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From Sofia: 7 Rila Lakes Hiking & Thermal Spa Day Tour

1. From Sofia: 7 Rila Lakes Hiking & Thermal Spa Day Tour

Explore the Seven Rila Lakes, the jewel of the Rila Mountains National Park and admire breathtaking alpine scenery. Escape the summer heat in Sofia and enjoy the refreshing mountain climate of the highest mountain of the Balkans. Join a pleasant, easy to moderate walk and relax deeply at the end of the day in the thermal pools fed by hot spring waters. All this within a day tour from Sofia. You will be picked up early in the morning from your hotel or address in Sofia for a wonderful journey in the Rila Mountains. Within 1.5-hours, you will arrive at Pionerska Hut (1520 meters), from where the group will take a chairlift to the Rila Lakes Hut situated above the tree line at 2150 meters above sea level in the Rila Mountains National Park. Here, the circular walk will begin passing by Ribnoto (The Fish), Trilistnika (The Trefoil) and Bliznaka (The Twin) Lakes. When the group reaches Bubreka (The Kidney) Lake, situated at 2282 meters above sea level there will be 2 options: the group can choose to take the long route or the short route. For the long rout, continue uphill passing by Okoto (The Eye) Lake, you will reach the Lakes Peak (2550 meters), offering you a great panoramic view of all the Seven Rila Lakes. Then, you will walk back the same way you came to Kidney Lake. For the short route, you will head towards the top station of the chairlift along a scenic route offering a great panoramic view of the Seven Lakes area. At the end of the hike, you will reach the Rila Lakes Hut and via the chairlift, you will descend to Pionerska Hut. The minivan will take you for a short transfer (approximately 20 minutes) to Sapareva Banya Spa Resort, famous for one of hottest thermal springs in Europe (~103°C). Enjoy and take the time to relax deeply after the walk in some the numerous thermal pools with temperatures of varying degrees from 15 to 45 °C. In the late afternoon, the group will head back to Sofia, where you will be dropped back off at your preferred locations.

Sofia: Seven Rila Lakes Snowshoe Walk & Thermal Spring Pools

2. Sofia: Seven Rila Lakes Snowshoe Walk & Thermal Spring Pools

Dramatic landscapes and breathtaking alpine sceneries, centuries old pine forests and rugged mountain peaks make the Seven Rila Lakes circuit one of the most beautiful areas in the Rila Mountains National Park. Enjoy a gentle snowshoe walk in the picturesque Seven Rila Lakes area followed by relaxation in the thermal water pools of Sapareva Banya Spa Resort, fed by one of the hottest springs in Europe. All this within a day tour from Sofia. Your guide will pick you up early in the morning from your hotel in Sofia for a wonderful journey to the Rila Mountains. You will arrive within 1.5-hours to Pionerska Mountain Hut from where you will take a chairlift to Rila Lakes Hut, situated high above the tree line at 2150 meters above sea level. The walk will begin from the hut in the direction of the Kidney, the third of the Seven Rila Lakes. Along the way, admire breathtaking alpine sceneries of jagged peaks and frozen mountain lakes. After a short break and a cup of warm tea at the lake, you will head toward Rila Lakes Hut and descend via the chairlift to the van and have a short transfer (20 minutes) to Sapareva Banya Spa Resort, where you will be able to relax deeply in the thermal pools fed by hot spring waters.

From Sofia: Private Transfer to Spa in Sapareva Banya

3. From Sofia: Private Transfer to Spa in Sapareva Banya

Start your tour at 9:00 AM and your guide will take you from your hotel in Sofia to the region of Sapareva Banya. Have the unique opportunity to dive into the hot thermal waters and enjoy the magnificent panorama at the bottom of the mountain. Explore the place with the hottest geyser in Europe. Discover why the mineral water of Separeva Banya is highly regarded and was used as a cure by Thracians and Romans. It is claimed that the water treats disorders of the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, and upper respiratory tract. Enjoy 3-4 hours in the spa to completely relax. Nearby are situated many restaurants where you can enjoy lunch. At about 3:00 PM board your transfer to Sofia.

Rila Mountain Winter Day Trip

4. Rila Mountain Winter Day Trip

Start the tour at 9 AM when the guide will pick you up from your hotel in Sofia and take you to the Rila Mountain. The transfer time to the mountain region is about an hour and a half.  Choose between 2 of the 5 following options for activities: 1 or 2 hour ski-doo ride in Borovets; take the cabin lift in Borovets and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views; visit the restored fortress of Tsari Mali Grad, located on a hill near the village of Belchin; experience the afternoon skiing or snowboarding with a private teacher; enjoy a spa afternoon in the village of Sapareva Banya, famous for its hot thermal springs. Return to Sofia between 5 PM and 6 PM.

Sofia: Spa Nature Tour to the 7 Rila Lakes & Sapareva Bany

5. Sofia: Spa Nature Tour to the 7 Rila Lakes & Sapareva Bany

Your day trip will start early in the morning with a pick-up from your hotel. Your professional guide will take you to the the highest mountain on the peninsula, Rila, just 1.5-hours away from the capital Sofia. Then, with the Panichishte resort cable car, you will head to the Seven Rila Lakes Cirque. The hike will take around 3-hours.  If you wish to make your walk harder or easier, your guide will be able to adjust the group program accordingly. All seven of the lakes have their own name which reflects its typical shape or characteristics. They are situated between 2,100 and 2,500 meters above sea level. The day trip will continue with a visit to the capital of the thermal spa on the peninsula called Sapareva Banya. There, you will have the unique opportunity to dive into the hot thermal waters and enjoy the magnificent panorama at the outskirts of the mountain. You'll also find the hottest geyser in Europe there. Mineral water is highly regarded and used as a cure by Thracians and Romans. Saparevian mineral water is clear and colorless with a smell of hydrogen sulfide, hyper thermal (temperature 103 °C), hydro carbonate, sulphate sodium, fluorine, silicon and sulfate. Hydrogen sulfide is 15.5 milligrams/ liter. It is claimed that the water treats disorders of the musculoskeletal system, nervous system and upper respiratory tract. After the spa, your guide will take you back to your hotel.  

Private Day Trip to Vitosha Mountain: Winter Sports and Spa

6. Private Day Trip to Vitosha Mountain: Winter Sports and Spa

With this tour you can go on skiing or snowboarding in the Vitosha Mountain, just on the outskirts of Sofia! The height of the mountain is around 1,800 meters and the winter zones have variety of tracks with different difficulties. Once you have arrived you will be able to rent all the equipment needed and buy half a day lift card, valid from 09:00 AM to 12:30 PM. A teacher can also be arranged at an additional cost if requested. After the lunch break, you will go to a relaxing thermal SPA complex. It has a wide variety of spa facilities and treatments. For the lovers of spas and relaxation the complex offers an area where you can relax and re-energize in the aroma sauna, Finnish sauna, steam bath, aqua relax, relaxation area with warm beds and ice-cold bath, all of which are included in the price of the tour. In addition, there are massage rooms, a room for Turkish massage with a private sauna, and a Jacuzzi for two. For fans of spa therapies there are a variety of facial and body treatments.

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What people are saying about Sofia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 21 reviews

Wonderful tour with our guide Ves. Once at the frozen lake once in a while the hard cold wind was gone, and there was complete silence with a beautiful perfect blue sky. It was a perfect private tour and we had the mountains to ourselves. Absolutely a must see/experience!! Thanks Ves! We were here at the end of March, and the hot water source was ok, but several baths were closed. We would not do this here again.

It was a great experience and we were very lucky to have the greatest weather! I had a lot of fun with Velko, the guide. It felt like going for a hike with my friends Also loved the thermal baths. Just the perfect combination after a nice hike! ADVICE: it is really important to bring proper clothes and equipment to the mountain!

The trip was exhausting yet very fun! The trek is unexpectedly harder than I thought but Dobs is an excellent guide who consistently motivated the group. The hot spring after the trek was relaxing. We're considering hiking it again in the summer to finally see the lakes!

I was skeptical at first but so glad I did this! Diana was such an amazing tour guide. Would definitely recommend this experience.

What a fantastic experience thanks to Dobrin, a truly exceptional guide.