From Luton: Transylvania and Ice Hotel Stay 22-26 January £153.85pp @ Ebookers
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From Luton: Transylvania and Ice Hotel Stay 22-26 January £153.85pp @ Ebookers

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Found 1st Nov
I have personally stayed here a few years ago when it first opened and I would highly recommend the experience if your budget doesn't stretch to the one in Sweden!

Be aware that there are no bathrooms in the ice hotel, but you can use the cable car toilets in the station nearby which is an experience in the middle of the night, but fun in thigh deep snow!

There are a few variations you could do, flying in and out of different airports, visiting Bucharest too (around a 5 hour or so drive) and extending your trip. This is just an example of a short trip.

22-23 January
Fly from Luton to Sibiu. Due to the ridiculous flight times of Wizzair, you depart 22 arrive after midnight 23rd, collect your car and stay nearby close to the airport and sleep.

23 January
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 ad you get fantastic views from the top, and visit the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the supposed inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I'd suggest a bite to eat then head to Brasov around an hour away. Overnight in Brasov.

24 January
You have a full day in Brasov. Plenty of time to visit Bran Castle and I'd strongly suggest Rasnov Fort. Overnight in Brasov again.

25 January
Drive from Brasov to the Cable Car station at Balea Waterfall which will take you to the Ice hotel at Balea Lac. The view below is of the Transfagarasan Highway but is not accessible in winter. 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.

26 January
Leave ice hotel and get car from the cable car station and drive to Sibiu visiting its original medieval walls and crossing the Bridge of Lies before heading back to the airport (or skip them if you did it already).


BREAKDOWN

Flights to Sibui £137.96 @ Wizzair.com


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1 Night in Sibiu £18.96 ebookers.com


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2 Nights in Brasov area £37.08 @ ebookers.com


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1 night in ice hotel £63 book on booking.com


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Return cable car transfers for two pay at station 70 RON/£13.35

Car Hire £37.37

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Total £307.69/£153.85pp

For Ebookers accommodation use code AFFMVC11

7 Comments

Heat for the effort an detail(y)

redromski34 m ago

Heat for the effort an detail(y)

Thx. You just melted the hotel

Staying in an ice hotel in Luton? Naw, already done that!

Quite expensive considering I paid less to fly to cluj stay all weekend in the centre in an apartment. Go to petrosani for a few days in the mountains. And then catch a train and stay in an apartment in the centre of Bucharest all weekend.

Must be crazy renting a car in the mountains in the snow. End up paying 1000 euro deposit with a high risk sliding of mountain

Have you done this trip OP? Sounds amazing, i'd love to do it!!!

Original Poster

Yes I have! Few years ago now though.

And (to the other poster) you aren't driving a car in the mountains, you leave it at the cable car station and catch the cable car to the mountains as the roads there are impassible due to snow! Yes it's cheaper to fly to Cluj, but further away from Brasov and the Ice hotel. When I stayed it was significantly cheaper than now, but its popularity has increased a lot!

Why not get a days lift pass and go skiing in Poiana Brasov too
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