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