Horse riding holiday in Romania

“Ride through unspoiled Romania, exploring its lush scenery in summer and kicking up snow in winter, with cultural visits and local food the icing on this equine adventure cake!”

Highlights

Riding centre and guesthouse in foothills of Transylvanian Carpathians | horses to suit all abilities | non-riders welcome | variety of riding trips | centre-based riding and cultural experience with bear watching and road trip | Transylvanian point-to-point trail ride | winter riding through snow | great local food | traditional hospitality | full board

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 rides
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.

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Horse riding holiday in Romania

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Equus 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.

Food
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.

Trail selection
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.

Conservation Project
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.

Community

We 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..

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Reviewed on 23 Dec 2017 by

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.

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The visit to Sigishoara and Viskri was very interesting and these places are the sort you could visit more than once. We were treated to some wonderful home cooking in Viskri and had time to visit the Saxon church and museum. It was like stepping into another era altogether.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Get fit beforehand and take very good boots for riding which have good ankle support for walking. Read up about Transylvania and the Saxon towns at least, as very little information is given on the tour - you need to find out for yourself.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


In some ways. However, it was disappointing that the proprietors of the riding centre were on holiday the week I was there, as their conservation projects were one of the selling points of the holiday. It meant that there was very little information about the local landscape, community and conservation projects as the leaders of the rides were not from the area and had limited knowledge. The visit to the bear hide supported that project, but in Viskri it would have been helpful to know more about local handcrafted products - we found out about these by chance.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I enjoyed my holiday. I travelled on my own and was part of a very friendly group. The horses were lovely, the food excellent and the setting fantastically beautiful and unspoilt.

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


A. Galloping full tilt over the open grasslands of Transylvania.
B. Sleeping in a perfectly restored Saxon bedroom in a village house

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take plenty of suncream and bite cream and a neckerchief to keep the sun off your neck.

The minor discomforts, mishaps and moments of exhaustion - all to be expected on a fast ride some distance from "civilisation" - are worth the pain many times over.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes - used local houses for accommodation and local products. By travelling on horseback we were completely in harmony with the local traditions of transport by foot or horse and cart.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent - with a real sense of achievement for having stood the distance!

Reviewed on 04 Feb 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Riding in the snow, skiiing, visit to Bran castle.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


At this time of year, don't ride in leather soled boots - something waterproof with a heel. Try to get to other castles in the region, such as Sinaya.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

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