• Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

Customer Reviews

Shelley C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

Jael G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

Jessica J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

Yangsun C

4 star rating: Recommended August 2017

Rita monastery is excellent. But traffic is a headache, especially during this hot season.

Megan H

4 star rating: Recommended 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.

Gary S

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

The guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The visit to the Boyana church was not a neccesity in our belief.


3 star rating: Worth doing February 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

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