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The Rila Mountains offer outdoor enthusiasts a perfect play land for exploring Bulgaria’s highest mountain. Nestled within the boundaries of National Park Rila, this area is home to the hottest spring in the Balkans, glacial lakes, four nature reserves and endless stretch of scenic landscape. Avid hikers will find easy access to two of Europe’s longest trail routes—the E4 and E8—which pass through some of the Rila Mountains’ 29 peaks. And hikers hoping for a shorter distance can participate in popular one-day excursions, like walks to the Seven Rila Lakes and Mount Musala, which both typically depart from Sofia.

Less intrepid travelers can still enjoy the beauty of this epic mountain range at one of the family-run hotels located in foothill villages like Govedartsi, Mala Tsarkva and Madzhare. Visitors can soak in the medicinal hot mineral waters of Sapareva Banya, a popular public bath, or venture to the Rila Monastery—not only the largest in the country, but also the most-visited site in the nation.

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Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

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Reaching the Seven Rila Lakes by public transport typically involves two buses, a shuttle and most of your day. Take the pain out of transportation—while maintaining total independence—with this cost-effective shared transfer. Visit both these beautiful glacial lakes and the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with ample time for hiking.
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  • 13 hours
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$45.95
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$45.95

7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

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Escape the city without the hassle and expense of self-driving with this convenient shared transfer to the Rila National Park. After a briefing from your driver, soak up the beauty of the seven glacial Rila Lakes and enjoy a full day’s hiking or lounging before you return to central Sofia. A chairlift runs to and from the lakes.
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  • 12 hours
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$28.71
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Private tour: Rila Mountains and The Seven Rila Lakes from Sofia

Private tour: Rila Mountains and The Seven Rila Lakes from Sofia

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You will have the pleasure to get to the highest of all lakes - the Eye, the Tear, the Kidney, the Twins, the Trefoil, the Fish Lake and the Lower Lake and enjoy the super scenery revealed from there. It's superb!
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  • 9 hours
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$56.30
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Shuttle to Rila Monastery from Sofia

Shuttle to Rila Monastery from Sofia

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Visiting Bulgaria’s Rila Monastery is tricky without hiring a car. On this tour, tick it off easily with a round-trip shared transfer in an air-conditioned minivan. Meet your driver in central Sofia and travel to Rila Monastery. Enjoy time to explore the complex independently before returning with the shuttle back to Sofia.
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  • 1 day
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$22.97
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Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour

Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour

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This private tour of World Heritage–listed Rila Monastery includes a tasting at Medi Valley, a classic winery with locally produced wines. Travel in the comfort of your private vehicle to the country’s largest monastery, where your own personal guide points out 19th-century paintings depicting the Bulgarian Renaissance. Admire the beauty of the Rila mountains en route to the winery, where you’ll sample five different wines and learn more about the region.
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  • 8 hours
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$113.74
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$113.74
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Rila Monastery Bike Tour from Sofia

Rila Monastery Bike Tour from Sofia

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Spin along open roads and explore Bulgaria by bike on this 9-hour Rila Monastery trip from Sofia. Hop onto your bike and follow a guide along rolling asphalt roads through the Bulgarian countryside. Along the way, gain insight into the country’s culture and history, and admire sweeping views over the peaks and vineyards. Visit the 10th-century Rila Monastery — widely considered one of Bulgaria’s most important pilgrimage sites. Explore the cave of St Joan of Rila, then zoom down the valley back to base.
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  • 8 hours
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$106.85
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Panoramic Flight over the famous Rila Lakes

Panoramic Flight over the famous Rila Lakes

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Get a birds’-eye view of Bulgaria’s Seven Rila Lakes on this light airplane tour from Lesnovo. Leave the tourist crowds behind as you cruise above the mountain landscape, looking out for landmarks including the Iskar Dam and Musala Peak. Enjoy the personalized service of a private flight and snap unique pictures from your aerial vantage point.
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  • 1 hour
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$382.60
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Private Day Trip to Rila Monastery from Sofia

Private Day Trip to Rila Monastery from Sofia

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This tour will show you one of the best Bulgarian monasteries and UNESCO sight - the Rila Monastery. Private tour only for you with the comfort of your own local guide. Fully customizable and rich in information, off-the-beaten path sights and stops. Choose between a privately-guided or a self-guided option for your convenience.
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  • 7 hours
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$21.83
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From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Plovdiv Day Trip

From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Plovdiv Day Trip

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See the best of Bulgaria in 1 day. This self-guided, shared shuttle tour will take you to both the UNESCO Rila Monastery in the Rila National park in the morning and then in the afternoon to the city of Plovdiv - the cultural capital of Bulgaria. In the morning the shuttle bus will take you to the Rila Monastery where you have more than 1 hour to explore the site at your own pace. The complex is compact in size so the time allows to see the most important parts of it. After that in the afternoon the shared shuttle will take you on a 3.5 hours journey through the scenic mountains of Bulgaria to the city of Plovdiv - one of Bulgaria's most visited cultural and historical sites. You have more than 4.5 hours to explore the historical city center on your own. Driver will provide you with a tourist map and tips for what to see.
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  • 13 hours
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$99.96
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Private Horseback Riding the Rila Range

Private Horseback Riding the Rila Range

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If you love wildlife and horses, then this guided private ride around the beautiful Iskar Reservoir, Bulgaria’s largest lake, is the perfect way to spend the day. Look out for red and fallow deer as you walk, trot, gallop, or canter through pristine woodland and scenic hills with a specialist guide. Your tour includes private door-to-door round-trip transfers: lunch can be arranged for an additional cost.
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  • 6 hours
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$136.72
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Private Trekking in Rila Mountains and Mt Mousala from Sofia

Private Trekking in Rila Mountains and Mt Mousala from Sofia

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Trek to the highest peak in the Rila Mountains range with a guide for panoramic views of the area. Transfer from your Sofia hotel to Borovets and take a chair lift to your starting point. From there, begin your trek up Mt. Mousala on a trodden rocky path. Take to time to enjoy the view and snap pictures at the top of the mountain.
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  • 7 hours
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$56.30
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5 days: Nature and pure beauty of Bulgaria

5 days: Nature and pure beauty of Bulgaria

We made this tour for people, who love touching nature in their comfort zone. Prepare for this trip in South and Southwest Bulgaria to touch the beauty, carved by nature, and places, where traditions are still alive! Jump in the van and listen to the legends of love, passion, and mountains. Pass the near villages and fell like a local tasting the Kapama and other Bulgarian dishes. With our tour, you can see the rich wildlife from millions of years ago till nowadays. You will be in three different mountains with their spirit – Rila, Pirin and Rhodopi mountains. These three mountains are Wisdom, Beaty, and Love. One phenomenon can’t be seen in the picture, you have to see and feel it! We wait for the adventure to call you!
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  • 5 days
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$765.96
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3 days in Rila: Lakes in the mountain of wisdom

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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  • 3 days
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$530.28
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Private 2-Day Horse Riding Trip in Rila from Sofia

Private 2-Day Horse Riding Trip in Rila from Sofia

Rila mountain offers the ideal conditions for horse riding featuring slight ascents & descents, roads suitable for trotting and galloping and incredible views. Combined with the fresh, clean air of the Rila mountains this tour is a must for every horse rider. Round-trip transfers, 1 night accommodation, two meals (dinner and breakfast), saddle and guide are all included. All with your own pace and timing.
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  • 2 days
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$217.15
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$217.15
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Hike and SPA in the Rila Mountain

Hike and SPA in the Rila Mountain

The tour starts at 9am when the guide will take you from your accommodation in Sofia. The traveling time to the mountain is about 1,5 hours. There first you are going to have a great hike in the unspoiled nature (easy- medium difficulty) to a beautiful local waterfall. The total duration of the hike is about 3 hours (1,5 hours in each direction). After it you will have 1-hour free time for lunch in a local restaurant. Then in the afternoon you will be able to relax in the pools of a mineral SPA center (for about 2 hours). It also has hydromassages, jacuzzi and steam baths. The return in Sofia will be at 6pm. Important: Please wear comfortable walking shoes Bring your swimming suit Strongly recommended to bring your own towels and flip flops (on spot they are also available but are overpriced) Most times the trips are done with eco friendly cars - with cng engine or electro mobiles, so that we can help fighting the air polution.
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  • 9 hours
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$109.15
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One day adventurous hiking - Urdini lakes and Seven Rila lakes

One day adventurous hiking - Urdini lakes and Seven Rila lakes

Rila- the highest mountain in Bulgaria and Balkan peninsula. Rila is a very old name with the meaning "The water mountain". It has more than 120 lakes and on that tour, we'll see it's the most famous Seven Rila lakes and the mystic Urdini lakes. We'll be over 2661 meters over sea level and we'll see Rila monastery from an eagle eye. The hiking is long and hard, but you'll find the miraculous legends and harmony. Join us on that tour to touch the virgin nature of Bulgaria.
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  • 14 hours
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$156.00
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$156.00
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From Sofia: Self-guided trip to Rila Monastery

From Sofia: Self-guided trip to Rila Monastery

Travel to Rila Monastery with ease and explore independently on this self-guided tour with a round-trip transfer. Depart from Sofia in a shared air-conditioned minivan with a driver and make your way to Rila National Park. Experience the area at your own pace before heading back to Sofia in your transfer.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.97
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Private 1-Hour ATV Safari in Borovets

Private 1-Hour ATV Safari in Borovets

ATV safaris are not a new way to entertain and experience the mountains. This ATV safari is perfectly designed to show you the best and to enjoy the nature and the Rila mountains. It's an experience everybody must take while in Borovets. There is no minimum participants.
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  • 1 hour
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$136.72
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$136.72
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Culture and hiking: Rila monastery, Stob pyramids, waterfalls and panorama

Culture and hiking: Rila monastery, Stob pyramids, waterfalls and panorama

The highest mountain in Balkan peninsula - Rila. Join the adventure. This is a combined tour in the area of Rila monastery – the biggest one of Bulgaria, the spring of knowledge, hope and faith. We’ll see the phenomena Stob’s pyramids, Bohemia waterfalls and the panoramic peak “The Cross”.
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  • 8 hours
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$91.91
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Private Jeep Safari in the Rila Mountains

Private Jeep Safari in the Rila Mountains

Adventure with an open jeep among century-old rocks in the highest mountain in Bulgaria and on the Balkan Peninsula - Rila! For those who cannot think about their lives without movement and bright emotions, we guarantee a great experience amongst the beauty of breathtaking mountain views! The journey begins in Sapareva Banya, the city is famous for its hot mineral springs. On the way we will pass through St. Stephen's Monastery, the "Silver" area and the "Pariloto" where excavation works in 1915 revealed an ancient Roman artifact which testifies the Roman presence in this area, which was also one of the stops on the nearby main military road - the so-called "Dalmatian Road". We will see an interesting rock formation called "Evangelous Stone", which resembles the pyramid facing upside down.The legend says that people with sins, if they can get through this triangle, their sins will be forgiven. Wonderful views, impressive photos, will make your trip memorable!
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  • 2 hours
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$56.30
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Borovets Ultimate Snowmobile Experience

Borovets Ultimate Snowmobile Experience

Zoom through the snowy forests of Borovets during this exciting snowmobile experience in Bulgaria. Listen to a safety briefing before departing from the Borovets Ski Resort to start your adventure. Then, follow your guide aboard your very own snowmobile as you make your way through the powdery white snow of the forest.
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  • 1 hour
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$142.47
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$142.47

From Sofia: Rila mountain and Belmeken

From Sofia: Rila mountain and Belmeken

The highest mountain in the Balkan peninsula – Rila. Join the adventure. Hike to see the incredible landscape, to reach peaks - Belmeken, Sivri chal, Kameniti chal, and Soufan. Join in that extreme trip to find the harmony, to discover some legends and tales, to taste a piece of beautiful Bulgaria.
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  • 12 hours
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$105.60
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Should I book Rila Mountains tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Rila Mountains can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Rila Mountains 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Rila Mountains costs USD 21.83. Guided Rila Mountains tours start around USD 21.83 per person.
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