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Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery Shuttle Day Trip

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This self-guided trip is a great chance to experience these two amazing places - the famous Seven Rila Lakes and the UNESCO Rila Monastery - in one day.


  • 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, UNESCO heritage sight


The tour departs at 7:30 in the morning- the meeting point is behind Alexander Nevsky Catheral, next to café La Cathedrale. Please be there at 7:15 and ask for travel agency City Tour. The Seven Rila Lakes are just 1,5 hours’ drive away from the capital, which makes them a great day trip in the nature. From the mountain village of Panichishte you will take a cable car to the area of the lakes. The driver will give you directions about the hiking route and the timing, which you should keep in mind. All seven of them have their own name which reflects its 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 a clear emerald green and are great for picnic. The hiking path is of moderate difficulty and it takes about 4-5 hours. Food: it is strongly recommended to bring your own food; but even if you have not, you can buy from a gas station during our break on the way in the morning. In the afternoon you will also travel to the famous Rila Monastery, UNESCO heritage sight, where you can admire its amazing frescoes and architecture, while the guide tells you its rich history. The visit of the monastery will be about 1 hour. The expected return at Sofia is at 7:30 pm.


English – speaking driver Transportation with a comfortable van Trip to the Seven Rila Lakes Visit of the Rila Monastery

Important Information

  • - The hiking is with moderate difficulty! - Be prepared for mountain conditions with comfortable walking shoes and light jackets/ sweatshirts. In sunny days – sun cream, sun hat. - Women should have their knees and shoulders covered in the monastery

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