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  • dates can be chosen free between 1 May and 31 October 
  • GUIDED TRIP
  • The trip can be customsed for more or less days.
  • On this new route you will ride only on pastures with a great view and you will discover PADIS, The Apuseni Nature Reserve.

 NEW- horse back riding lessons; see below

The trip is made in the Apuseni Mountains, especially in the Johan's Green Mountain area, Apuseni Nature Reserve. 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.

We have no fences, it is one of our great advantage. Let your spirit to enjoy at maximum the freedom in Transylvania, Romania!

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.

Choose Transylvania and the Green Mountain as your active holiday destination!

Your accommodation is reserved for you. You sleep in guestrooms in typical farms and in mountains cabins in the Padis Nature Reserve area. Each guesthouse has one or more bathroom, some guestrooms have private bathrooms. 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. Your luggage will be transported from accomodatin to accomodation in special bags.

You will get your horse for the duration of the trip. There are no restrictions for the numbers of kilometers you ride, you can make an extra trip after arrival if you feel for it. The only thing we ask is that you respect the horse, take care of it and don't take unnecessary risks. Riding experience is a must for all participants but has to be a pleasure too. Take off the saddle and the luggage from the horses when you make a stop to eat. They will rest and eat better. After any stop they will work more happy and you will enjoy more your trip! 

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.

You can combine trips as well. The horse back riding trip can be easily combined with the horse and wagon 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.

Book now this horse back riding active holiday in Transylvania, Apuseni Mountains, Green Mountains!

 We've included a special page about the Apuseni Mountains: click here

 

Discover the wild Transylvania and the unspoiled landscape of West-Carpathian Mountains!

THE PROGRAM:

6 DAY PROGRAM: The Kalotaszeg and Padis Nature Reserve trail.

Book now this horse back riding active holiday in Transylvania, Apuseni Mountains, Green Mountains!

5 nights, 4 days riding. The trail goes through the hills of the ethnic Hungarian homeland "Kalotaszeg". Trails over country roads, wagon tracks and a lot of open grassland. Every day you will ride approximative 5-6 hours.

DAY 1: Arrival in the afternoon. Program introduction in Kalotaszeg. Instructions and riding trip under guidance in the surroundings of Kalotaszeg area, Tara Calatei, according with arrival hour. Dinner included. 

DAY 2: Riding trip to village Rachitele situated at the Apuseni Nature Reserve border. Distance 16km. 5 hours riding. Full board.

DAY 3: Riding trip to the spectacular Wedding veil Rachitele Waterfall and to Padis Apuseni Nature Reserve. Full board.

DAY 4: Riding round trip In Padis Apuseni Nature Reserve. Full board.

DAY 5: Riding trip back to Sancrai. Full board.

DAY 6: Trip ends after breakfast.

11 DAY PROGRAM: The Padis mountain trail; Apuseni Nature Reserve.

10 nights, 9 days riding. The trail goes through the homeland of the ethnic Hungarians and further through the mountains to the Padis Apuseni Nature Reserve. Every day you will ride approximative 5-6 hours.

DAY 1: Arrival and introduction in Kalotaszeg area/ Tara Calatei. Program introduction. Instructions and riding trip under guidance in the surroundings of Kalotaszeg area, Tara Calatei, according with arrival hour. Dinner included.

DAY 2: Instructions and trip under guidance in the surroundings of Kalotaszeg area/ Tara Calatei. Full board.

DAY 3: Trip to Rachitele. Trip along wagon-trails, open pasture and country roads. Riding trip to village Rachitele situated at the Apuseni Nature Reserve border. Distance 16km. 5 hours riding. Full board.

DAY 4: Trip to Padis Apuseni Nature Reserve. Full board.

DAY 5: Roundtrip to explore the Padis Apuseni Nature Reserve. Full board.

DAY 6: Trip to Bihor Mountains, Padis Apuseni Nature Reserve area. Full board.

DAY 7Trip to Lunca Visagului at the border of Apuseni Nature Reserve. Full board.

DAY 8From the village Lunca Visagului to Smida. 4**** hotel.   Full board.

DAY 9: Trip to Dealu Botii at the border of Apuseni Nature Reserve.It is a nice trip over open pasture and through the forest with nice panoramas over the Lake Fintinele. Full board.

DAY 10: Trip to Sancraiu. It goes back over the Ruginoasa hill, with a descend over a large open pasture with beautiful views over the Calata Valley. From Margau it goes to Bociu and further to Sancraiu. The last part of the trip goes over immense pastures through a strange eroded landscape. Again a trip through the Kalotaszeg region, lots of open grassland, wagon tracks and scattered forest. Distance 25km. 5-6 hours riding. Full board. Night in Kalotaszeg guest house again.

DAY 11: Trip ends after breakfast



HORSE BACK RIDING LESSONS & TRAINING:

If you're not sure about your ability to ride horse during a several day-trip, we offer now the possibility to learn and ride:

 

THE PROGRAM:

Our guide will stay with you all days. You stay in the beautifully traditional guesthouse in Klotaszeg area; (rooms with private bathroom).

Daily you will have a 4-5 hour program where you will learn to improve your horse riding abilities and learn how to handle the horse in difficult or unexpected situations. The first 2 days you will stay mainly in and around Kalotaszeg area, later on you will make longer trips in the surrounding region.

Most of the riding horses are Hutsul horses. This is a typical Romanian breed, coming from the Bucovina region, near the Ukrainian 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.
Other horses are mixed breed, with dominant Lipizaner blood.

The authentic Hungarian saddles are very light, but als strong and very comfortable. On top of the saddles comes a sheepskin. You can try such a saddle during your stay.

 

Prices:

6 DAY PROGRAM: the Kalotaszeg trail (5 nights, 4 days riding -guided)

Adults: 787 Euro per person (minimum 2 persons),
A supplement room occupancy tax has to be paid for single room occupancy 85E/trip. 
Children: < 12: 435 Euro.
Price includes: Accommodation in full board in guest houses and mountain cabins, horse and saddle, instructions and guidance, special bags for luggage transport + plastic bags.

11 DAY PROGRAM: the mountain trail (10 nights, 9 days riding; all days guided). 

Adults: 1368 Euro per person (minimum 4 persons). 
Children: < 12: 668 Euro. 
Price includes: Accommodation in full board in guest houses and mountains cabins, horse and saddle, instructions and guidance or lessons, luggage transport.
A supplement room occupancy tax has to be paid for single room occupancy 110 E/ trip.

Extra days: for all programs you can stay extra days. Ask about price.

Price includes: Accommodation in full board, horse and saddle, instructions and guidance all days.

 

Lessons Program Price:

Adults: 895 Euro per person (minimum 2 persons); children 6-12 years if accompanied by parents: 475 Euro/child

Price includes: Accommodation in full board, horse and saddle, instructions and guidance for 4 days.

Lessons Program ends in day 6 after breakfast.

 

How to get there:

(for links to airliners etc, click here)
Direct flights from London- Luton, Eindhoven, Tel-Aviv, Paris- Beauvais and Dortmund to Cluj-Napoca with Wizz Air.
Lufthansa operates a direct flight between Munchen and Cluj-Napoca.
We provide for extra further transport between Cluj-Napoca Airport or city to first accomodation.
or:
Flights to Budapest (regular airlines and low-cost) and train to Huedin: there are trains departing the airport Ferihegy at 08.43 (arrival Huedin at 15.47) and 13.43 (arrival Huedin at 20.39)
(The trains depart at new train station at airport terminal 1 and you have to change trains in Szolnok, time between trains is somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes).
Train connections: see at http://www.mav-start.hu/english/index.php
We provide for extra transport between Cluj-Napoca Airport or city to first accomodation.

Back to Cluj-Napoca: we may provide extra transfer, or by train there are hourly trains between Huedin to Cluj-Napoca. If you have an early flight, we'll offer accommodation in Cluj-Napoca. 

There are minimum 10 trains between Huedin to Cluj-Napoca daily.


Back to Budapest: train leaving Huedin at 07.16 arrives at 12.16 and train leaving Huedin 11.24 arrives 16.16 at the airport.