Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Bulgaria, Sofia City Province, Sofia
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  • 8 hours
  • Sofia
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Discover two of Bulgaria’s UNESCO World Heritage gems on this day trip from Sofia. Traveling by minibus, admire rural Bulgaria on route to the Rila Monastery in the pine-carpeted Rila Mountains. Take a guided tour of the medieval treasure with its fresco-coated church, and visit its fascinating museum. Then, after time to explore independently, continue to Boyana Church, near Sofia, to marvel at its spectacular pre-Renaissance frescoes. Entrance fees not included.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point, ул. Оборище +, ul. "19-ti fevruari", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

09:00 departure from the starting point. Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before departure.

Stop At: Boyana Church, 3 Boyansko Ezero Str., Sofia 1616 Bulgaria

Boyana Church is a small temple at the outskirts of Sofia with frescoes dating back to three separate periods: 11th, 13th and 19th century. The most important and fascinating are the frescoes dating from 1259. They are Renaissance frescoes that predate the Italian Renaissance (triggered by the works of Giotto) and brake the strict Christian canon law to present pure human emotions, royal figures and folklore elements.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila 2643 Bulgaria

Rila Monastery is one of Bulgaria’s symbols and a popular tourist destination. The monastery is set deep in the heart of Rila Mountain, between the Rilska and Drushliavitza Rivers, at 1147 metres (3760 feet) above sea level. It is situated 120 kilometres south of Sofia.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point, ул. Оборище +, ul. "19-ti fevruari", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

Return to the starting point at approximately 17:00

Inclusions
  • Driver-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
  • 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:
  • 24.12.2018 Without Boyana Church
  • 25.12.2018 Without Boyana Church
  • 01.01.2019 departure at 11:00 pm without Boyana Church
  • 28.04.2019 Without Boyana Church
  • 24.12.2019 Without Boyana Church
  • 25.12.2019 Without Boyana Church
  • 01.01.2020 departure at 11:00 pm without Boyana Church
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Departure Point

Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point, ул. Оборище +, ul. "19-ti fevruari", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria


Departure Time

9:00 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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I T

Overall very Good. The Guide Martin was quite good in explaining things and does have a sound knowledge and a good sense of humour

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baks202

Well worth the price. Our guide Martin was fantastic. Would highly recommend this tour. His insights and knowledge were very helpful in understanding the culture

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Ken M

We really enjoyed both Boyana and Rila. There was enough time on our own to view both the Monastery and the Church. The presentations at both Boyana and Rila provided just enough history and factual information with many "fun facts" provided by our guide. The bus trip was splendid and our guide, Martin, provided just enough commentary along the keep the group interested and informed. We were particularly satisfied by the narrative that Martin provided. He had a great command of the history, personalities and culture of the past and the present and regaled us with stories and "fun facts throughout our day. He is one of the best guides we have had on a tour. He led the group and kept the day moving at a good pace. He gets a top rating from us!

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Krishan S

A wonderful tour - the guide Lubo was exceptional, positive and enthusiastic all day. Rila monastery is beautiful. The scenery en route is beautiful. The only thing I would add is there is not much in the way of eating options there, so would recommend bringing your own snacks/drinks with you.

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talya82

This tour was just what I was looking for - a small group (we were on a mini-bus), knowledgeable guide (thanks Martin!), and really interesting sites. The Boyana church is basically in the suburbs of Sofia; the Rila Monastery is about a 2 hour drive away--and well worth the journey! Our guide was great and I learned so much history about the sites themselves as well as Bulgaria overall. Definitely recommend this trip!

User's Picture Gallery

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More frescos

It was beautiful!

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Fountain

Fountain in the monastery

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Frescos

Beautiful frescos in the monastery

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Walkway

A walkway in the monastery

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Boyana Church

The tiny, very impressive, well preserved Boyana Church!

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Boyana

The gardens around the Boyana Church

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Rila Pano

Panoramic view of the Rila Monastery

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RIla Monastery

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RIla Monastery

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Traditional Bulgarian donut

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Frescos in the monastery

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RIla Monastery

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Rila Monastery

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Mini van to both locations

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Rila fountain

Rila fountain

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Rila Monastery

Center court

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Rila Monestary

Rila Monestary

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Rila Monestary

Rila Monestary

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One of the frescoes

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Rila Monestary

Just inside the area

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