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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

From US$37.60
  • 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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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
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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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Reviewed yesterday
Definitely worth going

Great knowledgeable guide. Not too long - reasonably priced. Rita Monastery well worth a visit and great scenery along the way.

Thank Steven I
Reviewed 1 week ago
Thoroughly enjoyable day!

Martin was our driver and guide on 9 April. He provided us with a HUGE amount of interesting information in excellent English. His style of delivery was clear, informative and entertaining. He is a safe driver and a pleasant and friendly guy!. The transport was...More

Thank Brian H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great trip for the day!

I had an amazing time on the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church trip. The guide was very knowlegeable and the sites and scenery were just fantastic! Great value for money. If you come to Sofia, this trip is a must with Traventuria! Maya.

2  Thank Maya W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
A bit overpriced

The tour is a bit overpriced: 35€ + 5€ for boyana church which is not included (where you can stay for 8min max). Lunch is not included. This is clearly a touristic price considering Bulgarian standards. The tour respected the scheduled time (9am-5pm) but the...More

Thank franto70
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Excellent trip

The trip to these two places was excellent and both of them are highly recommended. Our guide and driver were very good.

Thank Jim M
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