Yoga & Hiking Holiday in the Balkan mountains

Apriltsi, Bulgaria

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Olga Galabova
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May 18 - 25, 2019
Group size: 6 - 25
Yoga & Hiking Holiday in the Balkan mountains
Apriltsi, Bulgaria

Olga Galabova
  • Email address verified

€550
Deposit: €165
May 18 - 25, 2019
Group size: 6 - 25

About this trip

Let me introduce you the beauty of the Bulgarian mountains in a week of Yoga and Hiking in Aptiltsi. An incredible mixture of yoga, nature, traditions, food, history, adventures in a cozy hotel in the heart of the Balkan mountains.

Open to all levels and ages, this holiday is for those who love an active relaxation, easy-pace mountain hiking and exploring.

So what's the deal?

- Two Yoga classes offered per day, led by a experienced teacher, for all levels and ages
- A range of Yoga styles and practices including: Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Nidra, Breathwork and Meditation
- Two easy-pace mountain hikes guided by experienced local guides
- One day excursion to Gabrovo, Etara and Batoshevo monastery
- Seven nights accommodation in a hotel with a swimming pool, a tennis court, a sauna and gym
- Stunting views all over around
- Return transfer from/to Sofia airport
- A daily  breakfast (HB)
- A welcome dinner
- Free time to relax and explore local cuisine and typical Bulgarian food and nature
- Child, family and pet friendly

Where is this place?

Hotel Panorama Apriltsi is situated in the peaceful and magnificent mountain park - the ideal place for your perfect holiday – away from the city, quiet and surrounded by the unforgettable view to the most beautiful Balkan mountains summits: Levski, Goliam Kupen, Botev, Mara Gidik, the Triglav massif and Ostrets. Panorama Hotel offers a seasonal outdoor pool, heated by solar panels, a fitness centre, sauna and WiFi throughout the hotel. Free private parking available. On-site facilities include an à-la-carte restaurant with a garden and an outdoor seating area, a grocery shop can be found within 700 m from Panorama Hotel. Apriltsi Bus Station is set a 10-minute walk away. The town of Troyan and the Troyan Monastery are located 30 km away.

Who is your yoga teacher?

Hi, my name is Olga - a Bulgarian crafted yoga teacher, based in Netherlands. Certified in Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow yoga, a devoted mom of 2 teenagers and a wife, in love with the nature and wildlife, crazy about books and music, always having fun. Everywhere. With everybody.
That’s me in 3 lines. You can find a longer version on www.yolga.nl

Why you should join this Yoga and Hiking

At a time when our dynamic life is getting busier and hectic and time to ourselves is increasingly rare, we need to take a break and reconnect with ourselves more than ever. We all feel the need to recharge our batteries, be closer to the nature, enjoy and live in the moment and forget the hassles of everyday life for a little while. Yoga is our daily life-hack how to keep us sane and comfortable with and into ourselves.
But yoga is more. It is a powerful tool to develop awareness both to the world around and the cosmos inside everyone of us, a key to the perfect inner balance and harmony, a union.
This Yoga & Hiking Holiday in the magical Bulgarian mountain is an invitation to rediscover the balance: to relax while being active, to awaken the senses while being into the self, to share love and accept love from the nature, to reconnect with the inner-self on all the levels - physically, emotionally, mentally. 


About the activities - yoga and hiking

We're about having fun, meeting new people, practicing yoga and enjoying easy paced hikes as we explore and connect both with our nature beauty and the beauty of the nature in and around Balkan mountains. So if you practice yoga or you are curious to try it, if you enjoy spending time in the nature, observing - this might be the perfect holiday for you.  Every morning we will energize the body with a gentle flow and breath work yoga practice, bringing our awareness to the self.  Regarding the schedule and following the personal intention, we might enjoy a day for relax and wellness, an excursion, or a mountain hike. An experienced local guide will reveal 2 stunting hiking routes for us: Hiking route 1: Hotel Panorama Apriltsi - Vidimsko praskalo waterfall Hiking route 2: Hotel Panorama Apriltsi - Mara gidik peak  Both hiking routes are easy paced, light and suitable for anyone interested in hiking at a slower "take in the sites" pace. Each one lasts 4-5 hours.  At the end of the day we will come back to the yoga room for a gentle restorative practice, a guided meditation and a long relaxation.  


Anything else?

Along with the daily yoga classes and the hiking, we'll have a one-day excursion, visitining one the most beautiful cities in Bulgaria - Gabrovo, discovering the traditional Bulgarian architecture, crafts and customs (like typical Bulgarian revival houses and real-life wood-carving, pottery, coppersmith crafts, furriery, cutlery making, needlework etc.) at Open air Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex and experiencing the peaceful energy of Batoshevo monastery . .For you free time there are extra guided hiking tours, excursions, tennis equipment, massages available on request (extra fee applicable, € 20 - € 70 per person).  There is always the freedom to opt out from any of the yoga / meditation sessions or the hikes, or the excursion.

Do you need a special equipment?

The spring in Bulgaria is the most beautiful but also a quite unpredictable season. From rainy to sunny, from windy to misty, from hot to cold - we might experience all the four seasons in one day.
Please, bring along your comfortable hiking shoes, a light backpack and a rain jacket. You can find some nice tips about your mountain hike equipment here.
Please bring comfortable clothes for yoga. 

Pricing

For this Yoga and Hiking Holiday there are 2 price and accommodation packages:

  1. single occupancy 
  2. double occupancy (in a twin room)
  • For each package there are 3 prices applicable:
  1. - regular price - if you make your reservation and pay the deposit or full price after 16.02.2019
  2. - early bird price - if you make your reservation and pay the deposit or full price between 31..01.2019 and 15.02.2019
  3. - super early bird price - if you make your reservation and pay the deposit or full price between 13.12.2018 and 31.01.2019
  • Once your reservation/payment is confirmed by yolga, you will be informed via e-mail which price package is applicable for you

Booking and payment


  • A 30 % deposit is required to reserve a place on this Yoga and Hiking Holiday and the remaining 70 % payment must be paid 45 days before the Yoga and Hiking Holiday starts. You will receive an email receipt confirming both payments once both have been transferred.
  • For group bookings, each individual must pay their own deposit to confirm their attendance and their agreement and acceptance of these terms and conditions. A group leader may coordinate the remaining Yoga and Hiking Holiday payments.
  • The Yoga and Hiking Holiday price must be paid in full, regardless of any third party charges or exchange rates of currency. Any potential banking transfer fees must be paid by you, and if you decide to use PayPal, a processing fee will be added to your payment.

Cancellation policy

If for any reason you cannot attend the Yoga and Hiking Holiday, please email me as soon as possible and I will do my best to fill your place so that I can fully refund you. This may not always be possible however and if I cannot fill your place the following cancellation fees will apply:

  • Over 45 days before the Yoga and Hiking Holiday begins: 30 % of the Yoga and Hiking Holiday price (regular, early bird or super early bird)
  • 45 - 15 days before the Yoga and Hiking Holiday begins: 50 % of the Yoga and Hiking Holiday price (regular, early bird or super early bird)
  • 14 days or less before the Yoga and Hiking Holiday begins: 100 % of the Yoga and Hiking Holiday price (regular, early bird or super early bird)
  • Early departure from the Yoga and Hiking Holiday: 100 % of the Yoga and Hiking Holiday price

As with your deposit and full payment, any third party fees or changes in currency will be payable by you.  Occasionally yolga / Hotel Panorama may need to make changes to the Yoga and Hiking Holiday program e.g. class times, yoga teachers, hiking (route and/or day), excursions. We reserve the right to do so at any time. In the case of accommodation changes we will do everything possible to offer you a room of a similar category to the one you booked.  yolga / Hotel Panorama also reserve the right to cancel the Yoga and Hiking Holiday, and in the unlikely event of having to do so will refund your deposit and/or Yoga and Hiking Holiday payment in full.  

Travel

The arrangement and cost of travel are not included in your Yoga and Hiking Holiday booking. It is your responsibility to make the necessary arrangements to reach Sofia airport (or Apriltsi, where Hotel Panorama is located) and check what visas or health requirements may be applicable to you. yolga / Hotel Panorama are not responsible if you, or another passenger you are travelling with, do not have the necessary documentation for travel, nor are we responsible for any consequences arising from cancellations or delays in travel. Should issues with your travel affect your ability to attend the Yoga and Hiking Holiday the cancellation policy will apply (see above).  

Insurance

I strongly recommend that you have travel insurance to come on this Yoga and Hiking Holiday. It is your responsibility to have travel insurance that covers yoga and any activities on the Yoga and Hiking Holiday that you may book (such as hiking, swimming, etc.) as well as potential losses, damages, injuries, illness, cancellations and risks. yolga /Hotel Panorama are not responsible for injury, loss, damage or theft of personal belongings.  

Health and safety


  • Before the Yoga and Hiking Holiday begins, I will be sending you an Attendee/Sign-In Form to gain a better understanding of your yoga experience and any health problems or medical conditions that I need to be made aware of.
  • Should you have any health concerns, it is your responsibility to consult a doctor to confirm that you are in good health to practice yoga and any other physical activities that you may choose to take part in (e.g. hiking, swimming, etc.)
  • yolga /Hotel Panorama reserve the right to advise you not to participate in activities at the Yoga and Hiking Holiday if you have any health problems or medical conditions that may be affected by them.
  • If you feel any discomfort, pain or suffer an injury during any of the activities at the Yoga and Hiking Holiday, you must stop as soon as possible and inform us. If you continue with the activity and there are chances of further worsening the injury,  yolga / Hotel Panorama reserve the right to deny your stay and participation in the Yoga and Hiking Holiday, without refunding your retreat payment.
  • Although yolga / Hotel Panorama take all necessary measures to ensure high standards of health and safety, some of our sessions may be located in rural areas where it is common to have unevenness in the ground and we cannot be held responsible for injuries suffered as a result of this.
  • I (yolga) need to be informed of any pregnancies and will only be able to teach yoga to pregnant women who are between 12 - 28 weeks of gestation and will need to work with you to adapt the yoga practice accordingly. It is your responsibility to check with your doctor that you are fit to travel and capable of performing the activities we offer. It is better that any pregnant woman who wish to attend the Yoga and Hiking Holiday have practised yoga before.
  • yolga / Hotel Panorama are not responsible for any illness, injuries or psychological conditions that you may have nor for any possible risks, illness, injuries or psychological conditions that you may develop during the Yoga and Hiking Holiday.

Privacy policy

Please be assured that any information you share with us will be kept in the strictest confidence and not passed on to any third parties. yolga / Hotel Panorama do not share any registers, records or share any personal or banking data.​

What’s included

  • accommodation
    7 nights at Panorama Hotel including shower/WC, free Wi Fi access
  • breakfast
    daily, buffet or HB
  • welcome dinner
    get together with the other participants and your hosts
  • daily yoga classes
    2 yoga classes a day of varying styles suited for both beginners and experienced practitioners
  • 2 guided mountain hikes
    2 guided easy paced light mountain hikes
  • excursion
    1 one day excursion to Gabrovo, Etara and Batoshevo monastery
  • airport transfer
    Transfer Sofia Airport (Terminal 1 or 2) - Panorama hotel Apriltsi - Sofia Airport
  • outdoor swimming pool
    heated by solar panels (seasonal)
  • gym
    available in the hotel
  • WiFi
    free
  • parking
    free, outdoor
  • sauna
    available in the hotel
  • yoga mats and props
    a fully equipped space for yoga is available in the hotel
  • transport to Sofia
    flights, trains, busses, etc. Transfer from Sofia to Apriltsi and back is included in the price
  • lunch and dinner
    aside from the welcome dinner and breakfast the other meals are not included. The hotel has a restaurant and there are multiple restaurants and canteens at walking distance
  • tickets and entrance fee
    For museums and exhibitions, public transport, etc.
  • other tours and hikes
    For you free time there are extra guided hiking tours, excursions, tennis equipment, massages available on request (extra fee applicable, € 20 - € 70 per person)
  • massages
    upon request
  • tennis equipment
    there is a tennis court in the hotel complex

Available Packages

Double occupancy (Discover Bulgaria)
Available until Mar 04, 201920 left

Shared (twin) room with WC and shower, booked before 31.1.2019

Breakfast

Free WiFi

€499
Deposit: €150
Single occupancy (Discover Bulgaria)
Available until Mar 04, 201920 left

Private room with WC and shower, booked before 31.1.2019

Breakfast

Free WiFi

€639
Deposit: €192
Double occupancy (Early Bird)
Available until Feb 16, 201920 left

Shared (twin) room with WC and shower, booked before 16.2.2019

Breakfast

Free WiFi

€525
Deposit: €158
Single occupancy (Early Bird)
Available until Feb 16, 20198 left

Private room with WC and shower, booked before 15.2.2019

Breakfast

Free WiFi

€669
Deposit: €200
Double occupancy (Regular price)
Available until Apr 30, 201920 left

Shared (twin) room with WC and shower

Breakfast

Free WiFi

€550
Deposit: €165
Single occupancy (Regular price)
Available until Apr 30, 20197 left

Private room with WC and shower

Breakfast

Free WiFi

€699
Deposit: €210
€550
Deposit: €165

Double occupancy (Regular price)

Itinerary

Saturday 18.5.2019
Get together

Transfer from Sofia airport (T1 and T2) and check in

18:00-19:30 : Introduction & Practice (Yoga and/or Meditation)
20:30-... : Welcome dinner at the Hotel Restaurant

Your Organizer


OG
Olga Galabova
Hi, my name is Olga - a Bulgarian crafted yoga teacher, based in Netherlands. Certified in Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow yoga, a devoted mom of 2 teenagers and a wife, in love with the nature and wildlife, crazy about books and music, always having fun. Everywhere. With everybody. That’s me in 3 lines. You can find a longer version on www.yolga.nl