Monthly Archives: October 2012

Untravelled Puppies

Scratch. Patch. Lambie. Yappy. Oreo.

These gorgeous little babies were abandoned on the outskirts of Bucharest a month ago. We took them in and they are absolutely adorable but in a really bad state. We’ve given them lots of love, milk, food and warm blankets and they are now healthy and happy. We need to find them permanent homes where they’ll continue to grow into affectionate, loving and loyal companions. We are attached to them and love them dearly so we need to make sure they go to someone that loves them as much as we do.

Please please help us by spreading the word. Thanks everyone!


Three Reasons: To Book Your Ice Hotel Trip Now

Untravelled Paths’ classic 4 night package to the Ice Hotel is perfect for a long weekend getaway. Including a one night stay in the vibrant capital city of Bucharest, guests are whisked away into the heart rural Romania through the plains of the Transylvanian countryside. With relaxing afternoons spent in the picturesque medieval towns of Brasov and Sibiu, guests also have the opportunity to explore the country’s ancient culture and history, beautifully showcased in the crumbling ruins of Rasnov Fortress and the eerie walls of the Bran Castle, home to the infamous Count Dracula. A once in a lifetime stay at the Ice Hotel is the icing on the cake and, nestled within the snow capped peaks of the Fagaras Mountains, the experience is breath-taking. 

So if that’s not enough to get your wanderlust going, we’re going to give you three good reasons why you should go ahead and book your Ice Hotel adventure right NOW. Go on…

save money ice hotel holiday

1. Something to look forward to

Let’s face it, summer’s over, the cold weather is closing in and there’s not much on the horizon to keep us motivated other than Christmas. Book your adventure to the Ice Hotel, Romania now and give yourself something to look forward to. Go on. You deserve it.

2. Christmas present sorted

You know that person who is absolutely impossible to buy Christmas gifts for? Well this is your answer. A trip to the Ice Hotel is utterly unique, totally unforgettable and one in a million. Smiles all round. Until next year, of course. Need we go on

3. Save money

Booking this far in advance means cheaper flights and increased flexibility so you can choose times and dates that suit you. The pound is also stronger than it has been against the euro, which means better value all round. It’s a winner!

I’m convinced. Take me to the Ice Hotel website please. 

In Pictures: Kasbah Bab Ourika, Atlas Mountains in Morocco

Travel Inspiration: The Passport Stamp

“The border means more than a customs house, a passport officer, a man with a gun. Over there everything is going to be different; life is never going to be quite the same again after your passport has been stamped.”
Graham Greene

Passport stamps

Walking in a Winter Wonderland: Christmas at the Ice Hotel, Romania

Christmas Ice Hotel Romania Holidays

Escape the annual humdrum this Christmas and indulge in a four night festive celebration at the Ice Hotel in Romania. Untravelled Paths is offering an exclusive Christmas package for £389 per person through the frosty countryside where you’ll discover secret Saxon towns, mysterious castles and a palace made of ice.

 Christmas Eve: After a night in buzzing Bucharest, you’ll be whisked away to the frosty Transylvanian countryside where you’ll discover the decadent interior of Peles Castle followed by a spine-chilling tour of Dracula’s Castle. Then it’s onwards to the medieval town of Brasov, where you can get into the festive spirit wandering around the square with its traditional Christmas stalls, nativity scenes and twinkling lights.

 Christmas Day: Wake up the next day to a crisp, white Christmas morning, before wrapping up warm and ascending the Carpathian Mountains up to the magical Ice Hotel. Take advantage of the winter playground with some snow-based activities like sledging and ice-skating then sit down on thrones of ice to a Christmas dinner like no other!

Boxing Day: Enjoy a Boxing Day brunch at Brukenthal Palace, dubbed the ‘Eden of Transylvania’, before exploring the medieval, chocolate-box town of Sibiu. Take your time as you amble through the snow-dusted cobbled streets, past rows of rainbow-coloured houses and decorative bridges, discovering cosy little cafés nestled between secluded alleyways. Then it’s back to Bucharest for a final night of merry-making.

Get your White Christmas here. Ho-Ho-Hope you can make it!

4 Night Christmas Getaway to the Ice Hotel, Romania (23rd – 27th Dec) from £389pp:

  • 4 nights accommodation and breakfast
  • All transfers (in-country & airport)*
  • All day trips & excursions
  • Private, bi-lingual guide

*Flights not included but start from £48.99 from London Luton with

 If you want your white Christmas guaranteed, email Marion at or just us a jingle-bell on 0871 662 9521. 

3 Reasons: NOT to Sleep in an Ice Hotel More Than One Night

Sleeping in the Ice Hotel Romania

A bucket list essential. A once in a lifetime experience. A wish-list topper. The ultimate box-ticker. A ‘must-do’ before your time on this magical world comes to an end. 

Yes, I think we all agree that sleeping in an ice hotel is definitely ‘up there’ on most people’s lists. But how can you make the experience one you’ll treasure for the rest of your life? Well, for a start, make it short and sweet. More than one night sleeping in an ice hotel is not as glamorous as it sounds although it’s something clients ask us all the time. So here are the reasons why you shouldn’t sleep more than one night in an ice hotel.

1. The smell

Unless you want to get very, very cold, you should refrain from washing whilst staying at an ice hotel. This is because washing strips the body of the natural oils it needs to keep you warm. So if you’re planning on sleeping multiple nights in the cold you’re likely to get more than a little bit stinky. You could always choose to have your daily shower, although you’ll end up fighting the cold.

Smell at the Ice Hotel

2. The cold

The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of those of us visiting ice hotels across the world are not eskimos. We don’t like being too cold. So although the prospect of sleeping in an ice hotel is incredibly exciting, enthusiasm is likely to dwindle significantly after the first night. We much prefer the idea of snuggling up the night after an icy adventure in a cosy boutique hotel room in a big fluffy duvet. Don’t you?

How cold is it in Ice Hotel

3. The boredom

So you’re up at the Ice Hotel for the third night running. You’ve just about exhausted all the activities on the mountain within the first couple of days. You’re pretty tired and all you want to do is have a nap in your little hotel room. Unfortunately, your hotel room is made of ice and it’s not somewhere you can relax the afternoon away. Unless you want to ‘chill out’ to the extreme, it’s unlikely you’ll be looking forward to yet another night in sub-zero temperatures either. One night is enough. Trust us.

What to do at Ice Hotel

So if you should only be sleeping in an ice hotel for one night, how the heck are you meant to make the experience a holiday and not just an overnight stay? Well, listen up. That’s why all of our handpicked trips to the Balea Lake Ice Hotel are bundled into a range of holiday boxes that include trips to medieval Transylvanian citadels, visits to spooky castles said to have been occupied by terrifying vampire-counts, city-breaks in buzzing Bucharest and, of course, the icing on the cake: one night in the Ice Hotel at Balea Lake in Romania.

It may only be one night at the Ice Hotel but, by gum, is it a night to remember! 

Come take a look at some of our favourite handpicked trips to the Ice Hotel, Romania here.

In Pictures: The Astra Museum, Sibiu, Romania

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