Rideaway Transylvania Progressive Ride

Romania

RRTT

8 days, 7 night

Intermediate to Advanced

from from 1500 EUR

Romania     RRTT

8 days, 7 night     Intermediate to Advanced

from from 1500 EUR

Transylvania is a land made for horse riding, and there is no better way to explore the endless hills, meadows, and medieval villages than on horseback.

About The Ride

Our ride starts at the Southern edge of Transylvania and explores the South-eastern corner of this mystic land.

We ride for almost 200 km through the hills and medieval villages in a big loop back to Sinca Noua. On the way we see and experience some of the most rural areas Europe still has, with tens of thousands of sheep grazing the old way in the hills and an abundant birdlife – lesser spotted eagles, bee-eaters, or hoopoes just to name a few. At the same time, we will see many remains of this medieval culture with its fortified churches, some of which are 800 years old.

We will be riding 24-39 km per day (approx 4-7 hours). This ride is not suitable for beginners. Participants have to be competent in all speeds and are able to fully control a horse in canter. We will have many canters and even gallops.

Transylvania village

The journey

Day 1: Arrival in Bucharest (please make sure you arrive until by 16:15 the latest)

Transfer by minibus from Bucharest to Sinca Noua, overnight at the guesthouse where you will have an evening introduction into the ride.

SINGLE ROOMS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Day 2: Ride from Şinca Nouă to Mândra

After being introduced to the horses, we will leave Şinca Nouă (pronounced Shinca Noah), ride along the valleys and over the foothills 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.

31 km distance ONLY DOUBLE and TRIPLE ROOMS

Time in the saddle: 7 hours

Day 3: Riding 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 marvellous 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 ride a total of 7  hours and 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.

Time in the saddle: 7 hours approximately

32 km distance

SINGLE ROOMS available

Day 4: Riding around Cobor

Today it is a 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.

Time in the saddle: approx 6 hours

31 Km distance

SINGLE ROOMS AVAILABLE

Day 5: Riding to Viscri

This is a full-day ride over the hills to Viscri, our destination for the next night. Viscri is probably the most famous Saxon village in Transylvania with a stunning 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.

Time in the saddle: approx 7 hours

39 km distance

SINGLE ROOMS AVAILABLE

Day 6:  Riding to Jibert 

In the morning we explore Viscri, visit the local blacksmith (who still works by hand with old bellows and a charcoal fire), and have 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. You will ride through stunning landscape where you will have the opportunity to have great canters. Today is a rather fast but shorter ride. We have a great dinner and will enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Transylvanian countryside.

Time in the saddle: 3.5 hours

24 km distance

SINGLE ROOMS AVAILABLE

Day 7: Riding to Halmeag 

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, where we will 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. Our horses also get transported back home. Surprise dinner in the evening.

Time in the saddle: approx 7 hours

34 km distance

SINGLE ROOMS AVAILABLE

Day 8: Departure 

After breakfast, the minibus takes us back to Bucharest.

Additional information: 

As we are in rural Romania, some days we will be staying in basic accommodation and other days we will be staying in very cosy farmhouses.

Transfer is 3 hours by bus from Bucharest to Sinca Noua. Please make sure you do not arrive later than 16:15 in Bucharest and do not leave earlier than 14:00.

Dates 2020

  • Apr 18th– April 25th
  • May 02nd– May 09th
  • May 16th– May 23rd
  • May 30th– Jun 06th
  • Jun 13th– Jun 20th
  • Jun 27th– Jul 04th
  • Jul 11th– Jul 18th
  • Jul 25th– Aug 01st
  • Aug 08th– Aug 15th
  • Aug 29th– Sep 05th
  • Oct 03rd– Oct 10th
  • Oct 17th– Oct 24th

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