MOST POPULAR DESTINATIONS

Romania - Transylvania Trail
Outstanding countryside riding, no fences and a rural life little changed since the early part of the last century!

BOOK HOLIDAYS

We GUARANTEE you won't find the same horse riding holiday at a lower price through any other source... and if you do, we promise to refund the difference!

from £950 or €1,060

Horse Riding Holidays Romania – Transylvania Trail

PRICES & DATES top

Transylvania Trail : 2017 Prices

Rates are quoted per person sharing.

6 night trail ride – £950/€1,060/$1,255

No single supplement charge but at some overnight stops, riders may have to share.

Included – All riding, your guide, full board accommodation and drinks with meals.

Excluded – International flights to Romania, airport transfers, extra drinks & sightseeing during the ride & tips.

Transylvania Trail : Getting There
International flight to Bucharest.

Transfer
We can pick you up at Bucharest, which is approx £125 per person each way, based on 2 sharing or there are frequent trains from Bucharest to Brasov the nearest town and a transfer from there to the start of the ride.

Transylvania Trail : 2017 Dates

The Transylvania Trail is a fixed date departure. However if you wish a tailor made holiday please contact us as we may be able to facilitate.

16th – 22nd April – Dandelion Trail
30th April – 6th May – Forget – me – not Trail
14th – 20th May – Ragged-Robin Trail
28th May – 3rd June – Royal Midget Trail
11th – 17th June – Daisy Trail
25th June – 1st July – Harebell Trail
9th – 15th July – Bluebonnet Trail
23rd – 29th July – Arnica Montana Trail
6th – 12th August – Rock Rose Trail
20th – 26th August – Silver Hawkweed Trail
3rd – 9th September – Knapweed Trail
17th – 23rd September – Stemless Thistle Trail
1st – 7th October – Speedwell Trail
15th – 21st October – Rosehip Trail

Remember our Horse Riding Holidays GUARANTEE. You won’t find these Horse Riding Holidays (or any of our Horse Riding Holidays) at a lower price through any other source… and if you do we will refund the difference.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

If you are looking for fantastic countryside riding, over miles of open grasslands without a fence post in sight, this Transylvania Trail could be your perfect horse riding holiday. This unique ride is in Transylvania at the centre of Romania, not far from the town of Brasov, where daily life has changed very little in the last 100 years. Horses still plough the fields and remain an important mode of transport for villagers to get about their business.

Your Transylvania Trail hosts are a real Count, Count Tibor Kalnoky and his wife Anna and they are part of one of the most ancient families of Transylvania. Their history reaches back to obscure medieval times. In 1252 AD the Kalnoky family was documented in this eastern part of Transylvania. The current 25th generation Kalnoky family came back after 50 years of exile in the West and are now reshaping their lost heritage, which adds in another cultural intrigue onto this Romanian adventure.

Lets not us forget that Transylvania is also closely associated as the homeland of Count Dracula, but is also part of the dramatic history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and boasts well-preserved Medieval villages and excellent Romanian wine, which you can see and enjoy as you ride through this beautiful, untouched part of Europe.

THE RIDING top

Transylvania Trail Horses – Locally bred horses, including the Huzul, a historic and robust breed unique to the Carpathian mountains, Semigreu a Lipizzaner-Ardennes cross and some locally bred Lipizzaners and Arabs. They range from 14.2hh to 16.2hh. They are sensible and forward going horses.

Transylvania Trail Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate plus riders only. You will be riding for 4 – 6 hours a day, therefore you do need a good level of fitness and you should be able to canter under control in open countryside.

Tack – English with GP saddles and snaffle bridles.

Transylvania Trail Weight Restriction – 90 kg / 14 st / 200 lbs.

Transylvania Trail Group Size – Maximum 8.

ACCOMMODATION top

It is varied and you will experience mix including life as the locals live in the villages, a typical Transylvanian farmhouse belonging to Prince Charles as well as a private villa called ‘Kormos’.

The rural guesthouses – are equivalent to ‘B&Bs’, staying with a family. They are simple, clean and well maintained, with inside plumbing, bathrooms and loos, hot water and central heating.

Zalánpatak & Miklósvár – usually the 1st night of the trip is spent at Zalánpatak in a farmhouse belonging to the Prince of Wales, and the last two nights at Miklósvár in houses which your host, Tibor, has re-built with great care and attention to detail. Each room is different with lovely antique furniture and wood-burning stoves, typical of the region. Rooms are twin bedded and if you would like a single room then this is possible although cannot be guaranteed.

Food in rural Romania is generally organic and full of flavour and you will have the chance to sample some traditional dishes like wild boar stew & spicey meatballs.

Horse Riding Holidays like our Transylvania Trail holiday are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays Romania.

Please Ask About

  • Adding on an extra night to the itinerary
  • Adding on a visit to Brans Castle, the castle that inspired Bram Stoker to use as home to his legendary character Dracula

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

DAY 1 (Sunday)

You will be met on arrival at the airport or Brasov station and driven either to Miklósvár or Zalánpatak according to availabilities. In case there are no available rooms at our guesthouses, the riders will be accommodated at private houses in the village. The village of Miklosvar was part of the Kalnoky family estate and the old hunting manor is on the edge of the village. The area was part of the Hungarian empire but became Romanian during the 1st World War. A couple of the traditional houses in the village are carefully restored in order to preserve their original Transylvanian charm and character and accommodation is in these guesthouses. The guesthouses are situated within spacious gardens, with storks nesting on nearby rooftops. Zalánpatak is a small & remote village, around 25 km far from the stables at Korospatak. The night is spent in a lovely farmhouse, restored by Count Kálnoky for the Prince of Wales, which is situated in a tiny village surrounded by hills with meadows and forests. You will meet your guide or Countess Anna Kálnoky for a welcome dinner, and to discuss the sort of horses you will be riding during the tour.

DAY 2 (Monday)

Transfer to the riding centre at Valea Crisului (Sepsikőröspatak, 'Round Brook') by car. The ride starts climbing slowly onto a ridge, where we are heading north on high pastures with magnificent views stretching to the high Carpathian Range. We leave the villages of Kálnok and Zalán to our right below us down in the valley, meet shepherds and their flocks on the pastures and at the end of the day we descend through the forest to reach Malnas Bai (Málnásfürdő, 'Raspberry Baths'), where the riders stay for the night as guests of a local hunter’s family (bathrooms might have to be shared). Once a thriving spa with plenty of mineral water springs, this village has typical wooden turn-of-the-century Transylvanian spa architecture, although now in a rather rickety shape. Riding time: 4 hours.

DAY 3 (Tuesday)

We climb back north-westerly into the deep forests of the Hatod region, where 6 villages share the same woods (hatod = 'one sixth'). We travel along a quiet forest track, alongside which bear traces are sometimes to be found. After having ridden around the extinct volcano 'Murgo', we descend on gentle grassy slopes to the Batanii villages ('Big Bacon and Little Bacon') to reach our accommodations in village houses at lovely 'Little Bacon' where we have dinner. The villagers here are known to be especially hospitable and friendly, and before dinner will take pride at showing you their still functioning watermill and traditional looms. Riding time: 4 hours.

DAY 4 (Wednesday)

We head northwest through forests and hay meadows, to climb up to Szép Arca ('Pretty Face') hill on the southern slopes of the Hargita Range. Wide views open out on distant Barót and Olt Valley. We descend northwest into the Kormos ('Sooty') valley, where Romania’s ex-Dictator Ceausescu had his private hunting villa. The river is teeming with trout, the wet meadows have beautiful wild flowers. The villa for the night is called 'Kormos' where you will be accommodated and have dinner. Riding time: 3 hours.

DAY 5 (Thursday)

We turn south down the Kormos Valley on a long ride along the lower slopes of the hills, passing the villages of Filia/Erdőfüle ('Forest’s Ear') on endless hay meadows towards the town of Barot. We continue on the slopes offering many a chance for cantering, into the valley of the river Olt to reach Miklósvár. The riders will be accommodated at our guesthouses. In case of full occupancy, accommodation at private houses in the village will be provided. Riding time: 5 hours.

DAY 6 (Friday)

From Miklósvár, we return to the stables at Kőröspatak, riding through forested hills, crossing valleys and streams, picnic at Prince Charles’s property at Zalánpatak. This trip was very common for many a generation of the Kálnoky family who had to ride often between the two villages, where their two manors are. This part of the region is particularly rich in game. Arriving at Kőröspatak, you will be transfered back to Miklósvár by car for your last night at our guesthouse (in the limit of available space, if not then in private accommodation in the village). Riding time: 5-6 hours.

DAY 7 (Saturday)

Depart after breakfast, or add on a few days of relaxation and tours based at Count Kálnoky’s Guesthouses in Miklósvár.

DESTINATION MAP top

 

Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

If you are having trouble finding exactly the right horse riding holiday for you from our horse riding holidays collection, please contact us directly using the form below and tell us in your own words what you would like to do and we will use our extensive knowledge to make sure we find that perfect horse riding holiday.

CHECK AVAILABILITY top

Please use the message box below to provide additional and any other relevant information like your riding experience and for how many people.

Also, if the above Holiday describes few different options for your Horse Riding Holiday in the area - please add a note on which choice you are referring to. Thank you.


Current Weather Around Romania
6°
clear sky
humidity: 87%
wind: 1m/s WSW
H 5 • L 3
15°
Sat
8°
Sun
1°
Mon
0°
Tue
Weather from OpenWeatherMap

Romania Holidays Testimonials

Christopher on Count Kalnoky Trail, Romania

The horses were all fit and in good condition. They covered a broad spectrum from calm willingness to spirited athleticism, so there was something for all abilities. All of them were well up to a week's steady work - with plenty remaining in the tank. It was clear that our statements of ability had been

Christopher Allsop from England