• The Mini Ice Hotel Experience
  • The Mini Ice Hotel Experience
  • The Mini Ice Hotel Experience
  • The Mini Ice Hotel Experience

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from £249 per person. Book here or call us on 0207 101 4061. 

Not only will you get the chance to spend the night in a hotel made entirely of ice but you’ll also have the opportunity to visit some of Transylvania’s most beautiful medieval towns including Sibiu, Brasov and Sighisoara. Top that off with lots of snow and a visit to Dracula’s Castle and you’ve got yourself the perfect whirlwind weekend getaway.

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. Get your heart racing the next morning with some snow-activities like sledging and snowmobiling or simply kick back with a hot drink and just enjoy the sunshine, snow and scenery before heading over to the Ice Hotel for the night.

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.


The Experience

Day 1: Arrival at Sibiu airport in the evening followed by a transfer to your accommodation in Sibiu’s charming old town (you can only fly direct to Sibiu from London Luton with Wizz Air).

Day 2: Morning in Sibiu to explore the medieval Saxon town before travelling 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 3: Late morning departure from the mountain to Bran for a visit to Bran Castle, known to many as Dracula’s Castle, before travelling to the medieval Transylvanian town of Brasov for the night.

Day 4: Morning transfer to the fairytale citadel of Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler where you’ll have time to absorb the sights and grab a bite to eat before your transfer back to Sibiu in time for the flight home (you can only fly direct to London Luton from Sibiu with Wizz Air).

Please Note: Direct flights to Sibiu are only available from London Luton with Wizz Air. For more flexibility to fly from different airports book the the Ice Hotel Experience here

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The Price

The price for this experience includes:

Includes   Transfers Airport pick-up and drop-off, all in-country transfers

Includes   Accommodation 1 night B&B accommodation in Sibiu, 1 night B&B accommodation in Brasov, one night at the Balea Lake Hotel of Ice with breakfast

Includes   Activities Visit and entry to Bran (aka. Dracula’s) Castle, visit to Sighisoara

Includes   Other VIP cable car passes, the services of a bi-lingual guide, the Mini Ice Hotel Experience booklet

Please Note: Our prices are based on two people sharing. For solo travellers, there is often a single supplement, please check the booking page of the experience for confirmation of the rates. For up-to-date prices, bookings and enquiries, please click here.


The Group

2 – 18 people

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 Alternatives

The Ice Hotel Experience: If you’re looking to travel over the festive period in December for Christmas and/or New Year, why not book our 4 night Ice Hotel Experience which starts/ends in Bucharest giving you greater flexibility with flights (airlines, airport and times). Click here for more >

The Ice Hotel Ski Experience: For those interested in combining a visit to the Ice Hotel with some skiing in the Transylvanian Alps, then head on over to the Ice Hotel Ski Experience for a week of winter fun in Romania. Click here for more >


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The Country

Ask most people what comes to mind when they think of Romania and you’re likely to hear something along the lines of Dracula, vampires and gypsies. Yes, the spooky castles pitched on rocky hilltops are certainly vampire-worthy but the only real fangs you’re likely to be exposed to here are those belonging to the wild bears, wolves and lynx that roam the Carpathian Mountains. Once you place the stereotypes aside for a moment, you’ll soon understand how misunderstood, overlooked and vastly underestimated this country is.

From the untouched Transylvanian countryside and the beautiful mountain scenery in the Carpathian Mountains, the wooden churches and painted monasteries of Maramures and the medieval towns of Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara, to the Danube Delta’s abundance of birds and wildlife, and the magnetic buzz of the fast-paced capital of Bucharest, the variation and contrast across Romania is staggering.

Of course, there’s far too much to see in just one visit but here’s what to expect from Romania…



Set in the heart of the Transylvanian countryside, the beautiful 12th century Saxon town represents one of the most charming areas in Romania. The winding cobbled streets, brightly coloured traditional houses and decorative bridges of the old town come together to create a picturesque chocolate-box town that provides a fairytale-like setting.

As the official European City of Culture (2007), Sibiu boasts the best-preserved architecture in Romania and its three main squares are divine with their charming façades painted in shades of warm apricot, pea green, sky blue and sunshine yellow. The quaint back alleys and stunning church-adorned squares provide the perfect opportunity to soak up the atmosphere pausing for refreshments in a string of wonderful cafés, bars and restaurants dotted in and around the main squares.

Accommodation choices in Sibiu:

Includes Casa Luxemburg

Includes Huet Residence

Includes The Council

Please Note: Accommodation will be allocated by Untravelled Paths subject to availability. In the event there is no availability we will use alternative accommodation of similar standard and quality.


Balea Lake and the Ice Hotel

Perched high up in Transylvania’s Fagaras Mountains at an altitude of 2,034 meters, the glacial Balea Lake is a stunning location that will take your breath away with its changing facades throughout the year.

As winter arrives and temperatures in the mountains begin to plummet, the lake gradually freezes over and its calm emerald waters are transformed into thick ice. Huge blocks of the icy lake are then cut and dragged to the location of the Ice Hotel where the construction process begins. In a matter of weeks, part of the frozen Balea Lake is transformed into a beautiful and uniquely designed hotel of ice with its very own Ice Church, Ice Restaurant and Sub Zero Ice Bar.

A stay at the Ice Hotel is truly a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity. The experience begins in style as you are transported up through the misty, snow covered mountain peaks by cable car; a trip that affords incredible panoramas of the surrounding alpine area studded with rich coniferous forests. Once you’re up on the mountain  there is a range of snow-based activities to get involved with and the Sub Zero Ice Bar is always open for a very cool beverage served in customary ice glasses.

Aside from a range of snow-based activities to get involved with, the main highlight of your stay is sure to be The Ice Hotel Dining Experience at the world’s first and only Ice Restaurant. The fairytale evening meal is set within the Ice Hotel itself with two of four courses served on plates of ice at your very own frozen table and fur-lined thrones of ice.

Although temperatures in the Ice Hotel typically waiver between -2 and +2 degrees, guests find themselves enjoying a surprisingly cosy night’s sleep, particularly those who have indulged in a nightcap before bedtime. Ice beds are covered with insulating reindeer fur then topped with mattresses for extra comfort. Bedding, further furs, and specialist sleeping bags are all provided and bathroom facilities are located nearby.

Accommodation at Balea Lake:

Includes The Ice Hotel

For those who don’t fancy sleeping in the Ice Hotel, alternative bookings can be made in the Balea Lake Chalet. Please let us know beforehand if this is what you wish to do.



Nestled in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and known as the gateway into Transylvania, the medieval Saxon town of Brasov is an absolute gem. A world away from the lively buzz of the capital city, Brasov provides the perfect base for exploring the Transylvanian countryside with its rural villages, fortified churches and thick forests as well as the infamous Bran Castle, would-be residence of mysterious Count Dracula.

Set against a beautiful mountain backdrop and rich in clean fresh air, the pace of life in Brasov’s Old Town is noticeably slower and more relaxed than in Bucharest and is the ideal location for those who prefer to take in the atmosphere at a leisurely pace, ambling around the cobbled streets, stopping for a hot drink in one of the clusters of quaint cafes or heading to a cosy restaurant for lunch or dinner.

The town’s distinctive medieval ambiance is reflected in its striking examples of gothic and baroque architecture, the most prominent of which has to be the Black Church with its smoke-blackened walls and looming presence over the beautiful old square in the heart of the town. All the sights worth seeing in Brasov are accessible by foot including the narrowest street in Europe and the climb up to the top of the Black Tower where the entire city unfolds before your eyes.

Accommodation in Brasov:

Includes Casa Wagner

Includes Bella Muzica

Please Note: Accommodation will be allocated by Untravelled Paths subject to availability. In the event there is no availability we will use alternative accommodation of similar standard and quality.

Tell me more about:  The Itinerary  |  The Seasons  |  The Highlights  |  The Booking Process  |  The Availability


The Season

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 Ice Hotel officially opens on Christmas Day so if you’d like to celebrate December’s festivities including Christmas and New Year then you’ll need to book The Ice Hotel Experience (4 nights, starting/ending in Bucharest).

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. If you’d like to visit the Ice Hotel over the school half-term holidays then you’ll need to book The Ice Hotel Experience (4 nights, starting/ending in Bucharest).

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.


The Duration & The Calendar

The Mini Ice Hotel Experience takes place over three nights, and typically commences every Friday during the season. However, the arrival and departure times of your chosen flights may well affect the exact duration of your stay. Many use the flexibility of booking their own flights to add an additional night or two in Sibiu at the beginning and/or end of the experience to make the very most of their time in Romania.

Those looking for a longer break might find the classic Ice Hotel Experience which takes place over four nights more appropriate. For more information, click here >

The calendar on the BOOK NOW page shows exactly when trips are available throughout the season. As well as displaying which trip dates are fully booked or available, the calendar also highlights specific dates that have been discounted or are on special offer. Click here to see available dates and rates on our calendar >

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The Highlights

There are hundreds of reasons why we think you would be mad not to miss this experience, but here are a few of our personal trip highlights to help persuade you…

The Winter Wonderland Landscape: No other ice hotel can offer you the magical experience that comes from being nestled between gorgeous mountainous peaks. While other ice hotels are commonly found next to woodland or long stretches of monotonous landscape, Romania’s Ice Hotel is located over 2000m above sea level up in the Fagaras Mountains and overlooks breath-taking alpine valleys. In the winter, it is only accessible by cable car making it incredibly remote and exclusive.

The World’s Only Ice Restaurant: Home to the only Ice Restaurant in the world, the Ice Hotel Dining Experience is one of our best and brightest highlights. Diners are treated to a delicious four-course dinner with starters and dessert served on plates of ice and complimentary cocktails at the Sub Zero Ice Bar to boot. It is pure magic.

The Snow Suites & Igloos: One of our favourite things about the Ice Hotel is exploring the wonderful ice rooms and interiors of the igloos. Redesigned each winter, every single room is individual and boasts unique snow sculptures and magical mood lighting that fits in with the overall theme of the hotel. You can even spend the night in your very own private igloo.

The Ice Church: Just a stone’s throw away from the main Ice Hotel is the magical Ice Church, which plays host to white weddings, christenings and renewal of vows. From the altar and the pews to the collection box and even the organ, every sculpture in the Ice Church is made from ice with stunning intricate details and carvings. It really is something special. If you’re after your very own fairy tale wedding, do get in touch.

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The Booking Process

So you’ve found the perfect experience for you… what happens next? Just follow the steps below…

Includes Enquiry form: Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.

Includes Confirmation: We will get back to you within 24 hours answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking. 

Includes Booking form: Once you have booked your flights, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details, flights and other relevant information.

Includes Payment: As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 6 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 25% deposit will be taken. The outstanding balance is then taken 6 weeks before travelling. Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 6 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions.

Includes Final confirmation: Shortly after you paid, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalized itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!


The Flights

As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you.

Includes London Luton  

The Mini Ice Hotel Experience is exclusively built around the Wizz Air flight from London Luton which gets in Sibiu after midnight and departs in the evening on the last day.

For those wanting to book additional nights at the beginning or end of the trip please note that your private airport pick-up and drop-off will still be included provided that you book your accommodation for the extra nights directly through us. If not you will need to organise your own transfers to and from the airport. Please contact us if you need advice or assistance.

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The Personality

This experience is suitable for all ages and tastes from the young to the young at heart. It also matches with the below travel personalities and groups:

Includes The Explorer

Includes The Adventurer

Includes The Culture Vulture

Includes The Romantic


The Group 

The Mini Ice Hotel Experience is an adventure for all types from a big bunch of old friends to families looking for an unusual escape somewhere different.

Includes The Big Group

Includes The Friends

Includes The Couple & The Honeymooners

Includes The Solo Traveller

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The Enquiry Form

If you’d like to learn more about this experience, you’d like to check availability and prices or you have questions that need answering simply fill out the form below with all the required details using the calendar to let us know which dates you’re interested in. Once submitted, we will get back to you with confirmation and/or next steps within 24 hours.

Single Supplement: Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers there is a £25 single supplement per night (£75 total for the experience).

Extra Nights: If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you. For the extra nights organised through us, the airport transfer will still be included.

Special offers are highlighted in orange.

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