Rila Monastery Bike Tour from Sofia

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

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


Exciting one day bike trip in Rila Monastery valley. Enjoy a bike ride on village roads with great views to Rila mountains, have a fresh trout for lunch and visit the holiest place in Bulgaria - Rila monastery!

Pick up from your hotel at 8.30 am and transfer to the foothills of Rilla mountains (approx. 1.30h)

You will do a 20 km bike ride on rolling asphalt road enjoying mountain views, local vineyards and authentic village life. You stop for lunch at a local restaurant by the river and enjoy the famous Rila monastery fresh trout. After lunch you go for a visit of the biggest and most famous monastery in Bulgaria - Rila and learn about its founder St. Joan of Rila and the story behind one of the holiest places in the Bulgaria. Next is a long and thrilling 20 km descend down the valley. Option for a stop at a local winery!

Approximate time of arrival in Sofia - 5 - 6 pm.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tour guide
  • Bike rental
  • Use of helmet
  • Entry/Admission - Rila Monastery

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All biking skill levels are welcomed
  • Mountain bike routes also available
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 7 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Supplement for 1 person tour: 90euro
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 7 travelers
Departure Point

Your hotel in Sofia

Departure Time

8 - 9 am - depending on season

Voucher info

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


8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Michael S

28 Aug, 2017

My wife and I took this Tour with Orlin on 26 August. The other posts provide the relevant details - a fantastic day out! Whilst the temp was around 31 degrees, the uphill cycling takes place before lunch in the cooler part of the day. Also, at least 50 of the cycling is shaded by the trees, so there's no need to think that you'll be sweating your way up to the monastery!

Orlin's a lovely guy and a great / knowledgeable companion for the day. If you enjoy cycling, take this Tour - you won't be disappointed.


Robert B

18 Jun, 2017

Orlin and the Bike company did a great job on this tour. He picked us up at our hotel at 8:30 a.m. and then we drove about an hour or so to a spot at the base of the Rila Mountains. He had nice mountain bikes and helmets and we were on our way. The first part was rolling and often flat as we made our way to the small town of Rila. We biked through town and then it was mostly uphill from there. But, Orlin gave all of us the option of riding in the van if the biking got too tough. We biked up to Rila Monastery, which is fantastic. Then Orlin drove us a short way down and we had lunch at a nice Bulgarian trout restaurant. Then we got on our bikes and it was all downhill from there! An added bonus was we stopped at a winery for a wine tasting. This wasn't on the official itinerary but Orlin was flexible and included it. If you enjoy biking and incredible views, you can't go wrong with this tour and this company.

marcus b

03 Jul, 2016

We really enjoyed the bike trip. We had a group of 4 people. The driver picks you up in the morning then you drive about 1 hr to the drop off location. Bring water and sunblock. The driver/guide was excellent and friendly. He always was watching out for us and making sure we were safe. He does not ride with you as he was driving the van to show us were to go and be ready if we needed anything or decided to stop. He let us bike as long as we wanted. We decided to bike all the way to the Rila Monastery which was more than the trip advertised. At the normal stopping point, it would be about a 1:15-1:30 bike ride with easy rolling biking, then you would load the bikes in the van and drive to the monastery. Then you bike down the mountain which is awesome and about 20 km of downhill. For the normal route only basic to medium fitness is required. To bike all the way to the top requires medium fitness because as you get closer to the top the steeper it gets. Also its a long gradual climb which after 3 hrs is tiring. One team member decide to stop with about 10 km left to the top. The driver was always there for us if we ever wanted to get in the van. This really is one of the best parts of the trip because each biker can bike the distance they want to. The bikes were in good condition and we had no bike maintenance issues. We loved being able to drink the mountain water. The bike all the way up to the top took about 3-330 hr with stops. We ate at the monastery and they had very good food selection. The ride down was a lot of fun and was a great reward after biking all the way up. The 1st 45 minutes are really fun because there is no car traffic and is very scenic. The 2nd part as you climb up to the monastery is very beautiful but has traffic on the road. The car traffic was friendly and made an effort to give us space but its good to know ahead of time so your mentally ready for it.

Jose S

02 Aug, 2016

Professional private tour guide, it was only me and my fiancee 2 hour trip from Sofia, excelent the guy will wait all along the way to assist you in case you need it, roans are narrow and asphalted although with some potholes at the end, we had a nice new SUV and good quality bikes, the first part of the trip was easy, it got busy on the road closer to Rila town, afterwards we had lunch and drove to the monastery here the guy will give you a tour of the place 30-45 min after this we rode untill the end of the road to see the wonderfull mountains this part is harder needed intermediate level, but no worries the car will be ready if you get tired. I recommend this tour.

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