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Overview
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.
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You'll start at
Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point
ул. Оборище +, ul. "19-ti fevruari", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, BulgariaFrom the car park next to La Cattedrale restaurant, at the south-east corner of Alexander Nevski Square
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    Boyana Church
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission excluded
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    Rila Monastery
    Stop: 2 hours -
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Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point
ул. Оборище +, ul. "19-ti fevruari", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, BulgariaFrom the car park next to La Cattedrale restaurant, at the south-east corner of Alexander Nevski Square
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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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point, ул. Оборище +, ul. "19-ti fevruari", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration
8h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
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
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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2fortygirl wrote a review Mar 2020
San Ramon, California11 contributions5 helpful votes
So glad we were still able to go on our Rila Monastery Tour today despite of the current situation. Lubo was our Tour Guide and he was fantastic! Such a story teller and a wealth of knowledge and he was great at giving historical information regarding Bulgaria as a whole, Sofia
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from AnnieKrumova, Guest Relations Manager at Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Dear customer, Thank you for sharing your feedback with our community here on TripAdvisor! We are looking forward to meeting you again in Bulgaria and I hope everything will be as good as you want it to be! Stay safe and come again! Kind regards, Annie Krumova
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MD c wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
The tour guide Martin is a born tour guide with the confidence and the charm of entertaining people while passing on important information. Shared everything from bullet holes in the church to the mentality of sheep ;) Can be too much for some but overall most will enjoy this
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Dear MD, Thank you for giving us a feedback, it's highly appreciated. We look forward to meeting you again! Kind regards, Annie Krumova
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Paul R wrote a review Jan 2020
Stratford Saint Mary, United Kingdom7 contributions
Thoroughly enjoyed this trip. We were not quite sure what to expect from a whole day with just a church and a monastery to see, but the experience was well worth the journey. The small church was a revelation and the monastery was breathtaking. We also visited the museum at Rila
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from AnnieKrumova, Guest Relations Manager at Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Dear Paul, Thank you for reviewing our service. I hope you will meet us again and we will meet your expectations for an excellent review next time! Kind regards, Annie Krumova
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SapphireRose88 wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom579 contributions141 helpful votes
We met Chris our tourguide near the Cathedral and the tour started on time. Chris was a very pleasant fellow and he was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Sofia. The tour started with a brief stop to Boyana Church. The entrance ticket was not part of the tour, so each
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from AnnieKrumova, Guest Relations Manager at Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Dear Rose, Thank you for your detailed review and your suggestions for improvement. We always strive to offer the best service possible and we will surely take note. We hope that you will join us for another unforgettable experience in Bulgaria! Safe travels, Annie Krumova
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t0t125 wrote a review Jan 2020
Essex, United Kingdom80 contributions13 helpful votes
Four of us took this tour which was great, very well organised and very interesting thanks to our guide who had a wealth of information and knowledge, we had lunch with her and it was very informal and relaxing, the monastery and church were amazing made all the better having a
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Dear customer, Thank you for your feedback! Come again! Safe travels, Annie Krumova
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Avoid this company!
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Plovdiv day tour
Constantine was a fantastic guide. The tour was nicely paced, we got to see a lot without it feeling very rushed. P
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A great tour
This was a great day trip. It's around 2 hours drive from Sofia to Plovdiv including a toilet/coffee stop. Our gu
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Big thank you to Dobrin and driver. We booked a last minute trip for 13 people to Hot Springs and Spa. Not a proble
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Superb trip
We had an amazing day visiting Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa with our excellent guide Martin who was friendly, fun and
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A must-do!
Plovdiv is stunning. If you are in Sofia, it is an easy and beautiful day trip. We had Constansa as our guide and
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Solid
Solid tour. Martin, tour guide, was excellent. Funny, knowledgeable, engaging and remained super charged the full
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Cool, but easily improvable.
Starting from the point that Plovidv was named Culture capital, I think the tour does no justice to it. Two hours t
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CanadianEngineers
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A great day trip with a great tour guide
We had a great day at the church and monastery, our tour guide Chris was very knowledgeable and very entertaining!
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Gorgeous town
Booked this tour after doing a different tour with the same company the previous day! Had an issue whilst booking a
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Wonderful tour with amazing tour guide
We joined their tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church. Our tour guide was Martin. We learnt a lot from him about
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In the footsteps of Orpheus
Well organised and detailed itinerary provided. All our transfer drivers were careful drivers and fountains of inf
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Jo H
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Beautiful city but too little time
Plowdiw is a really beautiful city with lots if interesting things to see. Our guide was well informed and very fri
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