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Forests and Bears

5.0 (5)
days 8 days nights 7 nights
Romania
Difficulty
Moderate
Comfort
Basic+
Weight limit
90 kg / 198 lb

The Carpathian Mountains, the largest pristine area in Central and Eastern Europe, house over a third of the region's wolf, bear, and lynx population. In the village of Sinca Noua at their foothills, time seems frozen, with traditional shepherding and serene evenings. Our horse riding center established in 2004, combines local traditions with Western standards. The center offers a guesthouse with private bathrooms and serves mainly organic food from its garden and nearby farms.

We features diverse horse breeds, catering to riders of all levels. It not only provides high-quality holidays in the scenic region but also actively participates in significant conservation programs in the Carpathian Mountains.

from US$ 1 186
per tourist for 8 days
Tour starts
Bucharest Băneasa Aurel Vlaicu International Airport
Date of Travel
Number of tourists
up to 8 tourists over 16 years old
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Photo Catherine C.
Catherine C. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
I am from Germany and studied Biology before becoming a part of the team. I have always been a passionate horse rider and worked as a guide in Spain before. The two things that draw me to the team are working with the amazing horses in this still very open and free landscape as well as exploring the nature with it`s wild touch just around the farm and in the Carpathian Mountains. I would love to take you on a little journey into the Transylvanian landscape in the best way possible – on horseback!

Tour highlights

Take Part in a Conservation Campaign
The proprietors of the ranch conduct a comprehensive conservation program in the area, details of which we will learn throughout our ride
Experience Breathtaking Views
The Carpathian Mountains represent the largest area of pristine nature in Central and Eastern Europe
Follow Animals Paths
More than one third of all wolves, bears, and lynx west of Russia roam impressive mountains of Carpathian

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

We fly to Bucharest airport, where we will be picked up and transferred through the spectacular mountains to our guesthouse in Sinca Noua (ca. 3 hours). You will receive a welcome drink, a great dinner and will spend the evening with the staff of Equus Silvania to prepare the week.

Day 2
Half-day ride and a visit to a virgin forest
Day 3
Over the hills and into the mountains
Day 4
Rest for the horses and the history of Transylvania
Day 5
50 km roundtrip through the Transylvanian forests - 1st day
Day 6
50 km roundtrip through the Transylvanian forests - 2nd day
Day 7
A ride through time and a visit to Dracula’s castle
Day 8
Departure
Difficulty
Moderate

Accommodation

Comfort
Basic+
Guest House
7 nights

Accomodation is in the guesthouse.


The two-day trip with overnight stay depends on the weather conditions. 

7 nights
Guest House

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Bucharest Băneasa Aurel Vlaicu International Airport
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Tour conditions

Included

  • accomodation;
  • meals and drinks for dinner;
  • transfer to\from Bucharest;
  • guide.

Extras

  • single room supplement;
  • drinks at the bar;
  • insurance;
  • forest administration fee 30 euro/person.

 

Guests are kindly asked to contribute with a 40 € donation to our CARPATHIA conservation project

Group size

up to 8 tourists

Duration

8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Essentials
- Comfortable riding trousers
- Riding boots (well broken in) or ankle-high multi-purpose ride/walkboots which work well when worn with half-chaps and can comfortable be worn for walking too
- T-shirts (bring many during summer)
- Long sleeved shirts (cotton polo necks are good for layering)
- Rain gear (jacket and rain trousers or rain coat); rain protection should not flap around during riding
- Hat – You need to bring your own hard hat, they are obligatory!
- Comfortable footwear for general walking and travelling (well broken-in)
- Torch with spare batteries (Maglite or similar)
- Gloves - Your hands will be particularly exposed to the elements for long periods
- Sunscreen
- Insect repellent
- Water bottle (we provide 0.5 l plastic bottles)
- Casual clothes for the evening
- Camera
- Washbag - A nail brush will be particularly useful after a day in the saddle
- E- Tickets for your flight
- Any medication you regularly take (if you take any unusual medicine it is advisable to carry a doctors certificate confirming)
- Travel insurance documents (including the emergency number of your insurance company)
- Saddle bags are provided for carrying the essentials you need during the day. Some people find that a small bum-bag is useful for having a small camera or sun-screen readily to hand.
- Jumper, fleece or similar jacket
- Rainproofs – jacket and possible trousers (should not flap around while riding)

Other Useful items
- Romanian phrasebook or dictionary
- Travel alarm clock
- Swiss army knife
- ‘Wet-ones’ or similar travel wipes, tissues
- Tracksuit pants or comfortable walking trousers for optional hikes and relaxing at the centre and for the day off
- Reading material

What is the best time to come?
Cancellation of booking

Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 5 reviews
  • S
    Sylvie
    17 Oct, 2023
    about provider
    I spent a week-long vacation there as part of a group and enjoyed every minute of it! We rode every day through the beautiful and preserved countryside and forests of Transylvania. The horses were great, well trained and assertive and were a pleasure to ride. Our guides were very friendly and helpful, always making sure everyone had a good time regardless of our riding ability. We all felt at home immediately! The food was excellent, made with fresh local produce and the rooms were comfortable, overlooking the stables. Dinners and conversations with other guests in the evenings on the terrace were also very enjoyable, reminding me of those long summer evenings when I was a kid. I came home with hundreds of photos and very happy memories of an unforgettable vacation!!!
    17 Oct, 2023
  • F
    Francisca
    16 Aug, 2023
    about provider
    Amazing horses, beautiful countryside, friendly staff, I really enjoyed it. We had a really fun and relaxing vacation.
    16 Aug, 2023
  • G
    Gini
    2 Feb, 2023
    about provider
    I loved that place. Went there to ride at the end of summer this year. The horses and guides are awesome, and the guest house has everything you need for a nice vacation. The food was really good, fresh Romanian cuisine. Always with soup, dessert and delicious regional wine. The team is great and you are left with a good impression of their work to create a huge national park for conservation. They take great care of the land, the culture, the people and of course their horses! Everything is in very good condition and behaves very well.
    2 Feb, 2023

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