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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

София, Bulgaria
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Offered in: English and 4 more


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.
  • Full-day tour of Rila Monastery and Boyana Church
  • Visit two of Bulgaria’s UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Admire Bulgarian Renaissance paintings and 13th-century frescoes
  • Hear insightful commentary from a professional guide
  • Travel round-trip from Sofia by minibus
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience

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This is an excellent tour! I cannot...
Shelley C
, Oct 2017
This is an excellent tour! I cannot say enough great things about the monastery and even the place we stopped for lunch was amazing. The guide was knowledgeable and really gave us some interesting information about the area. This is a must visit if you are in Sofia.
Rita monastery is excellent. But...
Yangsun C
, Aug 2017
Rita monastery is excellent. But traffic is a headache, especially during this hot season.
The trip was great - Rila Monastery...
Megan H
, May 2017
The trip was great - Rila Monastery was one of our favourite places that we visited and the journey was comfortable, but unfortunately the tour guide wasn't very clear and often seemed to be struggling to remember what to tell us.
Enjoyed the Monastery but not the...
, Feb 2017
Enjoyed the Monastery but not the Church Church entrance fee was 10 lev each and you only get about 5minutes inside and no photographs Monastery was well worth the trip and loved it Main reason for not scoring higher was disappointment of Church, our lunch stop wasn't good either language problems maybe? plus ditto on our drop off point which wasn't what we had told our guide
It was a great trip with a friendly...
Jael G
, Oct 2016
It was a great trip with a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. We had enough time to walk around and visit the museum at Rila. Boyana church was nice as will although I like more those in Arbanassi.
Outstanding! Adrian, the tour...
Jessica J
, Oct 2016
Outstanding! Adrian, the tour operator, was extremely knowledgeable, personable, and professional. He is a very bright young man. I participated in a very small three person tour. Such small groups could feel uncomfortable, but Adrian kept the conversation flowing so that we never had awkward silences. If you do this tour, request him. You will not be disappointed. The monastery was beautiful. The exterior is covered with vibrantly colored frescoes that tell different biblical stories from the artist's somewhat twisted perspective. There are Cyrillic messages throughout the frescoes and your tour operator should be able to translate their meanings, if you would like to know. While you're able to take pictures of the exterior, you can't take pictures of the inside of the cathedral. I felt so disappointed that I couldn't take a picture because the interior was stunning. This trip is worth the time.
The guide was very knowledgeable and...
Gary S
, Aug 2016
The guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The visit to the Boyana church was not a neccesity in our belief.
Ein äußerst empfehlenswerter Ausflug!
, Jun 2019
Wir machten diese Tour am Sonntag, den 3.6.2019 und waren vollkommen begeistert! Die Tour startete auf die Minute genau. Der Shuttle-Bus, in dem die Tour unternommen wurde, war sehr bequem und bot allen Teilnehmenden viel Platz. Am meisten überzeugte uns der Tour-Guide. Er war sehr motiviert, sprach sehr gut Englisch und konnte alles sehr ausführlich erklären und beantworte all unsere Frage. Nachdem wir das Kloster in Rica besucht hatten, machten wir einen Stopp bei einem Restaurant in der Nähe und aßen dort zu Mittag. Essen, Location und Gastgeber überzeugten uns ebenfalls. Ich kann diesen Ausflug nur wärmstens empfehlen! Wir waren ca. 9 Stunden unterwegs, sahen sehr viel und bezahlten pro Person (!) 31€. Das Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis ist wirklich überdurchschnittlich gut! Wenn ich nochmal nach Bulgarien komme (was ich nach diesem Aufenthalt auf jeden Fall vorhabe), werde ich bei Touren immer dieses Unternehmen buchen!
Luogo magico
, Oct 2018
nella mia lunga esperienza di viaggi, data la mia non più giovane età, sono rimasto folgorato dalla bellezza del Monastero di Rila, che consiglio a tutti di visitarlo.
En general muy bien, en principio el...
, Mar 2017
En general muy bien, en principio el tour es en inglés con audio guía en español que has de pagar, pero como la mayoría de los viajeros éramos españoles, vino una guía que hablaba español, Martina, que lo hizo muy ameno y explicó muy bien lo relativo al Monasterio de Rila. Quizás hubiese tenido que hacer alguna pequeña explicación del viaje, paisajes, características, porque son dos horas de viaje en autobús y así es más entretenido. Le añadiría un poco más de tiempo para la comida porque es bastante rápida, pero la excursión vale la pena, ya que el lugar es precioso

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