Rila, Bulgaria
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clock-o7 to 8 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English


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.
  • Full-day Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia
  • Visit two of Bulgaria’s UNESCO World Heritage sites in one day
  • Marvel at the 13th-century frescos in Boyana Church
  • Tour the historic Rila Monastery and St Ivan Rilski Cave
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Jun 2018

This ended up being a private tour for a me and a friend because another group had cancelled and we had a fantastic time! Vincent was incredibly knowledgeable and patient! in answering our questions about the sights we were seeing but also about Sofia and Bulgaria more generally and one of the best tour guides we have ever had and we do a lot of tours! The visit to the cave of St Ivan Rilski was unique and not to be missed. The tour ran as scheduled with time for lunch as well. We would highly recommend!

, May 2018

This tour given by Exploria Tours Bulgaria was great. The guide, Vincent was super nice, informative and accommodating. He gave us a tour of Boyana Church and the Rila Monastery and it was great...not to be missed. He also took us to see the cave where St Ivan lived in not included in most other tours which was a great addition to the tour. Afterwards he took us to a local restaurant to have a light lunch. Overall an awesome tour with a great tour guide. Can't say enough about Vincent as a tour guide! Highly recommended.

, Feb 2018

It was a private tour with our guide, Vincent. He is knowledgeable and fun to chat with. It was a bit rush in Boyana Church due to a group approaching. Rila Monastery is so beautiful and it's worth the long drive up. He brought us to a restaurant and we really enjoyed the fresh grilled trout and tripe soup.

, Feb 2018

Guide Vincent was very friendly and provided me with a lot of information. I came back a lot wiser than before. It became a private tour since I was the only one who booked that day: I'm not a fan, I like to blend in and not draw attention to myself. So I would have liked it more if there were more people. But the price is very low for the transportation and private guide. Tour was shorter than expected. Left around 9 am and back at 2pm. Also, when you are alone, you can make your own decisions better. We arranged how long I wanted to walk around the monastery, which is more difficult when in group.
The Rila monastery is a must see when you are in Sofia. It was beautiful. Price-quality, I would recommend this tour.

, Dec 2017

Excellent trip. The guide was perfect, he gave us useful information about the monastery.

, Oct 2017

A complete tour to do in a 1 day excursion and get to know some of the most important monasteries of Bulgary.
The guide explained both the historical and architectural facts very well, besides being very sympathic.

, Oct 2017

I booked with Exploria because it seemed everyone was one with another company, so I was looking for a tour not so crowded. My experience with them was absolutely perfect. Our guide picked us on time that's something good if you consider in Bulgaria be late is normal :P. He was really nice, friendly and show us the best hidden gems in the Boyana Church, the Rila Monastery and the Cave.

During the tour we received detailed explanations about the history of the buildings and, of course, the frescos, that are the most important things in all these temples. The short 15 min walk to the Cave was really pleasent and I cannot forget the marvelous yogurt and the delicious super-sugar mekici like doughnuts but better in the Rila Monastery Bakery.

We felt really safe during all the tour including driving experience for the mountains road and we learnt a lot about the history and culture of Bulgaria.

Don't miss this tour! Not crowded, nice staff and one of the most amazing experiences you can enjoy if you are spending few days in Sofia!

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