3 Days Nature tour itinerary for Sofia & Rila: Explore Bulgaria's Highest Mountain
Examine the best trekking routes of Bulgaria's highest mountain. The first hiking day, you will conquer Malyovitsa - the second-highest summit. The second hiking day will introduce you to the seven pearls called the Seven Rila Lakes, circus lakes located cascading over one another.
arrival to sofia. transfer to v. govedartsi
Welcome to Sofia and enjoy your comprehensive city tour of Sofia.
Explore Sofia's numerous attractions. Visit some of the city's most remarkable sites such as Alexander Nevski Cathedral gold-domed Cathedral emblematic for Sofia, the church of St. Sophia which gave the name of the city, the Rotunda of St. George, which is the best-preserved Byzantine building, the Russian church st. Nikolas, St. Petka medieval church, Banya Bashi Mosque, the ruins of ancient Roman Serdica and many more.
In the afternoon, drive to v. Govedartsi for an overnight stay.
V. govedartsi - malyovitsa hiking - v. govedartsi
After breakfast, drive to starting point Malyovitsa from where you start hiking with your Rila mountain guide. The mountain path is surrounded by impressive peaks dominated by peak Malyovitsa (2729 m.) – the second highest in Bulgaria. The main hiking route takes about 2.5-3 hours to the top of Malyovitsa and it passes through two glacial plateaux, called “terraces”, many moraines and a blue lake.
In the afternoon, drive back to v. Govedartsi (/B/).
v. govedartsi - panichishte - seven rila lakes hiking - sofia
In the morning, transfer to Panichishte Resort and take the chair lift to hut Rila lakes (approx. 2000m above sea level).
Start hiking to the Seven Rila Lakes. There is hardly a visitor who will remain indifferent to this place. Surely, this will become one of the most exciting hikes in your collection, and the sights that will reveal to you will last in your consciousness for long reminding you of the grandeur and the timeless beauty of Mother Nature. The lakes follow each other at a height between 2100 and 2500 meters above sea level. They are all linked to a certain image, and their names are associated with these images. From lowest to highest you pass by “The Lowest Lake”, “The Fish Lake”, “The Trefoil”, “The Twin”, “The Kidney” followed by “The Eye” and “The Tear”. From the top of the lakes, you will be rewarded with the most breath-taking view of the whole circus surrounded by rugged peaks and deep valleys.
In the afternoon, drive back to Sofia (/B/).
Two overnights including breakfast in family hotels/guest houses in v. Govedartsi
Panichishte cable car lift
English speaking Rila mountain guide from Day 1 until Day 3
City tour of Sofia (no museums)
Transport by private car or minivan throughout
Any other admission fees not mentioned above
Camera and guide fees at museums
Tips for guide and driver
Porterage fee in/out hotels and airport
Explore Rila - Bulgaria's highest mountain
During this tour, you will explore the best trekking routes of Bulgaria's highest mountain - Rila. The first hiking day, you will conquer Malyovitsa - the second highest summit of Rila. The second hiking day will introduce you to the seven pearls of Rila (Seven Rila Lakes) - circus lakes located cascading over one another.