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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

From US$34.07
  • 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
  • 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
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Join the tour with English speaking guide and visit the Rila Monastery at your own pace with an audio-guide in Spanish, Italian, Russian or German.
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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.
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All reviews rila monastery and boyana church lovely trip fresh air guided tour amazing frescos architectural delight no photos allowed very nice experience souvenir shop small group great place to visit professional guide unesco world heritage well worth the trip interesting facts explained everything great guide
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We recently used Smarttrans Sofia for a day trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church, a great way to start your visit to Sofia, Bulgaria. They picked us up from the airport, and drove us to Rila Monastery and later to Boyana Church. Our driver/guide,...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This monastry is very fotogenic. There are beautiful icons, painting and fresco's. Beautiful views from the monastry. Definitely worthwhile a day trip from Sofia.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank YolandeM159
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a tour on 23rd of April with Traventuria and the excellent explanation of our guide Dafina (clear english spoken) about the places we were going to visit, but not only about the places, also including some piece of history of the country and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank angyanit
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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
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Reviewed 6 April 2019 via mobile

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

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TraventuriaAdmin, Manager at Traventuria - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2019

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

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11 June 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
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i think it's not possibile, only groups
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