Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with Light Lunch

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Bulgaria, Sofia Region, Sofia

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  • 8 hours
  • Sofia
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


The tour includes a visit of Rila Monastery, recognized as a part of UNESCO world heritage site. The next stop will be another UNESCO site- Boyana church. This one-day tour provides the unique opportunity to visit one of the supreme Bulgarian sites, along with some of the highlights of the region.


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Lunch included

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila 2643 Bulgaria

The Rila monastery – biggest and most important orthodox cloister in the country.

Another UNESCO site, part of the tour is Boyana Church, located on the outskirts of Sofia.

Typical Bulgarian Lunch.

Duration: 2 hours

  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Light lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Rila Monastery

  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
we provide pick up from any address in Sofia

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.


8 hours

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

User's Reviews


18 Nov, 2019

Guide and driver amazing! Beautiful tour! We had a fabulous time! Incredible history! Excellent car to get there and back! Fully recommend!

Brandon C

11 Oct, 2019

Rila is awesome but the guide on our particular day got in the way. He had us stand in one place and listen to a long winded, tedious history of Bulgaria. It would have been better to walk us around, break up the lecturing into absorbable chunks, and even stay silent some of the time. We were too polite to break off and leave him. He left us only 30 minutes at the end on our own. Not enough time to check out the icons for sale, go to the separate museums within the Rila complex, or buy the famous snack they sell at a restaurant behind the complex. The tour with Light Lunch goes to the Gorski Kut restaurant a few minutes away from the monastery. It includes a chicken lunch but their specialty is the trout caught in the stream you can see from their windows, so we upgraded and it was wonderful. There were only 4 of us in the mini van and 2 had actually bought a different tour that does not include lunch. They had to go to Gorski Kut too. Then we went on to Boyana Church, which is really small and very special. You are allowed only 10 minutes inside and that guide again talked the entire time. He was expert like a university lecturer but not a helpful guide. For instance, there are western toilets at Rila and he knew where they were but sent 70 year old ladies to the Turkish floor toilets instead.

Sridhar S

27 Sep, 2019

Our guide Denita and driver Evan were very punctual. Denita also was very articulate and gave us a very good overview of the history behind the Rila monastery and how it grew. She however did not join us inside the museum to give us more insights. Maybe bcos she would have had to purchase a ticket as well. She also took us up to the cave which was not part of the original schedule. Evan the driver was careful and drove very professionally. The lunch was good and actually not light by our standards. It was almost a full meal! The only odd thing was the guide and driver sat with us and had the soup but not an entire meal, which was kind of awkward. La Vacanza Travel should should cover a meal for them. Of course not want the driver so full that he falls asleep. This is the first time we have had a guide and driver sit with us (and we.have done many such trips), so that was unusual. It would have been very comfortable if they had a proper meal with us. Overall a good deal.


30 Jul, 2019

Danica was a really good guide. Very friendly and knowledgable. We had a lovely interesting and fun day.
The picked us up from hotel and took us home.


15 Jul, 2017

Great tour. Loved the monasteries, specially Boyana. Our guide Chimi was great, a bit talkative, but that is also what made her so interesting. Lunch was nice with soup, and chicken.

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The path to the cave

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Rila Monastery

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