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This self-guided trip is a great chance to experience these two amazing places in one day. They are both situated in the Rila Mountain. The main part of the tour will be the area of the lakes, where the hiking takes about 5 hours and it is a perfect opportunity for an escape in the nature. The visit of the monastery will be about one hour, during which you will be able to see its highlights, take photos and check the shops.
The tour departs at 7:30 in the morning- the meeting point is behind Alexander Nevsky Catheral, next to café La Cathedrale. Please be there at 7:15 and ask for travel agency City Tour,
The Seven Rila Lakes are just 1,5 hours’ drive away from the capital, which makes them a great day trip in the nature. From the mountain village of Panichishte you will take a cable car to the area of the lakes. The driver will give you directions about the hiking route and the timing, which you should keep in mind.
The ride with the chair lift is about 20-minutes. When on arrive, on the left you will see the hut – this is the only place in the area where you can have a toilet brake and buy food and drinks!
On the right side of the hut, you will see the beginning of the main walking path – please stick only to it, including on the way back! There is another, downward path, which goes to the lower lakes, but is it much longer, and not in a very good condition! From the main path, you will be able to see all of the lakes. Please have in mind that entering into the lakes in completely forbidden!
To reach the highest lake, usually about 2 hours of relaxed walking, combined with some short brakes, is enough. For the whole hike, you have a total of 4.5 hours, so if you have not reached the highest lake after 2 hours, please turn back, so that you can return on time.
You should take the chair lift for the way back between 14:00 and 14:30 the latest.
Food: it is strongly recommended to bring your own food; but even if you have not, you can buy from a gas station during our break on the way in the morning.
In the afternoon you will also travel to the famous Rila Monastery, UNESCO heritage sight, where you can admire its amazing frescoes and architecture, while the guide tells you its rich history. The visit of the monastery will be about 1 hour.
The expected return at Sofia is at 7:30 pm.
- Departure time: 7:30 – please be there at 7:15
- Booking in advance and confirmation is requred!
- Meeting point: behind Alexander Nevsky Cathedral- near Café La Cathedrale
- Return point: returns to the original location
- Available from June to October
- The hiking is with moderate difficulty!
- Be prepared for mountain conditions with comfortable walking shoes and light jackets/ sweatshirts. In sunny days – sun cream, sun hat.
- Women should have their knees and shoulders covered in the monastery
- Tour duration: about 12 hours
- Product reference code CT81