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“Rila Monastery- 7 Lakes Tour / Vitosha Mountain tour”

Traventuria - Day Tours
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The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery
Ranked #3 of 50 Outdoor Activities in Sofia
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Owner description: Traventuria Ltd is a fully bonded Bulgarian tour operator, possessing a management with experience of over 10 years in the field of the incoming tourism in Bulgaria and the Balkans. The company offers cultural and active holidays, private transfers, ski and snow board packages. Flexibility, local knowledge and perfection in all our services are our distinctive feature!
Reviewed August 9, 2012

I found Traventuria on internet and booked two tours (Day 1:Rila Monastery and 7 Lakes + Day 2: Vitosha Mountain) for 2 consecutive days, in the middle of our 4-day stay in Sofia. The booking went quite easy and confirmation came quickly. We were picked up at our hotel, perfectly on time both days.
The first day we went to the Rila Monastery which is a very beautiful place and worth visiting. Our guide explained us all he knew (which was a lot :-) and took us as well to a 'bar' to have typical Bulgarian donuts for breakfast. After that we drove to the the start of the 7 Lakes tour. Apparantly, we were in quite good shape so we did an extended route up in the hills which was incredibly beautiful (around 4 hours of hiking). I also found it very nice that most of the time we were just hiking, no chatting was necessary which allows you to enjoy the beautiful nature around you. We had our picknick while sitting on the edge of a cliff with the view over the lakes.
This day was quite tiring as they picked us up at 7.30am and were back at the hotel around 7pm, but it is it totally worth.
Next day we hiked up the Vitosha mountain with the same guide, had some tea with brandy in a wooden hut on top of it and saw all kind of vegetation on our way back down. The hike is much easier than the one into the Rila mountains, but remains nice due to the change between rocky mountain, forest, flowers etc.
We are very happy to have booked those tours, it offers a different way of learning the Bulgarian country, especially if you are found of nature, and I can highly recommend it to everybody!
Thanks Traventuria!

1  Thank Deborah A
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

I found Traventuria in internet and started to talk about tour in Bulgaria. Svet, my contact in this agency, was so kind and gave me feedback very quickly! And he was very pacient because we changed a lot until decide for what type of tourism we were going to do.
We travelled around Bulgaria in 8 person (all brazilians) during 4 days in a comfortable van! We love our guide, Mihaela, and George, the driver! They are one the best thing in this trip! Really! With them, we have a lot of fun! And they know a lot about Bulgaria history, places of interesting. I highly recommend Traventuria for your next trip to Bulgaria!!

1  Thank Sandra S
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

This was a steal at 25 Euros, as compared to the other tour agencies which offer packages at a minimum of 45 Euros. We expected a point to point transportation service but our driver ended up being more than that. He brought us into the attractions, and guided a little.

Try to go to Boyana on a Monday, because it's free then!

2  Thank C T
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

I went on the Rila Monastery & 7 Lakes tour in one day, which started at 7am and ended about 7pm. It was a long day but very well worth it. If you have little time and would like to do the monastery and 7 lakes in one day, this is the best (or only?) option you have. Everything was very well organized and yet with no rush whatsoever-unlike on some organized tours! I had plenty of time to look around, taste some delicious Bulgarian yoghurt, take an endless number of photos and ask my wonderful guide, Simeon, a bunch of questions, which he answered happily (thank you, Simeon, you're the best ;)). His knowledge was impressing and he took care of me perfectly well, even when an unexpected thunderstorm set in and we got soaked pretty quickly :) This day was the highlight of my trip to Bulgaria and while it is expensive, unfortunately, you'll have fond memories for a long time to come (and no, for the suspicious one out there: Traventuria didn't write this comment themselves, hahaha).

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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We booked this company having read other reviews and are glad we did.
They collected us from our hotel on time, our friendly guide spoke very good English and the transport was comfortable.
We also visited Sofia and Plovdiv and we would recommend both as a nice city break.Bulgaria is a lovely place to visit and we would definitely use the services of Traventuria Ltd again.

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