• Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • Rila Monastery and Boyana Church day trip from Sofia
  • Visit UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery in the idyllic Rila Mountains
  • Admire the monastery courtyard and church, home to a magnificent iconostasis and frescoes
  • Opt to visit the monastery museum and make the most of free time to explore independently
  • Explore UNESCO-listed Boyana Church to see its stunning medieval frescoes

What You Can Expect

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

See the stunning frescoes at Rila Monastery on this full-day tour

Greet your guide at a central Sofia location and climb aboard your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. Admire the verdant splendor of Bulgaria’s countryside as you travel towards the Rita Monastery, a sacred UNESCO-listed structure cradled by pine-carpeted mountains. 
On arrival, listen as your guide offers insight into the legend-shrouded monastery, whose origin dates back to 927 AD. Embark on a guided tour of the architectural masterpiece and marvel at vivid, fresco-coated colonnades and richly carved wooden icons. Pay your respects at the grand tomb of Bulgaria’s last monarch, Boris III, and venture within the monastery museum to peruse the intriguing exhibits. 
Afterwards, relax during some leisurely free time to revitalize with a traditional lunch, and then return to the minivan to venture to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Boyana Church, Famed for its impeccably preserved medieval frescoes, the church demands attention with its ancient artworks; spend a while admiring the depictions of angels, apostles, saints and sinners, and listen to the historical context of their creation. 
Culturally enriched, return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to central Sofia.

Customer Reviews

keeweeset Luxembourg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I would recommend this day trip. The bus was easy to find behind Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Our guide, Marina, was very friendly and very knowledgable. Our first stop was at Boyana Church where Marina schowed us the inside of the church and gave us great information about its history and the frescos.

I enjoyed the tour of the monastery the most as we got a lot of important information about the frescos and the history of the monastery. It was great that we had some free time. So, we could have a wander around the museums, have some food, and just enjoy the sights.

Thomas C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great guide, great food, amazing location! My only complaint is that I would like more time at the monastery. But the food was delicious and Boyana church was very interesting! Enjoyed it very much!

Ron D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We travelled first to Boyana Church and then on to Rila Monastery. Both were well worth seeing. Rila was especially interesting. Our guide, Marina was informative and friendly, in other words, a perfect hostess. Highly recommended.

Kausik N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Nicely organised tour. Guide very knowledgeable. Comfortable bus with wifi.

John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was a very good value for money tour. These are two must-see Unesco Heritage sites and our guide Lubo was a very good host. The journey time of around 2 hours each way leaves ample time for Boyana groups of 12 are only allowed 10 mins in the church but this is enough time to take in the splendour of the place and Rila where you have around 2 hours. Great tour.

John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Wonderful monastery in a spectacular setting the fabulous artwork worth the journey alone, Lyubo the guide was extremely informative and helpful

Edward G W E Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was an excellent tour. Our guide provided the right amount of information. If you are in Sofia this is a must do tour. The Monastery itself is spectacular the frescos in Boyana Church a special experience.

cally h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Definitely a must see when visiting Bulgaria. This is probably the best tour for the price I have ever done. It is so incredibly cheap that I thought it would just so so. It exceeded my expectations by far.

cally h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Definitely recommend. The monastery is beautiful. So many colors. Unlike many other tours, this tour is definitely worth the price you pay.

Amy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was exactly what I wanted, it made getting to Rila Monastery and Boyana church super easy. Pick up at Nevsky Cathedral was easy and the guide was good. There was some free time to explore and have lunch at Rila Monastery.

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