Ice hotel, Dracula's castle, snowmobiling and sledding - Romania adventure

  • January 30, 2014 · 8:00 AM

This is the trip into a heart of wintry and covered in snow Romania. We will be staying at the ice hotel, snowmobiling, sledding and visiting Drakula's Castle.  On the way back we will stop over in Bucharest and do a guided tour of the city. 

 

 

Price: Early bird discount is available if you pay in full before 15 December all you need to pay is £250. After this date but before 1 January 2014 you can still get a slightly discounted rate of £270. If you pay after the 1 January you will have to pay the full price of £290.  

Deposit of £100 (+payal fees) needs to be paid to secure your place. 

The reminder of the money needs to be paid into my bank account two weeks before the trip the latest. For instructions on how to make the payment and for the bank details please follow this link:http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/Bank_account/. Please note that if the payment is not received in time your name will be removed from the RSVP list to make space for others and your deposit will not be refunded. 

What's included: 1 night stay at the ice hotel, 2 nights stay in hostel style accommodation, sledding, snowmobiling, transfers, tour of Bucharest, cable car, tour of Drakula's Castle.

What's not included: flights, food, drinks

Flights: 

Thursday, 30 January

8:05 - 13:25 Easy Jet, London Gatwick to Bucharest, £40.49

Sunday 2 February

16:00 - 17:30 British Airways, Bucharest to London Heathrow, €66

Sleeping in the Hotel of Ice 

Each year the hotel’s rooms are uniquely designed and original: adapted, made entirely of ice with differently themed rooms. This season „Carnival“ is the hotel’s theme.

Rooms are completely made of ice. The beds as well as the furniture are made of big blocs of ice. however it will not be a survival adventure, we will be given a soft mattress which is covered with sheets, blankets and fluffy animal fur. Before going to bed, every guest receives a warm sleeping bag because the room’s temperature is between -2 and +2 degrees Celsius.

Ice Bar is a key element of the Hotel of Ice at Balea Lake. It represents the hotel’s heart that heats and sets in motion the most frozen blood! 

Ice cocktails. Their speciality are cocktails which are not served in ordinary glasses but in glasses carved in ice. If you prefer to heat you up we recommand a hot wine punch or a delicious black tea. Whatever will be your choice, you will have an unforgettable experience worth telling your grandchildren.

Snowmobile

Free riding. With us in Romania everything is a little more original. They cannot offer groomed trails, but only pristine snowfields and a magnificent panorama. Of course there is a instruction for those who have no driving experience.

Sledding

While you are waiting for your turn on the snowmobile you will be able to try some sledding. 

Drakula's Castle

We invite you to experience the history, the myth, the intrigue and the magic of this wonderful place. We hope that you will carry the spirit that makes us love Bran Castle with you, always.

IMPORTANT: By signing up to this trip you have agreed to the following disclaimer: 

'While safety is our top priority and although we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity/trip involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.' The organiser only facilitates the group, and doesn't take responsibility for your safety during the trip.

INSURANCE:

You also confirm that you will be responsible for your own insurance and make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and activities you will be participating in (if in doubt, check with your insurance provider). 

BAD WEATHER: 

There is a small risk that if the weather is very bad and it would make it dangerous to take the cable car we will not be able to get to the ice hotel (it is on top of the hill). This only happens occasionally. In this case an alternative accommodation will be provided. 

Plan of the trip (subject to change)

Thursday, 30 January

8:05 - 13:25 Easy Jet, London Gatwick to Bucharest, £40.49

13:30 - 14:30 going through customs

14:30 - 17:00 transfer to Bran

17:00 - 18:00 check in and refresh

18:00 - 20:00 dinner and drinks (not included)

Friday, 31 January

9am - 10:00 visiting Dracula's Castle

10:00  - 12:00 transfer to Balea Lac

12:00 - 13:00 lunch

13:00 - 14:00 cable car to the ice hotel

14:00 - 14:30 check in

14:30 - 15:30 sledding and snowmobiling

15:30 refreshing

18:00 Dinner at the ice castle (not included)

Saturday, 1 February

9:00 - 9:30 cable car down to Balea Lac

9:30 - 13:30 Balea Lac to Bucharest

13:30 - 14:00 check in

14:00 - 15:00 late lunch

15:30 - 17:30 tour of Bucharest

19:00 dinner

Sunday 2 February

Airport transfer

16:00 - 17:30 British Airways, Bucharest to London Heathrow, €66

Cancellations:

Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure;http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/What_to_do_if_you_can_no_longer_attend_an_event/.



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  • Jamie A.

    This was a great trip with awesome experiences and good people. The ice hotel was a blast, and had a brilliant time with the snow tubing and snowmobiling. The castles were a great balance to the activity as well.

    February 4, 2014

  • Julian F.

    What a fantastic trip. Lots of fun exciting things to do and great company. So thanks to all you guys and a special thanks to the wonderkat for organising it all.

    1 · February 3, 2014

    • Julie

      Julian, I have a few good pictures of you - do you want me to send them to you?

      February 3, 2014

  • Julie

    It was a perfect trip with an amazing group of people!

    February 3, 2014

  • Ross R.

    Awesome location, awesome people and the trip just plan awesome! Everything was well organised and thought out and I enjoyed it all immensely!

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great trip, Kat! Great organization, great company.

    BTW here is the vid of the Top Gear guys driving the Transfăgărășan highway. http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/brand-new-clip-tg-goes-to-romania-part-6

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • Charesa

    Unexpectedly incredible!! Full thumbs up!!! xXx

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • Dave B

    Great trip, well organized and fun people!

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Thanks Kat for a fantastic trip; and thanks to everyone for making it such a wonderful experience! Kat, am soooooo pleased you survived your near death experience with the wolf aka bear aka animal, aka fox so you can plan the next great adventure!! ;-) Great to meet such great people - new & those I've met before. Hope to see you guys again some time soon! x

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • Ross R.

    Awesome location, awesome people, just a plain awesome trip! Thanks Kat and my fellow Romanian adventurers!

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • Hazel

    Not well enough to travel

    January 30, 2014

  • Mike M.

    Hi guys -

    Reposting this as I got the instructions wrong. I now can't go to Romania tomorrow so my spot is free. If you want to go, please leave a comment here, then pay the £290 fee to Kat directly. I'll gift the flights free (worth £129.49) by changing my name to yours.

    -Mike

    January 29, 2014

  • Kat

    Also, Sarah has noticed that in the information from Patricia she mentions the old price of 200 lei rather than 250 as it is on the set menu on-line. Please note this is an error and the one on the website is the correct one.

    January 29, 2014

  • Kat

    Hey guys, this is a comment from Sara, which I think is a good one to share with you: According to XE, they are rounding the exchange up quite a bit (see http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?Amount=250&From=RON&To=EUR), to be over 5EUR more. It is understandable they will charge more to pay for a foreign currency, but we might want to advise people to pay in RON to get a better deal ;)

    January 29, 2014

  • Sascha

    I will need to sell mine, need to travel on business that week now. Who wants it?

    January 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sascha

      January 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      What is the selling price

      January 27, 2014

  • Hash P.

    Does anyone want to sell their spot?

    January 4, 2014

    • Sascha

      I will need to sell mine, messed up the dates, need to travel on business that week. You want it?

      January 24, 2014

  • Kat

    Hey guys, unless you are selling your place, could you please email me on [masked] rather than comment here? If you do the latter meetup spams everyone's inboxes with a lot of messages they don't need.

    January 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have paid the rest amount... A few weeks ago, just wanting to check in that your received? Can't wait!

    January 21, 2014

    • Kat

      Hey Sara, yes, there isn't anything outstanding for you.

      January 22, 2014

  • Kat

    Hey guys, as there is a lot of people on the waiting list, I have added 1 more spot for this trip. First come first served basis. :)

    January 16, 2014

  • Jamie A.

    Paid the balance to you, Kat! Looking forward to the trip!

    January 3, 2014

  • Sarah C.

    Full amount transferred to you, Kat! See you in a few weeks.

    January 2, 2014

    • Kat

      received, thank you.

      January 2, 2014

  • Hazel

    Just paid the final amount - please let me know all ok, thanks

    December 25, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Hazel, I won't be able to check until I'm back in UK next week, but if you have paid I to the account (details following the link) there shouldn't be any problems. :)

      December 25, 2013

  • Kat

    Hey guys, I have increased the number of places on this trip, so if you are on the waiting list you can sign up now. :)

    December 24, 2013

  • Charesa

    Hi Kat! I just made the final payment of £170!! See you in Romania!!! :D x

    1 · December 20, 2013

  • ailee

    Hi Kat
    My RSVP changed yesterday and I couldn't reply as I had no access to internet - So to check..
    1] There is 1 place left only now?
    2] Early bird discount is available if you pay in full before 15 December all you need to pay is £250 - is that £250 plus then paying flights separately?
    Sorry to be a pain with all my questions - can you tell i just joined the group!?! . .and this is the first trip I am hoping to join!
    Ailee :)

    December 5, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Ailee, no problem at all. 1)Yes, there is just one place left now. 2)n That's correct, the flights are not included and need to be bought separately. It would be lovely to have you with us. :)

      December 5, 2013

  • Jennifer

    All paid & flights just booked! My BA flight was £75 through skyskanner.
    Looking forward to this... will be packing 3 things for the castle - a wooden stake, garlic & a cross!!! :-)

    1 · December 5, 2013

  • Mike M.

    Hiya. Booked deposit & outbound flight but can't figure out how to book from Bucharest to London via BA. It doesn't come up in the list of options. Anyone worked it out?

    December 4, 2013

    • Jamie A.

      I ended up booking mine through Opodo and had success there.

      December 4, 2013

    • Mike M.

      Ta. Opodo worked. Though price has gone up to around £85 now.

      December 5, 2013

  • Jamie A.

    Deposit paid, cannot wait for this one, looks fabulous. Next up are the flights!

    December 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Deposit paid, and flights booked.

    December 4, 2013

  • Julie

    Deposit all paid :) this trip looks amazing!!!

    December 4, 2013

  • Ross R.

    Flights booked, leave approved, deposit paid, can't wait!

    December 4, 2013

  • Charesa

    JUST bought my flights!!!! Yay!!! Will sort the rest before the month is out! :D

    December 4, 2013

    • Charesa

      Deposit paid!! Excited!!! :D

      December 4, 2013

  • ailee

    Hi - Can I double-check - its definitely departing on friday and not Thursday?
    Kat - I also rsvp'd for myself but may have another friend interested - if they are, can I bring them too?
    Please let me know :)
    Ailee

    December 2, 2013

    • Kat

      It is definitely Thursday to Sunday - I can see the confusion though, as the trip is not finished I haven't had a chance to check all the details yet. I am back from Lanzarote late tomorrow, will try to work it out and let you gust book all before I leave to Finland on Friday.

      December 2, 2013

    • Kat

      And yes of course, you can either pay for them or ask them to RSVP. :)

      December 2, 2013

  • Kat

    The dates are fixed, hotels and transfers are booked, I am just waiting to confirm the prices of the activities, that's why I can not post the exact price yet. And they may not be doing ice skating this year - checking if I can replace with something else exciting...

    November 27, 2013

    • Kat

      Yes, Thursday to Friday, I should book mine when I'm back, but I haven't got all the details and the price yet. I'm back from Lanzarote tomorrow night, will try to work out the missing bits on Wednesday.

      December 2, 2013

    • Kat

      Thursday to Sunday.

      December 2, 2013

  • Stefanie

    Sorry I would have loved, loved to go but I just realised that I signed for a course which starts that weekend :( Too many things to do, too little time.

    December 2, 2013

  • Charesa

    Are these dates fixed? I wanna buy the flights ASAP but only if theyre not going to change! Please let me know! :)

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Jamie A.

    Look amazing! Quick question.. are flights included in the estimated price or are they in addition to that?

    1 · November 26, 2013

    • Kat

      The flights are not included and you would have to book them yourself.

      November 26, 2013

    • Jamie A.

      Thanks Kat!

      November 27, 2013

  • Stefanie

    I would love to do that...pending my passport renewal is completed.

    November 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds exciting!

    November 26, 2013

  • Jenn

    Would LOVE to, but I'm already taking off the entire week before that, so don't think I could swing that with my boss :-(

    November 26, 2013

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