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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

  • 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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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 (226)
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Excellent Tour

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.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dzbshizheng
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

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

Thank ukhamis47
Reviewed 6 days ago
Wonderful trip

Boyana Church was an unexpected gem on our trip to the jaw dropping Rila Monastery.The historical interest is unmeasurable and both buildings absolutely beautiful.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Roger F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Amazing historical tour

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

Thank alvinT263
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Excellent tour

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Liz J
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11 June 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
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Response from franto70 | Reviewed this property |
i think it's not possibile, only groups
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