Tour “7 lakes and 7 grannies – let’s go to the 7th heaven!”

Daily Tour 2 дни Availability: 2021-09-11
Seven Rila Lakes, 2650, Bulgaria Southwest Tour Guide: Ekaterina Terzieva

What is the highest mountain on the Balkan Peninsula without its seven eyes – the wonderfully beautiful Rila Lakes? We will look at each of them in our Tour “7 lakes and 7 grannies – let’s go to the 7th heaven!”, which focuses on the magic of the Rila Mountains – nature, history, mineral waters, cuisine, and traditions. The big focus is the concert organized especially for us of the phenomenal choir of the Bistritsa Grannies, included in the List of masterpieces of the world’s intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO.

The Grannies from Bistritsa will treat us to the traditional pie and kefir, we will see the hottest geyser in Europe, which springs in the center of Sapareva Banya, we will enjoy the sparkling air of Panichishte, we will visit the Belchin fortress Tsari Mali grad, and near The village of Zheleznitsa we will immerse in the 12 forest mineral springs from the time of the Thracians. Come and join! It will be nice!


Place of departure / arrival

Departure hours: 07.00 from Plovdiv, 08.15 from Ihtiman. For travelers from Plovdiv – a departure from the UBB bus stop on Tsar Boris Treti Obedinitel Blvd. opposite the Ramada Trimontium Hotel


The price of the tour includes

  • One breakfast
  • Overnight in a hunting residence
  • Lift to the hut “Seven Rila Lakes”
  • Hiking to the Seven Rila Lakes with a licensed mountain guide
  • Entrance to the Belchin fortress Tsari Mali grad
  • Concert of Bistritsa Grannies’ Choir, included in the UNESCO list
  • Tasting of Bistrica pie with kefir
  • Full tour guide service with a licensed guide
  • Transport
  • Tourist insurance

The price of the tour does not include

  • Lunch and dinner

What to expect

We will take the lift to the “Seven Rila Lakes” hut and from there we will make hiking to the Lower Lake, the Fish Lake (the shallowest, only 2.5 meters), the Shamrock, the Twin, the Kidney, the Eye (the deepest circus lake in Bulgaria – almost 38 meters). At the top is the Tear, which is transparent and clear as a tear. Next to the Tear is Lake Peak (2544 m), from where a panorama of the Seven Rila Lakes is revealed.

We return in the late afternoon and relax in a cool hunting residence near Panichishte. The next day after breakfast we head to the hottest geyser in Europe – 103 degrees. It is not located in Iceland, but nearly 3,700 km south of the Viking country – at the foot of the Rila Mountains, where the small Bulgarian town of Sapareva Banya is located. The geyser is the only one in continental Europe and is the most violent and accessible in the world – it pulsates every 5-6 minutes. The height of its water column is 18 m and it springs from a depth of 75 m. of billions of transparent droplets.

We will visit the fortress in the village of Belchin, named after the ancient village of Tsari Mali grad. It is assumed that his name means Little Constantinople. In 2007, excavations began on the hill of St. Spas, which revealed the remains of a Thracian sanctuary, an ancient Roman fortress, and medieval churches. Since 2013 the fortress has been restored.

In the village of Zheleznitsa we are waiting for the 12 forest mineral springs from the time of the Thracian era. The “forest jacuzzis” are full of 30-degree water that flows down the rocks. The rivers Zheleznishka and Egulya flow nearby. After immersing ourselves in the hot springs, we go to the village of Bisstritsa, where the local women will treat us to the traditional pie and kefir.

The culmination of the tour “7 lakes and 7 grannies – let’s go to the 7th heaven!” is the concert of the phenomenal choir, included in the List of Masterpieces of the World Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. The group of singers of authentic folklore from the Sofia village of Bistritsa was established in 1949 as the Bistritsa Ensemble. Presents authentic songs from Shopluk. Due to their peculiar polyphonic singing, the group of the Bistritsa Grannies became famous all over the world.

The choir has visited many times in Great Britain, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, USA. In 1978 they received the prestigious European Award for Folk Art from the Alfred Töpfer Foundation, Hamburg.


Маршрут

Day 1: The Magic of the Rila Mountains and the Seven Rila Lakes

We take a lift to the hut “Seven Rila Lakes”, from where we will make hiking to the Lower Lake, Fish Lake (the shallowest, only 2.5 meters), Shamrock, Twin, Kidney, Eye (the deepest circus lake in Bulgaria – almost 38 meters). At the top is the Tear, which is transparent and clear as a tear. Next to the Tear is Lake Peak (2544 m), from where a panorama of the Seven Rila Lakes is revealed.

We return in the late afternoon and relax in a cool hunting residence near Panichishte. Overnight.

Day 2: The Bistritsa Grannies’ Choir

After breakfast, we head to the hottest geyser in Europe – 103 degrees. It is located in the small town of Sapareva Banya. The geyser is the only one in continental Europe and is the most violent and accessible in the world, and the temperature is 103 degrees.

We will visit the fortress in the village of Belchin, named after the ancient village of Tsari Mali grad. In 2007, excavations began on the hill of St. Spas, which revealed the remains of a Thracian sanctuary, an ancient Roman fortress, and medieval churches. Since 2013 the fortress has been restored.

In the village of Zheleznitsa we are waiting for the 12 forest mineral springs from the time of the Thracian era. The “forest jacuzzis” are full of 30-degree water that flows down the rocks. After immersing ourselves in the hot springs, we go to the village of Bistritsa, where the local women will treat us to the traditional pie and kefir.

The Bistritsa Grannies’ Choir, which is on the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage List, will sing for us. The group of singers of authentic folklore presents authentic songs from Shopluk. Due to their peculiar polyphonic singing, the group of the Bistrita grandmothers became famous all over the world. Departure for Ihtiman and Plovdiv.

Rila Mountain is one of the most picturesque Bulgarian mountains, offering breathtaking mountain views at any time of the year.

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