Its that time of year again!!! The ice hotel is back in Romania. I've posted this deal in previous years and I stayed in it when it very first opened when prices were cheap and they have tripled since I stayed there but it's still cheaper than most ice hotels. Food and drink is very reasonable and you feel isolated as it is only accessible by cable car and there are lots of snow type activities. We had an eventful time trying to find the toilets in the middle of the night leaving the Ice Hotel and heading for the cable car station in the middle of a blizzard, no toilets or washing facilities in the ice hotel of course. This is just a short trip but you could extend if you wanted to see more of Romania. Or if you are planning a wedding then you can get married in the ice church too.
January 22nd 2017
You'll fly from Luton to Sibiu with Wizzair. You only get hand luggage allowance so make sure you stick to the dimensions 42*32*25 or wear most of your clothes. It's likely to be ffffreeezzing in Romania anyway. You'll land after midnight (so technically the 23rd) into Sibiu and will stay in the Ibis hotel which has free parking and is only a very short drive away.
January 23rd 2017
Drive to Brasov but stop of at Sighisoara just over 1hr away, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure you climb Scara Şcolarilor covered staircase and you get fantastic views from the top, and visit the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the supposed inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula as well as Bran Castle. Rasnov Fort is worth a visit too as the views from above are stunning. Overnight in Brasov at the Main Square Apartments with free parking.
January 24th 2017
You can leisurely explore Brasov before the short drive from Brasov to the Cable Car station at Balea Waterfall which will take you to the Ice hotel at Balea Lac. The view from the cable car below is of the Transfagarasan Highway but is not accessible in winter. I think the cable car in itself is an experience! Before you go check out the epic Top Gear episode where they drove this highway. It would be well worth visiting in summer too. At the Ice Hotel you can spend the day sledging, snowmobiling or walking through the tunnel (which in summer you would drive through along the highway but in winter it is full of very large icicles) or just enjoy the very cheap alcohol before turning in for the night in your ice hotel room.
25th January 2016
Leave ice hotel and get car from the cable car station. You have a full day so you don't have to leave the ice hotel location if you wanted to spend more time there. Your flight isn't until late evening so you can make the most of your last day before flying home.
Flights for 2 people to Sibiu from London £131.96 book @ Wizzair
Car Hire £41.59 book at atlaschoice.com
1 night in Sibiu book at Ebookers using code AFFMVC1116 £20.53
1 night in Brasov book at Ebookers using code AFFMVC1116 £20.37
1 nice at the ice hotel book via their website hotelofice.ro €100/£85.71 *availability is very limited in January so I suggest booking this first*
Cable car return to ice hotel for 2 €28/£24