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Sofia Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Guided Day Trip

  • 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
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
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.
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Very well organised, excellent guide

We thoroughly enjoyed our day. Boyana Church is a unique experience. A shame, if understandable that time is limited to ten minutes for a visit. Despite this, our guide Daphi gave us an excellent, interesting commentary in flawless English, and was also happy to chat...More

1  Thank Kate77Midlands
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Excellent guide Lubo made the day perfect!

I was very impressed with the entire process from Traventuria from the ease of booking to the excellent drive home at the end of the day. Traventuria knows how to organize tours! I went to both Boyana Church and Rila Monastery and was fortunate to...More

Thank TallaTafrahe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wonderful sights with a well-prepared guide

We left at 9 on the dot from the bus stop behind Aleksandr Nevskij Cathedral. During our bus journey, our guide introduced us to some of the historical and artistic aspects of the sights we were going to visit, always stimulating a great interest in...More

Thank Alberto D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hmmm....our trip could more properly be described as a bus ride to and from the two venues. I'm afraid the guide's English was not that great, certainly not strong enough to give a decent guided tour of these two UNESCO sites. In other locations we've...More

Thank Markcl10
Reviewed August 14, 2018
An awe-inspiring embrace of nature and culture

An uplifting experience of art, architecture and natural beauty supported by a professional service of highest quality. Thank you Vasko for an unforgettable guided tour, additional info and the most fortunate cuisine recommendations.

Thank MilanP204
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June 10, 2018|
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
April 23, 2018|
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Response from franto70 | Reviewed this property |
i think it's not possibile, only groups
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