3 days in Rila: Lakes in the mountain of wisdom

Departure point: At your hotel or Sofia airport

Departure time:07:00 am

Duration:3 days

Return details:Return to initial departure point or wherever you would want to go in Sofia

Tour highlights:
• The Scary lake
• Yonchevo lake
• Seven Rila lakes
• Rila monastery
• Stob's pyramids

Rila has more than 120 lakes and in that trip we’ll see it’s most famous – Scary lake and Prekorechki lakes, Yonchevo and Pig ones, Seven Rila and a part of Urdini lakes.  We call it the mountain of wisdom – because of Rila monastery, which is the biggest monastery in Bulgaria, and the peaceful White brotherhood – people, that dance barefoot to take the spirit of the mountain and the force of Jesus.

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  • What's included :
    • 2x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • 1x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 2 nights
    • Professional guide
    • Parking taxes
    • Driver and comfortable car
    • Accommodation with a private bathroom in guest houses for the 2 nights
    • Mountain insurance
    • Entry/Admission - Seven Rila Lakes
    • Entry/Admission - Rila Monastery
    What's excluded :
    • Personal expenses
    • Extra food and drinks
    • Gratuities

  • Day 1: Sofia- Maliovitsa mountain school-hut Maliovitsa-Scary lake-Yonchevo lake- village Govedartsi

    Stop At: Rila Mountains, Rila Bulgaria
    Scary lake

    Yonchevo lake

    Meeting at your hotel or Sofia airport - 7:00 am. The transfer from Sofia to Maliovitsa mountain school is 2 hours (approx.). Mountain school Maliovitsa - 1700 m. This is the place from where most of the hiking trails in Rila start, including ours. At first, we have to reach the hut Maliovista - 1 hour (approx). Maliovitsa hut - 1960 m. This is the easiest part - walking on a dirty road with stones. If you want, you can take some snacks and drinks. The real hiking starts after the hut. During these moments you'll see the peaks - the Camel, the Evil tooth, Iglata, Kupenite, Popova kapa - all of them are more than 2600 m. over sea level. More than 2 hours we have to go up and with little skills of bouldering to reach the Prekorechki lakes. The Scary lake in the biggest and the highest from the group of these lakes. Scary lake - 2465 m. For today this will be our highest point. From Scary lake, we are going with downhills to Yonchevo lake (less than 2 hours), where a lot of tourist love relaxing. Yonchevo lake - 2100 m.

    Yonchevo lake- Maliovitsa mountain school - 1 hour and 30 minutes.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a guest house

    Day 2: Govedartsi- Panichiste resort - Seven Rila lakes-Damga peak- Rila monastery

    Stop At: Seven Rila Lakes, 2650 Sapareva Banya Rila Mountain, Sofia Bulgaria
    Seven Rila Lakes

    7:30 -  Breakfast in the guest house. 8:30 check out from the house and transfer to Panichiste resort - 1 hour and 20 minutes. Panichiste resort -1500 m. From the resort, we'll take the chair lift and reach the chalet "Rila lakes". Duration with the chair lift - 25 minutes. "Rila lakes" - 2135 m. From the chalet, the hiking starts. We'll be in the most energical place in Bulgaria and in the area of Seven Rila lakes.  With ascent, we reach all of them. After 40 minutes hiking and seeing the Low and Fish lake we'll reach the old hut "Seven Lakes".  The hut "Seven lakes"- 2196 m. The next hour and a half we'll see the other lakes - Trilistnika, the Twin, the Kidney, the Eye, and the Tear. We can see six of them from the Lake peak. Lake peak - 2560 m. Less than an hour we'll be on the ridge and Damga peak. Damga - 2669 m. Descent to Rila monastery- 4/5 hours.

    Rila monastery - 1147 m.  Guided tour in the court and in the temple. Dinner in the area of the monastery. 

    Elevation: 1550 m. 
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a guest house

    Day 3: Rila monastery- Bohemia eco-trail (optional)-Stob's pyramids- Sofia

    Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila 2643 Bulgaria
    Rila monastery

    Stob's pyramids

    8:00. Breakfast in the hotel. 9:00 Check out.  Optional depends on you - the eco-trail Bohemia with waterfalls - 45 minutes (approx.). Transfer to Stob's pyramids - 30 minutes. This is a natural phenomenon with very peaceful ecotrail -1 hour. Lunch and transfer to Sofia. 

    Elevation: 90 m.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    All hotels in Sofia
    Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum age is 18 years
    • Be with comfortable hiking shoes
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.



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Organised by Bulgarian Fairy Tale

Activity ID: V-91433P5

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