from 86€
per person
  • SeasonJune - October
  • Tour TypeActive
  • Skill LevelBeginner
  • FitnessModerate
  • DurationFull Day
  • Minimum Group Size2

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Seven Rila Lakes and Tsari Mali Grad

If you enjoy the outdoors and want to see one of the most beautiful places in Bulgaria then this day tour from Sofia is for you. You will get the chance to travel in the countryside, experience the fresh air of the high mountain and take a refreshing hike to the glacier lakes of Rila Mountain. On your way back you will explore the past of the region visiting the fortress of Tsari Mali Grad.


  • Rila Mountains Hike

  • The 7 Lakes Cirque

  • Tsari Mali Grad Fortress

Full description

The glacier lakes of Rila are called “the pearls of the mountain” and although there are more than 200 lakes the cirque of the 7 lakes is by far the most famous and visited. Although the hike is at an altitude of more than 2000 meters above sea level, a general level of fitness and suitable shoes is all you need to enjoy this active day trip.

Your tour will start in the morning with your guide picking you up from your hotel. After a transfer in less than two hours you will reach Rila Mountains and the starting station of the chair lift. A ride on the lift will take you high up where the hike will begin. Steep initially and then gentler, the trail will take you to the Kidney Lake named so after its very distinctive shape. It is the 5th highest of the seven lakes and from here you will descend past another four glacier pearls to close the hiking circle. Along the trail you will take your picnic style lunch break and will soak up the atmosphere of the surrounding peaks and meadows. Plenty of photo-opportunities will give you a chance to take part of this magic place home with you.

After another ride on the chair lift a short transfer will take you to the fortress of Tsari Mali Grad. Situated in the foothills of the mountain this late antiquity fortress used to guard the roman road that passed through the valley below it. Today the fortification is restored and hosts an exhibition of artifacts found during the archeological excavations. Apart from the glimpse into the past of the region the fortress walls offer an amazing panoramic view toward the south slopes of Vitosha – the home mountain of Sofia. After the visit your guide will take you back to your hotel in Sofia where you will arrive in the late afternoon.


  • Tour guide/driver with excellent command of English
  • Private transport
  • Chair lift return ticket
  • Picnic style packed lunch
  • Tsari Mali Grad fortress tickets
  • Mountain rescue insurance


  • Personal Expenses


Sites Visited

  • The 7 Rila Lakes Cirque
  • Tsari Mali Grad Fortress