If you would like to see some more of Bulgaria, you can speak to Reni and Toshko about an excursion. There are several alternatives: The closet large town is called Troyan and is situated about 25 km (15 miles) from Apriltsi. Troyan is a pretty provincial town with lively businesses. There is also a regional museum, handicrafts and several small shops selling ceramics and flowers. About 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Troyan is the Troyan-monastery (C17) which is Bulgaria’s largest and the largest attraction in the area.
About 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Apriltsi is the town of Gabravo. The town is situated next to the famous Shipka mountain pass – this is also where the road starts its climb to the magnificent Etara outdoor museum. In the high season, there are workshops here making famous Bulgarian handicrafts: embroidery, woodwork and copper work. There is also the chance to combine a day-trip to Etara with a trip to Velika Tarnovo – once the Capital City of Bulgaria. The city’s architecture is unique with the houses climbing the slopes of the Yantra River. High above lie the ruins of the old fortress of Tsarevets.