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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

Highlights
  • Visit two of Bulgaria’s must-see sights on an easy day trip from Sofia
  • Travel through bucolic countryside to the UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery
  • Explore the painted monastery and colonnades, and learn their rich history
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
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Join the tour with English speaking guide and visit the Rila Monastery at your own pace with an audio-guide in Spanish, Italian, Russian or German.
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Overview
Lift your sights beyond Sofia to visit two of Bulgaria’s historical must-sees in one day—quite a feat to achieve independently. See Bulgaria’s countryside on a drive south, and tour the medieval Rila Monastery with a guide to do its history and treasures justice. Then return to Sofia’s outskirts to visit and learn about fresco-filled Boyana Church. Lunch and entrance fees are at your expense, but all transportation is included.
What to Expect

Greet your guide in central Sofia and see Bulgaria’s countryside, forests, and villages on a drive into the Rila Mountains. Here the remarkable UNESCO World Heritage–listed Rila Monastery—one of Bulgaria’s most famous Eastern Orthodox monasteries—sits on pine-coated slopes.

Learn all about the legend-shrouded monastery, whose origins date to 927 AD, and enter (at your own expense) for a guided tour. Marvel at the fresco-covered colonnades, wooden icons, and tomb of Bulgaria’s last monarch, Boris III.

Opt to explore the monastery’s artifact-filled museum (own expense), and then enjoy free time for lunch at a local restaurant before journeying to the medieval Boyana Church, another UNESCO-listed site. Head inside (own expense) and view the well-preserved 10th-century frescoes that adorn the interior. Admire the depictions of angels, apostles, and sinners, and hear the full background on their painting, styles, and significance.

Finally, end your tour with a convenient drop-off in central Sofia.
Reviews (220)
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Reviewed 5 days ago
Good guide and driver

We don't take many tours, but this one made sense. We had a small group in a nice van. The time spent at each site was just right. Guide and driver were both very professional.

Thank Blabbott
Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent experience

Very well organized travel...timetable perfectly fits with the time needed for activity completion. Moreover the guide was very kind, prepaired and we appreciated very much her advices and explanation!

Thank Traveler05880578585
Reviewed 1 week ago
An excellent guide, Lubo!

We took a daily tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church last Sunday (28 October). Our guide, Lubo, was on time to collect us from the hotel and he gave extra information about the suburbs of Sofia during our trip. Since the Balkan mountains have...More

Thank Umiteser
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
A hidden beauty

The Rila Monestary was absolutely beautiful and so peaceful, a complete change to the tourist traps I visited the week before in Rome! The art work all around the monestary is phenomenal. Boyana Church felt a little like it was just thrown into the tour...More

Thank NLB1986
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Enjoyable visit made memorable by very helpful guide

Pleasant coach trip first to Boyana Church with its fascinating fresco paintings well preserved over centuries with a quick stop to look at a vineyard on the way to the main attraction that is Rila Monastery, where we spent around two and a half hour...More

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tsigag
June 10, 2018|
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Response from imp-ette | Reviewed this property |
They tell you on the ticket. It's just by La Cattedrale restaurant, behind St Alexander Nevski Cathedral. If you look it up on Google Maps they've actually pinned the location they pick you from. There's usually more than... More
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April 23, 2018|
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i think it's not possibile, only groups
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