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Romania - Equus Silvania
The Carpathian Mountains and Transylvania represent the largest area of pristine nature in Central and Eastern Europe and riding here is an opportunity to explore a land where people still live much as they have done for centuries.
The impressive Carpathians are the only place in Europe, west of Russia, where widespread populations of wolves, bears, and lynx roam (although there is no guarantee that you will spot any of these rare and elusive species). Time stands still here, shepherds take their flocks up into the mountains as they have done for centuries past. In the evenings, cows and water buffalo are brought back from the pastures to the village and there is little noise except the buzzing of insects and the twittering of sparrows and swallows.
Equus Silvania was established by Barbara and Christoph Promberger who have lived in the area for many years and are now very involved in a number of local conservation and eco tourism projects.
One day is a rest day for the horses and an opportunity for you to experience a little of the history of the area. You drive to the village of Viscri with its famous fortified church from the times of the invasion of the Turks and also visit the medieval city of Sighisoara, one of the cultural centres of the Saxons.
Winter rides are also possible in January and February. Please see the Romania Winter Rides page for further details.
The horses at Equus Silvania are a selection of part-Lipizzaner, Arab and Shagya-Arab, Kisberi, Gidran and Hungarian Sport Horses.
The horses are fit and forward going, with stamina for the mountains. The riding is a mix of paces to suit the terrain and can be fast in places. This ride is suitable for riders who are confident and in control of a forward going horse at walk, trot and canter in the open and in a group environment. You may also need to negotiate natural obstacles such as ditches, logs and streams.
The horses are ridden in English tack.
You must also be physically fit as well as riding fit; there is also a certain amount of walking on foot to negotiate the steeper descents.
Each day you ride out from Equus Silvania on day rides with saddlebag picnics. Explore the countryside surrounding the village of Sinca Noua, ride along gorges and wind your way through forests of beech and fir; cross alpine meadows and discover remote mountain settlements.
Hard hats are mandatory on this ride.
Equus Silvania has a modern guesthouse (ski chalet style) with nine bedrooms, each with its own private shower room.
Downstairs, there is a dining room, a large living room and a bar. The guesthouse has a modern wood central heater. There is also a veranda, where you can sit outside and relax. Please note that the chalet also accepts bed and breakfast guests, (including young children) who join the riding guests at meal times.
There is also wireless internet connection at Equus Silvania.
Depending on the weather (between May and September) there is usually one night spent camping in the mountains in dome tents. The camping trips need a minimum of three guests.
The centre based rides are suitable for intermediate and experienced riders.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
||8 Jun 2019 - 15 Jun 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,013.24||Book|
||22 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,013.24||Book|
||6 Jul 2019 - 13 Jul 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,013.24||Book|
||20 Jul 2019 - 27 Jul 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,013.24||Book|
||3 Aug 2019 - 10 Aug 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,013.24||Book|
||17 Aug 2019 - 24 Aug 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,013.24||Book|
|Carpathia Gourmet Ride||
||24 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,554.39||Book|
||7 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,013.24||Book|
||28 Sep 2019 - 5 Oct 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,240.23||Book|
||12 Oct 2019 - 19 Oct 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£898.09||Full|
||26 Oct 2019 - 2 Nov 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£898.09||Book|
Non-rider discounts are available.
INCLUDES Riding; full board accommodation; drinks with dinner; return transfers from Bucharest (at set times); visit to Viscri and Sighisoara.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £75.44. Waived if you are prepared to share.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks from the bar: sleeping bag hire €15; optional donation to local conservation fund €40; bear hide visit (not guaranteed) €30; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Bucharest.
TRANSFERS Included from Bucharest at set time.
Equus Silvania is nestled in the foot of the Carpathian Mountains just outside the small village of Sinca Noua.
Spring has warm days with cool mornings and evenings. The summer months can be hot. Autumn is usually dry and cool.
Horses fit, very well cared for and their well being came first during rising and breaks. Excellent Truly menourable holiday in the heart of Transvilvania.
Simon ,KentOverall rating: 4/5
An exciting and different riding destination; see Romania at its rural best.
Dual-purpose riding boots also suitable for walking in are the most practical for this ride since you will have to walk on foot to negotiate some of the steeper descents.