Rila Monastery And 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip From Sofia

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 13 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    07:00 AM Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski" 1А, 1504 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This self-guided, shared shuttle tour will take you to both the 7 Rila Lakes area in the morning and then in the afternoon to the UNESCO Rila Monastery in the Rila National park - Bulgaria's most famous natural and cultural sites. In the morning the shuttle bus tour bus will take you to the start of the hiking routes ar the Rila Lakes area and base station of the chair lift from where you cantake the chair-lift up in the mountain. You have more than 5hours for your self-guided tour of the Rila Lakes area. After that in the afternoon the shared shuttle will take you to the Rila Monastery - Bulgaria's most visited cultural and historical site. You have more than 1 hour to explore the monastery site on your own.


Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences

Small-group tour

Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila, Sofia Region

Admire the biggest Christian Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Sofia, Sofia Region

Enjoy stunning morning views of Sofia's main landmark

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Rila National Park, Rila, Sofia Region

Spend your day at Bulgaria's most beautiful mountain

Duration: 13 hours

Stop At: Rila Shuttle, Rila, Sofia Region

Travel with ease to the Rila mountains from Sofia on the Rila Shuttle

Duration: 13 hours

Stop At: Seven Rila Lakes, Sofia, Sofia Region

Admire the beautiful Seven Rila Lakes at your own pace

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Rila Mountains, Rila, Sofia Region

Enjoy the beauty of the Rila Mountain in Bulgaria

Duration: 7 hours


Round-trip shared transfer

Transport by air-conditioned minivan


Entry/Admission - Rila Shuttle


Entrance fees - Rila Lakes chairlift ticket (25 BGN per person, two-way)


Food and drinks

Guide services

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

A moderate to intensive amount of walking is involved (walking/hiking experience is a must)

Comfortable walking shoes and clothes suitable for mountain/walking are required

Sun cream and sunglasses are strongly recommended

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Dress code at the Rila Monastery: high heels, short skirts and trousers, shirts with no sleeves, etc. are not allowed in the monastery.

Minimum age is 5 years

Near public transportation

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

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  • 10-Sep-2022

    Rila National Park and the Seven Lakes were absolutely beautiful and I’d love to go back again. As far as Rila monastery, I do not think it was worth driving another hour and a half after wonderful hiking the Seven Lakes.

  • 02-Sep-2022

    They did not give me enough information to arrive location and tried to many time to call them on number on the reply and i asked later for refund they not recommend them at all.avoid avoid

  • 27-Aug-2022

    This self guided tour was perfect. You are dropped off at Rila lakes with a map, and enough time to do the long route. Views are spectacular. After that, you go to the monastery and again you have a map and instructions. The museums were all closed by the time we arrived to the monastery, but still we had a good time.

  • 09-Aug-2022

    Even if it says "self-guided", Bobby told us everything we needed to know before departing for the Rila lakes. Drop off at the lakes is 8.45 and pick up is at 15, 6 hours is kore than enough to take the chair lift and hike the 8km trail (even with a 1y8m baby as we did). There is really no need for a guide during the hike as the trail is perfectly delimited. Before departing to the monastery, Bobby again told us everything we needed to know and gave lots of tips and advice. Awesome guide and amazing day!

  • 08-Aug-2022

    We enjoyed our trip to Rila Lakes & Monastery very much. The minivan was comfy, it had aircon and charging stations for our phones. Bobi, who welcomed us in front of the Cathedral, was so pleasant and funny. He gave us info about the lakes and the monastery, and gave us a small itinerary map of the lakes. Thank you! I recombed this experience! The lakes & the monastery are so worth visiting!

  • 02-Aug-2022

    Bobi was very friendly and provided excellent guidance. Highly recommended 👌. The Rila mountain is wonderful

  • 01-Aug-2022

    Well organised trip. Minivan comfortable n driver was good. On time to depart. Excellent briefing tips about mountain routes. Highly recommend this self guided tour. My friend & I enjoyed the trip.

  • 31-Jul-2022

    Stunning scenery, great sense of peace. Viator made it all very easily accessible. A fantastic day out!

  • 25-Jul-2022

    Beautiful lakes. Hiking is strennouos but worth it. Highly recommended. Nila monastary is magnificent.

  • 18-Jul-2022

    An absolutely unmissable experience. The shuttle gives plenty of time to see both the Lakes and the Monastery both. The views from the top of the Lakes national park are unforgettable and well worth the climb to see

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