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Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

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Sofia, Bulgaria
Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

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icon13 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Reaching the Seven Rila Lakes by public transport typically involves two buses, a shuttle and most of your day. Take the pain out of transportation—while maintaining total independence—with this cost-effective shared transfer. Visit both these beautiful glacial lakes and the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with ample time for hiking.
  • See the Seven Rila Lakes and the UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery in one day
  • Enjoy more than half a day exploring the lakes and Rila National Park
  • Revel in the history, frescoes, and relics of Bulgaria’s largest monastery
  • Shuttle departs from and returns to a convenient central Sofia location
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Round-trip shared transfer
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Entrance fees - Rila Lakes chairlift ticket (20 BGN per person, approx 10 EUR, two-way)
Food and drinks
Guide services

Departure Point

pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski" 4, 1000 Sofia 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
  • A moderate to intensive amount of walking is involved (walking/hiking experience is a must)
  • Comfortable walking shoes and clothes suitable for mountain/walking are required
  • Sun cream and sunglasses are strongly recommended
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Dress code at the Rila Monastery: high heels, short skirts and trousers, shirts with no sleeves, etc. are not allowed in the monastery.
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers

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.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the maximum group size during Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia?
This activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers.

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Do not hesitate, it's worth it
, Jul 2021
It's worth it to wake up so early to see such amazing landscape. We had a great guide, very helpful. No need much hiking experience, only good shoes and jacket. The monastery is beautiful and we had enough time to enjoy both the mountain and the monastery!
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definitely worth it!
, Jul 2021
great trip, breathtaking views, definitely worth participating. we had enough time for the longer route even though we wouldnt consider ourselves being super fit. rila monastery complex was an interesting experience as well, it was raining which made the atmosphere even more adventure-ish
beautiful views, overall great trip
, Jul 2021
beutiful trip - we had enough time to walk the longer route (even though we wouldn’t consider ourselves being super fit hikers) and the views were breathtaking. definitely was a highlight of out bulgarian adventure. the rila monastery complex was beutiful as well, we didnt visit any exhibition though
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Rogue R
, Oct 2019
Not much to rate here, they picked us up and dropped us off as needed. We had adequate time and the bus driver was very good. I would recommend that you bring pants for the Monastery because they were not happy with the length of my (male) shorts.
, Aug 2019
Very interesting trip. The 7 Rila Lakes are trully amazing. I am a mountain lover and I hike lots of mountains, but I was really impressed by the view at Rila. The Monastery was also impressive. I reccommend this trip for everybody who loves nature! The guide we met in the morning was very nice, gave us maps and information in order to manage alone our trip. The driver was also ok.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for writing back. We are really happy that you enjoyed the beauty of Rila Mountains and the efficiency of Rila Shuttle. Hope to see you again in the near future for other parts of the Rila mountain !
Overall it was a good tour but we...
Carina T K
, Nov 2017
Overall it was a good tour but we did have our challenges particularly the hike to the lakes. This is an independent tour. There is only a guide at the beginning who briefed us on the bus then she left us on our own with just the driver. The hike to see the Seven Rila Lakes was more challenging than we expected. When you go up the ski lift, you had to figure out which path to take. There were some signs but they were written in Cyrillic. We had a choice to follow the green, red or yellow paths. We chose the one with less incline however, with only 4 hours in total it was not enough time for us to see all 7. We only saw 3 out of the 7 lakes that included eating our packed lunch. The others we were with saw 5 of the 7. We weren't experienced hikers and we found ourselves lost a few times but eventually found the markings on the rocks. The terrain was rough but the view and landscapes were amazing. We just wish we had more time and more guidance on the hike, perhaps a printed map/guide in English. We had ample time to see the Rila Monastery and we didn't need a guide to go around the area.

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