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  1. Bulgaria
  2. Sofia Province
  3. Sofia
  4. Rila Monastery

From Sofia: Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery Full-Day Tour

Product ID: 6215
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Combine a visit to Rila Monastery with a trek through the natural wonders of the Rila Mountains. Enjoy a hike of the 7 Rila Lakes of the Panichishte region, before exploring one of the most important Orthodox churches in Bulgaria.
About this activity
Duration: 11 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Get breathtaking views during a morning trek of the 7 Rila Lakes
  • See the pearls of the Rila lakes, such as The Fish Lake, The Twins, and The Trefoil
  • Visit the Rila Monastery, the biggest and most famous monastery in Bulgaria, located in the beautiful surroundings of Rila Nature Park
  • Explore Rila's turbulent history at the monastery museum
  • Tailor the tour to suit your fitness level
Full description
This full-day tour is designed for active people wishing to combine a trek to natural wonders, with a tour of the most visited tourist attraction in Bulgaria, the magnificent Rila Monastery.

Departing Sofia, you will head for the Rila Mountains, where you will enjoy a moderate hike through what is arguably the most distinguished area in the mountains, the 7 Rila Lakes. After a transfer of approximately 90 minutes, you will reach the region of Panichishte, where you will board a chair lift to the Rila Lakes hut.

Consisting of a group of glacial lakes, the 7 Rila Lakes is located at an altitude of between 6,900 feet (2,100 meters) and 8,200 feet (2,500 meters) above sea level. Surrounded by rugged peaks and deep valleys, you will see spectacular views as you walk through its pearls, such as The Eye, The Tear, The Kidney, The Twins, The Trefoil, The Fish Lake and The Lower Lake.

The route can be adjusted on the spot, following more gentle or steeper paths, depending on your fitness levels. Having visited all of the lakes, continue by car for approximately 90 minutes to Rila Monastery, the biggest and most important symbol of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

Behind the 65-foot (20-meter) walls lie impressive monastery buildings, including a church and a chapel with valuable murals. The monastery's most treasured historic and artistic monuments include the 14th-Century Hrelyo Tower, the 5-domed Birth of the Blessed Virgin Church and the original monastery kitchen from the 19th-Century.

You will also explore the monastery’s rich museum, containing a valuable collection of old manuscripts and documents, charters and icons, an ethnographic exhibition of fabrics, jewelry, carpets and wrought iron objects and a library containing more than 16,000 books.
Includes
  • Trek in the Rila Mountains
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • English-speaking guide
What’s Not Included
  • Lift pass to the 7 Rila Lakes (€9 per person, to be paid on the spot)
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

On the back side of Alexander Nevski Cathedral, right in front of the restaurant La Cattedrale.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Please note that the tour is subject to weather conditions and operation of the chairlift. In case of last minute cancelation due to harsh weather conditions or chairlift closure a 100% refund will be offered
• The hike can be slippery and there may be snow in the area. Some of the lakes may be frozen and snow covered as well
• Please wear appropriate hiking boots, warm layers, and waterproof clothes
• The hike can be physically demanding so a reasonable level of fitness is required
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.7 / 5
based on 29 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.9/5
Organization
4.5/5
Value for money
4.4/5
Safety
4.6/5

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Traventuria Ltd.

Product ID: 6215