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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 1 week ago
Beautiful culture and nature

Very motivated and helpful guide, who said a lot of interesting things about Bulgaria and helped in everything (e.g. walked around in the bus and asked if we have any questions regarding anything else, helped us to organize our next day program as well). Rila...More

Thank Klein S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great trip

Great trip. Really worth it. Martin our guide did a great job. Unfortunately the weather wasnt to good

Thank Linda B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fascinating Trip

Marina, our guide, made this a truly enjoyable and relaxed trip. Although it was packed with sights and info we were never weary or bored. The Boyana Church was small but the frescoes were breathtaking. Marinas’ knowledge of the Monastery and its history really brought...More

Thank julieL7743NH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Beautiful and relaxing places not to miss

This kind of tour can be recommended to anyone who wants to know more about Bulgaria and visit beautiful and relaxing places. First we visited Boyana Church, then Rila Monastery. Our guide, Constanta, was very professional and well prepared. Besides the two main objectives, she...More

Thank moroianuco
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Can be improved

The trip itself is great value for money, and the sites are beautiful and interesting. I would probably recommend the tour to anyone wishing to visit the Rila monastery. However we struggled to hear our guide; she kept giving titbits of information and walking away...More

Thank imp-ette
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23 April 2018|
Response from franto70 | Reviewed this property |
i think it's not possibile, only groups
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