Rila Monastery Tours

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There’s a reason why the Rila Monastery, Bulgaria’s largest religious structure, is the most visited site in the country. Its cobblestone courtyard, winding balconies, picturesque mountain views and brightly colored frescos transport travelers to a place that is almost otherworldly. Nearly 1 million people find their way to this treasured destination every year. 

Travelers can explore the cloisters, farming buildings and church. The museum, which offers an in-depth look at the monastery’s history and function, also showcases hand-woven national costumes donated from neighboring towns are on display. The nearby cave of St. Ivan of Rila continues to rank among the most popular stops on a tour of Rila Monastery. According to tradition, St. Ivan of Rila, the hermit who founded the monastery, lived in this cave while his students built what would eventually become Bulgaria’s most famous spiritual center. 

Practical Info

Travelers can take the E79 International Route between Sofia and Kulata to the monastery. It’s located about 25 kilometers from Kocherinovo. Visitors must wear clothing that covers shoulders, knees and elbows in order to tour the grounds.

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Address: Kyustendil, Bulgaria
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Rila Monastery Entrance Ticket

Pre-book tickets to Rila Monastery to explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 1,000 years of history, plus Hrelio Tower, the ethnographic museum, guestrooms, and the monastery farm. Booking Rila Monastery tickets online combines the convenience of advance planning with the flexibility to arrive at any time of day, without being limited to a fixed tour schedule.
  • Duration: 2 to 6 hours
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USD10.41
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  • Duration: 2 to 6 hours
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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
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour

This private tour of World Heritage–listed Rila Monastery includes a tasting at Medi Valley, a classic winery with locally produced wines. Travel in the comfort of your private vehicle to the country’s largest monastery, where your own personal guide points out 19th-century paintings depicting the Bulgarian Renaissance. Admire the beauty of the Rila mountains en route to the winery, where you’ll sample five different wines and learn more about the region.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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USD68.24
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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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
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USD59.45
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Rila Monastery Day Tour

Get personalized attention on this 8-hour tour to Bulgaria's Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tour includes a scenic drive through the country's pine-forested Rila Mountains and pickup and drop-off at Sofia accommodations.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Boyana Church and Rila Monastery Full Day Private Tour from Sofia

Save time but preserve the benefits of independence on this private tour that checks off not one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites in just one day. Traveling with your private driver/guide, see the 10th-century Boyana Church with its medieval frescoes, followed by the Rila Monastery with its 14th-century tower. Tour includes door-to-door transport but excludes entrance fees.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church from Sofia

It’s impossible to visit both the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church by public transport in one day, so this convenient tour saves both time and energy. Check off not one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites as you explore the medieval church on the outskirts of Sofia and the 19th-century monastery in the Rila Mountains. The day includes guiding and door-to-door transfers but entrance fees are at your own expense.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery Private Day Trip

This tour is a great chance to experience these two amazing places in one day. They are both situated in the Rila Mountain. The main part of the tour will be the area of the lakes, where the hiking takes about 5 hours and it is a perfect opportunity for an escape in the nature. The visit of the monastery will be a little bit more limited but you will still be able to learn the main things about it.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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USD77.49
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Rila Monastery Day Trip from Sofia

This tour will show you one of the best Bulgarian monasteries and UNESCO sight - the Rila Monastery.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia

The Rila Monastery and Boyana Church are two of Bulgaria’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and this full-day tour from Sofia visits both in one day. Tour the medieval Boyana Church, famous for its magnificent 13th-century frescoes; admire the natural landscapes of the Rila Mountain Nature Park; then explore the churches and caves of the Rila Monastery complex.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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USD33.54
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  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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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: 1 day
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USD23.12
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  • Duration: 1 day
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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
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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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
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Stob Pyramids and Rila Monastery Private Hiking Tour from Sofia

Discover a side of Bulgaria that’s hard to reach independently as you explore the dramatic rock pinnacles known as Stob’s Pyramids with a private hiking guide. Then journey into Bulgarian culture as you tour the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and taste home-made “banitsa” pastries. Tour includes private door-to-door transport and guiding but excludes entrance fees and lunch.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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USD63.61
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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