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The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

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Sofia, Bulgaria
The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Save well over an hour compared to public transportation and benefit from the local knowledge of a guide on this full-day trek around the Seven Rila Lakes. Experience one of Bulgaria’s most striking mountain landscapes at a leisurely pace and hike all the way up to the highest of the seven lakes. Please note the tour excludes the small chairlift fee.
  • Soak up the mountain scenery as you hike around the Seven Rila Lakes
  • Enjoy a flexible hiking program, adjusted to your group’s abilities
  • Learn about the local area, wildlife, and plants from your guide
  • Travel by comfortable, climate-controlled minivan
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Professional guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Fuel surcharge
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Chairlift ticket (20 BGN) paid on spot

Departure Point

ул. Оборище +, ul. "19-ti fevruari", 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 our way. The menu is limited though: soups (lentils, beans), grilled meat and some basic meals.
  • Difficulty:
  • this walking route is moderately arduous, with individual brief paths featuring steep inclines. Please bring along comfortable hiking boots. Sandals and flip-flops are not accepted. Rain jacket might be useful in summer as heavy showers sometimes occur in the afternoons.
  • Important! Kindly note, that availability of the tour depends on the weather conditions and the operation of the chairlift. The terrain will be very wet and slippery and there will still be snow in the area. Walking in such conditions requires adequate equipment (good trekking boots, waterproof clothes and a warm layer beneath the jacket). The hike is demanding, so a good fitness level is also required. Keep in mind that some of the lakes may be covered in snow. The tour can be canceled with a last minute notice (100% refund will be applied) due to harsh conditions or closure of the chairlift.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Free hand disinfectant will be provided throughout the tour
  • Customer are required to wear face masks during the transfers.
  • All touch point in our vehicles are frequently cleaned.
  • Drivers and guides will be wearing masks during the transfers.
  • Important! As with all lifts the one, used for the hike to The Seven Rila Lakes, may stop anytime (due to strong wind, power cut etc.). In the rare case, this happens, an alternative hike will be offered on spot by the guide. Mind that such a situation does not make you eligible for a refund.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Traventuria

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Great day tour from Sofia
, Jul 2020
Great day tour from Sofia. Professional on-time driver. I would recommend this tour (self-guided option). Hike with beautiful views that is very moderate.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear Sara, Thank you very much for the review! During these hard times, it's really important to heаr good feedback from our customers. This gives us the will to keep on working and improving despite the hard situation that tourism is in right now! I hope you'll be back one day when the situation is back to normal so we can show you more of the beauties in Bulgaria! Stay safe! Kind regards, Annie Krumova
Lauren N
, Nov 2018
After seeing some good return airfares, a friend & I decided to see Sofia for a weekend. After going on some great tours in summer with viator i decided to see what they had going on for the weekend when were going to be there. I saw this tour pop up, i had never heard of the lakes before and booked it instantly. Our tour guide Petar was superb! He really does make the experience that much more incredible. Its about a 2 hour drive to the mountains and he provides some really nice information about the history of Sofia, points out the small villages on the way and explains there way of life. We arrived to the mountains completely unprepared - literally wearing not much more that a raincoat and a thermal underneath. Petar gave us more puffer jackets and overcoats to wear - obviously we read the weather report for Sofia and not for 2100m above sea level!! There is a 20minute chairlift ride to the start of the hike - on the morning we went it was a beautiful sunny morning so we got really spoiled with visibility of the amazing mountain-scape. The hike of the 7 lakes took about 4 hours round trip. Its about a moderate intensity workout. Getting to the top the most amazing feeling - no picture really does it justice!

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