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  • Address: National Park Rila, Bulgaria

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Rila Mountains Tours

The Rila Mountains offer outdoor enthusiasts a perfect play land for exploring Bulgaria’s highest mountain. Nestled within the boundaries of National Park Rila, this area is home to the hottest spring in the Balkans, glacial lakes, four nature reserves and endless stretch of scenic landscape. Avid hikers will find easy access to two of Europe’s longest trail routes—the E4 and E8—which pass through some of the Rila Mountains’ 29 peaks. And hikers hoping for a shorter distance can participate in popular one-day excursions, like walks to the Seven Rila Lakes and Mount Musala, which both typically depart from Sofia. 

Less intrepid travelers can still enjoy the beauty of this epic mountain range at one of the family-run hotels located in foothill villages like Govedartsi, Mala Tsarkva and Madzhare. Visitors can soak in the medicinal hot mineral waters of Sapareva Banya, a popular public bath, or venture to the Rila Monastery—not only the largest in the country, but also the most-visited site in the nation.

Practical Info

Public transportation to the mountains is available during the peak hiking season, but it typically requires at least one transfer to access trailheads. Snowshoeing in the mountains is a popular activity during winter months, but locals warn guides are almost essential due to the threat of avalanches.
 

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Seven Rila Lakes Snowshoe Hike and Thermal Baths Full-Day Tour from Sofia, Sofia, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Seven Rila Lakes Snowshoe Hike and Thermal Baths Full-Day Tour from Sofia

Dramatic landscapes and breathtaking alpine sceneries, centuries old pine forests and rugged mountain peaks make the Seven Rila Lakes cirque one of the most ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $93.27
Trekking Day Trip to Rila Mountains and Mt Mousala from Sofia, Sofia, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Trekking Day Trip to Rila Mountains and Mt Mousala from Sofia

Mousala is the highest peak (at 2925 m) not only in Rila Mountains, but on the whole Balkan Peninsula. Join this trekking experience and lose yourself in ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $127.51
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour, Sofia, Hiking & Camping
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Rila monastery shuttle will take you to Bulgaria's most important and visited historical site and even more - two UNESCO places, amongst with Boyana church. ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.42
Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour, Sofia, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Rila Monastery private tour will take you to Bulgaria's most important and visited historical site and even more -  Bulgaria's most visited UNESCO place, the ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.66
Mt. Musala Summit Full-Day Hiking Tour from Bansko, Bansko, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Mt. Musala Summit Full-Day Hiking Tour from Bansko

From Bansko you will be driven to Granchar hut by car. The hiking will start from the hut to the summit Musala (2925 m) and back to the hut with your guide. It ...  Read more

Location: Bansko, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.07
Rila Monastery Bike Tour from Sofia, Sofia, Hiking & Camping
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Rila Monastery Bike Tour from Sofia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Exciting one day bike trip in Rila Monastery valley. Enjoy a bike ride on village roads with great views to Rila mountains, have a fresh trout for lunch and ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.26

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