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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia provided by Traventuria - Day Tours

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
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What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Russian, English, Italian, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Russian, English, Italian, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
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
Visit the medieval Boyana Church and admire its remarkable frescoes
Hassle-free air-conditioned travel without using public transportation
Lunch at Rila and entrance fees to all sights are at your own expense
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6992RILA
Call 800-130-2207
Important information
Inclusions
Driver/Tour guide • Transport by air-conditioned minibus • Parking Fees
Exclusions
Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Admission to Boyana Church (approx. 5 euros per person) and Rila Monastery Museum (approx. 4 euros per person) • Audio guide at Rila Monastery (approx. 5 euros per person) • Food and drinks • Entry/Admission - Boyana Church
Duration
8h
Departure details
Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point, ул. Оборище +, ul. "19-ti fevruari", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria From the car park next to La Cattedrale restaurant, at the south-east corner of Alexander Nevski Square
Inclusions
Driver/Tour guide • Transport by air-conditioned minibus • Parking Fees
Exclusions
Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Admission to Boyana Church (approx. 5 euros per person) and Rila Monastery Museum (approx. 4 euros per person) • Audio guide at Rila Monastery (approx. 5 euros per person) • Food and drinks • Entry/Admission - Boyana Church
Departure details
Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point, ул. Оборище +, ul. "19-ti fevruari", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria From the car park next to La Cattedrale restaurant, at the south-east corner of Alexander Nevski Square
Duration
8h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
Not wheelchair accessible or stroller friendly
Comfortable walking shoes recommended
Exceptions to the standard program:
01.01.2020 departure at 11:00 AM without Boyana Church
Boyana church will NOT be visited on the following dates: the 18th of May, the 19th of April, 24th and 25th December
Not wheelchair accessible
Most travellers can participate
Hand disinfectant will be provided for free throughout the tour.
All customers are required to wear face masks during the transfers.
Due to COVID-19, only part of our vehicle seat capacity will be used.
All our drivers and guides will be wearing masks and gloves during the transfers.
All touch points in the vehicles will be cleaned frequently.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point
    ул. Оборище +, ul. "19-ti fevruari", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
    From the car park next to La Cattedrale restaurant, at the south-east corner of Alexander Nevski Square
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point
  • 1
    Boyana Church
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Rila Monastery
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
    Pass by
    Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point
  • You'll end at
    Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point
    ул. Оборище +, ul. "19-ti fevruari", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
    From the car park next to La Cattedrale restaurant, at the south-east corner of Alexander Nevski Square
    See address & details
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Popular mentions

4.5
261 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
46
Average
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Terrible
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Alice B
1 contribution
No need to doubt about it
Jul 2021 • Couples
Amazing experience! Our guide Todor was really kind, enthusiastic and he would willingly answer to all our questions. We weren’t such a big group, therefore we had the opportunity to really get in touch with each other. Boyana Church is a little gem and the Rila Monastery is breathtaking. Todor gave us a gift: a little hiking path to the Ivan Rilski’s cave. We really enjoyed our time and we recommend it to all of you! Thank you, Todor :)
Written 24 July 2021
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Ana G
2 contributions
100% Recommended!
Jun 2021
The whole trip was amazing but our guide Martin was simply fantastic! Really making the most out of this tour, great sense of humour, deep and insightful explanations...
100% Recommended!
Written 6 July 2021
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AnniePaykova
Hello again, Thank you for your feedback! Is very much appreciated! Safe travels, Annie Paykova
Written 12 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ahad B
2 contributions
Amazing experience
Jun 2021 • Solo
Great overall experience. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and so nice. The locations were excellent and I was able to learn so much about Bulgarian history. Would highly recommend.
Written 7 June 2021
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AnniePaykova
Hello Ahad, Thank you for the review! We are incredibly happy that you enjoyed your time with our team in Bulgaria! Lubo, your guide, was very enthusiastic to hear your feedback! Hope to see you again! Best regards, Annie Paykova Traventuria Team
Written 8 June 2021
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Ibrahim A
13 contributions
Pleasant experience
May 2021
I had the tour with Martin. He was informative, friendly, communicates clearly and gave enough info which made the tour more interesting. I did enjoy having the tour with him!
Written 21 May 2021
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AnniePaykova
Hello Ibrahim, Thank you for sharing your feedback about the tour with Martin! Our team is working hard to bring back everything to normal since COVID had a really huge imapct on our bussiness! And that's why we are so happy to read your review! We are looking forward to another trip with you! Stay safe!
Written 25 May 2021
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Rim B
4 contributions
Excellent experience
May 2021 • Couples
We had a great trip with our guide Martin, he's so professional and funny at the same time, we learnt a lot about the history of Bulgaria! I highly recommand Martin 👌✅
Written 16 May 2021
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AnniePaykova
Hello, Thank you for your review! Our guide Martin is really delighted to read your review! It was a pleasure for our team to host you in Bulgaria! Looking forward to more amazing trips in our country! Best regards, Annie Paykova Traventuria Team
Written 17 May 2021
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ariel
1 contribution
Excellent guide and tour
May 2021 • Solo
I had a great experience in this tour. The guide, Lubo, is super professional, knowledgeable, and an excellent driver. He can talk about the history of Bulgaria and the Balkans freely and with excitement.
The Boyana church and the monastery are both very interesting, and you can see a lot of the legacy of Bulgaria condensed in those two places.
The way is beautiful, going through mountains and woods, what makes the trip enjoyable as well.
I truly recommend this tour.
Written 7 May 2021
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TraventuriaAdmin
Dear, Thank you for the nice review. Such words give us the courage to keep going in these difficult times. We are happy that you have enjoyed the trip, and we wish you to come to the Balkans once again someday, as there is a lot more to explore! Kind Regards Lubomir Botev (another Lubo)
Written 8 May 2021
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Jamie Britson
Sofia, Bulgaria6 contributions
A Cultural Experience
Sep 2020
An amazing cultural experience. I went with my friends and as foreigners we were all astonished by the rich culture of Bulgaria and its millennial history.
Written 4 December 2020
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AnniePaykova
Hello Jamie, Thank you for sharing your thoughts with others! We really value your time! We will hope to host you once again when in Bulgaria! Best regards, Annie Paykova
Written 10 May 2021
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Joeri V
Antwerp, Belgium26 contributions
Fantastic day
Nov 2020 • Solo
With out small group (just 3 people and guide Lubo), we had a fantastic day at these 2 UNESCO sites. Both places are so wonderful and Lubo was a fantastic guide: very friendly, good knowledge and a very responsible driver as well. Thanks Lubo and Traventuria for these onforgettable day!
Written 4 November 2020
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AnnieKrumova
Dear Juri, Thank you for being our guest during these uncertain times! We are happy that you visited Bulgaria and we will be more than glad to show you more of it! I will express your feedback to our amazing guide Lubo and I am sure he will be very glad to know you had a good time with him! Hoping to see you again! Safe travels, Annie Paykova
Written 5 November 2020
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AndreSalgadoMarques
Strasbourg, France41 contributions
Great
We just returned from a tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with them and the guide (Lugo, I think?) was really good, he explained everything really well, we picked us from our hotel on time, and everything went without any hiccups. Highly recommended, we we booked our tour on GetYourGuide but you can find them as well on TripAdvisor.
Written 2 October 2020
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TraventuriaAdmin
Hi, André! We are delighted you had a great time on the tour. Our guide (Lubo) sends you special greetings. Thanks for the positive feedback, it means a lot to us. :)
Written 3 October 2020
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Alna Y
Dublin, Ireland9 contributions
Good for soul
Sep 2020 • Solo
One of the best things to experience in Bulgaria. Our guide Lubo is a fantastic professional guide. His knowledge varies into many different areas but for sure he is a passionate traveler himself and his job suits with his lifestyle. It was a very nice day out with a wonderful guide and very nice people in our small tour group. Highly recommended! Even if you are not a religious person, you will enjoy the nature and the fresh water.
Written 30 September 2020
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AnniePaykova
Dear guest, Thank you for reviewing our services! We are looking forward to being your host again! Bulgaria has a lot to amaze you with! Best regards, Annie Paykova
Written 10 May 2021
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ermesrinaldini
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Evening tour
Amazing experience with Martin, the best guide we could find. We started with a tour in the center of the city, Mar
P7545FYmelissas
P7545FYmelissas
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Great trip
The lakes where awesome and the guide was great and really kind!! I really enoyed it. Monastary was also nice and i
phurtskhva_2021
phurtskhva_2021
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Heartwelming
The nature was truly perfect, but more important was someone who stood next to you, explained things clearly with l
R3784IBalexk
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Good experience
Thank you. That was very nice tour with really fascinating views on Rila mountain. In Rila monastery was a great op
Mqumhieh
Mqumhieh
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Amazing Tour
What a wonderful surprise was the tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church, two extraordinary sights under the prot
anagR7533HD
anagR7533HD
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7 Rila Lakes with Todor, a must!
Todor was a great help on the 7 Rila Lakes, I don't think we would have made it without him. Fantastic experience,
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Perfect
Thank you so much for a wonderful tour with the best guide Todo! Amazing experience, beautiful lakes, communicatio
sandeep b
sandeep b
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Excellent private tour
Highlight of my trip to Bulgaria!  Excellent tour. I  absolutely loved doing this tour and would recommend it to AN
Mauro M
Mauro M
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Beautiful day
Very Cool trekking tour, the lakes are located in the beautiful national park. The tour guide, Todo, was so great
Jlowery180
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Great trip
Had a great trip with Lubo my guide would highly recommend this trip Lubo was very knowledgeable and all around gre
Lukana8
Lukana8
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Plovdiv
Great trip Quite educational , pleasant tour guide. Patient & punctual as well as professional. Would recommend to
joLouf
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Plovdiv and Asen fortress and monastery
Great tour guide Philip taking us to all the sites, great day. Philip is the man! Bulgaria is beautiful
Matioshka
Matioshka
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Great excursion !!!
I had a great day visiting Bulgaria deeper, with my guide Lubo who was really professional, and know so much about
Sam1993jjshhs
Sam1993jjshhs
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The dream
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Super Just all peoples who is going to this beautiful paradise should be really strong and have good conditio
Alfonsina888
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Veliko Ternovo
We had the opportunity to travel with a great guide, Lubo, who has the sensibility, wisdom and amability to take us
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