Rila Mountains - The Seven Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery

The tour was Amazing! ! I would recommend it to everyone, it's a must if you're going to Bulgaria! Our guide was friendly and fun and explained a lot of things about Bulgaria. The hike is difficult so i would say you Have to be in decent Shape to be able to do it. ...Rebecca N., Italy – See more reviews
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Go on a whole day trek to Rila Mountains. Check out the Seven Rila Lakes and the most famous tourist attraction in Bulgaria - Rila Monastery.


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Go on a whole day trek to Rila Mountains. Check out the Seven Rila Lakes and the most famous tourist attraction in Bulgaria - Rila Monastery. The Seven Rila Lakes comprise a group of glacial lakes situated between 2100 and 2500 m a.s.l., surrounded by rugged peaks and deep valleys.

We will go to the region of Panichishte resort, where we board the chair lift to the Rila Lakes hut. From here we continue on foot to explore the circus and its pearls - the Eye, the Tear, the Kidney, the Twins, the Trefoil, the Fish Lake and the Lower Lake. The route is not difficult but can be adjusted on the spot depending on your level of fitness. Having visited all of the lakes we go back and continue by car to Rila Monastery - the biggest and most important symbol of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Behind the 20-metre high walls lie impressive monastery buildings, a church and a chapel with valuable murals. The monastery's most treasured historic and artistic monuments include the 14th century Hrelyo Tower, the five-domed Birth of the Blessed Virgin Church and the original monastery kitchen from the 19th century. The monastery also houses a rich museum collection of valuable old manuscripts and documents, charters and icons, an ethnographic exhibition of fabrics, jewelry, carpets and wrought iron objects, and a library containing more than 16,000 books.


  • Private transfers throughout the tour

  • English speaking tour guide

  • Chair lift tickets for the Rila Mountains

  • Entrance to the museum in Rila Monastery


  • Meals and drinks

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Personal expenses

Please Note

  • Children below 2 years old are not recommended on this tour.

  • Walking time is 4 hours (moderate difficulty).

  • Tour takes approximately 8.5 to 9 hours depending on transfer time.

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  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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