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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

Immerse yourself in the beguiling beauty of two of Bulgaria’s most spectacular sights on a full-day trip from Sofia. Admire the natural splendor of rural Bulgaria as you travel to the Rila Monastery, a sacred structure cradled by the dense pine forests of the mountains. Delve into the history of the medieval landmark and browse the intriguing exhibitions of the on-site museum. Continue to Boyana Church to gaze at the fascinating pre-Renaissance frescoes that decorate the walls within. Please note, entrance fees are not included on this tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Rila Monastery and Plovdiv tour in one day

Forget the hassle of public transport on a private day tour to 2 of Bulgaria’s most popular attractions, optimizing your time with round-trip transfer from your Sofia hotel. Explore the UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery and historic city of Plovdiv with your guide, benefiting from their undivided attention and cultural insights for a more personalized sightseeing experience.
  • Duration: 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 to 10 hours
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Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa Private Day Trip from Sofia

Combine the flexibility you value in independent travel with the knowledge and efficiency of a professional guide on this private tour. Stop when and where you want as you explore two of Bulgaria’s most charming spots: scenic Plovdiv Old Town and the quaint little town of Koprivshtitsa. Your tour includes door-to-door transport with free Wi-Fi but excludes any entrance fees.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa Day Trip from Sofia

Visit Plovdiv and Koprivshtitsa on a full-day trip from Sophia, and discover the art and architecture of two iconic Bulgarian cities. Stroll the narrow lanes of Plovdiv’s old town, and discover historic traces of the Romans, Thracians and Byzantines who swept through this region. Continue to Koprivshtitsa for a walking tour to the homes of the city’s most storied residents, and learn how a local revolutionary committee freed Bulgaria from Ottoman rule during the Russo-Turkish war before ending your tour in central Sophia. 
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with Light Lunch

Visit two notable World Heritage sites of Bulgaria — Rila Monastery and Boyana Church — recognized by UNESCO for their religious significance, historical attributes and Byzantine architecture. Travel to the outskirts of Sofia in the comfort of your own private vehicle and let a personal guide lead you on a tour of both landmarks. A light lunch is included in your full-day itinerary.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Sofia full day tour

Get an in-depth exploration of the Bulgarian capital on this full-day tour of Sofia. Set out from your hotel and travel in an air-conditioned minivan. Accompanied by a guide, visit Boyana Church, the National Historical Museum, Pancharevo Lake, and more. Take a walking tour through the city center and learn about Bulgarian history from your guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Plovdiv Full Day Tour from Sofia

Visit the fascinating city of Plovdiv on a full-day tour from Sofia, and explore ancient ruins, some of Bulgaria’s most historic landmarks, and the city’s Ethnographic Museum. This full-day Plovdiv trip includes pickup and drop-off at a central location in Sofia, a guided walking tour of Plovdiv, and admission to the museum and the Plovdiv Roman Theatre.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 hours
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From Sofia to Plovdiv - Day trip!

Escape the hustle and bustle of Sofia and head to the ancient city of Plovdiv on a day trip. Plovdiv has a history that stretches as far back as 8,000 years and was voted as the European Capital of Culture in 2019. Discover this city on a small-group tour and see how ancient monuments live alongside modern structures while listening to an audio guide that describes the history.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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7 Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery tour

Often called the 8th wonder of the world, the Seven Rila lakes are legendary for their beauty and awesomeness. They are one of the most visited natural sites of Bulgaria. We combine them with a visit to the Rila Monastery. The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria.The driver will pick you up, will take you to the Monastery and will show you around. After that he will take you to the lift to the 7 Rila Lakes, you will be able to go up to the lakes, the driver will stay down and wait for you there. When you come back, he will pick you from the lift and bring you back to Sofia.
  • Duration: 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Bulgaria and Serbia in One Day from Sofia

Explore two Bulgarian and Serbian medieval masterpieces on this 9-hour tour to Boyana Church and Poganovo Monastery from Sofia. First, visit the UNESCO-protected Boyana Church just outside Sofia, to admire its 13th-century frescoes, considered some of the best examples of medieval Bulgarian artistry. Then, cross into Serbia to the Poganovo Monastery to view its artworks and treasures, and absorb its deep spirituality. Tour includes a Serbian lunch, air-conditioned transport, and Sofia hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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From Sofia: Self-guided trip to Rila Monastery

Travel to Rila Monastery with ease and explore independently on this self-guided tour with a round-trip transfer. Depart from Sofia in a shared air-conditioned minivan with a driver and make your way to Rila National Park. Experience the area at your own pace before heading back to Sofia in your transfer.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Best small train journey in Bulgaria

This unusual train, crawling through the mountains, will introduce you to the big stories of the “Little railway”.We’ll embark on a magical journey through one of the most romantic and beautiful railway routes in Europe - the narrow gauge railway which goes from Septemvri to Dobrinishte.A travel in time which will help you immerse in times past and breathtaking scenery while being on board a comfy and warm Little train saloon.An open intersection between the wagons, many stories, and meetups with the locals are just a few of the emotions that are awaiting you in this wonderful trip!The railway is in the rankings for “Most interesting railway routes in Europe” published in the European Railway Guide. It's also passing by the highest train station on the Balkan peninsula - Avramovo, situated at 1267m.Don’t hesitate and give yourself a magical and unforgettable winter day in the Bulgarian countryside filled with beauty, history, warmth, romantics and many positive emotions!
  • Duration: 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Sofia Guided Walking City Tour

Forget planning routes, researching sites, and boning up on history. See all Sofia’s key attractions and learn the stories behind them too on this great-value small-group walking tour: perfect for history buffs. Sights include the ruins of the Roman-era east gate, the 4th-century Rotunda of St. George, the Byzantine St. Sofia Church, the Ivan Vazov National Theater, and the Cathedral Saint Alexander Nevski.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Belogradchik Rocks and Venetsa Cave Private Day Tour From Sofia

The Belogradchik rocks are considered to be one of the 20 new natural wonders in the world. Join our private day tour to this breathtaking place in Northwest Bulgaria, which is shaped directly from God's hands. In addition our guide will take you to amazing cave, called Venetsa, very close to the rock formations for your day tour to be perfect and full of outstanding beauty...
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Symbol of the communism Buzludzha Monument and the Rose Valley

• Explore the beautiful Bulgarian countryside, the nature and culture. • Visit the “Ghost of communism” – Buzludzha monument - one of the most impressive abandoned places on earth. • Visit the Valley of the Roses and the Thracian kings. • Enjoy the beauty of the famous Bulgarian roses (the roses bloom in May and June) • Visit a traditional rose distillery and an ethnographic complex. • Enjoy a delicious lunch among the rose gardens with a fantastic view. • A chance to try all kind of rose products, directly from the producer. • Rural tourism showing the real face of Bulgaria!
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

Travel with a small group to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church, two UNESCO World Heritage sites. An informative guide points out 19th-century paintings depicting the Bulgarian Renaissance at the country’s largest monastery, set against the beauty of the Rila mountains. In the afternoon, visit Boyana Church to view its medieval frescoes. You’ll travel round-trip by air-conditioned minivan from Sofia’s Alexander Nevski Square.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kazanlak Full-Day Tour from Sofia

Combine visits to Kazanlak, the rose oil extraction capital of Bulgaria, and the Valley of the Thracian Kings on this full-day tour from Sofia. Learn about the rose oil industry and visit the noble tombs in the valley, including one UNESCO World Heritage Site. Entrance fees and round-trip hotel transportation included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes in one day from Sofia

Reaching the Seven Rila Lakes by public transport typically involves two buses, a shuttle and most of your day. Take the pain out of transportation—while maintaining total independence—with this cost-effective shared transfer. Visit both these beautiful glacial lakes and the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with ample time for hiking.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rila monastery Private Day Tour From Sofia

Rila monastery is Bulgaria's holiest place and one of the country's  most remarkable historical sites and a must see during your stay in Bulgaria. Join our private day tour and we guarantee you a wonderful day in which we will reveal to you the secrets of the monastery, its church and the life of St. John of Rila...oh and of the amazing grilled Rila trout.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church tour

The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the Rila Mountains. The monastery is named after its founder, the hermit Ivan of Rila (876 – 946 AD). Founded in the 10th century, the Rila Monastery is regarded as one of Bulgaria’s most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments and is a key tourist attraction for both Bulgaria and Southern Europe. If you want to be among the lucky ones who have visited this amazing site, join our tours and let’s have a great time together!The Boyana Church is a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church. In 1979, the building was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Tour

• One-day trip from Sofia to the Rila Monastery with Boyana Church. Two objects in the UNESCO list, some of the most sought-after material monuments of ancient Bulgarian history. • Unique frescoes from the 11th century and triumph of the Bulgarian Revival in the beginning of the 19th century. The complex of the Rila Monastery has five museums with a rich library, which preserves around 3,5000 unique exhibits which include nearly 300 manuscripts, 9,000 print and graphic publications from the 11th-19th century. You will have the opportunity to get to know the whole monastery, including 16 objects.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Boyana Church tour

The Boyana Church is a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church situated on the outskirts of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, in the Boyana quarter. In 1979, the building was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The east wing of the two-storey church was originally constructed in the late 10th or early 11th century, then the central wing was added in the 13th century under the Second Bulgarian Empire, the whole building being finished with a further expansion to the west in the middle of the 19th century. A total of 89 scenes with 240 human images are depicted on the walls of the church.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Ancient Thracian megalithic monuments - Day Tour

In the heart of Bulgaria, nestling in the midst of sloping hills and centuries-old forests, in the foot of Sredna Gora, an ancient Thracian culture center and megalithic sanctuaries are awaiting us. They were used by the ancient Thracians to connect with the Cosmos and get in tune with the Universe.There, the Thracians used to conduct pagan rituals for nature’s revival, the cult towards their God of Son and the Mother Goddess, and also to observe the cosmic events and celebrate the change of Thracian rulers and Tsars.Peace, quiet, delight, astonishment, legends and magic, greatness, miracles, and secrets - these are places covered with thousands of years of mysteries, stories, and many, many questions!Come and immerse yourself in the lost kingdom which antiquity left us!
  • Duration: 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-day Nis and Serbian History Tour from Sofia

Grab your passport and head over the border to Serbia on this full-day tour of Nis from Sofia. Learn about the turbulent history of former Yugoslavia as you visit the Nis concentration camp; visit city sights including the Roman ruins of Mediana, the Skull Tower, and the Nisava riverfront; and sample delicious Serbian cuisine with lunch (own expense) at a local grill house.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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