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“A highly recommended day trip!”

Traventuria - Day Tours
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$29.83*
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
Ranked #2 of 32 Outdoor Activities in Sofia
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Owner description: Traventuria Ltd is a fully bonded Bulgarian tour operator, possessing a management with experience of over 10 years in the field of the incoming tourism in Bulgaria and the Balkans. The company offers cultural and active holidays, private transfers, ski and snow board packages. Flexibility, local knowledge and perfection in all our services are our distinctive feature!
Vancouver, Canada
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39 reviews
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“A highly recommended day trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

We took the shuttle to Rila Monastery and Boyana church yesterday and were very pleased with our trip. Even though we had not booked the full tour, our driver, Rusi, was extremely informative and offered to guide us through both the monastery museum and the church. He is very knowledgeable, a great driver, and a charming host. We did not feel at all rushed and arrived back at our hotel after a great day, feeling much more informed about this lovely country. Sadly, our stay in Bulgaria will be a brief one this time so we are very glad for this excellent glimpse into Bulgarian history and culture. If you only have two days in Sofia, we recommend that you spend one of them on this day trip to Rila Monastery and the Boyana church.

Visited September 2013
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
“Fantastic Trekking and tours”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

My partner & I recently returned from a trip to Sofia Bulgaria where we were lucky enough to spend two days trekking in the Rilla mountains guided by Orlin. The experience was wonderful; Orlin was helpful, fun and knowledgeable. We felt we were in very safe hands and could not fault our time spent on the mountains with him in such beautiful & breathtaking scenery. The guys at the Ivan Vasov hut were incredibly welcoming and we had a lovely stay, enjoying their lovely cooking, company and hospitality. We strongly recommend using Traventuria for hikes and tours . We also went on the day tour to the Rilla Monastry and Boyana church with Rusi who was also a superb guide, fun and enthusiastic, a pleasure to be with. We were given lots of interesting information and had such a fun & enjoyable day, thanks to all for providing such a brilliant service.

Visited September 2013
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Victoria, BC
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“Good but too short”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

Our tour was really nice but I feel like it was cut unecssearily short. We arrived back at Sofia 90 minutes ahead of schedule and I feel like that is extra time we all would have liked to have at the Rila monastary. I also feel like our lunch break and several bathroom breaks were unecessarily rushed. I hope future tours buget their time better.

Visited August 2013
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TraventuriaAdmin, Manager at Traventuria - Day Tours, responded to this review, October 20, 2016
Dear Pandantics,

Many thanks for the feedback! It is much appreciated.

Please kindly not that the tour visits 2 places: Rila Monastery and Boyana Church.

While there is basically no limitations on the number of people visiting Rila Monastery, Boyana Church as a very old and highly protected monument limits the number of concurrent visitors to only 8.

It basically means that if a tour bus arrives at the church it blocks the church for more than an hour.

Big tour operators basically block out the church in high season. We do our best to reserve exact time slot for our clients, but sometimes it has been reserved for hours.

That is the reason, on very rare occasions for us to push up the schedule a little bit, so that you can enjoy both places. I have checked the GPS readings from the bus and it shows that you have spent 1:54 hours at the Monastery, which is only 6 minutes short from what we promise.

We are really sorry that the guide did not give you enough information for the reasoning to rush the visit.

We are glad that you enjoyed our services and are looking forward to greeting you again in Bulgaria.

Best Regards
Atanas Zahariev
Manager
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Toronto, Canada
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“Traventuria provides the perfection and convenience to Rila Monastery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

I just took the day trip from Traventuria on Saturday (September 21) to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church. It was such a pleasant experience. Not only our driver Rusi speaks good English but also he volunteered to be our guide where we were in the Rila Monastery on site Museum and inside the Boyana Church and it shows that he is very knowledgeable. Everything was on time and on schedule.

The van is comfortable for 8 people. But due to this small amount of capacity, do call in advance, it will be one of the best 50 lv you spent in Bulgaria.

Highly recommended.

Oh, ladies, did I mention Rusi is a good looking guy as well? :)

Visited September 2013
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Yuvalim
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“Excellent Trekking in Pirin and Rila Mountains”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

We ha a great holiday in Bulgaria, 6 days trekking in the Pirin and Rila mountains.
Everything was just excellent from the beginning when we looked for trekking in Bulgaria through Traventuria Web site, going through the very informative email exchange and finally the holiday itself.
The pickups from and to the airport and from Govedartsy were very accurate and comfortable and the drivers were very polite and gentle.
The guide, Kamen, is really great, very good, full of knowledge and very helpfull. We enjoyed him very much. The group members were very nice and it contributed for the entire trekking atmosphare.
And finally, Bulgaria mountains, Pirin and Rila, are excellent trekking areas with very beautifull views.

So, to summarize, we enjoyed it very much and definitelly will recommend others to do so.

Visited July 2013
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