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From Sofia: 7 Rila Lakes Hiking & Thermal Spa Day Tour

4.5 / 5

21 reviews

Activity provider: Azimut Tours

From Sofia: 7 Rila Lakes Hiking & Thermal Spa Day Tour

Activity provider: Azimut Tours
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From US$ 98.03 per person

Join an easy to moderate hiking day tour to the Seven Rila Lakes area, followed by deep relaxation in the thermal water pools of Sapareva Banya Spa Resort. All this within a day trip from Sofia.

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Duration 1 day
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Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel or address within the city of Sofia.
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  • Enjoy an easy to moderate hike in the Rila Mountains National Park
  • Admire the stunning alpine views of the 7 Rila Lakes area
  • Relax deeply in the thermal pools of Sapareva Banya Spa Resort
Full description
Explore the Seven Rila Lakes, the jewel of the Rila Mountains National Park and admire breathtaking alpine scenery. Escape the summer heat in Sofia and enjoy the refreshing mountain climate of the highest mountain of the Balkans. Join a pleasant, easy to moderate walk and relax deeply at the end of the day in the thermal pools fed by hot spring waters. All this within a day tour from Sofia. You will be picked up early in the morning from your hotel or address in Sofia for a wonderful journey in the Rila Mountains. Within 1.5-hours, you will arrive at Pionerska Hut (1520 meters), from where the group will take a chairlift to the Rila Lakes Hut situated above the tree line at 2150 meters above sea level in the Rila Mountains National Park. Here, the circular walk will begin passing by Ribnoto (The Fish), Trilistnika (The Trefoil) and Bliznaka (The Twin) Lakes. When the group reaches Bubreka (The Kidney) Lake, situated at 2282 meters above sea level there will be 2 options: the group can choose to take the long route or the short route. For the long rout, continue uphill passing by Okoto (The Eye) Lake, you will reach the Lakes Peak (2550 meters), offering you a great panoramic view of all the Seven Rila Lakes. Then, you will walk back the same way you came to Kidney Lake. For the short route, you will head towards the top station of the chairlift along a scenic route offering a great panoramic view of the Seven Lakes area. At the end of the hike, you will reach the Rila Lakes Hut and via the chairlift, you will descend to Pionerska Hut. The minivan will take you for a short transfer (approximately 20 minutes) to Sapareva Banya Spa Resort, famous for one of hottest thermal springs in Europe (~103°C). Enjoy and take the time to relax deeply after the walk in some the numerous thermal pools with temperatures of varying degrees from 15 to 45 °C. In the late afternoon, the group will head back to Sofia, where you will be dropped back off at your preferred locations.
  • Pick-up/ drop-off at your hotel or address in Sofia
  • All transfers with a private car or bus as per itinerary
  • Licensed mountain guide
  • Tour guide
  • Visit to Sapareva Banya Spa
  • All local taxes
  • Lunch and drinks (allow € 5 - 6 for lunch pack or € 8 - 10 for a 3-course lunch in a mountain hut restaurant)
  • Rila Lakes chairlift tickets (18 Lev / € 9 round trip ticket)
  • Entrance fee for Sapareva Banya Thermal Spa (15 Lev / € 7.5 per person)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People over 200 lbs (91 kg)
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Walking time: approximately 3-hours (short route); approximately 5-hours (long route)
  • Total ascent / descent: approximately 180 / 140 meters (short route); 460 / 385 meters (long route)
  • Bus/ car transfer duration: approximately 3-hours / 190 kilometers
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 21 reviews

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As a frequent traveller, this was by far the best ‘tour’ I have done to date. In the beginning, there was a bit of a mishap with booking but the company really came through and ensured that I was able to visit the 7 Rila lakes. Our tour guide - Velco- was absolutely phenomenal- he made sure we were on schedule, was really accommodating and insightful about the area. He did his upmost to make us feel comfortable and adapted the tour to meet our needs! I really cannot complement him enough! i would definitely recommend this package to everyone - you will not regret it! It’s make me fall in love with Bulgaria just a little bit more!

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September 20, 2019

Great hike, reasonable spa

We were supposed to go on Saturday, however we were informed by the organizer via whats-app that it could not take place. There was an option to go on a Sunday and that was arranged directly for us. The hike I would describe as average rather than easy was great! The area is really beautiful and we had a nice guide who had a good pace. For a more adventurous start of the tour, I recommend taking the jeep upstairs instead of the chairlift. The spa was wonderful after a long walk! But don't imagine too much! It is more of a public swimming pool with hot tubs / Jacuzzis. We had limited time here (just over an hour) but that was also sufficient. Only downside is that the chair lift and spa is not included in the price. It is relatively expensive for Bulgarian standards.

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July 23, 2018

Amazing sight to behold!

We had perfect weather condition. Guide was really friendly and helpful but quite shy. Such a good walk at the seven Rila Lakes! Would’ve been nice though to have the option when you book how fast/advanced group you wanna go in. My group was a bit slow for my taste but I mean it was fine. The spa was ok but mediocre. Would rather recommend Seven Rila Lakes+something else on this site though. Got late information but that was because they almost cancelled due to the earlier days the weather had been off so was hard to organise. But they answered quickly to my questions so it worked out great.

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July 4, 2018

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