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3 Days Center-Based Horse Riding Holiday in Picturesque Village of Viscri, Transylvania, Romania

Viscri, Romania

Weekend Transylvanian Horse Riding Holiday

This horse riding tour is designed for people who love nature and horses and are keen on discovering different cultures. Lipizzaner horses will help you enjoy some astonishing parts of Transylvania. The Transylvania on Horseback team will make sure you will experience local hospitality, enjoy the authentic guesthouses and the traditional food prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Come and feel the joy and excitement of horseback riding over the Transylvanian highlands and through authentic villages!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 264 pounds / 120 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 14 to 15 hands
  • Tack Type: English Tack
  • Horse Breed: Lipizzaner

Meet the instructors

Cristina
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Highlights

  • Daily riding time: 4 - 6 hours
  • Distances covered: 44 kilometers
  • Support vehicle for transferring the luggage from one village to another
  • Riding over the Transylvanian highlands and through authentic villages
  • Use of horses with trekking English saddles and helmets
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals per day

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
16:00

Facilities

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Laundry

The accommodation will be provided in double rooms in traditional houses in Viscri. These houses are part of the cultural patrimony of Transylvania and they were restored by Mihai Eminescu Foundation together with local craftsmen. The houses are managed in the form of social business, in collaboration with families from the village.

Program

Day 1: 12 kilometers

  • Trail rides around Viscri, three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon.
  • Lunch served in Viscri

Day 2: 14 kilometers

  • Viscri - Meșendorf
  • Lunch served in Meșendorf
  • Meșendorf -> Criț -> Viscri

Day 3: 18 kilometers

  • Viscri - Lovnic - Cobor
  • Lunch served in Cobor
  • Cobor - Jibert - Viscri

Rider Weight Limit

For reasons that take into consideration man and horse safety, the maximum weight allowed on a horse is 120 kilograms.

Skill Level: Intermediate / advanced

Riders will be spending 4 to 6 hours in the saddle every day. Except for expert riders, Transylvania on Horseback cannot offer children under 18 years old the same packages as for the adults, however, they can arrange your child's special first experience of riding a horse in complete safety by using a lunge line.

Horses

All of the horses are Lipizzaner, a breed born in the 16th century in Lipiça, today's Slovenia, and developed for the exclusive use of the Habsburg monarchy. The Lipizzaner is regarded as the true horse of royalty. This is one of the oldest breeds in Europe, the 400 years of selective breeding helped enhance the horses’ grace, intelligence, and power to the level of elegance you can see today. They are especially famous for the impressive dressage performances they give at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

All pure-bred Lipizzaner horses trace back to six classical foundation stallion lines: Pluto, foaled in 1765, Conversano, foaled in 1767, Maestoso, foaled in 1773, Favory, foaled in 1779, Neapolitano, foaled in 1790, and Siglavy, foaled in 1810. Two additional lines were later accepted as equal to the classical six lines: Tulipan and Incitato. The Incitato line was started in Transylvania by the Bethlen Count in his private stud in Beclean; the Lipizzaner is, thus, also part of Transylvanian heritage.

Instructors

Cristina Ciunga

Location

All the landscapes and villages that you are going to discover are part of the Transylvanian heritage and they are in one of the most unspoiled regions in the world. Transylvania on Horseback is an equestrian tour operator based in Viscri, arguably the best-known village in Romania!

Located 80 kilometers north of Brașov, Viscri is an eight centuries-old picturesque Saxon village tucked between green, forested hills. The Viscri fortified church, built atop a hill, gave the German name of the village, Weisskirch/White Church, and it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The reasons to come there are plenty and Viscri is a great spot to begin a horse riding adventure through Southern Transylvania, one of the most unspoiled regions in Europe. Actually, Transylvania was listed in 2016 as the number 1 travel destination in the world and recently as one of the Top 10 Winter Destinations in Europe.

Saddling up and going on a trail ride in such an interesting place is a treat! And so are the days spent there, discovering the local culture and enjoying meals slowly cooked out of locally grown produce. Transylvania on Horseback tours are done in close alliance with Experience Transylvania and guests are hosted in traditional guest houses scattered throughout the region.

Food

Meals are composed of area-specific dishes and are prepared by housewives who manage homes with local ingredients. On request, we can also cook vegetarian dishes. All three meals are included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • 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

What's included

  • Daily horse rides
  • Use of horses with trekking English saddles
  • Use of helmets
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • 3 meals per day
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Support vehicle for transferring the luggage from one village to another

What's not included

  • Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Single rooms
  • Riding equipment
  • Raincoats or sunscreen

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Sibiu International Airport (SBZ) or Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP). Transylvania on Horseback can offer airport transfers at additional costs. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

This tour is available all year round in 2020, with arrival every Friday. Please select your arrival date below. 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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