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Individual Horse Riding Trip in the Apuseni Mountains

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 - 11 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 6 people
Destination(s): Romania  
Specialty Categories: Horse Riding   Ecotourism  
Season: May - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 495 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 795 Euro (EUR)

An individual trip means you make the trip by yourself (without guide) and lets you choose when and with whom you travel. Upon arrival you'll receive a detailed description, maps and tourist documentation. All accommodation is for you reserved and patrons know you're coming (and warn us if you shouldn't show up.

The trip take place in the Western Carpathians or Apuseni Mountains. This is a plateau with the highest peaks up to 1860m. It is a karst region, this means that the mild green valleys sometimes host wild gorges and hundreds of caves. There are hundreds of kilometers of forestry tracks and wide open meadows, the ideal place to ride horses. It looks as time went by without changes and there is hardly any traffic. The Romanian and ethnic Hungarian patrons are eager to welcome tourists.The tracks are well chosen, so you don’t go up and down all the time. Most of the trips go over green meadows along the forest. Because the Apuseni Mountains are not the ideal region for agriculture, most of the land is open grassland. Outside the villages, there are no fences because people still herd the cattle or sheep. Most of the riding horses are Hutsul horses. This is a typical Romanian breed, coming from the Bucovina region, near the Ucranian border. The Hutsul was already in the 17th century mentioned in written documents. It is a relative small but robust horse. Height between 139 and 151cm. Weight between 380-420kg. Color: dark red-brown, chestnut, black or gray. Character: very easy going, lively and with lots of energy. The horse is strong and especially adopted for mountain regions. It isn't fussy about food and resists all types of weather.

Your accommodation is reserved for you. You sleep in guestrooms in typical farms. Your guest family will serve you a typical warm dinner in the evening. In the morning there is a continental breakfast and for noon a lunch packet.

At the farms there is a stable for the horse as well. You will have to take care of your horse and equipment and the owner will help you out to stable the horse and show you where water and food is for the horse. Your luggage will be transported from farm to farm.

You can combine trips as well. The horse and wagon trip can be easily combined with individual horse riding trip because we use the same trails and accommodations. This works well when some members prefer to ride, the others can make the same trip with horse and wagon.

6 day program: the Kalotaszeg trail.

5 nights, 4 days riding. The trail goes through the hills of the ethnic Hungarian homeland "Kalotaszeg". trails over country roads, wagon tracks and open grassland.

Day 1: arrival and introduction in Stana.

Day 2: Instructions and trip under guidance to the ruins of the Almas fortress. Distance 16km, 4-5 hours riding.

Day 3: Trip along country roads and wagon tracks to the ethnic Hungarian village Sancraiu. Distance 14km, 4-5 hours riding.

Day 4: Trip to Risca. Trip along wagon-trails, country roads and open pasture. You cross the village Valeni where you can visit the beautiful fortified Romanesque church. It goes further over a large plateau to the settlement Fonogea. From there you descend to the village Risca, a Romanian village at 1000m altitude. Distance 16km. 5 hours riding

Day 5: trip back to Stana. You leave Risca and ride along the village Cristesti to Manastireni. From here it goes over Bica, Horlacea and Saula back to Stana. A trip along trails, country roads and over open meadows. Distance 18 km.(5-6 hours riding)

Day 6: trip ends after breakfast.

11 day program: the mountain trail

10 nights, 9 days riding. The trail goes through the homeland of the ethnic Hungarians and further through the mountains to the borders of the nature park Padis. You go completely around Lake Fintinele.

Day 1: arrival and introduction in Stana.

Day 2: Instructions and trip under guidance to the ruins of the Almas fortress. Distance 16km, 4-5 hours riding.

Day 3: trip to Risca. Trip along wagon-trails open pasture and country roads. You can make a stop to visit the lovely wooden Orthodox church in Bica. You cross the village Manastireni, an ethnic Hungarian village with a beautiful fortified Romanesque church. You climb to Risca a Romanian village in the mountains at 100m altitude. Distance 18km. 5-6 hours riding

Day 4: Trip to Rusesti. You leave the village Risca to Dealu Mare and Lapustesti (church has a nice painted interior) from where you descend a 7 km long winding road to the village Rusesti where you stay in guestrooms. In Rusesti you find a working watermill and "piua" (that something you'll have to see for yourself). Distance 18 km. 5-6 hours riding

Day 5: Trip to Marisel. From Rusesti you have to climb to one of the highest settlements of the Apuseni Mountains, the village Marisel at 1200m. You’ll have beautiful panoramas. You will have to give the horse some rest from time to time because you climb almost steady for 8km. There is an altitude difference of 600m between the 2 villages. You sleep in the village Marisel in guestrooms at a local farm. Distance 14 km. 5-6 hours riding

Day 6: From Marisel you follow the ridge to the village Poiana Horea. Just by leaving the village you arrive at the battleground from the anti Hungarian revolution of 1848 and you’ll see the cross of Avram Iancu, placed there as a monument for the local hero of that revolution. It is a nice trip through the forest and along small rivers. You won't see a house for 10km. You stay in the village Poiana Horea, in guestrooms for the night. Distance 25 km. 6-7 hours riding

Day 7: Trip to Doda Pilii. You leave the village Poiana Horea and follow the river upstream. It goes over the ridge and through the forest to the lake Fintinele near the village Giurcuta de Sus. From there you go to Smida and from there to Doda Pilii where you sleep in guestrooms. Distance 15 km. 4-5 hours riding.

Day 8: From the village Doda Pilii you go up the mountain to the village Dealu Botii. It is a nice trip over open pasture and through the forest with nice panoramas over the Lake Fintinele. From there it goes to the village Rachitele where you stay for the night in guestrooms. Distance 18 km. 5-6 hours riding

Day 9: Trip to Sancraiu. It goes steep over the Ruginoasa mountain, At the other side is a rewarding descent with beautiful views over the Calata Valley. From Margau it goes to Bociu and further to Sancraiu. The last part of the trip goes through a strange eroded landscape. Distance 22 km. 6-7 hours riding

Day 10: Trip from the village Sancraiu over Domos, Horlacea, Saula back to Stana. Again a trip through the Kalotaszeg region, through small villages with fortified churches, over open pastures and scattered forest. Distance 17km. 4-5 hours riding

Day 11: Trip ends after breakfast

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Special prices for larger groups and children.
Price includes all accommodation in full board, a horse for the full program (unlimited riding), equipment, tour description, itinerary, maps, luggage transport.

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