THE SEVEN RILA LAKES & RILA MONASTERY

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An intensive hiking & sightseeing programme, which shows you the best of the nature and culture merits of the Rila Mountains: Rila Monastery (UNESCO) and the Cirque of The Seven Rila Lakes. The program doesn’t allow much free time on either site but it is quite enough to explore both places.

The tour begins with an early transfer to the Rila (appr. 1,45hrs), followed by a brief 20-min. cable car ride to the Seven Rila Lakes Cirque. The glacier lakes are at between 2100 and 2500m above sea level, with name fitting their shapes, like Babreka (the Kidney), Okoto (the Eye), Salzata (the Teardrop), Trilistnika (the Trefoil), Bliznaka (the Twin) etc. As we need to follow strict time schedule, depending on your fitness, we can either make the whole circuit around all lakes, or make the stroll shorter and skip the two highest ones. After the hiking around one of the Rila’s most remarkable and beautiful parts, we are transferred to the Rila Monastery: the largest and most significant Bulgarian Orthodox Church establishment (1,30hrs drive). The 20m high walls shelter impressive cloisters, a church, and a chapel with unique murals and museum collections. We return to Sofia in late afternoon/evening.

Total transfer time: Appr. 5-5,30hrs (+40min chairlift ride)
Hiking specifics: Appr. 3,30hrs (without breaks); 6km; +400m/-400m;
Tour difficulty: the trek is considered as moderately arduous with some steep stages now and then. The terrain is rough so flip-flops and sandals are not acceptable. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Wind-/waterproofs are necessary just in case (general rule for all treks above the tree line irrespective of the season) and also a warmer middle layer (especially for the chairlift ride in the chilly mornings).


Prices:
40 euro per person on days with a Special offer. 1 pers: 159 euro; 2 pers: 97 euro pp; 3 pers: 74 euro pp; 4-7 pers: 66 euro pp;
* The rates above are per person based on the number of people in one reservation.
** The tour is not private and the group may comprise customers booked under several reservations, each with a different number of people. We aim to keep the total group size not exceeding 12 passengers (normally 2-8).

*** Promo rates may occur for some of the dates; scroll the Book Online tab to check if such are present around your travel dates.
Price includes: Transfers throughout the tour; English-speaking guide;
Price does not include: Chair lift tickets for Rila Mountains; Entrance to the museum in Rila Monastery;
Food: Due to the really tight schedule of the tour, there will be no time for a proper lunch, although such options are otherwise available in the Rila Lakes hut, and also around the Rila Monastery. Please come prepared with a lunch pack and the proper amount of water for the day.
Best period: June-October

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Wonderful day out

5.0 rating
October 22, 2022

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The views from the 7 lakes hike were absolutely beautiful; and the walk was nice and easy in pace so that we had time to really take in our surroundings. Going up the chair lift was a lovely way to start viewing the mountain. It was a bit chilly on the chairlift, but then when we were hiking it was really warm (we were lucky with the sunshine).
Both of our guides were nice and friendly and they gave us some really interesting info about the Rila Monastery and it’s frescoes.
We also got chatting to some other English travellers, so overall a really great day!

Cathy Bains, United Kingdom

Lovely

5.0 rating
October 17, 2022

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Dear guides, thank you a lot for the wonderful walk! The organization was perfect, the nature is lovely. Highly recommend you!

Daria Zaporozhtseva, Bulgaria

Great Tour - amazing views

4.0 rating
September 12, 2022

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Great tour, guide and driver were friendly and helpful.
Some feedback would be to advise people on this tour to bring a warm jacket or jumper as we had to buy at the hut as it was very cold and we were not prepared or advised which was disappointing as if the hut didn’t have there was no way we could have completed the tour and we were not the only ones on the tour that had to purchase.

Kelly Gallagher, Australia

Excellent

5.0 rating
September 11, 2022

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Booked this daytrip with the guide, Radi. He knows the where to go and takes enough breaks. He gives options whether you should take the easy or hard hike.

Alice Lim, the Netherlands

Incredible Day

5.0 rating
August 6, 2022

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Great tour and guide, both the monastery and mountain were incredible. Smoothly ran with lots of interesting facts from the guide and happy to go the extra mile/help!!

Reuben Cox, United Kingdom

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