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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

  • 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
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
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Join the tour with Spanish speaking guide and visit the Rila Monastery and Boyana church. This option is available every Thursday and Saturday.
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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.
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.
Reviews (250)
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Must do trip

Our guide Daffy was fantastic, very enthusiastic and knowledgable. Boyana church ( very small chapel ) is amazing - frescos were beautiful! Daffy explained all the frescos in great detail. Rila monastery is beautiful and very ornate. Daffy took us round the inside and outside...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank sarahharrison180
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Pretty but so far

I'm glad I went, it was very pretty but I defn wish that someone could explain the paintings. The kids wondered why we drove 2 hrs from sofia only to get out for 10 mins and get back in the carMore

Thank Fatima M
TraventuriaAdmin, Manager at Traventuria - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Fatima, I'm sorry you have not enjoyed with your kids Rila Monastery as it is one of the pearls of the Bulgarian tourism. I'm sure that you have run into some confusion as you have not travelled with us to the monastery. Our company...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Traventuria Day Trip

We were met at the rendezvous point by very helpful staff who spoke very good English. Our specific guide (Marina) was excellent and very knowledgeable about the attractions we visited. Both Boyana Church and Rila Monastery were worth visiting in their own right but together...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Doug J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Monestery so so, but the Ousarry is incredible.

The Monastery is a great place to visit, but among Monasteries, it is just okay;. HOWEVER, if you walk out the back gate of the Monastery and follow the path down along the right hand side (across from the shops and restaurant) to the Ossuary,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank JudyM214
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Excellent trip

Great trip and really enjoyable visiting Boyana Church and Rila Monastery in a day. Our guide Marina was excellent, she was friendly, informative and kept checking everyone on the tour was ok. The bus was only half full so plenty of space to relax for...More

2  Thank LondonE3Traveller
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June 10, 2018|
Response from imp-ette | Reviewed this property |
They tell you on the ticket. It's just by La Cattedrale restaurant, behind St Alexander Nevski Cathedral. If you look it up on Google Maps they've actually pinned the location they pick you from. There's usually more than... More
April 23, 2018|
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Response from franto70 | Reviewed this property |
i think it's not possibile, only groups
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