From Sofia: 7 Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery Self-Guided Trip
- Duration: 12 hours
Depart Sofia in the morning and travel by shuttle bus with a friendly English-speaking driver. Journey in air-conditioned comfort to Panichishte in the beautiful Rila National Park. Get briefed on arrival by your driver, who will tell you the different options and routes you can take up the mountain. Ride the chairlift to the 7 Rila Lakes, where you will get 5 hours of free time to go on some amazing nature walks independently to experience the glacial lakes from different perspectives. Board the shuttle bus at the agreed meeting point and relax on the 2-hour drive to Rila Monastery in a deep valley of the Rilska River. Founded in the 10th century, the monastery complex is regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural and historical monuments. Get 1.5 hours to explore the largest Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria at your own pace. Then, return to Sofia in the evening and ...
It was amazing trip to rila mountain and rila monastry. We really enjoyed the trip.
The Seven Rila Lakes are just 1 hour 30 minutes away from the capital Sofia, which makes them a great day trip in the nature. Discover all seven of the lakes and how they have their own name which reflects its typical shape or characteristics. Gaze at the stunning emerald green of the water as you relax in the peaceful countryside. Relax en route as a comfortable minivan takes you to the Panichishte Resort Cable Car which goes us to the Seven Rila Lakes Cirque. See a different side to Bulgaria as you enjoy the hike around the lakes.
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Amazing experience. Great driver, small group and a modern air conditioned vehicle. The perfect day trip from Sofia. The 7 glacier Rila lakes are stunningly beautiful, the air is crispy clean and the hike is perfectly challenging yet doable. Not many trips combine a visit to the lakes and the monastery but it is the perfect combination in my opinion. The Rila Monastery is one of the most important monasteries in Bulgaria with stunning architecture and a long history. Even if you have a car I would recommend booking the trip so you don’t have to worry about parking and driving.
We got to see everything, there was enough time. Transport on time and a guide, who explained everything at the beginning, so we could easily manage ourselves :) we also got printed maps
Our guide, Philippe, was very friendly and gave us lots of information and advice on places to visit. And the experience is definitely worth it. The lakes are superb!
I really appreciate my driver's experience and joy to tell me the story of each site.
Loved the experience. George (our driver) was great and we had a wonderful time.