TRANSYLVANIA 2020


Spring Dates 2020
8 days, 7  nights, 6 days riding

- April 27 - 04 May  2020
- June 22- June 29 2020

We have two different options :
1 center-based ride with 1 night in Veseud and one new progressive ride:

Progressive Ride 


€ 2,520 based on 4-6 riders with shared accommodation

Center-Based Ride + 1 night Veseud:

1440 Euros based on 4-6 riders 
no single supplement 

Included :

-Full room and board at the Equestrian Center and Veseud.
-6 days riding and guiding
-cultural excursions as noted in the intinerary)
-drinks (alcohol within reason)
-transfers to and from Sibiu ( any other transfer is extra)
- live music on the last evening 

excluded:

-flights

-tips and gratuities

Please note: The outfitter retains the right to change the itinerary or sequence of the ride according the weather conditions and any unforeseen circumstance


Transylvania, one of the most unspoiled regions in Europe, is situated in the southeastern corner of the Carpathian basin in Romania.

The populations of wolves, brown bears, lynx, roebuck and boar are said to be the greatest in what remains of the European wild.
Starting around the 12th century (under an ancient agreement with Romania’s Hungarian conquerors) the Saxons built a series of ‘Seven-cities’ or Siebenbürgen, what amounts to fortified ‘islands’ protecting their homes, farms and churches from everyone from the Mongols to the Ottomans.
The Saxons largely fled Romania after the collapse of the Ceausescu regime leaving everything behind them. It is a delicate business, but the villages are gradually being restored and the old houses are being renovated according to the traditional building techniques. Owing largely to the old farming practices, Transylvania also preserves an ancient and man-made biosphere that sustains cultivation and managed wilderness in rare harmony. Horses still plow the fields, pull hay carts and the food is still grown in small traditional farms.
Thanks to unfenced and uninterrupted miles of pasture and ancient woodland the riding in Romania is superb.You will be able to experience traditional village life and be introduced to the folklore, culture and hospitality of the region. You will have the opportunity to visit impressive fortified churches guided by the traditional ‘key-keeper’, spend time with artisans, including farriers and charcoal makers and on occasion meet with farmers and shepherds along the way as they go about their daily work. We spend five days riding out from Villa Abbatis Equestrian Center, located in Apos, an old Saxon village and we spend one night in the village of Veseud. The horses are a mix of well-trained Lippizaner and sport horses. The pace of riding is dictated by the group. There are many opportunities for trotting and cantering in this environment. 
 
ITINERARY
Transylvania: Center-based with 1 night in Veseud
(
7 nights/8 days: 6 days riding)

Day 1:  Fly (or take the train) to Sibiu, Romania. Transfer to the Villa Abbatis Equestrian center in Apos where we have dinner and hear about the week ahead. Villa Abbatis Equestrian Center, is located in Apos, an old Saxon village 55 km away from Sibiu.

Day 2: After breakfast we take some time to aquaint ourselves with our horses in the manége, before heading out of the village to ride across rolling hills and beautiful lush valleys until we reach Biertan (Birthalam). This village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 13th century, making it one of the oldest villages in Transylvania. Biertan is also home to the most important fortified church in the region that was also the seat of the evangelic bishop. We will have lunch at Unglerus restaurant, surrounded by medieval cavalry armor and then take a stroll over to the church, where we will also have the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the history of the Saxons in the region. In the afternoon we ride back to Apos.. Dinner and overnight in Apos . All dinners at Apos are prepared by a village family only using locally grown organic produce. (6 hours riding)

Day 3: After breakfast we ride along the medieval merchant’s wine trials towards Richis (Reichesdorf). This was the wealthiest medieval village in the area, due to its famous wineries. We will be given a tour of the very impressive fortified church by the very charming and knowledgeable ‘key-keeper’ Herr Schass. after which we will enjoy a picnic lunch. The landscape with its wide, sweeping valleys, rolling hills and peaks will give us the opportunity to ride through a variety of terrain. We return to Apos and after a tasting of local wines, we settle down for dinner. Overnight in Apos. (5 - 6 hours riding)

Day 4: After breakfast we ride towards Copsa Mare (Gross Kopisch) village and we will circumvent the forests, in order to ride though the large, open landscapes, We will also be able to observe how some of the farmers are still working the land and how they go about cutting the grass or making haystacks depending on the season and time of day. On more inclement days we can also return to the forest for a comfortably shielded ride under the canopy. After lunch we ride back to Apos. Dinner and overnight in Apos. (6 hours riding)

Day 5: After breakfast we take a lovely meandering trail back to the village of Apos. Lunch will be served in Apos at the farm and in the afternoon we have the chance to relax. In the evening local musicians will join us around the fire with live music and a special barbeque dinner. Overnight in Apos, (4 hours riding)

Day 6: On this day we prepare a small overnight bag as we will be spending the night in the village of Veseud. We mount our horses after breakfast and head towards Veseud that is known for its apple orchards. At lunch, we can also sample one of the best apple pies in the region. The trail takes us through ancient beech and oak forests that eventually open up to reveal spectacular views over the Hartibaciu valley and the villages beyond. Our destination in Veseud is a beautifully restored Saxon manor house where our hosts await with a three-course lunch made from their farm grown produce. After lunch, we can take a walk around the village and visit the fortified church, enjoy some leisure time and prepare for dinner. Dinner and overnight in Veseud (4 hours riding)

Day 7: After breakfast we will head towards Stejerisu (Probstdorf) village and visit the well-preserved church, where one of the last remaining members of the Saxon community will welcome us to a palinca (schnaps) and a speck and cheese tasting up in the church tower and share some stories about life in this village. Lunch is prepared by another remaining Saxon resident who prides herself in only using old family recipes. After lunch we ride back to Apos . Farewell dinner and overnight in Apos. (5 - 6 hours riding)

Day 8: After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure flights

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Transylvania: NEW progressive ride ( 7 nights/8 days: 6 days riding)

Day 1: Arrival in Sibiu. Transfer to Apos, check in and visit at the local kiln, personally inaugurated by Prince Charles, where you will observe the traditional process of tile making and make your own tile. Dinner and overnight in Apos.

Day 2: After breakfast, we set the saddles and start the horseback tour with a ride to Malancrav.On our way we stop for speck tasting in Stejarisu, where you will learn about old Saxon ways of life and have lunch at a Saxon family. After lunch we head to Malancrav where we will check in at the newly restored Apafi manor.In the afternoon take a few steps to the neighboring fortified church, the most important rural Lutheran site in Saxon Transylvania, with it’s unique 14th centuries frescos and the leaded stained windows. Visit local artisans (embroidery, handmade baskets and the local apple juice factory where the Royal House of Britain gets its apple juice). Dinner and overnight in Malancrav, riding time about 5-6 hours.

Day 3: After breakfast we jump in the car for a quick ride to Sighisoara, one of the oldest still inhabited medieval citadels in Europe. You can meander up the tiny streets, have a coffee in a Dracula-themed coffee shop and visit the townschurch - so you have a comparison point to those you will come to see after in the villages on your path.For lunch return to Malancrav and eat at the manor before you jump on the horse again on your way to Copsa Mare. Arriving in Copsa Mare, check in and leave the horses to rest while the riders also take some time to enjoy the village quiet, then have a short walk to the local felt maker, a funny story teller from the north of the country and visit the local Fortified Church and climb up to the tower. Before dinner meet also the Orthodox priest, who paints glass icons and is the local beekeeper. You can try the honey, pollen etc. to start your appetite for dinner Have candle-lit dinner with Italian influences at the guesthouse prepared by your host. Spend the night in this charming guesthouse. Riding time 2-3 hours.

Day 4: After breakfast we head to Alma Vii. On the way we will have lunch in Pelisor or a picnic lunch above the village. After arriving in Alma Vii we will check in and then go visit a local shepherd. You can test your farmer potential by assisting him during milking time and cheese manufacturing. Dinner and overnight in Alma Vii. Riding time about 6 hours.

Day 5: After breakfast we move on to Veseud.Today we will have a picnic lunch on the side of a large lake on the way there.Before dinner you can visit the fortified church and the local orchard were the famous apple juice is coming from.We’ll have dinner and spend the night in Veseud at no.11. Riding time 6 hours.

Day 6: After breakfast we take the horses and ride to Gherdeal crossing the nice village of Toarcla. A fabulous almost empty village rescued and reinvented of an artist (a talented bronze sculptor ) who also fixes the empty houses one by one. Lunch on Gherdeal. After lunch a little workshop where we learn how bronze sculptures are made and the visions of the artist. A good time to think of an investment in art ! Ride to Veseud on different route. Depending on the time we propose a dinner at Altana (drive by car) with the visit of Stef museum. Overnight in Veseud.Riding time: 6 hours. 

Day 7: After breakfast we ride back to Apos crossing the medieval old town of Agnita. At Apos we have lunch and get ready to leave the countryside and go for the departures flights. If there is time on our drive we can visit Sibiu, 2019 European gastronomical region, and host of the EU summit.Riding time 3-3.5 hours. *At request and depending of flights schedules we can offer an extra night in Apos at no additional costs.*Live music is included in on on the evenings ( at Apos or any other location depending on the musicians availability.)

Day 8:
After breakfast departure for the airport