Rila Monastery Day Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery Day Trip from Sofia

From $17.71 per person

Explore one of the most impressive monastic settlements in Europe at your own pace on a self-guided tour of the amazing Rila Monastery. Benefit from round-trip transfers from Sofia by minibus.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 7 - 8 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • See the beautiful sights from the Rila Mountains
  • Explore the historic Rila Monastery at your own pace
  • Benefit from a reliable round-trip shuttle service from Sofia city center
Full description
Board the shuttle service behind St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia city center. Then, head to the medieval Rila Monastery in the spectacular Rila Mountains. Get over 2 hours of free time to explore the complex, founded by the hermit monk Ivan Rilski in 927 AD. Marvel at the frescoes of the main church and visit the medieval tower independently. Wander down quiet outdoor corridors adorned with beautiful mosaics, and see gold-plated iconostasis and valuable icons from the 14th to 19th century. Learn more about the history of the site at the museum, where highlights include the double-sided crucifix of the Rila Cross. See the old bakery and other monuments, including the residential area of high stone walls and little windows. Board the minibus back to Sofia in the afternoon and get dropped off at the pick-up point on arrival.
Includes
  • Shared or private round-trip transfer to Rila Monastery from Sofia (depending on option selected)
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals and drinks
  • Guide service at Rila Monastery
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Board the shuttle service at the car parking lot behind St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Sofia. Look for the minibus with the "Rila Shuttle" sign in front of La Catedrale Restaurant.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Smoking
    • Sleeveless shirts
    • Smoking in the vehicle
    • Smoking indoors

    Know before you go

    • Please dress up accordingly: high heels, short skirts and short trousers, shirts with no sleeves, etc. are not allowed in the monastery
    • Wear warm clothes as it can be extremely cold at Rila Monastery, especially in the fall and winter period
    • Dining options are limited, so it is recommended that you bring your own food
    • Child/baby seats have to be requested in advance, up to 24 hours before travel date
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 / 5

    based on 151 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Transportation
      4.6/5
    • Value for money
      4.5/5
    • Safety
      4.5/5
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    It was approximately for 2 hours drive to the destination, kind instruction was given to the participants. Even though there was the trace of snow that had been still remained in Rila, it was not so much cold than I expected in the mid of February when I had the tour. The time in the Rila Monastery was approximately for 3 hours (12.00 arrival, 15.00 to get on the car for return, verily enough, everything was possible, including museum, restaurant, strolling around the monastery that has the water fountains, drinkable waters, famous for clean, non chemical.) The fascination of this destination is not only the renowned sanctity, but also the surrounding environment, rocks and mountain ranges, superb scenery of Bulgaria can be enjoyed on journey.

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    February 12, 2020

    What a fantastic day! The tour ran even though I was the only one on it. The monastery is beautiful and two hours there is plenty of time to see everything. My driver, Bobby was brilliant, I learned so much about Bulgaria’s history and culture from him. Thank you so much!

    February 4, 2019

    A great tour. The monastery was amazing and Bobby, our guide then took those of us who wanted to go, to the church and cave of the hermit founder of the monastery. This was a short distance away and a steep climb - but well worth it. Excellent value as a tour.

    September 8, 2018

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