Sleep in an Ice Hotel and Explore Dracula's Castle
Explore Romania’s most picturesque medieval towns, it's snowy winter landscapes and experience a night on a bed of ice. 3 days off work.
- 1 night in the Ice Hotel
- 3 nights boutique B&B accommodation
- Local, certified guide
- Breakfast each day
- A guided hike in the Făgăraș Mountains
- Castle entrance fees
- Local transfers
- Airport transfers
- All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip
Featured as one of the 'Top 25 life-changing solo holidays for 2019' by The Telegraph.
Day 1: Explore Lipscani District
On your arrival in Bucharest, you'll be met by your host at the airport and transferred to your boutique accommodation in the Lipscani district. You'll be greeted with a coffee or glass of wine before you head out to explore the old town.
This area has maintained its old-town charm whilst being modernised with a plethora of lively restaurants and bars. As you walk the cobbled streets you won't know where to look next with antique markets and bric-a-brac spilling out in every corner.
Feeling at home with Lipscani, you'll head back to the hotel; if you've not already eaten in one of Lipscani's many restaurants, you may enjoy dinner, or simply relax ahead of another day of discovery tomorrow.
Day 2: Peles Castle And Brasov
After breakfast this morning, you'll be transferred to Transylvania, with a visit to the magnificent Peles Castle on-route.
Located in the mountain town of Sinaia and built in the late 1800's, this castle is one of Romania's must-sees. Take a stroll around the grounds with the stunning alpine backdrop before heading inside to explore the ancient interior.
From here, you'll continue your transfer to the medieval town of Brasov. Spend the afternoon exploring Brasov’s charming old town, ringed by the Carpathian Mountains and its medieval Saxon walls.
Day 3: Alpine Hike And The Ice Hotel Experience
Today, you'll travel to Balea Lake. Hiking through the mountain tunnel, you'll witness some spectacular views of the wild Carpathian Mountains and glimpses of alpine wildlife. If you're feeling adventurous, you have the option to join a range of snow-based activities on the mountains, including snowmobiling, tubing or ice-rafting (not included).
At the end of the hike, you'll make your way to the Ice Hotel; hand carved each winter from blocks of ice taken from the frozen Balea Lake, the hotel consists of 14 rooms, countless intricate ice sculptures, an ice restaurant and Sub-Zero Ice Bar. Your evening will kick off with the Ice Hotel dining experience followed by drinks in the Sub-Zero Ice Bar.
Although temperatures in the hotel waver between -2 and 2 degrees, you're in for a surprisingly cosy night's sleep when you do decide to retire; your ice bed is covered with insulating fur and topped with a mattress for extra comfort, with more furs provided for bedding. With coloured lights embedded into the ice, you're in for a magical night's sleep.
Day 4: Visit Dracula's Castle
You'll say farewell to the ice experience this morning and head back through Transylvania for a visit to the 13th-century Bran Castle, known to many as Dracula’s Castle.
Explore the dark, narrow stairways that wind through the castles eery turrets, and the 57 rooms of Gothic furniture, weapons and armour dating back to the 14th century.
Suitably spooked, you'll continue your journey back to Bucharest for your final evening. Dine at your boutique hotel or choose from the many bustling eateries on the cobbled streets, before getting some much-needed rest.
Day 5: Time to Head Home
It's time to say goodbye to Bucharest. As your host will arrange your transfer back to the airport at a time to suit you, there may still be time to finish rummaging through the intriguing bric-a-brac of Lipscani, and if not, there's always next time.
*Please note that this trip does not have the usual social nature as other experiences on Much Better Adventures. This trip takes care of all the logistics and hassles throughout the journey. Your guide will be available throughout the entire length of the trip, however there are moments when the group may decide to split up for a few hours to follow their own agenda if they like to. Yet, for most of the time, the group travels together.*
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The remote Ice Hotel sits between the peaks of the Fagaras Mountains and stands 2000m above sea level and can only be accessed via cable car. Each winter, the locals cut and drag blocks of ice from the frozen Balea Lake for carving. Hand carved by local craftsmen using traditional techniques, the frozen Balea Lake is transformed into the beautifully intricate structures of the Ice Hotel and its magical Ice Church, the theme of which changes each and every year.
With 14 beautifully lit bedrooms carved from ice, no two rooms are the same but will always feature ornately carved statues, and impressive sculptures.
Although temperatures in the Ice Hotel typically waver between -2 and +2 degrees, guests find themselves enjoying a surprisingly cosy night’s sleep; ice beds are covered with insulating fur then topped with mattresses for extra comfort. They also have coloured lights embedded into the ice creating a stunning, magical atmosphere when lit up at night. Bedding, further furs and specialist sleeping bags are all provided with storage and bathroom facilities located nearby in the Balea Lake Chalet.
During your stay in Lipscani and Brasov, you will stay at a 4-star boutique B&B. You can expect stylish, comfortable rooms with spacious en-suite bathrooms.
All rooms are based on a 2-person or 3-person twin sharing basis. For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for £75 per person (subject to availability). Please request this at the time of booking.
Brasov sits nestled in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and is known as the gateway into Transylvania. 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.
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.
Balea Lake and the Ice Hotel sit perched high up in Transylvania’s Fagaras Mountains at an altitude of 2,034 meters. As winter arrives and temperatures in the mountains begin to plummet, the lake gradually freezes over and turns into thick ice which is then used to build the hotel.
Bucharest Airport - anytime
Your adventure begins at Bucharest Airport (OTP) with your private airport transfer.Your host and driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. To make the most of your time away your host recommends getting an early morning flight. You’ll meet your fellow adventurers the next morning for your transfer to Transylvania.
Bucharest Airport - anytime
At the end of your adventure, you will be transferred back at Bucharest airport in time to make your flight. To make the most of your time away your host recommends booking an afternoon/evening flight.
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