Horse riding holiday in Romania
Package prices inclusive of transfers to & from Bucharest airport, accommodation, riding, full board & entry fees on excursions.
Single room supplement extra.
Description of Horse riding holiday in Romania
Saddle up and ride out through the Romanian wilderness on a week-long horse riding adventure. Our riding centre and guesthouse stands next to green pastures on the edge of the village of Sinca Noua. This beautiful spot is right in the foothills of the Transylvanian Carpathians, around 50km west of Brasov.
Here, we team western standards of comfort with Romanian traditions, cuisine and lifestyle. Our wonderful horses will take you into the landscape, but for non-riders, this is still the perfect base, surrounded by a landscape rich with unique flora and fauna. Our visitors enjoy this natural, pristine environment, and benefit from our focus and commitment to sustainable development. We employ staff from the local village, cook with locally produced, organic food, and include plenty of local attractions on each holiday, so you can really get to know Romania.
Our horses are well trained and truly impressive. We have a good mixture of Lipizzan, Arabs, Shagy-Arabs, Kisberi and Romanian and Hungarian sport horses to choose from and match the right horse to each rider, depending on their ability and experience in the saddle.
Our riding centre and guest house is open throughout the year and we run a mix of holidays. For snow rides, the best time to come is mid January to late February, while summer rides, when the landscape is very lush, are best from early May to late October. Below, we detail the types of riding holiday we offer. Choose between one-week riding holidays, family holidays and trail rides across Transylvania.
Centre-based cultural experience ride
There’s a strong emphasis on culture during this week-long riding holiday. Ride out through the rolling hills and plateaus, enjoying long canters through pastures and meadows without fences. To break up the riding, there is also a day on a cultural road trip, accompanied by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic Romanian guide, and on one evening we visit a hide in the forest to see wild bears. After each day, head back to our guesthouse to relax and tuck into our local, organic meals and beverages.
Transylvanian trail ride
This is a point-to-point ride that best suits the experienced rider, who will love the often fast pace and long canters. You will ride for over 200km through the endless rolling hills of Transylvania, passing through villages that are rarely visited and feel untouched by time. In the evenings, relax at guesthouses along the way, where local host families offer a very warm welcome.
Winter in Transylvania is really magical and a riding holiday here when the snow is on the ground is unforgettable. Ride through meadows, kicking up clouds of snow dust as you canter, then unwind in the evenings with local, organic food followed by a seat near the fireplace and a glass of Romanian wine or brandy.
Individual rides and family holidays
We happily cater for both experienced and novice riders. If you’re new to riding, we will help you get to grips with life on horseback. We often cater for whole families who are keen to learn to ride. If you would simply like to enjoy the scenery, without riding, our guesthouse is a great base for exploring and hiking the trails into the surrounding countryside. Experienced riders, meanwhile, will love spending a day cantering through the pastures and open meadows that lie on the doorstep of our riding centre.
The package prices include transfers to and from Bucharest airport, accommodation, riding, full board and entry fees on excursions. Single room supplement is extra. We can also devise tailor-made holidays, just let us know what you’re interested in doing.
1 Reviews of Horse riding holiday in Romania
Reviewed on 23 Dec 2017 by Claire Taylor
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
I met many pigs! I initially fed them scraps and then planned a departing banquet for them. I went to Romania to ride horses but am obsessed with pigs!
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Do it as all aspects are catered for!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Absolutely. Food was freshly produced. Stray dogs were being cared for. There was no wastage. The house is eco friendly so again no wastage.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Wonderful rest and recouperation.
PlanetEquus Silvania has the objective to act in a responsible way in all its activities with regards to environmental impact. We are always open to new ideas of how we can maintain and improve the integrity of the natural environment around us.
Education and Information
Our visitors get a first-hand experience and extensive information about flora, fauna, and sustainable land-use systems. We are attempting to make your holiday not just a relaxing and enjoyable experience, but also an interesting one.
Energy and Construction
During the construction of all our facilities, we endeavored to use environmentally friendly materials. Wood, free of non-natural wood preservers, has been our main construction material as it is a renewable resource. We heat exclusively with renewable resources and have our guesthouse insulated with a thick layer of rock wool. Solar power provides warm water throughout most of the year. As a tourism enterprise, we are not able to fully avoid the consumption of fossil energy, however we still choose sustainable alternatives whenever this is feasible from an ecological and an economic point of view.
Here at Equus we use mainly locally produced organic food in our kitchen. People in Sinca Noua generally do not use pesticides or artificial fertilisers, and the livestock is still kept the old way: outside on the pastures. Our own garden delivers fresh onions, salad, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, berries, peas, beans, and many more vegetables and fruits. Other food such as milk, eggs, honey, potatoes, lamb, and veal is bought from the farmers in the neighborhood. Pork, chicken, ducks, geese, and all cold cuts are from our own production. We are particularly proud of our home-made hams, sausages, and bacons.
When we select the routes for our trails and excursions, we take very seriously conservation concerns. We avoid sensitive areas such as wildlife day resting sites and seasonally important areas. We also take care to not cause soil erosion and stay outside of wetlands, where the hooves of the horses may cause damage. In summer, we of course respect the farmers' needs and stay on the cart tracks when we ride through hay meadows.
Equus Silvania is a proud partner and supporter of Foundation Conservation CARPATHIA (www.carpathia.org), which has the goal to create a world-class wilderness reserve in the Southern Carpathians. Sinca Noua is not only on the Eastern most edge of this future National Park, but Barbara and Christoph Promberger, owners of Equus Silvania, are also directing the CARPATHIA project. In this context, we kindly ask all our guests to contribute with a donation to the conservation of these beautiful and important forests and grasslands.
PeopleWe use mainly locally produced food in our kitchen. Our own vegetable garden delivers fresh onions, salad, zucchini etc., other food such as milk, potatoes, lamb or veal is bought from the farmers in the neighbourhood. We have 10 local Romanian employees and receive a large part of the goods and services from the people of Sinca Noua. Incomes are not large here so we definitely believe on putting a price on sustainable, local resources to support the area.
We try to implement a sustainable development which includes the employment of staff from the village, the use of locally produced, organic food, or the inclusion of local attractions into the programme. Our clients also contribute to a regional conservation fund, which helps finance the long-term conservation of the incredible area we live in..