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

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What Will You Do

  • The trip starts at 07:00 from the parking behind Alexander Nevski Cathedral, in front of LaCattedrale Restaurant
  • Once the group departs from the starting point, you'll reach the Panichiste lift. He, you'll pay for the chair lift ticket - 20 BGN.
  • On arrival at the Seven Rila Lakes cirque — a chain of deep-blue lakes, each named in accordance to its shape, that lead up toward the Rila Mountains’ highest peaks — set off on foot to explore the scenic sights. With your map in-hand and your guide leading the way, stroll at a leisurely pace along the hiking trails. Wander amid rugged peaks and deep valleys, stopping along the way to capture photos. Pause by the impressive lower lake, Dolnoto Ezero, where the water that flows out of the higher lakes is gathered. See Ribnoto Ezero (‘Fish Lake’), the shallowest of the lakes, and Bliznaka (‘The Twin’), which is the largest of the cirque. Marvel at the irregular shapes of Trilistnika (‘The Trefoil’) and Babreka (‘The Kidney’). Then, see oval Okoto (‘The Eye’) before ascending to Salzata (‘The Tear’), the highest of the lakes, where awe-inspiring vistas await. During the hike, there will be frequent rest stops. You’ll also have the opportunity to stop for food at either one of the two huts passed. Choose from the small selection of dishes, such as soup or grilled meat (own expense), or if you’ve brought your own food with you, enjoy lunch al fresco.
  • Arrive back at the starting point at approximately 17:30
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  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan


  • Chairlift ticket (Approx. 10 Euro per person)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • 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)
  • Not stroller accessible
  • Not suitable for pets
  • Infants must not sit on laps
  • Infant seats unavailable
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • FOR MAY 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.
  • Opening hours are: 09:00 - 18:00 Monday to Friday
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