Rila monastery +  7 Rila lakes in 1 day

Private trip from Sofia


Child (3-11 years)

Child (under 3 years)

Price is per person / two-way / private trip

What is included:

  • Private (two-way) transfer with a car/van to 7 Rila lakes and Rila monastery
  • Private professional driver
  • Pick-up/drop off from your hotel (or other type of accommodation) in Sofia
  • Transportation with airconditioned vehicle

What is NOT included:

  • Chairlift ticket and/or entrance fees (optional)
    7 Rila lakes chairlift : €9 per person, two-way
    Rila monastery museum :  €4 per person
  • Meals and personal expenses
  • Guiding services


07:00 h
 : hotel pick up and departure from


08:45 h : arrival at the base station of 7 Rila Lakes chairlift. 

Free time to explore the lakes area until 15:00h.


15:00 h : departure from 7 Rila lakes chairlift parking in direction to Rila monastery.

Approximately 1 h 30 min journey to the monastery.


16:30 h : arrival at Rila monastery

Free time to explore the site and surrounding area until 18:00 h.


18:00 h : departure from the Rila Monastery in direction to Sofia city. About 2 hours journey to Sofia


20:00 h : arrival in Sofia city. Drop off at Your hotel.

Note: child seats for children travelling are provided free of charge (if necessary), but need to be requested at least 24 hours before the travel date by email at

Before you go


With this combo shuttle : lakes + monastery, you may be able to see some or all the Rila lakes depending on your hiking abilities.

The 7 Rila lakes + Rila monastery is a shuttle that offers less time at each of the places (in comparison to the full day Rila lakes trip) so that you can see both the lakes and the monastery in 1 day.


The 7 Rila Lakes are located high in the Rila National Park. Do not forget your comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Consider appropriate warm clothing and rain coat as weather in the mountain changes fast and temperatures can drop to 5° even during summer.

Prepare water and some packed food or snacks for the day as the dining options at the lakes are limited.


The Rila Monastery is a holy place for Bulgarians and Orthodox Christians. 

Please visit the site with the due respect - talk quietly in the monastery yard and inside the churches. Shouting  and smoking are not allowed. 

Photos are allowed in the yard but not in the church. 

Please dress up accordingly: high heels, short skirts and short trousers, shirts with no sleeves, etc. are not allowed in the monastery. The Rila Monastery is located high in the Rila National Park, so consider taking warmer clothes even in summer and comfortable walking shoes.