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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour provided by V Travel

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour
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About
Though two Bulgarian UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located within driving distance of Sofia, it can be tough to visit these historical sights without renting a car. Leave the driving to your guide on this full-day sightseeing excursion from Sofia, with easy travel to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church. From 13th century murals to Bulgarian Revival painting, Rila Mountain landscapes to medieval structures, this tour is not to be missed.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h 30m
  • 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
Highlights
  • Visit Rila Monastery and Boyana Church on this full-day tour, from Sofia
  • Learn about Bulgarian history from your guide, on a small-group excursion
  • Travel and driver are included, but you pay for entry fees and audio guides
  • Hassle-free transport, from Sofia's Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, is included
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h 30m
  • 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 Rila Monastery and Boyana Church on this full-day tour, from Sofia
  • Learn about Bulgarian history from your guide, on a small-group excursion
  • Travel and driver are included, but you pay for entry fees and audio guides
  • Hassle-free transport, from Sofia's Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, is included
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 20487P1
Call +27 21 426 8204
Important information
Inclusions
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Exclusions
  • Entrance fee for Boyana church
  • Food and drinks
  • Audio-guide (Eg, Es, It, Rus, Ger) payable onsite for 5€ per person
  • Live Guide in Spanish, Italian, French - 60 € per booking
  • Hotel pickup
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Boyana Church
Duration
8h 30m
Departure details
  • Cathedral Saint Aleksandar Nevski, pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria Behind Alexander Nevski Cathedral, in front of La Cattedrale restaurant at 09:00 am.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
Inclusions
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Exclusions
  • Entrance fee for Boyana church
  • Food and drinks
  • Audio-guide (Eg, Es, It, Rus, Ger) payable onsite for 5€ per person
  • Live Guide in Spanish, Italian, French - 60 € per booking
  • Hotel pickup
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Boyana Church
Departure details
  • Cathedral Saint Aleksandar Nevski, pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria Behind Alexander Nevski Cathedral, in front of La Cattedrale restaurant at 09:00 am.
Duration
8h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Cathedral Saint Aleksandar Nevski
    pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
    Behind Alexander Nevski Cathedral, in front of La Cattedrale restaurant at 09:00 am.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Rila Monastery
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Boyana Church
    Stop: 30 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
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Angelica F
15 contributions
Monastero Rila + Unesco Boyana 15/02/2020
Feb 2020
ThanK You so much for a beautiful trip in RILA e BOYANA, thanks a lot to Gheorghie very helpful guide, see You next time we'll fly to Bulgaria!
Written 17 February 2020
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emamalv
1 contribution
Vacation in Bulgaria ‘19
Sep 2019 • Couples
It was a good tour. Very beatiful the monastery. excellent guide!!
I recommend it as a tour to do!!!
Written 25 October 2019
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eightynine
Los Angeles, CA6 contributions
Great sites with a great guide
Oct 2019 • Solo
Definitely recommend this trip with V Travel as their guides seem to really know the history behind the sites. Ivan was out guide and he had an answer for every question we had about sites we visited. It can be a long trip but our guide was friendly and made sure everyone was comfortable. Bonus points for taking us to a delicious lunch spot. Also, was the most affordable option when booking this tour.
Written 21 October 2019
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Mauricio
Frankfurt, Germany12 contributions
Great tour covering two UNESCO sites
Sep 2019
Excellent communication right from the start (tour booking) until the very end. Very good tour guide/driver, a small group made the tour more familiar. Very interesting places included (both Rila Monastery and Boyana Church). Punctuality, good service, very reasonable price...what else can you ask for?
Written 20 September 2019
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Victor K
Thank you so much for appreciating our efforts!
Written 21 September 2019
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Miguel B
Barcelona, Spain232 contributions
Beautiful tour and monastery
Sep 2019
We had a great day visiting the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church. We had enough time to visit the monastery on our own, take some pictures and buy some food/souvenirs outside the monastery. I don't remember the name of the driver unfortunately but he was very knowledgeable, with perfect English. He shared some background information about both locations and general info about Sofia and Bulgaria.
We also loved that we did not make a stop for lunch as most of the passengers didn't want to - we had eaten outside the monastery, so the consensus was not to make a stop for lunch just because it was lunch time. This way we got to the city an hour earlier.
Written 15 September 2019
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Philip L
11 contributions
Semi-cheap tour average guide
Aug 2019
I feel its important to start of by saying that Rila Monastery is absolutely breath taking and a MUST SEE... However, I feel as though there could certainly be better tours available as our tour guide, who was very informative, unfortunately lacked any charisma and enthusiasm and it felt a chore to bond with him in any way as he mostly gave matter of fact answers. If you contrast this with the FREE sofia tour where their tour guides are absolutely amazing and full of charisma you can understand why we felt a little ripped off here.
Written 8 August 2019
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Victor K
Dear Philip, we thank you very much for your feedback. We have notified our guide for his lack of enthusiasm and would certainly make an effort to make all our guests happy. Please note however, that the Rila Monastery is a cultural informative tour, quite different from Sofia Free tour which could be rather qualified as an entertainment... "Semi-cheap" is difficult to understand though as you have paid 23 Eur per person for a full day guided tour including 260 kms transportation and all taxes and commissions included...we don't really see how we could make this tour cheaper!
Written 30 August 2019
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy1 572 contributions
Rila Monastery & Boyana Church with V Travel
Jul 2019 • Solo
The day trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with V Travel was very, very good.

We started at 9:00am from St. Alexander Nevsky Square in Sofia, and in a minivan with five other people plus the guide we headed toward Rila Monastery, where we arrived a couple of hours later.

After visiting the monastery we stopped for dinner, then we headed back toward Sofia and we reached Boyana Church.

Around 5:30pm we were back in Sofia.

The tour was very good: incredibly beautiful destinations, a very good guide (Slato - I hope I'm writing the name correctly!) that provided very useful information and was always happy to answer questions.
Written 25 July 2019
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Joseph O
3 contributions
Amazing!
Absolutely perfect tour! Our guider Alex was simply amazing. He has a great knowledge on historical moments, and he sorted out every kind of question we had, both about the trip and generally about Bulgaria and other topics. I would recommend the tour 100%.
Written 17 July 2019
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Victor K
Thank you! We are all happy from such travelers that show interest in Bulgaria's culture and history!
Written 18 July 2019
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Vincent
1 contribution
Friendly and well informed
Jul 2019 • Family
Highly recommend trip with Ivan my son and I had a very informative and pleasant day and learned alot about Balkan History!
Written 15 July 2019
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Victor K
Thank you so much! We are very happy when our guests bring home a nice experience from Bulgaria!
Written 16 July 2019
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Travelmate48
Caen, France2 contributions
A Pleasant Trip
Jun 2019 • Couples
The tour started from a convenient pickup point. The bus was comfortable and the driver was good. Our guide had good English and explained things well. He had a good understanding of his country's religion and history. It was a day full of interesting experiences.
Written 6 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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