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4 Days Weekend Horseback Expedition to Transylvanian Heritage in Romania

Dominic Boutique, Cloașterf, Romania

Transylvanian Horseback Riding Tour

This four-day horseback expedition is available to small groups of four to eight riders. It is one of the best experiences available as you have the chance to be immersed in the local culture and get to know the people and customs. You will also spend a lot of time in nature, away from daily stress, so you can let go of everything else and enjoy the ride. The ride covers 76 kilometers through beautiful villages and cool forests, over sunny hills and green pastures! These tours are custom made in order to ensure the best experience possible for the group, so please give Transylvania on Horseback an inquiry so they can start the preparations.

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: 76 kilometers
  • Support vehicle for transferring the luggage from one village to another
  • Ride through beautiful villages and cool forests, over sunny hills and green pastures
  • Use of horses with trekking English saddles and helmets
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals per day

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German
Group size: 4-8 participants
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Accommodation

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

All guests will be accommodated in double rooms. You will be staying in various Experience Transylvania guesthouses including Dominic Boutique in Cloașterf, an authentic guesthouse in Apold, and Andrada’s House in Șoarș.

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

The trail ride starts and ends in Viscri and passes through seven other Saxon villages.

Itinerary

Day 1: 16 kilometers

  • Viscri: Start
  • Meșendorf: Lunch break
  • Cloașterf: Dinner and overnight stay at Dominic Boutique

Day 2: 18 kilometers

  • Cloașterf: Start
  • Daia: Lunch break
  • Apold: Dinner and overnight stay in an authentic guesthouse

Day 3: 22 kilometers

  • Apold: Start
  • Iacobeni: Lunch break
  • Șoarș: Dinner and overnight stay at Andrada’s House

Day 4: 20 kilometers

  • Șoarș: Start
  • Cobor: Lunch break
  • Viscri: End of the tour

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
  • 3 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 Thursday. Please select your arrival date below. 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Sunday December 6, 2020
(4 days / 3 nights)

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