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The Riddles of the Rila Mountains

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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Independent
  • age requirement 12-79 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-23499
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Ends Sofia, Bulgaria
  • +6
  • Climb the Balkans’ highest summit, Musala peak
  • See the famous Seven Rila Lakes
  • Enjoy Alpine scenary
Mount Rila is considered Bulgaria’s best alpine destination, offering a huge diversity of marked hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty. Two popular tourist trails (the Е4 and the Е8) cross the mountain and it is home to the highest peak in the Balkans, Musala, which is located 2925 m above sea level, as well as plentiful glacier lakes.

Book this eight-day, self-guided tour and enjoy the beauty of Bulgarian Alps. This trip starts on the second day, when you climb Cherni Vrah and transfer to the Rila Mountains. For the next two days, you will stay in the village of Govedartsi and explore the surrounding areas, traversing forests and enjoying the beauty of highland meadows and pristine glacial lakes.

Hike through Malyovitsa and Maritsa valleys after that and climb Musala peak. We will transfer you to Sofia International Airport on the last day of this tour.

Please note that this trek is rather arduous and suitable for people experienced in alpine trekking. The trails are well marked and we provide travelers with maps and detailed descriptions of the routes in English. For more details, please go through the itinerary below.
  • Day 1: Sofia arrival
  • Day 2: Climb Cherni Vrah peak and transfer to Govedartsi
  • Day 3: Govedartsi village trek
  • Day 4: The Seven Rila Lakes
  • Day 5: Malyovitsa Valley trek & transfer to Borovets
  • Day 6: Maritsa River Valley trek
  • Day 7: Climb Musala peak
  • Day 8: Sofia departure
  • Meals: 7 breakfast and 3 dinners
  • Transfers to and from Sofia International Airport (only on the first & the last date of the tour)
  • All other transfers as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Luggage transport
  • A detailed English description of the routes along with a tourist maps of the Rila
  • GPS tracker
  • Emergency hotline number
  • All local taxes
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Rent of hiking poles
  • International flights
  • Bulgaria visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Cable car tickets
  • Expenses that are personal in nature, like phone calls and laundry
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20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.


A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.

Other Practical InformationYou walk every day with just a daypack. The rest/unnecessary luggage either remains inside the transfer vehicle, or in your accommodation. A day trip to the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO heritage site and probably the most famous tourist attraction in Bulgaria is a natural extension of this tour, which many clients prefer to book with us. This involves an extra night in Sofia which is normally appreciated by everyone, allowing also more time to explore the capital. See the ”essentials” box on the right for further details. Best period: this tour can start every day during the period mid-June – mid-September; traveling on later dates is also possible (till the end of October), but with a program reduction (the climb to Mt. Musala will be waived since the lift used for it won’t be working after mid-September). Extension to Rila Monastery: 90 € per person (in a group of 2 persons or more sharing a double room; single room supplement: 25 €) (included: pick-up from Borovets Resort on Day 8, transfer to Rila Monastery, a guided tour inside the monastery (in English), entry to the museum in the monastery, transfer to Sofia, overnight B&B in 3-star centrally located hotel on BB, transfer to Sofia Airport on Day 9; not included: lunch and supper on Day 8).
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days are enough for Europe?

    You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent. 

    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

  • How do I plan a 15-day trip to Europe?

    If you are planning to visit multiple countries, you should prepare a tentative list of destinations you are interested in. If it is your first trip, stick to major cities and cultural centers for the sake of simplicity and convenience. Also, be flexible and optimize your travel time and budget. Be open to changing your itinerary depending on schedules and ticket prices.

  • Where to travel in Europe?

    Europe has swathes of spectacular landscapes, a rich history, and vibrant cultures. Therefore, deciding on the best travel destinations on the continent can be difficult. However, you can narrow down on highlights by choosing one overarching theme for your trip. 

    If you are looking forward to immersing yourself in art and history, then Italy, Spain, and France should be on the top of your list. Head for Switzerland, Norway, or Croatia if nature is what you love the most. For beaches and water sports, you will be hard-pressed to find better destinations than Greece, Portugal, and Montenegro.

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    Bus services like FlixBus and BusAbout offer a convenient means of transport if you wish to move from one city to another within the same country. Although these services do travel between countries, they might not be the best choice due to a longer travel time.

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