Very professional tour with detailed introduction of historical backgrounds. Both sites are so marvelous that I really want to stay there for a longer time.
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.
I took this trip and I was overwhelmed by everything about it. First, the guide Konstanza (really hope I got the name spelled right) was very helpful and informative. She went above and beyond to ensure that everyone in the trip was comfortable and she...More
Very informative tour and well priced and timed tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable and took us through the murals and their significance. We also had a lunch cosy lunch at a restaurant before we head off at 245pm back to sofia. Wished we had...More
Lubo is a great guide, and made the tour a really enjoyable day out from snowy Sofia. He was very knowledgeable about both Boyana church and Rila monastery, and I learned a lot. It was an extremely cold day, but the snow made everything absolutely...More