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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Small Group Day Trip from Sofia


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Book via email with code RILA and get 5 euro discount per person! 


-       Discover two great UNESCO places with one day trip

-       Explore the Rila Monastery, the biggest monastery in Bulgaria

-       Visit the Boyana Church and see its unique medieval frescoes

-       Enjoy a day in the mountains


With this day trip you will be able to visit Rila Monastery and Boyana church- UNESCO World Heritage sites. Learn their old history and legends as your guide's commentary takes you back into time. 


The tour departs at 9.00 in the morning from Alexander Nevsky square, behind the cathedral, and the first stop is at the great UNESCO historical place – Boyana church, dating back to the 10th century, which has unique and very well preserved frescoes and pictures from the period of 11 to 14 century. You will be able to learn about their meaning and significance. 


After exploring it, you will head to the Rila Monastery- the biggest monastery in Bulgaria. It was established back in the 10th century. The current buildings are from the mid 19th century, with a defensive tower that survived from the 14th century. 

In the monastery complex you will admire the impressive architecture and frescoes, while the guide tells you its story. 


During the guided tour in the inner yard and the monastery museum, you will discover the most precious pieces that are kept from the past and all the facts and stories about the biggest Bulgarian monastery complex. You will also have the chance to see an authentic monk room as well! 

Audioguides in the following languages are available for the monastery and the church: Spanish, Italian, German, French and Russian. They cost 5 euro more per device and should be ordered before the tour! 

Most times the group size is 4-8 people. 


April- October: 30 euro per person

November- March: 35 euro per person



  •          Professional live guide- English only 
  •          Group tour
  •          Transportation by a comfortable bus/ minibus
  •          Trip to Boyana Chuch and Rila Monastery 



  •          Boyana church entrance fee- 5 euro (10 levs)
  •          Rila Monastery museum+ monk room entrance fee- 4 euro (8 levs)
  •          Audioguide (optional)- 5 euro per device 
  •          Food and drinks
  •          Gratuities (optional)



-          Booking in advance and confirmation is required! "Last minute" reservations are accepted up to 12 hours before the starting time of the tour  

-          Departure time: 9am (you should be there 15 minutes before that)- search for the City Tour minivan 

-          Meeting point: behind Alexander Nevsky Cathedral- near Café La Cathedrale

-          Return point: returns to the original location

-          People should have their knees and shouldrs covered in order to enter the monastery!

-          Day trip duration: 8 hours
-          Reference code: CT20 


Book on-line, by e-mail or by phone:
+359 894 40 41 41; +359 894 99 99 08; 
+359 2 980 46 86; 


Specify the name of the tour and its reference code. “Last minute” reservations are accepted up to 12 hours before the starting time of the tour. 

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GuidePrivate Live Guide
Tour TypeCultural/Historical
Tour groupSmall group (8-15 persons)
DestinationRila Monastery

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