The ‘Ice Hotel Adventure’ price – is fully inclusive of fireside Supper on arrival, Breakfast & Lunches daily – plus – en-suite double, or twin rooms in our award winning accommodation for the duration of your stay – an overnight stay in the Balea Lac Ice Hotel – Sibiu meet, greet and return airport transfers – 24 hour guides – cable car lift passes and a complementary tunnel trek, from Transylvania into Wallacia (conditions permitting).
3 night Ice Hotel Adventure – £295 per person (based on 2 sharing) – Longer stay prices on request
Meet, greet and (20 minute transfer) from Sibiu airport – fireside supper on arrival
Choice of Full English and/or Continental style breakfast – (40 minute) transfer to the Trans Fagaras Highway, the road to your Ice Hotel Adventure – Cable Car ride to Balea Lac – hot traditional lunch overlooking the frozen lake – ‘free time’ to enjoy the snow based activities – tunnel trek with your guide – dinner in the Cabana Hotel, or Balea Lac Ice Hotel (dinner not included)
Breakfast of omelette, toast, jam, tea or coffee – Cable Car and transfer to Cisnadioara village – Full 3 course hot lunch and hot wine – afternoon transfers and ‘free time’ for ASTRA/Hilton Spa/Cisnadie (fortified church & outdoor skating rink) – return evening transfers and ‘free time’ in stunning Sibiu (European City of Culture 2007)
Choice of Full English and/or Continental style breakfast – transfers and ‘free time’ for ASTRA/Hilton Spa/Cisnadie/Sibiu – Sibiu airport transfers
Skiing and Sightseeing – Our award winning accommodation, in beautiful Cisnadioara village, is also an ideal base for sightseeing and skiing. Please contact us for information on incredible value longer stays
Activities at Balea Lake Ice Hotel
Snow Mobiling (per 15 min.) £20
Ice Sculpting lesson (per hour) £25
Ice Skating (per hour) £7
Sledges are available free from Secret Transylvania
Tunnel Trek (complimentary for Secret Transylvania guests)
Boat Slide £3
Tubing (10 minutes) £3
All activities are dependent on weather conditions and availability
The Balea Lac Cabana Restaurant serves a full range of delicious meals, snacks and drinks at very reasonable prices.
However for a truly unique experience why not have dinner in the Ice Hotel. Sit at an Ice Table and eat from Ice Platters, whilst toasting with Ice Tumblers!
Typical Ice Hotel Menu
£40 per person
Smoked salmon egg cream, dijon mustard sauce and toast
Cream of carrot soup with croutons
Medallion of beef, in a white wine sauce, peppers, sprouts and mashed potato with rosemary
Ice Hotel special desert
Typical Ice Hotel Vegetarian Menu
£30 per person
Pasta salad with vegetables
Cream of Carrot soup with croutons
Potato Gratin with tomato, nuts and rosemary
Ice Hotel special desert
Prices of meals and activities at the ‘Ice Hotel’ were correct for winter 2018/2019. They may differ slightly for 2019/2020
Just 40 minutes from home we turn onto the mountain road that will take us up to the Balea Lac Cable Car. ‘The TransFagaras Highway’, made famous as the ultimate driving road ‘in the World’ by the T.V programme ‘Top Gear’, affords us spectacular views as we climb through the frosty forests and rocky outcrops.
During the winter months the Cable Car is the only way to reach the Ice Hotel, which is located at over 2000m above sea level.
Once on the cable car look out for ‘The Balea Cascade’, the beautiful frozen waterfall that runs the length of the pine clad valley below. We reach the summit and as one 10 year old guest said ‘Stepping out of the cable car is like stepping out of the wardrobe into Narnia’. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the complex, snapping pictures of the surrounding Carpathian Mountains, enjoying some of the activities on offer and of course, visiting the amazing Ice Church… well, this is Transylvania after all!
Your guide will also take you on ‘The Tunnel Trek’, conditions permitting. The tunnel is actually the mountain road through from Transylvania into Wallacia during the summer months. On the other side we are met with breathtaking views of a snow filled forested valley, protected by sheer mountain slopes, that no one has set foot in since the snows arrived in October. Experiencing the remoteness, it’s easy to understand why the only castle that Vlad Tepes (aka Dracula) ever commissioned is further down this valley.
At dusk the atmosphere is truly unique. The last cable car of the evening descends as the winter sun sets the ice and snow aflame with colour.
Dinner can be taken actually in the Ice Hotel or in the nearby Balea Lac Cabana Restaurant. A variety of drinks, cocktails and hot mulled wine are also available from the ‘Bar Sub-Zero’. The perfect place to have a nightcap to round off a truly AMAZING day.
Then, with little light pollution, the show of stars is spectacular as night draws in. Guests will be shown to their individually designed and hand crafted room and will be given comfy, specialised sleeping bags. Many of our guests comment on how surprisingly warm and comfortable their night has been.
Coffee and Continental Breakfast is served in the Balea Lac Chalet Restaurant. Then a final chance to enjoy the snow and ice before taking the cable car down to your waiting transport.
Important note: In high winds or extreme weather conditions the cable car may not be able to run. Although this is extremely rare Secret Transylvania can take no responsibility for this act of nature and can offer no refunds. We will however endeavour to take guests on day 3 instead.