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The Ice Hotel Ski Experience

From $927.80 Per Person

WHY IT'S DIFFERENT?

Enjoy a magical trip to the Hotel of Ice combined with a few days on the slopes of Romania’s premier ski resort.

Romania
From Jan to Mar
7 nights

From $927.80 Per Person

BOOK TODAY $464.62 DEPOSIT

Based on two people sharing, not including flights learn more

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Sleep in the Hotel of Ice

Sleep in the Hotel of Ice

Redesigned each winter, every single room is individual and boasts unique snow sculptures fitting the yearly theme. Enjoy warm bedding and a professional sleeping bag for a surprisingly cosy night's sleep!

Dine in the Ice Restaurant

Dine in the Ice Restaurant

Highly recommended. A magical four-course candle lit dinner with the starter even on plate of ice! You'll dine at an ice table, sitting on an ice chair under the beautiful, colourful lights of the Ice Hotel's restaurant.

Skiing in Poiana Brasov

Skiing in Poiana Brasov

Poiana Brasov is home to Romania's premier ski resort. It's the perfect location for beignners or intermediate skiers but with 24km of piste's there is enough to keep the more experienced skier interested for a few days.

Visit Dracula's Castle

Visit Dracula's Castle

Perched up tall and ominous, with narrow corridors and hidden staircases, the Bran Castle certainly fits as home to the legend of Dracula. It also offering some stunning views of the surrounding area.

"What an amazing experience in Transylvania and the Ice hotel. Well organised and Marius M the guide was superb!"

Lesley Bradbury - Guest

TRIP OVERVIEW

YOUR EXPERIENCE

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 Transylvania. 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. Then it’s up the mountain to the magical Ice Hotel past snow-capped peaks and frosty forestland. Get your heart racing with some snow activities or simply kick back with a hot drink and just enjoy the scenery. In the evening, brace yourselves for dinner ‘on ice’ then tucking yourselves into cosy sleeping bags before braving the night in your ice-suite. Lastly, end your adventure with skiing on Poiana Brasov's slopes.

YOUR EXPERTS

Dragos

Dragos

The Entertainer - Meet Dragos

Marius G

Marius G

The Jack of all Trades - Meet Marius G

NEED TO KNOW

DESTINATIONRomania
SEASONDecember 29 2019 - Jan 2 2020
DURATION7 nights
GROUP SIZE18 people
ASSISTANCEHands on
AIRPORT(S)Bucharest
FLIGHTSFor more information on flights from the UK please refer to the Trip Details section
VISAUK, EU & US not required
VACCINATIONSNo

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive in Bucharest

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.

INCLUDED

  • Airport Pick-up
  • Welcome Drink

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Bucharest Walking Tour
Day 2 Travel to Brasov via Peles Castle

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.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Visit and entry to Peles Castle

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Brasov Walking Tour
Day 3 Travel to the Ice Hotel and day up on the mountain

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 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.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Cable Car Passes

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Tunnel Trek
  • Snow-based Activities
  • Ice Dining Experience
Day 4 Travel to Poiana Brasov via Bran Castle

Head back through Transylvania stopping for a visit at Bran Castle, known to many as Dracula’s Castle before travelling to Romania’s premier ski resort in Poiana Brasov to enjoy the rest of the afternoon on the slopes

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Visit and entry to Bran Castle
  • Ski equipment and passes

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Spa Treatements
Day 5 Day at your leisure in Poiana Brasov

Enjoy your day of skiing on the slopes of Romania's premier ski resort.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Ski equipment and passes

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Ski Lessons
  • Spa Treatements
Day 6 Day at your leisure in Poiana Brasov

Enjoy your day of skiing on the slopes of Romania's premier ski resort.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Ski equipment and passes

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Ski Lessons
  • Spa Treatements
Day 7 Travel back to Bucharest

Day skiing in Poiana Brasov. Late afternoon transfer back to Bucharest for the final night

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Ski equipment and passes

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Ski Lessons
  • Spa Treatements
Day 8 Final day and transfer back to the airport

Transfer back to the airport in time for the flight home.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Airport Drop-off

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Bucharest Walking Tour

TRIP ACCOMMODATION

A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.

Bucharest

Bucharest
Romania

With all our hotels located in or near the Old Town of Lipscani, you will be right by amongst the hustle and bustle of the heart to the city.
Typical Accommodation: The Rembrandt, Grand Boutique or similar

Brasov

Brasov
Romania

All our hotels are located a stone's throw from Brasov's Old Town Square so you'll easily be able to explore Brasov's quaint, cobbled streets.
Typical Accommodation: Bella Muzica, Casa Wagner or similar

Balea Lake

Balea Lake
Romania

The Hotel of Ice has two different room grades, the standard room or an igloo (upgrade). There are warm rooms in the chalet should you wish to switch.
Typical Accommodation: Hotel of Ice or Balea Lake Chalet

Poiana Brasov

Poiana Brasov
Romania

All the hotels are based around the two major lifts but we use the Ana resort hotels where you can rent your skis and walk straight onto the piste!
Typical Accommodation: Ana Bradul, Ana Sport or similar

TRIP LOCATION

WHERE YOU'RE GOING

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.

DID YOU KNOW
  • Romania comes from the Latin ‘Romanus’ meaning ‘citizen of the Roman Empire’
  • The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest is the second largest building in the world
  • The Carpathian Mountains are home to 60% of Europe’s Brown Bear population
  • Transylvania translates to ‘the land beyond the forest’

FAST FACTS

CAPITAL
POPULATION
CURRENCY
TIME DIFFERENCE

"If possible we recommend decanting just what you need into a one overnight bag for your night on the mountain to avoid having to lug your big bag around. You may leave the rest of your luggage on the secure bus."

Marius G - Untravelled Paths

Host Tips

TRIP TIPS

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Keep warm in the Ice Hotel

Thermals, a fleece, warm hat, scarf to cover your nose and thick socks will keep you nice and warm overnight. And remember you can always warm up in the chalet if necessary.

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Wear sunscreen

Given the high altitude, sun cream and sunglasses are essential to protect your skin and eyes from harsh sunlight, the cold temperatures and strong winds.

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Drink palinca

Nothing better to keep the cold at bay than a good shot of the Romanian firewater. Be careful, though, it's strong stuff. As they would toast in Romania "Noroc!".

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Be careful on ice

Sensible footwear with good grip is essential as unsurprisingly there is a lot of ice around! You'll need to be careful where you step and watch out for hanging icicles.

TRIP DETAILS

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • ALL TRANSFERS
  • ALL ACCOMMODATION
  • 2 nights in Bucharest
  • 1 night in Brasov
  • 1 night in the Ice Hotel
  • 3 nights in Poiana Brasov
  • MEALS
  • All breakfasts
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Visit and entry to Peles Castle
  • Visit and entry to Bran Castle
  • Balea Lake cable car passes
  • Ski passes
  • Ski equipment
  • THE SERVICES OF A BI-LINGUAL GUIDE
  • UNTRAVELLED PATHS EXPERIENCE EBOOKLET
GETTING THERE

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. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Bucharest with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

LONDON TO BUCHAREST
  • Easyjet (Gatwick)
  • British Airways (Heathrow)
  • Air Tarom (Heathrow)
  • Wizz Air (Luton)
  • Blue Air (Luton)
  • Ryan Air (Stanstead)
BIRMINGHAM TO BUCHAREST
  • Blue Air
  • Wizz Air
BRISTOL TO BUCHAREST
  • Ryanair
DONCASTER TO BUCHAREST
  • Wizz Air
GLASGOW TO BUCHAREST
  • Blue Air
LIVERPOOL TO BUCHAREST
  • Blue Air
DATES & PRICES

SOLO TRAVELLERS

Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers who would prefer a private room the price per person will include a solo occupancy fee.

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.

AVAILABILITY

January 2020
January 3 - 10 2020
January 4 - 11 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
January 10 - 17 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
January 11 - 18 2020 $1328 PP
January 17 - 24 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
January 18 - 25 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
January 24 - 31 2020
January 25 - February 1 2020 $1328 PP
January 31 - February 7 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
February 2020
February 1 - 8 2020
February 7 - 14 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
February 8 - 15 2020 $1328 PP
February 14 - 21 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
February 15 - 22 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
February 16 - 23 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
February 17 - 24 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
February 18 - 25 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
February 19 - 26 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
February 20 - 27 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
February 21 - 28 2020
February 22 - 29 2020 $1328 PP
February 28 - March 6 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
February 29 - March 7 2020 $1328 PP
March 2020
March 6 - 13 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
March 7 - 14 2020 $1328 PP
March 13 - 20 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
March 14 - 21 2020 $1328 PP
March 20 - 27 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
March 21 - 28 2020 $1328 PP
March 27 - April 3 2020 Early release From $928 $1,328 pp
March 28 - April 4 2020 $1328 PP

HOW IT WORKS

Book your trip in five easy steps.

1

ENQUIRE ONLINE

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.

2

BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS

We will get back to you 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.

3

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.

4

PAY FOR YOUR TRIP

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 8 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 35% deposit will be taken.

5

FINAL CONFIRMATION

Shortly after you pay, 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!

6

NOTES

Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 8 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions

FAQ

What is the currency?

Although Romania is a member of the European Union, it does not use the euro (€) but has its own currency - the RON / Leu. The official currency is most commonly referred to as the plural ‘lei’ although some banks and exchange offices list it as the RON. One leu divides into 100 bani with banknotes coming in various denominations normally 1 leu, 5 lei, 10 lei, 50 lei and 100 lei and less commonly, 200 and 500 lei notes. Coins come in 50 bani and 10 bani pieces, which can be useful for small tips or donations.

Where can I get a hold of the currency?

The easiest option is to head to a cash machine once you’ve checked into your hotel in Bucharest to withdraw funds. There are plenty of ATMs around so it’s quick and convenient to get hold of your holiday cash

If you want to come prepared beforehand, the Bureau de Change in M&S is, strangely, one of the only places that dispenses the local currency. You can also purchase currency online and collect it from your local post office or even have it delivered straight to your door. Ordering currency online with the Post Office is commission-free and available for next day delivery. Obviously the more you buy the better rate you’ll receive.
However you choose to get hold of your spending money, just make sure you either spend or convert your RON before you leave.

Can I pay by debit/credit card?

Most major credit and debit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted throughout Romania’s main towns and cities. You’ll have no problem using your card to pay for drinks or dinner in Bucharest or Brasov using your card however you may like to carry some cash on you for smaller purchases and any activities taking place away. Ensure you have plenty of cash on you for the night at the Ice Hotel for activities and other expenses. It is always advisable to inform your bank that you’re travelling abroad in order to avoid the frustration of having your card blocked.

What sort of budget would I need?

As a general rule, you’ll be able to have a good lunch for around £10 a head and will pay around £15 a head for a nice evening meal. Naturally, the type of establishment you choose to eat in and what you order will dictate the cost of your meals. Be aware that ordering imported wines can cause your bill to sky-rocket so drinking local wines is advisable. We reckon around £70 for lunch, dinner and drinks for two people is plenty per day. Please note that these are rough estimates and you can always choose to spend more or less depending on your budget and preferences. 

How is tipping like?

Tipping is not obligatory in Romania although rounding up taxi fares and adding 10% in restaurants is polite and common practice. If the service has been poor please don’t feel obligated to leave a tip. 

How is the weather like?

The average temperature during the winter hovers around -3 degrees although temperatures in rural areas and up in the mountains can drop well below -15 degrees so it’s best to prepare for the worst. That said, 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. So wrap up warm but don’t forget sun cream!

Who should I contact in case of an emergency?

You can always contact the UTP team on +44 207 101 4061 or info@untravelledpaths.com. Before you travel, you will also receive a personalised itinerary with the contact details of the local manager in Romania should there be any problems. Your guide will be on hand throughout the trip as well, so you're in safe hands.

How do I go about booking extra activities?

Our digital booklet, which you will receive before travel, contains all the information you need about optional activities. Simply drop us an email letting us know what you'd like to do during your trip, and we'll take care of the rest. Please note that the payment for the optional activities will be taken locally in cash.

What should I pack?

Balea Lake and the Ice Hotel are not generally as cold as people might imagine but we do believe that it’s safer to prepare for very cold temperatures, as it is not uncommon for the temperatures outside the Ice Hotel to hit -20 degrees. We would recommend bringing some good waterproof shoes, a warm hat and some gloves to keep yourself warm. Some clients prefer to wear waterproof trousers or a ski suit to protect them from the snow and ice; however aside from technical wear, layering your clothes is just as effective

What happens to my luggage at the Ice Hotel?

Alongside standard luggage, we recommend clients bring a smaller bag and transfer essential items into it for the overnight stay at the Ice Hotel, as it can be awkward lugging bulky suitcases around on the mountain. The big suitcases will remain locked in the car overnight, so ensure you take any valuables with you up the mountain.

How cold is it in the Ice Hotel?

The temperature inside the Ice Hotel isn’t actually as cold as you might think. It usually wavers between -2 and +2 degrees although the temperature outside can sink well below freezing. The Balea Lake Chalet is super warm and toasty though so you can always make your way over there to defrost between courses or before bed.

What if I am too cold?

Before you tuck in for the night, your guide will give you pointers and tips on how to keep warm. Most of our guests feel quite toasty in the sleeping bag they receive before going to bed. However, there is always the option to book an additional room in the warm chalet in case you fear you won't make it through the night.

What are the toilet facilities at the Ice Hotel?

While there are no toilet facilities inside the Ice Hotel, the guests can use those in the cable car building just behind the Ice Hotel. We do recommend using them before going to sleep to avoid having to get out of your cosy sleeping bag overnight. In the morning, showers will also be available in the chalet.