The Carpathian Mountains represent the largest area of pristine nature in Central and Eastern Europe. More than one third of all wolves, bears, and lynx west of Russia roam these impressive mountains. At the foot of the Carpathians is the village of Sinca Noua, “New Shinca”, a small and picturesque village of some 2,000 inhabitants.
Relax and enjoy the cosy comforts of the guesthouse as your base for the week, set amongst the rolling hills and meadows on the edge of Sinca Noua village.
Ride in the morning and again in the afternoon, with a break in between over a hot lunch to warm up. Enjoy mainly organic meals from the farm's own production and local surrounding farms.
It is very likely to cross the tracks of red deer, wild boar, lynx and wolves and if you are lucky you might even spot one of those creatures. It feels like heaven on earth, when the galloping horses raise clouds of snow-dust into the crisp air and when you realise that the horses enjoy it at least as much as you do! There will be plenty of time in the evenings to relax in front of the open fire-place and to taste a selection of Romanian wines and brandies.
One day you will learn about the history of Transylvania: you will be driven to Bran Castle, the legendary Dracula Castle (that actually has nothing to do with Dracula), and further on to the city of Brasov or Sibiu (European Capital of Culture in 2007) or some of the smaller medieval villages of Transylvania.
One week programme including 5 days riding.
You ride before and after lunch for 2 to 3 hours each over snow-covered meadows, hills, and through the surrounding forests.
Riding Holiday (winter trails focused)
8 days | 7 nights
850 Euro - 7 to 8 Riders
900 Euro - 4 to 6 Riders
600 Euro - Non-Rider
January and February exclusively | Other dates on request
You fly to Bucharest airport, where you will be picked up and transferred through the spectacular mountains to the guesthouse in Sinca Noua (ca. 3 hours). You will receive a welcome drink, a local dinner and will spend the evening with us to prepare the week.
Day 2 and 3
For the first two days you ride every day 2-3 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon. In between, you return to the guesthouse and get a warm lunch and can relax in front of the open fire. Cantering through the snow is one of the most beautiful things on earth. Although in these times snow is not guaranteed anywhere anymore, it is still very likely that you have nice powder snow all throughout January and February.
In the evenings there is time to relax with a home-made liqueur or brandy in front of the open fire, have a drink at our bar, or watch video presentations about the research and conservation projects of your hosts.
Today you give the horses a rest and experience the history of Transylvania. The group decides, whether to visit Bran Castle (the so-called Dracula Castle, but you will experience the true history of the place) and the old town of Brasov, or see Sibiu, European Cultural Capital in 2007 or some of the smaller medieval villages of Transylvania.
Day 5, 6, and 7
Again, you go every day for a morning ride and an afternoon ride through the hills, forests, and meadows of the surroundings of Sinca Noua. It is very likely we come across tracks of wolves, lynx, or red deer and with some luck you also see some of the forest inhabitants of the Carpathians. Evenings in the cosy Riding Club guesthouse. If you want, a trip with the horse-drawn sledge can be organized.
After breakfast it's time to pack your luggage and you will be brought back to Bucharest.
We reserve to change the programme, as long as it doesn’t change the character of the trip.
Beverages for dinner are included in the price, drinks at the bar have to be paid separately.