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Sofia: Seven Rila Lakes Snowshoe Walk & Thermal Spring Pools

4.8 / 5

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Sofia: Seven Rila Lakes Snowshoe Walk & Thermal Spring Pools

From £77.74 per person

Experience dramatic landscapes and breathtaking alpine sceneries, centuries old pine forests, rugged mountain peaks and deep relaxation in thermal spas all within a winter day tour from Sofia.

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Duration 1 day
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Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel or address within the city of Sofia. Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
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  • Join an easy to moderate snowshoeing tour in the Rila Mountains National Park
  • See the stunning Seven Rila Lakes during winter
  • Relax in the hot thermal pools at Sapareva Banya Spa Resort
Full description
Dramatic landscapes and breathtaking alpine sceneries, centuries old pine forests and rugged mountain peaks make the Seven Rila Lakes circuit one of the most beautiful areas in the Rila Mountains National Park. Enjoy a gentle snowshoe walk in the picturesque Seven Rila Lakes area followed by relaxation in the thermal water pools of Sapareva Banya Spa Resort, fed by one of the hottest springs in Europe. All this within a day tour from Sofia. Your guide will pick you up early in the morning from your hotel in Sofia for a wonderful journey to the Rila Mountains. You will arrive within 1.5-hours to Pionerska Mountain Hut from where you will take a chairlift to Rila Lakes Hut, situated high above the tree line at 2150 meters above sea level. The walk will begin from the hut in the direction of the Kidney, the third of the Seven Rila Lakes. Along the way, admire breathtaking alpine sceneries of jagged peaks and frozen mountain lakes. After a short break and a cup of warm tea at the lake, you will head toward Rila Lakes Hut and descend via the chairlift to the van and have a short transfer (20 minutes) to Sapareva Banya Spa Resort, where you will be able to relax deeply in the thermal pools fed by hot spring waters.
  • Pick-up/ drop-off at your hotel
  • All transportation by private vehicle
  • English-speaking certified mountain leader
  • Guidance throughout the tour
  • Snowshoes and walking poles
  • All local taxes
  • Food and drinks
  • Chairlift tickets (9 € round trip ticket per person)
  • Entrance fees for the mineral water pools (5 – 7 € per person)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Other personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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What to bring

  • Flip-flops
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses

Know before you go

  • Walking (snowshoeing) time: approximately 2.5-hours
  • Uphill/ downhill: approximately 250 meters
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 8 reviews

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We found a very unfortunate day with a snow storm happening. We couldn't do the regular hike because the snow lift was close. But luckily we had the best guide ever - Kiril - who took us to another place (that we still couldn't see properly because of the heavy snow and wind ahah). My boots broke down and I had no sole on both, while hiking we tried many times to fix them - and Kiril was super attentive on that - but it was impossible. Even if all of that happened we had a super fun day in the snow, Kiril really loves the mountains and he can tell you everything about them. Ofc the thermal swimming pools at the end were the cherry on top.

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29 December 2021

It has been a great adventure, to say that it has been the first time that I have an experience with snowshoes and it has been great. I have no experience in snow sports but I found it an easy mid-level activity that everyone could do. The Kiril guide has been very attentive to us, he did not speak Spanish and we did not have a good level of English but he has done his best to understand us better. Recommendations: Bring cash, you can not pay by card anywhere.

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3 January 2020

George made us an excellent tour in Spanish!

Surprisingly, finally we could do the tour in Spanish with George, since we were only three friends from Spain. The tour was private, and George explained a lot of things about the country, about history ... anything we wanted to know told us! The tour was great, the ride very enjoyable and at our own pace. The truth is that it is an experience that I would repeat without a doubt! It is also true that he told us that in summer the colors and water of the lakes are magnificent, we will have to return to make the comparison. In the hostel where the chairlift leaves you can eat perfectly and at quite affordable prices. Finally, the hot springs were great after the tour ... we were soooo relaxed!

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23 April 2019

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