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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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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.
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Reviewed yesterday
Great knowledge of local area

Great trip with lots of local history from the guide. 2 hour drive each way with 2.5 hours for seeing the monastery and eating lunch. There are only two restaurants with the same food to choose from. Service was extremely slow and food not that...More

Thank Chrystal R
Reviewed 1 week ago
Worth seeing

We have visited Rila monastery with our amazing guide Lubomir, who provided us with many interesting facts in between his talks about historical heritage. The driving took around 2h each way and we got to spend 2,5h at the site itself, where we also had...More

Thank Rasa Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rila Monastery in Bulgaria is an orthodox Eastern Europe Monastery and a spiritual centre for more than a 1000 years. Against a backdrop of mist-swirled mountains, Rila Monastery emerges an an architectural delight, striped in black, red and white, and the bright yellow domes of...More

Thank HYEZ12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Go with another company!!!

The Rila Monastery is an awesome tourist destination. The tour company did not allow enough time to visit Rila and have lunch. They gave us only 1:45 to visit and have lunch. With only two restaurants onsite and hundreds of tourists we picked up our...More

Thank Bert V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Unique day trip!

Went on this day long excursion and scheduled through TripAdvisor. Rila Monestary is breathtaking. Our guide Vaslov provided expert background and details that added to the tour, he was great! You don’t need to purchase the headset. Go on the impressive trip!

Thank Marie E
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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
24 April 2018|
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Response from Boda T | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can, ask for it; for us it was a coincidence that we were two so it was a private tour but the guy told us they do that as well if u call