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7 Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery tour provided by Smart Trans Bulgaria

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7 Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery tour

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Overview
Often called the 8th wonder of the world, the Seven Rila lakes are legendary for their beauty and awesomeness. They are one of the most visited natural sites of Bulgaria. We combine them with a visit to the Rila Monastery. The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. The driver will pick you up, will take you to the Monastery and will show you around. After that he will take you to the lift to the 7 Rila Lakes, you will be able to go up to the lakes, the driver will stay down and wait for you there. When you come back, he will pick you from the lift and bring you back to Sofia.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Sofia's Central Market Hall
    Or, you can also get picked up
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  • 1
    Rila Monastery
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 2
    Seven Rila Lakes
    Stop: 5 hours - Admission excluded
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  • You'll end at
    Sofia's Central Market Hall
    бул. „княгиня Мария Луиза“ 25, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
    We also offer a hotel pick-up, but unless you contact us to arrange a pick-up, we will pick you up at the parking of Hali Market, which is between the mosque and the synagogue and is situated on Maria Luzia Boulevard. We can arrange pick-up from Hotels, Hostels, AirBnBs, Airport and so on.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Sofia's Central Market Hall, бул. „княгиня Мария Луиза“ 25, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration
9–10 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • WiFi on board
  • Optional free hotel pick-up and drop-off if you are 3 or more
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Optional hotel pick-up and drop-off if you are 2 or fewer will be 5 euro each
  • The fee for the Lift to 7 Rila Lakes which is around 9 euro
  • Entry/Admission - Seven Rila Lakes
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Adelina P wrote a review Mar 2020
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Bad choice. My expectations were completely differend. We traveled slowly and wearily. We didn't have time to see both pleaces. I'm disappointed!!!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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YvonneWien wrote a review Nov 2019
Wien11 contributions4 helpful votes
It was a good choice to do this tour. Visiting Rila monastery and Rila lakes is a perfect program for one day. The organisation was good, the driver very friendly and the trip very comfortable (only two tourists in one car!) We had enough time for the monastery and the lakes.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Joseph Hakim wrote a review Oct 2019
4 contributions1 helpful vote
The trip and ride was smooth,very friendly driver as well! We personally think Lakes need a bit more time! Amazing!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Caitlin G wrote a review Oct 2019
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg4 contributions
Rila Monastery and the Seven Lakes are both amazing, however the timetable we were given didn't really match up to the amount of time we spent there - it took an hour longer to get from the monastery to the lakes than advertised, so we only had two and half hours at the lakes
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Iskandar Tan Jia Hao wrote a review Oct 2019
Singapore, Singapore26 contributions1 helpful vote
A good tour. The distance between the meeting place to the monastery then to rila lakes are far. Do remember to have some food with you.
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By: Smart Trans Bulgaria
georgitcaz
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Sofia to Plovdiv transfer
This was a bad experience for me, the tansfer was an hour late, the driver was very unpolite and drived to fast and
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Fast I
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Rila monastery and Plovdiv
It's impossible to see both places in one day, not recommend. The driver vas driving to fast for my taste , no lun
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andrewwB6817EB
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church
Excellent trip well worth while to see outside Sofia. My wife and I were picked up by a great young guide/driver in
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rosiel667
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Day trip with Ognyan
We had a great day with Ognyan exploring the Rila monastery and the town of Plovdiv. Would highly recommend to anyo
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TravellerDKJ
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Wonderful Tour
I had a wonderful day with my tour guide visiting great places of interest. My Guide was friendly, kind and knowl
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mahdalon
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Enjoyable packed tour of Bulgaria and its gems
The tour covers a lot of Bulgaria for one day, If you are in rush and want to see a lot, but are short of time, th
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Viking T
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Great Tour of Rila Monastery
The tour was great! We were happy to join this tour. Flexible time and private also! The guide also speak in englis
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Katyuccia87
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Rila Monastery
We visited the Rila Monastery with Smart Travel and it was very nice. Driver was a very kind Person and very carefu
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JuneJacinto
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A Fortress
Great walking with it’s untarnished beauty both the mountains and its formidable gate, a kaleto that once a strongh
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Jasmine K
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Great trip
The driver could speak multiple languages and was able to tell me and the other travellers lots about life in Bulga
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NordicVagabond201
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Trustworthy and reliable!
Prompt and friendly replies. An easy-going, nice driver, arriving exactly at time. To make things clear, it is m
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JosianeVet
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Very disappointed
we weren't satisfied with the tour since the driver was running like crazy and we didn't feel safe at a certain poi
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Timrili
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Very nice day
We planed to spend one more day in sophia but we took the advice to see the country side and we are glad that we di
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Marg S
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Definitely worth the hours on the road!
Our guide and driver Tony was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, helpful and very pleasant to chat with. He sh
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_I8469IF
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Rila monastery and Plovdiv in one Day tour
I'm not happy with the tour, we was in a hurry all the time, the driver was driving to fast as well. Not recomended
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Key Details
  • Duration: 9–10 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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