We recommend the airports Cluj Napoca, Sibiu, Targu Mures or Bucharest. However, the airport of Bucharest is the furthest away from us (350 km). From all airports you have the possibility to reach Gheorghieni by train! All connections can be found at https://www.cfrcalatori.ro/en/
Enter "Gheorgheni" as your destination. Since you can purchase your train ticket cheaply on-site, it is not necessary to book it in advance. If you encounter any difficulties while searching for your train connection, we are at your disposition and are happy to help you! If requested, we can arrange transfers for you from all airports: Bucharest airport to the train station in Gheorghieni: 160 Euro per car/route, maximum 4 people, approx. 5-6 hours, 350 km Cluj Napoca airport up to the train station in Gheorghieni: 110 Euro per car/route, maximum 4 people, approx. 4 hours, 220 km Targu Mures airport to the train station in Gheorghieni: 85 euro per car/route, maximum 4 people, approx. 3 hours, 130 km Sibiu airport to the train station in Gheorghieni: 110 Euro per car/route, max. 4 persons, approx. 4 hours, 220 km. If possible, we try to combine the transfers in order to minimize your costs for the arrival. Another option is to arrive by car. We can provide a free and safe parking lot in Gheorghieni for you.
The first day of your pack-trip adventure is your arrival day, correspondingly the last day of your trip will be the day of departure. It would be best for you to arrive in the afternoon or early evening. After an extensive breakfast on your last day you will be set for your departure. Nevertheless, upon your arrival we will pick you up at any time from your train station/airport/car and bring you back correspondingly.
To confirm your booking, we ask you to transfer a deposit of 20% of the price of the tour you chose to our account.
The price includes full board, overnight stays, the use of our wellness facilities (hot pot and log cabin sauna), luggage transport, a horse with all equipment (saddle, saddle bags and bridle) and an experienced hiking guide.
In case of a cancellation we only retain the deposit of 20%. However, this deposit remains valid indefinitely and can be transferred to another tour in our program.
All of our guests participate at their own risk and are aware that riding bears an increased risk for accidents. Therefore, a corresponding form must be signed on-site before the ride begins. It is essential that you have a health insurance that covers you out of your country. You can find numerous offers at favorable prices online.
Hiking shoes: comfortable leather shoes with a good profile that are waterproof, even over a long period of time. Please do NOT bring rubber boots, sneakers, western boots or riding boots. Occasionally we will need to dismount and walk over gravel, unpaved roads and through water. Thus, appropriate footwear is absolutely necessary! Waterproof rain pants: large enough to be quickly put over your riding clothes and shoes. Rain slicker or rain jacket: waterproof and big enough to be quickly put over your riding clothes.
Note on rainwear: Throughout the years, simple rain jackets of good quality, unlined and quick-drying (so no soft shell or similar) have proven to be the best rainwear on our tours. Moreover, rain trousers with bell-bottoms turned out to be ideal, since you can easily put them on without having to take of your shoes. PLEASE DO NOT FORGET THAT IN THE MOUNTAINS, RAINWEAR IS INDISPENSABLE ALL YEAR ROUND.
Head torch: We do not have any electricity on our ranch and on the campsites. Please take along a few spare batteries! Riding helmet: if you can’t bring along your own helmet, we have spare ones which we can lend to you.
We strongly recommend that our guests wear riding helmets! Also: Sunblock, towel, a drinking bottle, swim gear, personal medication (we are going to take along the most important medication such as pain/diarrhea medication, wound care and emergency medication for allergies etc.) sufficient plastic bags to protect your belongings from humidity. ONLY FOR
THE RIDES WITH CAMPING (ON THE TRACK OF THE BEARS WITH CAMPING): If you are going on a ride that includes camping, an additional sleeping bag is needed: please make sure that the latter is of good quality, since it can cool down quite a bit at night (10 °C). We provide good quality pop-up tents, each for 1-2 persons. We will also provide you with a sleeping pad or an inflatable mattress.
In addition, each rider receives front and in some programs rear saddlebags made of high-quality leather. STILL HAVE GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EQUIPMENT? CONTACT US, WE ARE HAPPY TO HELP YOU!
Our horses are crossbred and as such combine the best character traits of Lippizan and native breeds. Because our horses live outdoors freely all year round, they are absolutely sure-footed and can safely find their way in difficult mountain terrain. The stick measure ranges from 135 cm to 170 cm, so that every rider will find the right horse for his holiday with us.
We use German Armed Forces saddles that have been redesigned. As such, our saddles have been designed to maximize the convenience for horse and rider specifically on long distance rides. If required, our guests can also receive a cushion made out of lambskin for their saddle.
Out of consideration for our horses our weight limit is 90 kg. However, since we also have strong horses, riders who exceed this weight limit aren’t automatically excluded. Contact us!
During the trail-riding tour, some of our guests do not want to go without their usual equipment. You are welcome to use your own stirrups, saddle seat cushions, reins or your own tent, if you like. Please give us a short note in advance so that we can adjust our preparation accordingly. For the sake of our horses, it is not possible to ride in your own saddle. Our horses wear saddles that have been specifically adapted to their morphology. We use German Armed Forces saddles that have been designed for long-distance rides. If required, you can also have a lambskin seat cushion as an underlay.
A question that is frequently asked! It's understandable that you don't want to miss your beloved dog during your holiday. Yet, we discourage our guests from taking their dog along. Every sheep farm we pass has 10-12 wild shepherd dogs who are not afraid to attack dogs. After having had several unpleasant experiences, we have even abstained from taking our ranch dogs along for the rides.
Dear vegetarians, dear vegans, of course you are also welcome! We are happy to adapt the menu to your wishes and needs!
Dear guests, we are happy to create a menu that caters to your needs in coordination with you.
In Romania you only can pay with RON. One Euro is about 4,6 RON. One US Dollar are about 4,3 RON. One Bristish Pound is about 5,4 RON.
At our Hipparion farm you can pay with Euro or RON.