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The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

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Sofia, Bulgaria
The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Hike through rugged terrain to the Seven Rila Lakes on a full-day tour from Sophia, and discover the remarkable scenery of the Rila Mountains. Take a chairlift to a high-mountain hut and continue on foot along the jeweled string of lakes. Follow your guide through alpine passes into remote valleys, then rest in the shade of hikers’ shelters; take in sweeping views of the Bulgarian landscape and enjoy the crisp, clear air of the Balkans’ highest mountain range.  
  • Small-group Seven Rila Lakes hiking day trip from Sofia, led by an expert guide
  • Relax during a scenic journey out of the city to the Rila Mountains
  • Absorb the mountain vistas on a chairlift ride from Panichishte resort
  • Enjoy a leisurely 4- to 5-hour guided hike around the Seven Rila Lakes cirque
  • Numbers limited to 15 people, ensuring a small-group experience
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Professional guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Chairlift ticket (Approx. 12.5 Euro per person or 25 BGN)
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
St Alexander Nevski Square , 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

IMPORTANT: The meeting point is BEHIND Alexander Nevski Cathedral (opposite La Cattedrale restaurant) | GPS coordinates: 42.695598, 23.333649 | Please, be there 15 min. in advance!

7:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear hiking boots; sandals and flips-flops are not permitted on this tour
  • It is advised you wear warm clothing and bring a rain jacket, sunglasses and sunscreen with you
  • Minimum age is 9 years
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved (4 to 5 hours)
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Important for May and June departures! Kindly note, that availability of the tour depends on the weather conditions and the operation of the chairlift. The terrain will be very wet and slippery and there will still be snow in the area. Walking in such conditions requires adequate equipment (good trekking boots, waterproof clothes and a warm layer beneath the jacket). The hike is demanding, so a good fitness level is also required. Keep in mind that some of the lakes may be covered in snow. The tour can be canceled with a last minute notice (100% refund will be applied) due to harsh conditions or closure of the chairlift.
  • Important! As with all lifts the one, used for the hike to The Seven Rila Lakes, may stop anytime (due to strong wind, power cut etc.). In the rare case, this happens, an alternative hike will be offered on spot by the guide. Mind that such a situation does not make you eligible for a refund.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Traventuria
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia).
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia).
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia).
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia)?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by The Seven Rila Lakes Circuit (small-group tour from Sofia).

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star-5
Nice place to see…to know…and to walk
Evgeniia_B
, Aug 2022
Long-time walk! Very long-time! But the view was amazing! And I think if you are not a good tracker don’t take children with you!
star-5
Hiking buds
Mona_N
, Jul 2022
This trip was very good and beautiful with a lovely group. The tour guide Ani is very kind and friendly and provided very interesting and knowledgeable information throughout the trip, which made it a wonderful experience.
star-5
Nice tour of the mountains
Simone_J
, Sep 2021
A very great tour, but an even greater guide! The experience was amazing and we enjoyed it quite a lot. :-)
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Simone! Thank you for trusting us for your holidays! Come again! Safe travels Maria Kamenova
star-4
Rila Lakes at the end of October
Gila_S
, Oct 2018
It was a beautiful, cold day at the end of October. Our guide chose (rightfully) the more difficult path in order not be walking into the direction of the wind. Much of the way was uphill with snow on the ground and ice in many places. Three of the six members on the tour decided not to continue to the last 2 lakes. Fortunately, our guide had extra, warm clothing for those in need (gloves, hats). Despite the difficulty, we enjoyed the trip.
star-5
Avvolti dall'immenso
Italy_M
, Jul 2022
È stata una bella escursione con una guida molto coinvolgente. Bello incontrarsi con altre persone del gruppo e fare nuove amicizie.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Grazie per aver condiviso il tuo feedback con gli altri qui su TripAdvisor! Siamo fortunati ad averti avuto come nostro ospite! In attesa di tanti nuovi viaggi! Distinti saluti,
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