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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.


  • 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

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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

Matthijs v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour. We had enough time at both locations to look around. Also our guide had plenty of knowledge about both locations and all the frescos we encountered. The only piece of negative feedback I have is about the ride back to Sofia. It felt like the driver was in quite the hurry. That didn't make us feel 100 at ease. Nevertheless I think this tour offers great value for money!

Stephen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour was great except for 'some' fellow tourists were rather rude for taking my seat when we reboarded..

Matt L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great deal, good little tour.

iris n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Very friendly guide who knows a lot of the history of Sofia.

Theodoros Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

nice tour

Evelyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Interesting tour, good guide, nice small group size. Very good value.

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent day out - after a little panic as I couldn't find the pick up point - it was in front of me!
The minibus was great as it was quite a long journey - far better than a coach which would have been slower and the tour would have ended in darkness.
Good value for money.

Joy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is truly a world treasure to see! We loved it!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I and #39;m so glad I did the monastery tour - but the mini-bus ride there and back was truly miserable. Very narrow seats and packed to capacity it makes for an extremely uncomfortable experience. Do Not book this option if you are a tall person or even a little on the chunky side.

Savvas H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

very goog

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