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Sofia: Private Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery Day-Trip

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Activity provider: City Tour Sofia

Sofia: Private Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery Day-Trip

Activity provider: City Tour Sofia

From US$ 132.54 per person

Venture outside of Sofia and experience two amazing places in one day. You will begin with the Rila Lakes, atop Rila Mountain, before then discovering the UNESCO heritage listed Rila Monastery.

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Duration 12 hours
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Pickup included
Hotel pick up at 8am. Please indicate your hotel.
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  • Enjoy a hiking break in the mountains
  • Relax in a natural atmosphere
  • See the marvelous Rila Lakes
  • Have a break from the noise of the big city
  • Visit the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO heritage sight
Full description
Your tour will begin at 8:00AM in the morning, at which point your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Sofia before you embark on your 1.5-hour journey to the Seven Rila Lakes. From the mountain village of Panichishte, you will take a cable car to the area of the lakes. All seven of them are individually titled, with names that reflect their typical shape or characteristics. The lakes 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 a clear emerald green and are great for picnicking around. The hiking path around the lake is of moderate difficulty, and takes between 3.5-5 hours to complete. If you have forgotten to take a packed lunch or a sandwich with you, you will be able to take advantage of the meals on offer in the two huts on the way. In the afternoon you will also travel to the famous Rila Monastery, a UNESCO heritage sight, where you can admire its amazing frescoes and architecture. Your expected return to Sofia will be at approximately 8:00PM.
  • Professional guide
  • Transportation in a comfortable car with free WiFi
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Trip to the Seven Rila Lakes
  • Walking tour around the lakes
  • Trip to the Rila Monastery
  • Food and drinks
  • Cable car fee 25 lev /12.5 euro
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles

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Important information

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  • Please be well dressed for mountain conditions (it is a good idea to bring a jacket with you, even in the summer)
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A beautiful day!

The excursion consisted of 2 highlights, therefore the planned 12 hours. With the sun shining and defying the heat, we made all 7 lakes in a good 3 hours, although the queue at the cable car was infinite. Our guide came up with the exciting idea of taking a jeep as an alternative. :-)) Cool ride :-) The panorama was great! Unfortunately no time for a picnic. The visit to the monastery was a bit short considering that it is the religious center of Bulgaria and a lot of people make a pilgrimage there. Shortly after 7 p.m. we were satisfied and a little tired again in Sofia. Thank you for the beautiful day!

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