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The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

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.
  • Ride the chair lift to the Seven Rila Lakes and hike through the valley
  • Explore the cloisters, church, and chapels of UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery
  • Soak up the mountainous beauty of Rila National Park
  • Get more from your guide on a small-group tour
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
English-speaking guide
Fuel surcharge
Chairlift tickets - 20 BGN per person
Entrance fee for the Rila monastery's museum
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Aleksandar Nevski Square, 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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 travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • 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 stop anytime (due to strong wind, power cut etc.). In the rare case, this happens, an alternative hike will be offered on spot by the guide. Mind that such a situation does not make you eligible for a refund.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Traventuria

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

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery.

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Do not book in advance!
Lenore F
, Jul 2019
I made the mistake of booking this tour in advance. The day before it was scheduled, I checked the weather for Rila Lakes and there was 100% chance of thunderstorms during the time the hike was scheduled. I called the tour and they would not let me cancel. I didn't feel it was worth risking the danger of high altitude + lightning, so I ate the cost and did not go. I did get to go on the hike, with a different tour provider, a couple weeks later when the weather was rainy but not thunderstorms. It's a lovely hike, but I would not recommend going with this tour provider, especially not to book and prepay. There are plenty of trips to Rila Lakes available from Sofia - wait and see how the weather is; don't book in advance.
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Neva K
, Aug 2018
Our company greately enjoyed themselves with the experience hiking through Rila. We are very thankful to our guide Vasko for being patient with us and teaching us about the history of the area. Even with one of us returning the wrong way, he was patient and understanding. I will definitely refer this guid to others and choose it when I bring more of my friends to Bulgaria.
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7oaks_jun
, Aug 2018
The experience is amazing, highly recommend to go with a guider particularly you go the first time, quite a bit hiking and hard walking
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