogany Havas (1,350 meters), which lies in the middle part of the Csiki mountains. The guide spent his childhood in this place, so he knows every detail. You will picnic in a berry-rich glade, tasting the abundant gifts of mother earth. The first village after the pass is Csikszentmihaly.

Above the villages of meadows and pastures, you reach Csikmadaras in the foothills of the highest peak in the Hargita Mountain, Madarasi Hargita (1,801 meters) considered by the Szekler people to be the Holy. You overnight in a 200-year-old mill, which has been transformed into tasteful rustic accommodation. Traditional Szekler food and great hospitality await you.

Day 7: Csikmadaras to Soparkut (35 kilometers)

Today, the paths get harder and wilder as you climb the Rakosi Hargita (1,763 meters), crossing again the Olt River on horseback go on to the high forest road and wild pine forests. Piricske provides the best spot for the mid day break and lunch. From there, you continue riding towards your overnight accommodation. In the afternoon, you arrive back at your starting place, to “Soparkut” for a typical Szekler dinner. Afterward, you are invited to spend two hours for free at the wellness center including sauna, hot bath, saltwater, swimming pool.

Day 8: From Soparkut to home

  • Breakfast, and saying friendly goodbye.

Instructors

Elek Szocs

Location

You will start your riding route from the western slope of the Hargita Mountains at 780 meters altitudes. The Sopárkút Guest-house is located in a beautiful forest glade, 14 kilometers from Odorheiu Secuiesc and at 31 kilometers from Miercurea-Ciuc, near Băile Homorod. From there, you have an amazing view over the extended plateau of Cekend and the Hargita Mountains.

In springtime, you traverse Europe’s largest daffodil field and extensive pastures where herds of horses graze peacefully. From there, you follow a circular route around the Harghita and the Csiki Mountains. The route length is approximately 130 kilometers, spread over six days with around 25-30 kilometers riding each day.

Hargita

Hargita County, situated in Eastern Transylvania, is a land of picturesque landscape and ambient climate. Dusty trails and rocky forest roads criss-cross the Hargita and Csiki Mountains in all directions, creating a horse-riding paradise. The Hargita Mountains are one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the ecologically and culturally distinct region of Eastern Carpathia. At its center, the Csiki basin is famous for its rejuvenating springs, folklore and colorful landscape.

Distances

  • Transilvania Targu Mures International Airport (TGM), 75 miles)
  • Cluj-Napoca International Airport (CLJ), 135 miles
  • Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP), 160 miles

Food

You will be served breakfast and dinner, and a picnic for lunch. Special dietary requirements such as vegan and vegetarian can also be catered.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Whole food
  • 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

Spa treatments

After the horse riding adventure, you are invited to spend two hours for free at the wellness center including sauna, hot bath, saltwater, swimming pool.

What's included

  • 7 nights' accommodations
  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfast, dinner and a daily picnic lunch
  • Riding accessories, saddles, and saddlebags
  • Tour leading

What's not included

  • Alcoholic beverages other than at mealtime
  • Gratuities
  • Healthcare
  • Hotel transfer
  • Mandatory personal insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at one of these airports: Transilvania Targu Mures International Airport (TGM), Cluj-Napoca International Airport (CLJ), or Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP). Transfer from and to the airports is included at set times (five hours one way). Soparkut Panzio will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by train

The nearest train station is Miercurea-Ciuc. Take the train from Bucharest Keleti (Gara de Nord) to Miercurea Ciuc, or from Cluj-Napoca to Miercurea-Ciuc and Soparkut Panzio will pick you up from there.

Airport: Cluj-Napoca International Airport Airport transfer included: Cluj-Napoca International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Henri Coandă International Airport Airport transfer included: Henri Coandă International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Transilvania Tí¢rgu MureÅŸ International Airport Airport transfer included: Transilvania Tí¢rgu MureÅŸ International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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