Enjoy a once in a lifetime stay at Transylvania’s Ice Hotel and absorb some of Romania’s most picturesque medieval towns on a whirlwind adventure spanning just a few days. After one night in the vibrant capital city of Bucharest, guests are whisked away into the heart of rural Romania through the plains of the Transylvanian countryside visiting the decadent Peles Castle on the way. In Brasov, enjoy a leisurely stroll around charming cobbled streets, stopping to warm up in one of the town’s bohemian cafes dotted along snow-dusted alleyways off the main square. Or choose to unravel history on an informative walking tour taking in the Black Church and even the narrowest street in Europe!
Drift through the clouds as you ascend the Faragas Mountains by cable car up to the magical Ice Hotel past snow-capped peaks and frosty forestland. Once you’ve chosen your snow suite or igloo and explored the fairytale hotel of ice, get your heart racing with some snow-activities like sledging and snowmobiling or simply kick back with a hot drink and just enjoy the sunshine, snow and scenery. In the evening, brace yourselves for dinner ‘on ice’ with a four-course meal at the world’s first and only Ice Restaurant complete with ice plates, frozen tables and frosty, fur-lined chairs before enjoying an evening at the Sub Zero Ice Bar then tucking yourselves into cosy sleeping bags before braving the night in your ice-suite.
Defrost the next morning before exploring the spooky corridors of Dracula’s would-be residence, the forbidding Bran Castle. Then it’s back to Bucharest for a final night amongst the capital’s buzzing bars and restaurants.
Unique. Magical. An absolute must.
Day 1: Arrival in Bucharest followed by an airport transfer to your boutique accommodation in the Lipscani district where you will be greeted with a coffee or glass of wine, before you head out into the old town to explore and discover the plethora of restaurants and bars
Day 2: Morning transfer to Transylvania via Sinaia with a visit to the magnificent Peles Castle before heading on to the medieval town of Brasov just in time for lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Brasov’s charming old town
Day 3: Travel through the Fagaras Mountains to the cable car which will transport you up to Balea Lake and the Ice Hotel. Enjoy the afternoon on the mountain with a range of snow-based activities including the unmissable Tunnel Trek (not included) before getting ready for your big night in the Ice Hotel, which kicks off with the Ice Hotel Dining Experience and drinks at the Sub Zero Ice Bar (not included)
Day 4: Head back through Transylvania stopping for a visit at Bran Castle, known to many as Dracula’s Castle before travelling back to Bucharest for the final night
Day 5: Transfer back to the airport in time for the flight home
The price for this experience includes:
Transfers Airport pick-up and drop-off, all in-country transfers
Accommodation 2 nights boutique B&B accommodation in Bucharest, 1 night boutique B&B accommodation in Brasov, one night at the Balea Lake Hotel of Ice with breakfast
Activities Visit, entry and tour of Peles Castle in Sinaia, visit and entry to Bran (aka. Dracula’s) Castle
Other VIP cable car passes, the services of a bi-lingual guide, the Ice Hotel Experience booklet, welcome drink
Please Note: Our prices are based on two people sharing.
2 – 18 people
During peak periods like the festive season, numbers may increase to a maximum of 20.
Please note that the trip may not be suitable for very young children given journey times of longer than an hour, cold weather, and possible disturbance to others travelling in the group. If you’re unsure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch as we can always tailor something specific to your needs.
The Ice Hotel season runs throughout the winter and during the initial part of the spring, with the official opening date set on Christmas Day, the 25th of December, each year. The Ice Hotel stays open to guests all the way up until the end of April after which time the warm weather sets in and the frozen structures of the hotel, church and igloos begin to melt. However, each year the Ice Hotel has been forced to close earlier and earlier as a result of global warming which is what we’ve decided not to take any bookings in April at all to avoid disappointment.
The construction of the Ice Hotel can only begin once the Balea Lake completely freezes over, which usually occurs right at the beginning of December after which point the building, sculpting and carving commences. However, the unpredictable nature of the weather has an impact on the Ice Hotel season, making it difficult for us to predict the exact date the hotel, church and igloos will be completed and the precise moment that the ice starts to melt. The season up at the Ice Hotel changes month on month, the finer details of which are outlined below. Each month is different but equally special.
December: The festive season offers a truly magical experience up at the Ice Hotel, with Christmas and New Year celebrations in full swing. The New Year’s Eve party at the Ice Hotel is particularly special complete with fireworks and bubbles when the clock strikes 12. You’ll also be the very first visitors to sleep in the ice-suites and eat at the Ice Restaurant at Christmas.
January: January is a great time to visit the Ice Hotel because the vast majority of the structures will have been built and all the ice sculptures and decorations are brand new and polished.
February: This is the prime time to visit the Ice Hotel. The Ice Church and Igloos will almost certainly have been completely constructed and the weather is usually sunny and crisp. February also plays host to Valentine’s Day on the 14th which is celebrated in style at the Ice Hotel. Romance on ice, if you will.
March: March affords visitors to the Ice Hotel almost guaranteed blue skies and sunshine. There’s still lots of snow but you get the best of both worlds. In fact, it’s not unusual to find yourself enjoying a coffee outside in a Transylvanian town’s café with the sun beating down with surprising strength onto both your face and the snow-covered streets.
TO BOOK – prices from £349pp
To book please register interest above and we’ll liaise with the tour operator to contact you directly. If you’d like to team up with others from our community then please do let us know and we’ll put you all in touch.