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The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery provided by Traventuria

The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery

The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery
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About
Sofia visitors may not know it, but this Bulgarian city is actually an ideal jumping-off point for a side trip into the countryside. With this full-day tour, you're whisked to trek at Seven Rila Lakes, and visit a monastery that's listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Though entry fees and chairlift ride are at your own expense, you still get a great value, with travel—and mountain views—included.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Explore the Bulgarian mountains on this full-day tour and trek, from Sofia
  • Ride a cable car to the Seven Rila Lakes, and enjoy a mountainous hike
  • Visit Rila Monastery, and see its cloisters, chapel, and museum collection
  • Travel easily from Sofia's Old City Center, with no more than 15 travelers
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Explore the Bulgarian mountains on this full-day tour and trek, from Sofia
  • Ride a cable car to the Seven Rila Lakes, and enjoy a mountainous hike
  • Visit Rila Monastery, and see its cloisters, chapel, and museum collection
  • Travel easily from Sofia's Old City Center, with no more than 15 travelers
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6992P20
Call +65 6670 9674
Important information
Inclusions
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • English-speaking guide
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Entry/Admission - Seven Rila Lakes
Exclusions
  • Chairlift tickets - 20 BGN per person
  • Entrance fee for the Rila monastery's museum
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
12h
Departure details
  • Aleksandar Nevski Square, 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria Departure at 07:00 from the car park in front of La Cattedrale restaurant, at the south-east corner of Alexander Nevski Square
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Food:
  • although there are two huts on our way where we can purchase some basic food (i.e. beans soup, meatballs, tea) we advise you to come prepared with a lunch pack from Sofia, because the programme today is rather tight and for sure we won’t have much time for a proper lunch.
  • Difficulty:
  • the hiking route is moderately arduous, with individual brief paths featuring steep inclines. Please bring along comfortable walking 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 travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Important!
  • As with all lifts the one, used for the hike to The Seven Rila Lakes, may halt operations (due to strong winds, power cuts etc.). In this unlikely event, an alternative hike will be offered on spot by the guide. Mind that such a situation does not make you eligible for a refund for the tour.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • English-speaking guide
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Entry/Admission - Seven Rila Lakes
Exclusions
  • Chairlift tickets - 20 BGN per person
  • Entrance fee for the Rila monastery's museum
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Aleksandar Nevski Square, 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria Departure at 07:00 from the car park in front of La Cattedrale restaurant, at the south-east corner of Alexander Nevski Square
Duration
12h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Food:
  • although there are two huts on our way where we can purchase some basic food (i.e. beans soup, meatballs, tea) we advise you to come prepared with a lunch pack from Sofia, because the programme today is rather tight and for sure we won’t have much time for a proper lunch.
  • Difficulty:
  • the hiking route is moderately arduous, with individual brief paths featuring steep inclines. Please bring along comfortable walking 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 travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Important!
  • As with all lifts the one, used for the hike to The Seven Rila Lakes, may halt operations (due to strong winds, power cuts etc.). In this unlikely event, an alternative hike will be offered on spot by the guide. Mind that such a situation does not make you eligible for a refund for the tour.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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5.0
27 reviews
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Pierre N
Paris, France22 contributions
Amazing guide on amazing sites
Oct 2021 • Solo
The guide was very friendly and really explained us each site into details. The group was small (7 people) so it felt great. The tour includes a lot of driving so if you have the time, I would recommend to book tours for the monastery and for the lakes on separate days. If you are more in a rush, this is clearly manageable though.
Written 22 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
TraventuriaAdmin
Dear Pierre! Hello, Thank you so much for your review! One of the most amazing parts of our job is injecting others with the wanderlust we have! Our entire team is really joyful because of your review! Thank you once again! Safe travels, Maria Kamenova
Written 23 October 2021
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Kelly
Island of Malta, Malta30 contributions
Amazing Guided Tour by Traventuria
If you are travelling to Sofia then The seven Rila lakes are a must ! Since, it was my first mountain hiking experience I decided to opt for a guided tour and it was the best decision ever. The insights and the route taken by our guide was ideal especially for someone who is not trained to walk for 6 hours.

The guide was super friendly and very fluent in English and he made sure to make the walk super interesting and fun by telling us different curiosities, history and legends behind the Rila lakes. Highly recommended !

Some tips before the trip: Wear comfy hiking shoes, clothes layers (it was quiet warm in Sept) and buy trekking poles to make your journey easier.

Written 27 September 2021
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Dear customer, Thank you for your review! Sharing your experience with others on TripAdvisor is really important for us. We highly value the time you have taken to rate our service! Thank you once again! Looking forward to other great trips! Best regards, Maria Kamenova
Written 29 September 2021
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Mykole
1 contribution
Awesome
Aug 2021
Had a really awesome day, guide was super nice and kind, everything went smooth, had a hike to the lakes, guide showed us more hidden gems and shortcuts from the main route and then took a car ride to Rila Monastery church where guide gave us some history about it and back to Sofia on time just as planned. Thanks to the guide Teodor! Also had a great tour group, very international, was super fun meeting new people.
Written 10 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello, Thank you so much for your review! One of the most amazing parts of our job is injecting others with the wanderlust we have! Our entire team is really joyful because of your review! Thank you once again! Stay Safe! Maria Kamenova
Written 23 August 2021
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Clara G
1 contribution
Amazing
Aug 2021 • Couples
This excursion is perfect for people who don’t want to rent a car. The guide are so kind and understanding even of my boyfriend looses his phone on the lift ! The seven lake are just so amazing and we where able to swim, it was so cool !
Thank you very much for this experience, I warmly recommend it !
Written 4 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Clara! Thank you for your great review of our services! We are really glad that the tour met your expectations! Safe travels, Maria Kamenova
Written 24 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Melissa S
1 contribution
Great trip
Jul 2021 • Solo
The lakes where awesome and the guide was great and really kind!! I really enoyed it. Monastary was also nice and i had a great group
Written 25 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
TraventuriaAdmin
Dear friend, Thank you for your great review of our services! We are really glad that the tour met your expectations! Safe travels, Annie Paykova
Written 26 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Phurtskhva 編
Sofia, Bulgaria5 contributions
Heartwelming
Jul 2021 • Solo
The nature was truly perfect, but more important was someone who stood next to you, explained things clearly with love and interest, we had a lot of conversations with metodiy petrov, he bonded the whole group together and i feel like im gonna travel again.
Written 23 July 2021
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AnniePaykova
Hello, Thank you so much for your review! One of the most amazing parts of our job is injecting others with the wanderlust we have! Our entire team is really joyful because of your review! Thank you once again! Safe travels, Annie Paykova
Written 29 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Alex K
1 contribution
Good experience
Jul 2021
Thank you. That was very nice tour with really fascinating views on Rila mountain. In Rila monastery was a great opportunity to hear some interesting facts about the history of Bulgaria and monastery.The guide was really nice and friendly.
Written 23 July 2021
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AnniePaykova
Hello, We are the people to thank you for choosing our services and for letting us host you in our small, but beautiful country! Wishing you many many amazing travels! Stay safe, Annie Paykova
Written 1 August 2021
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Katarina
1 contribution
Perfect
Jun 2021 • Friends
Thank you so much for a wonderful tour with the best guide Todo!
Amazing experience, beautiful lakes, communication. Todo told us a lot of interesting things, helped us in everything, advised and supported us when our company was totally exhausted))
But we made it to the top of the mountain and we are very happy!!!
Written 28 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
AnniePaykova
Dear customer, Thank you for your review! Sharing your experience with others on TripAdvisor is really important for us. We highly value the time you have taken to rate our service! Thank you once again! Looking forward to other great trips! Best regards, Annie Paykova
Written 29 June 2021
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Mauro M
2 contributions
Beautiful day
Very Cool trekking tour, the lakes are located in the beautiful national park. The tour guide, Todo, was so great, nice and help us to enjoy very much the day! Also the monastery was very interesting .
I suggest it very much!
Written 28 June 2021
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AnniePaykova
Dear Mauro, It's a pleasure for us to read your feedback! Todor will be also very happy to know you enjoyed the time with him! Thank you for sharing your review of our services! Our team is looking forward to seeing you again! Best regards, Annie Paykova
Written 29 June 2021
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Didi H
Strasbourg, France329 contributions
Every brand new day comes with a new experience
Jun 2020 • Friends
We did Seven Rila Lakes and Rila monastery in 2 days .This is one of the most beautiful areas of Rila mountain with stunning views and friendly local people .At this time of the year ,the weather was foggy and rainy so we could not actually hike to the top .The snow was melting the the mountain streams were wild ,flooded and not easy to cross .I have visited many times Seven Rila lakes and I think the bad weather was actually my award so I could experience something new and different.
The next day at Rila Monastery was fabulous,due to the Pandemic it was empty and I shut the best pictures ever .
Written 27 September 2020
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AnniePaykova
Dear Didi, Thank you for your review! It's amazing that such a passionate traveler is our guest! Most people find the bad weather really challenging and I am so happy to see that you enjoyed it! We are looking forward to seeing you again in the nearest future! Best regards, Annie Paykova
Written 10 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Pierre N
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Intense day, interesting sights
Intense day with a friendly guide. The group was rather small which was really nice. The guide really showed us the
TeH_Matt182
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Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa day tour
Everything was great. Very interesting facts explained by our guide, Meto, who was extremely knowledgeable about ou
Ciofi92
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Beautoful trip around the Bulgarian countryside
Beautiful trip in Melnik town and Rila monastery. The guide was very well prepared and ready to make suggestion tha
sa_chiara
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Enchanting places...and Martin,the guide, made the experience special!
The tour to Rila Monastry and Boyana Church is very well organised, the price is fair and Martin is the best guide
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Great place with a great tour operator
I highly enjoyed the trip to Rila Monastery and for sure I recommend it to any traveller. Everything was perfect an
A7047PWandreac
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Great experience
We absolutely enjoyed the 2 sites included in this day trip, especially Rila monastery. We could easily have spent
TeddyLuProductions
TeddyLuProductions
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Always on a Sunday in Sofia!
Walking around central Sofia with Lubo was a special treat on Sunday ( but sorry he had to work) since the streets
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TeddyLuProductions
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A Delightful Day of History
We enjoyed a full day of intriguing Bulgarian history and some delightful surprises with our guide and driver Ana.
FrlF
FrlF
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Top notch operator for a day trip to Rila
I booked the guided tour to Rila monestary and can highly recommend it. Our guide Martin was very knowledgable and
Lisasexperiences
Lisasexperiences
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Plovdiv is worth it
Fun tour with enthousiastic Tourguide (Martin). Just us two and one other couple. Long drive but worth it ! Maybe t
jaychudasama782
jaychudasama782
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Excellent day out and excellent guide / driver
An excellent trip. Our driver and guide, I think his name was Mette, was excellent. I am actually writing this revi
ArturC193
ArturC193
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Had an amazing time
Loved the experience, and I feel terrible that I don't remember my guide's name. Started with an 'M' haha. Super en
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Masala peak
This trip I done with Edi, Edi is wonderful guide and have a lot of experience in mountains. It was very enjoyable
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Rilla monastery
I done this trip with guide Lubo, his was absolutely fantastic and told us not only about monastery but also about
MLandiu
MLandiu
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Convenient way to visit Boyana and Rila
This was a good day trip in a comfortable and safe vehicle. Heading off early in the morning from central Sofia, th
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