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12 Hours Tour To The Seven Lakes & Rila Monastery
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Nature, Trekking, Architecture

  • Duration

    12 Hours

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This tour is a great combination of hiking to the Seven Lakes and a visit to Saint Ivan of Rila Monastery. This is a historically important place and is protected by UNESCO. Here, you will be greeted by stunning frescoes and jaw-dropping architecture. 


-     Enjoy a hiking break in the mountains         

-     Relax in a natural atmosphere

-     See the marvellous Rila Lakes

-     Have a break from the noise of the big city

-     Visit the Rila Monastery, UNESCO heritage sight

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    • Start the tour at 8 am in the morning when the Rila guide will take you from your place in Sofia. The Seven Rila Lakes are just 1, 30 h away from the capital, which makes them a great day trip in nature. 

    • From the mountain village of Panichishte, you will take a cable car to the area of the lakes. All seven of them have their own name which reflects their typical shape or characteristics. They are situated between 2,100 and 2,500 meters above sea level. In winter, they are frozen over and covered in snow; in summer, once melted, they are clear emerald green and are great for a picnic. 

    • Proceed on the hiking path which is of moderate difficulty and it takes about 3- 5 hours.

    • Don't worry about food. If you have forgotten to take a lunch pack or a sandwich with you, you can take advantage of the meals on offer in the two huts on your way.

    • In the afternoon, you will also travel to the famous Rila Monastery, UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can admire its amazing frescoes and architecture. In the monastery, you will have a guided tour and you will spend about 45 minutes there. 

    • The expected return to Sofia will be at 8 pm.

What's Included
  • Professional Bulgarian driver-guide

  • Transportation with a comfortable car 

  • Hotel pick up and drop off

  • Trip to the Seven Rila Lakes

  • Hiking tour around the Lakes

  • Trip to the Rila Monastery

What's Excluded
  • Food & drinks

  • Cable car fee- 10 euro

  • Gratuities (optional)

What to bring

Please wear comfortable walking shoes. 

Know before you go
  • Pick up at 8 am- please indicate your hotel or address. Return to the hotel at the end of the tour.

  • The hiking is of moderate difficulty and takes about 4 hours.

  • Women should have their knees and shoulders covered in the monastery.

Meeting Point

Hotel pick up

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
  • emily

    City tour arrang a pleasant tour with a professional guide! He is knowledgeable about mountain situation and adjust speed while we were climbing. He was always looking after each ones condition! We all like his guidance,and we highly recommend this guide and Citytour company!

Starting From


EUR EUR---- 240.00
EUR 240.00 / Per person

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