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

Duration: 13 hours
Destination: Bulgaria, Sofia City Province, Sofia

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  • 13 hours
  • Sofia
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


This self-guided, shared shuttle tour will take you to both the 7 Rila Lakes area in the morning and then in the afternoon to the UNESCO Rila Monastery in the Rila National park - Bulgaria's most famous natural and cultural sites. In the morning the shuttle bus tour bus will take you to the start of the hiking routes ar the Rila Lakes area and base station of the chair lift from where you can take the chair-lift up in the mountain. You have more than 5 hours for your self-guided tour of the Rila Lakes area. After that in the afternoon the shared shuttle will take you to the Rila Monastery - Bulgaria's most visited cultural and historical site. You have more than 1 hour to explore the monastery site on your own.


  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Small-group tour
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Aleksander Nevski Square, Sofia Bulgaria

Enjoy stunning morning views of Sofia's main landmark

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Seven Rila Lakes, 2650 Sapareva Banya Rila Mountain, Sofia Bulgaria

Admire the beautiful Seven Rila Lakes at your own pace

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila 2643 Bulgaria

Admire the biggest Christian Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Rila Shuttle, Rila Bulgaria

Travel with ease to the Rila mountains from Sofia on the Rila Shuttle

Duration: 13 hours

Stop At: Rila Mountains, Rila Bulgaria

Enjoy the beauty of the Rila Mountain in Bulgaria

Duration: 13 hours

Stop At: Rila National Park, Rila Bulgaria

Spend your day at Bulgaria's most beautiful mountain

Duration: 13 hours

  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Driver
  • Entry/Admission - Rila Shuttle

  • Entrance fees - Rila Lakes chairlift ticket (20 BGN per person, approx 10 EUR, two-way)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Guide services
  • 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 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers
Departure Point

pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski" 4, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


13 hours

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

User's Reviews

Lucian I

21 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.

Carina T K

16 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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