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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia provided by Traventuria

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
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Tour snapshot
Visit two of Bulgaria’s must-see sights on an easy day trip from Sofia
Duration:
8h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
30
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • 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
  • Travel through bucolic countryside to the UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery
  • Explore the painted monastery and colonnades, and learn their rich history
  • Visit the medieval Boyana Church and admire its remarkable frescoes
  • Hassle-free air-conditioned travel without using public transportation
  • Lunch at Rila and entrance fees to all sights are at your own expense
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • 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
  • Travel through bucolic countryside to the UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery
  • Explore the painted monastery and colonnades, and learn their rich history
  • Visit the medieval Boyana Church and admire its remarkable frescoes
  • Hassle-free air-conditioned travel without using public transportation
  • Lunch at Rila and entrance fees to all sights are at your own expense
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.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 6992RILA
Important information
Inclusions
  • Driver/Tour 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
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • St Alexander Nevski Square, 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria IMPORTANT: The meeting point is BEHIND Alexander Nevski Cathedral (opposite La Cattedrale restaurant) | Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/KY3uaHDALKjDJukQA | GPS coordinates: 42.695601, 23.333790 | Please, be there 15 min. in advance! | This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 5.
Additional information
  • 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:
  • Boyana church will NOT be visited on the following dates: the 18th of May, the 19th of April, 24th and 25th December
  • Hand disinfectant will be provided for free throughout the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • All customers are required to wear face masks during the transfers.
  • Due to COVID-19, only part of our vehicle seat capacity will be used.
  • All our drivers and guides will be wearing masks and gloves during the transfers.
  • All touch points in the vehicles will be cleaned frequently.
  • Minimum traveler age is 5 years old
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Inclusions
  • Driver/Tour 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
Departure details
  • St Alexander Nevski Square, 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria IMPORTANT: The meeting point is BEHIND Alexander Nevski Cathedral (opposite La Cattedrale restaurant) | Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/KY3uaHDALKjDJukQA | GPS coordinates: 42.695601, 23.333790 | Please, be there 15 min. in advance! | This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 5.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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:
  • Boyana church will NOT be visited on the following dates: the 18th of May, the 19th of April, 24th and 25th December
  • Hand disinfectant will be provided for free throughout the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • All customers are required to wear face masks during the transfers.
  • Due to COVID-19, only part of our vehicle seat capacity will be used.
  • All our drivers and guides will be wearing masks and gloves during the transfers.
  • All touch points in the vehicles will be cleaned frequently.
  • Minimum traveler age is 5 years old
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    St Alexander Nevski Square
    1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
    IMPORTANT: The meeting point is BEHIND Alexander Nevski Cathedral (opposite La Cattedrale restaurant) | Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/KY3uaHDALKjDJukQA | GPS coordinates: 42.695601, 23.333790 | Please, be there 15 min. in advance! | This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 5.
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  • 1
    St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Boyana Church
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 3
    Rila Monastery
    Stop: 2 hours
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    Pass by
    St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
305 reviews
Excellent
233
Very good
52
Average
13
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Terrible
7

SapphireRose88
London, UK671 contributions
We met Chris our tourguide near the Cathedral and the tour started on time. Chris was a very pleasant fellow and he was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Sofia. The tour started with a brief stop to Boyana Church. The entrance ticket was not part of the tour, so each of us had to pay around 5Euro to enter. The Boyana church tour is not to be missed, for it was astounding to see how the Alfrescoes managed to last through the centuries. We then headed to Rila Monastery up the mountains. It was special as it recently snowed which made the whole scenery look magical. We toured the Monastery with Chris. He was great in explaining the history of the place to the group, and we headed off to lunch at a nearby restaurant which served delicious food. We headed back to Sofia at around 3pm. I would certainly recommend Traventuria and Chris as your tour guide. Keep up the good work Chris, we really had a great day.
The only one suggestion going forwards is – if the Guide could please check occasionally if the passengers were comfortable with the temperature in the van. It was a small vehicle and crowded, and there was a point where it became too hot and uncomfortable at the back.
Written January 11, 2020
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Dear Rose, Thank you for your detailed review and your suggestions for improvement. We always strive to offer the best service possible and we will surely take note. We hope that you will join us for another unforgettable experience in Bulgaria! Safe travels, Annie Krumova
Written March 30, 2020
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MLandiu
Cork, Ireland90 contributions
This was a good day trip in a comfortable and safe vehicle. Heading off early in the morning from central Sofia, the tour takes you towards the mountains and you will have a brief visit to Boyana Church - it is a UNESCO WH Site and only 5 people are allowed to enter the church for 10 minutes at a time, After the guide will drive you to Rila monastery. It is really up to the tour group how they want to use this transit time. Our guide Martin suggested different music we could listen to, but was also open to answering questions as I thought of them, and on the way back most of the group was sleeping. I chose to have a guided tour of Rila with Martin. This was good but he was trying to cover a lot and so we rushed through the cathedral and the museum a bit too quickly for my liking. I think I would choose to have free time if I had the chance to do the tour again. I am really interested in religious culutre, popular religion and comparative Christianity, however, when I said I wasn't raised as Orthodox (I was raised as Catholic) I think Martin took it for granted that I wouldn't really be interested in the pilgrimage, hagiographic or prayer aspects of visiting Rila. Overall it was a good tour, I think it is a little expensive because there aren't many competitor operators. In other European cities I would expect a complimentary museum entrance or coffee or something extra included in the ticket price.
Written August 26, 2021
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Thank you very much for the review! During these hard times, it's really important to heаr good feedback from our customers. This gives us the will to keep on working and improving despite the hard situation that tourism is in right now! I hope you'll be back one day when the situation is back to normal so we can show you more of the beauties in Bulgaria! Stay safe! Kind regards, Maria Kamenova
Written September 22, 2021
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TeddyLuProductions
Seville, Spain18 contributions
We enjoyed a full day of intriguing Bulgarian history and some delightful surprises with our guide and driver Ana. She is very knowledgable and has a terrific sense of humor—the best possible combination for a guide! The Rila Monastery was quite astounding in person, much more impressive than in the photographs. Ana accommodated our wish to visit the National Museum of History with a short detour there and her narration regarding artifacts over 2000 years old!
Written September 27, 2021
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Dear Teddy! Thank you for rating us for a second time! Ana is one of our best guides and we are really happy she was above and beyond your expectations! We have an amazing team, for whom it will be a pleasure to host you again for a longer time in order to show you the beauty of Bulgarian history and nature! Safe travels, Maria Kamenova
Written September 29, 2021
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Paul R
Stratford Saint Mary, UK7 contributions
Thoroughly enjoyed this trip. We were not quite sure what to expect from a whole day with just a church and a monastery to see, but the experience was well worth the journey. The small church was a revelation and the monastery was breathtaking.
We also visited the museum at Rila monastery which we enjoyed. Our guide was very helpful in accompanying those who wished to see the museum and explained exhibits to us.
The only downside was that the guide’s microphone did not work well on the coach so those at the back did not hear the commentary which was a shame.
The guide was friendly and knowledgeable and our driver excellent.
Would recommend this excursion.
Written January 21, 2020
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Dear Paul, Thank you for reviewing our service. I hope you will meet us again and we will meet your expectations for an excellent review next time! Kind regards, Annie Krumova
Written March 30, 2020
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ariel
1 contribution
Solo
I had a great experience in this tour. The guide, Lubo, is super professional, knowledgeable, and an excellent driver. He can talk about the history of Bulgaria and the Balkans freely and with excitement.
The Boyana church and the monastery are both very interesting, and you can see a lot of the legacy of Bulgaria condensed in those two places.
The way is beautiful, going through mountains and woods, what makes the trip enjoyable as well.
I truly recommend this tour.
Written May 7, 2021
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TraventuriaAdmin
Dear, Thank you for the nice review. Such words give us the courage to keep going in these difficult times. We are happy that you have enjoyed the trip, and we wish you to come to the Balkans once again someday, as there is a lot more to explore! Kind Regards Lubomir Botev (another Lubo)
Written May 8, 2021
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LyndaCR23
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates36 contributions
Travelling up into the Rila mountain is a wonderful experience. The scenery is beautiful and the higher you get the more you are surrounded by the tall evergreens.
The monastery itself is well maintained. When you stop at Boyana Church be sure to appreciate the huge redwood tree near the entrance and the birds and squirrels in the garden.
After exploring the monastery be sure to go outside at the back and enjoy some hot fresh bread at only 2 lev per loaf!
Written August 14, 2021
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Dear Lynda! Thank you for sharing your feedback with others here on TripAdvisor! We are lucky we had you as our guest! Looking forward to many new trips! Best regards, Maria Kamenova
Written August 24, 2021
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FrlF
Berlin3 contributions
I booked the guided tour to Rila monestary and can highly recommend it. Our guide Martin was very knowledgable and gave us a lot of valuable information about the sights, lunch options and beyond, everything that we wanted to know. Also, the whole experience was well organized, and in a very friendly, caring and fun way. This vehicle was in a good shape and we also took the scenic route for a bit. Good value and great day, thanks to Martin!
Written September 12, 2021
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TraventuriaAdmin
Thank you so much for valuing the work of our team and especially of our amazing guide Martin! We are really happy that you enjoyed the day! Looking forward to hosting you again! Safe travels! Maria Kamenova
Written September 14, 2021
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Andrea C
1 contribution
Couples
We absolutely enjoyed the 2 sites included in this day trip, especially Rila monastery. We could easily have spent more time in the area, but we didn’t feel that the stop was too hasty. Lubomir was our guide - he is told us a lot about Bulgarian history and about the sites we visited. He definitely made the trip all the more interesting. Would recommend!
Written September 27, 2021
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Dear Andrea! Thank you for your review! Sharing your experience with others on TripAdvisor is really important for us. We highly value the time you have taken to rate our service! Thank you once again! Lubomir will be happy to know he made the trip more interesting. Looking forward to other great trips! Best regards, Maria Kamenova
Written September 29, 2021
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chau h
Sunnyvale, CA2 contributions
Couples
everything is good, tour guide is good, no complaints about him at all. The only thing that we need is bilingual Bulgarian / English should be at all over this country. We don’t understand a word Bulgarian, we need a translation to English to make more understanding about your beautiful, generous of your country!
Written May 6, 2022
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Dear Friend! Thank you for reviewing our service. I hope you will meet us again and we will meet your expectations for an excellent review next time! Kind regards Maria Kamenova
Written June 8, 2022
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Alice B
1 contribution
Couples
Amazing experience! Our guide Todor was really kind, enthusiastic and he would willingly answer to all our questions. We weren’t such a big group, therefore we had the opportunity to really get in touch with each other. Boyana Church is a little gem and the Rila Monastery is breathtaking. Todor gave us a gift: a little hiking path to the Ivan Rilski’s cave. We really enjoyed our time and we recommend it to all of you! Thank you, Todor :)
Written July 24, 2021
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AnniePaykova
Hello, I will surely let Todor know how amazed you were with him! Thank you so much for sharing feedback for your experience with our community on Tripadvisor! Looking forward to hosting you again! Safe travels, Annie Paykova
Written July 29, 2021
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Incredible Day
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A great escape from the city!
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Exceptional beauty and excellent organization
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