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Seven Rila Lakes Tours from Sofia

Seven Rila Lakes Tours from Sofia

Discover Sofia’s architecture and wander Plovdiv’s ancient streets, but don’t miss out on the beauty of Bulgaria’s mountain landscapes. The Seven Rila Lakes offer some of Bulgaria’s most dazzling hiking. Here are your options.

Sightseeing Tours

A scenic flight over the Rila Lakes—and perhaps also the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is a spectacular way to see the cascade of beautifully shaped lakes. They tumble from The Tear at 8,317 feet (2,535 meters) to the Lower Lake at 6,873 feet (2,095 meters).

Hiking Tours

Hiking tours of the Rila Lakes span the gamut from half-day tours, which cover the lower lakes only, to full-day adventures and even 2-day treks that take you through the wilderness to Rila Monastery. A cable car covers part of the distance.

Things to Know

  • The Seven Rila Lakes are roughly 60 miles (98 kilometers) south of Sofia. Buses travel the route, but to make the round-trip in one day, you’ll want a shuttle or private transfer.

  • Mountain refuges for hiking can get booked up far in advance in summer.

  • During summer, sneakers are good enough to hike the Rila Lakes. In winter, snowshoeing trips are popular.

  • On August 18 and 19 each year, the White Brotherhood spiritual group performs fascinating rituals at a gathering in the mountains.

 

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The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

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Save well over an hour compared to public transportation and benefit from the local knowledge of a guide on this full-day trek around the Seven Rila Lakes. Experience one of Bulgaria’s most striking mountain landscapes at a leisurely pace and hike all the way up to the highest of the seven lakes. Please note the tour excludes the small chairlift fee.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$30.10
From
US$30.10

Private tour: Rila Mountains and The Seven Rila Lakes from Sofia

Private tour: Rila Mountains and The Seven Rila Lakes from Sofia

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You will have the pleasure to get to the highest of all lakes - the Eye, the Tear, the Kidney, the Twins, the Trefoil, the Fish Lake and the Lower Lake and enjoy the super scenery revealed from there. It's superb!
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$59.00
Price varies by group size
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US$59.00
Price varies by group size
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Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

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

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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.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$48.16
From
US$48.16
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The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery

The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery

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The mountains are one of Bulgaria’s great joys—especially for hikers—but can be hard to reach independently. Tailor-made for lovers of both walking and history, this action-packed day features a hike around the beautiful Seven Rila Lakes and a tour of the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour includes chair-lift ticket to the lakes but excludes monastery entrance fees.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$48.17
Price varies by group size
From
US$48.17
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Seven Rila Lakes Hike- Private Day Trip

Seven Rila Lakes Hike- Private Day Trip

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Enjoy personalized attention on this guided hiking tour to the Seven Rila Lakes. Depart from your hotel and travel in an air-conditioned car equipped with WiFi so you can stay connected. Access the mountain easily with a chairlift. Hike through the beautiful nature on the mountain and pass the Rila Lakes.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$120.42
Price varies by group size
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US$120.42
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

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Hike through rugged terrain to the Seven Rila Lakes on a full-day tour from Sophia, and discover the remarkable scenery of the Rila Mountains. Take a chairlift to a high-mountain hut and continue on foot along the jeweled string of lakes. Follow your guide through alpine passes into remote valleys, then rest in the shade of hikers’ shelters; take in sweeping views of the Bulgarian landscape and enjoy the crisp, clear air of the Balkans’ highest mountain range.  
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$30.10
From
US$30.10
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Private Day Trip to the 7 Rila Lakes with hiking and SPA

Private Day Trip to the 7 Rila Lakes with hiking and SPA

Experience Bulgarian nature and soak in thermal waters on a full-day private tour of the Rila Lakes and Sapareva Banya. Private transportation takes you from your Sofia hotel into to Rila, where you follow your guide on a three-hour hike (at your chosen difficultly level) around the seven lakes.  Afterwards, unwind at the thermal spa before relaxing on your way back to Sofia.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$120.42
Price varies by group size
From
US$120.42
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Seven Rila Lakes Hike- Small Group Day Trip

Seven Rila Lakes Hike- Small Group Day Trip

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Take a break from the town and enjoy a great group day trip to the nature of the Seven Rila Lakes. Feel the fresh air and hike in a breathtaking mountain atmosphere. Most times the group size is 4-8 people.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$30.10
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US$30.10
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7 Rila Lakes And Rila National Park From Sofia By Car

7 Rila Lakes And Rila National Park From Sofia By Car

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Swap the hustle and bustle of Sofia for the striking scenery of the Seven Rila Lakes and Rila National Park on this full-day hiking tour, saving time getting there with hassle-free, round-trip transportation from the capital. Benefit from the personalized attention and cultural insights of your private guide as you trek through the glacial landscape and keep warm along the way with a complimentary hot drink or glass of wine provided.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$134.87
Price varies by group size
From
US$134.87
Price varies by group size

Hiking The Seven Rila Lakes with option for dinner

Hiking The Seven Rila Lakes with option for dinner

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Make the most of your time in Bulgaria on hiking trip to the world-renowned Seven Rila Lakes. Going with a guide eliminates the stress of navigating the trails on your own and leaves you with an inside perspective on the country’s natural landscape. After the 5-hour hike, stop for a well-deserved dinner (own expense) en route to Sofia. Round-trip hotel transport is included for your convenience.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$54.19
Price varies by group size
From
US$54.19
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Seven Rila Lakes Day Tour from Sofia

Seven Rila Lakes Day Tour from Sofia

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Hike around the glacial Seven Rila Lakes on a day trip from Sofia, and discover the best of Bulgaria’s mountainous beauty. With a guide, you’ll travel out of the city and up a chair lift to the start of the hiking trails where a scenic looped route awaits. The walk lasts around five hours and isn't too challenging, although there are some uphill sections to reach the highest lakes.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$60.21
Price varies by group size
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US$60.21
Price varies by group size


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