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

Sofia, Bulgaria
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13 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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.
  • See the Seven Rila Lakes and the UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery in one day
  • Enjoy more than half a day exploring the lakes and Rila National Park
  • Revel in the history, frescoes, and relics of Bulgaria’s largest monastery
  • Shuttle departs from and returns to a convenient central Sofia location


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Reviews by Viator travelers
, 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.
Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for writing back. We are really happy that you enjoyed the beauty of Rila Mountains and the efficiency of Rila Shuttle. Hope to see you again in the near future for other parts of the Rila mountain !
Overall it was a good tour but we...
Carina T K
, 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.

Product code: 15352P6

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