The highlights of this tour
These are the highlights of this tour:
The remains of the historic narrow gauge railway right in the middle of the Rila Monastery forest will bring you back into the last century, while you experience the relaxing atmosphere of an old forest and the murmuring of the river Rila at the same time.
Description of the tour
We follow the rail steps of the old narrow gauge railway that connected the small town of Kocherinovo with the Rila Monastery in the past century and was a huge achievement in these times.
On the way, that follows the banks of the river Rila, we see some of the treasures of Rila Monastery Nature Park: The park forests, waters, animals and plants, and we get to know how the old railway changed the lives of people in the past and today.
General information and booking info
Length in time and km
This is a linear tour, 2.5 hours and 3 km
Height difference (m)
Start: 950 m, Endpoint: 1000 m
Level of difficulty
Good physical condition and good footwear are required, as well as drinking water.
June – November
Visitor Center of Nature Park Rila Monastery
Number of participants
1 to 10 persons
10 Euro/Person (20 Euro in case only one person is attending the tour)
The best way to reach the visitor center is by car.
Another option is a bus connection from Rila to Rila Monastery (twice a day).
More information on accommodation and travel are included in the park information.
How to book?
You can book the tour by contacting Vasil Yanev,
phone: +359 887634512.
Text and Photos: Courtesy of Rila Monastery Nature Park Directorate