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


  • Private day trip to Rila Monastery with a personal guide
  • Visit Rila Monastery and Boyana Church, two UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Marvel at Bulgarian icon painting, Byzantine architecture and 13th-century frescoes
  • Light lunch and round-trip hotel transport included from Sofia

What You Can Expect

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with Light Lunch


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great tour. Loved the monasteries, specially Boyana. Our guide Chimi was great, a bit talkative, but that is also what made her so interesting. Lunch was nice with soup, and chicken.

Angela S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Great day away from Sofia!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our guides were delightful and well-informed. The day went smoothly and we enjoyed the sights and commentary. This is a winner.

John G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour started well with being picked up at our hotel on time by our guide and driver George. The drive out of Sofia on new highways into the countryside was very interesting and George gave us a brief account of Bulgaria's recent history. The drive from the village of Rila was up a narrow river valley with the road ending at the monastery George gave us a talk about the monastery then left us to look around on our own. The monastery is amazing, and quite extensive though only a handful of monks still remain there. There is a lot to see in the lovely church and museum, and even time for a coffee in a restaurant just outside one of the gates. The whole setting is magical, being surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The next stop was for a very nice lunch at a riverside restaurant on the way back down the valley, then on to Boyana Church on the southern outskirts of Sofia. This really is a little gem, having been built and painted inside with fescoes over a number of centuries. It is still possible to see the different layers of plaster and paintwork. Overall this was a brilliant cultural experience and one not to be missed on even a short visit to Sofia.

David R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very good private day trip. Driver and guide arrived at time stated and we headed off. First stop was the Boyana church then off to Rila monastery. Both locations well worth a visit and with a simple light lunch also supplied it's a fun day. Although it states it's an eight hour trip ours lasted about six and a half. Guide Matt was very good as was his English and knowledge, Thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Jaygopal M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was awesome.. the guide and driver were very friendly and helpful.. as it was Autumn the mountains looked lovely and we had a very nice time and also very good veg food

Heidy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was a highlight of our time in Sofia, partly as our guide and driver were great people. We learnt a lot at the Monastery and climbed up to the cave well worth packing sensible shoes for. The light lunch was massive and filling. They also kindly stopped and translated at a roadside ceramics stall. Having someone explain Boyana Church meant we were able to appreciate this art treasure more. We are not religious people but would highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Sofia.

Reed S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

another phenomenal tour. Guide was excellent and lunch was fantastic. Monastery was absolutely top notch- a must see.

Adam K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Highly recommended. We had the best tour guide and driver. Mitoly excuse the spelling our guide and Ivan the driver, were so friendly. Very professional and extremely knowledgeable. They went out of their way to ensure that we had the most cultural and comfortable experience. I would travel with them again and recommend them without a doubt. We had an absolutely great time.

Allison M

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Monastery was beautiful, very glad we took this tour

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