Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes in one day from Sofia
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 can take the chair-lift up in the mountain. You have more than 5 hours 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 1.5 hours to explore the monastery site on your own.
In the morning meet your friendly English-speaking at the centrally located meeting point behind Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Departure time is at 07:30 am. The meeting point is at the car parking behind Alexander Nevski Cathedral (in front of La Catedrale restaurant), in the historical center of Sofia and close to metro station Sofia University. After a 1.5 hours drive with comfortable A/C van/minibus you will reach the area of Panichishte and the parking of the Rila Lakes chair lift.
After arriving at the Rila Lakes area (chair lift base station) around 09:00 am - your driver will brief you of the different options and routes up the mountain that you can take from there. You can take the chair lift up to the lakes and then walk around the lakes area. You will be also given necessary information in regards to food, water, high-mountain weather, etc.
You have more than 5 hours at your convenience for your self guided tour of the Rila Lakes. The time allows you to see most of the 7 Rila Lakes.
In the afternoon your driver and van will be waiting for you at the previously agreed meeting point for your transfer further to the Rila Monastery.
Departure time is at 14:30 pm. Please be ready on time for boarding as now waiting time is included. Allow about 20 min for the chair lift ride down from the mountain as well as time for queuing if it is a busy day.
After a 2 hour drive you will reach the UNESCO listed Rila monastery.
Your driver will leave you at a nearby parking which is a very close walk to to monastery complex. Enjoy your self guided visit to the Rila Monastery in the next 1.5 hours.
In the later afternoon meet your driver at the meeting point for your transfer back to the city of Sofia.
Departure time is at 18:00 pm. Please be ready on time for boarding as now waiting time is included.
The drop off location is at the square/parking behind Alexander Nevski Cathedral (in the historical center of Sofia and close to metro station Sofia University).