Day Tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church

Day Tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church

From $42.38 per person

Join this tour to two of the most visited places in Bulgaria, Rila Monastery and Boyana church. Take in some of the most interesting, historical, and culturally significant monuments in Europe.

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Free cancellation
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Duration 8 hours
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English, Russian, Bulgarian, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • See the monuments to the Byzantine-Balkan Renaissance
  • Visit centuries-old relics, now listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Learn more about the history of Bulgaria
Full description
Take a day to visit the center of culture in the heart of Bulgaria, and visit Rila Monastery and Boyana church. This tour includes a trip to see the origins of the Glagolitic and Cyrillic alphabets, with an opportunity to learn other unique and interesting facts about the role of the monastery in the political and Orthodox history of Bulgaria. The artistic richness of the frescoes, carvings, and ancient material monuments found on these sites is enormous. And to top it off, all of this rich cultural history is preserved by a large museum complex, complete with a rich library that preserves approximately 3,500 unique exhibits, including nearly 300 manuscripts, and 9,000 print and graphic publications from the 11th to 19th centuries. Safely protected within the museum grounds are also the relics of the founder of the monastery and patron saint of the Bulgarian people, St. Ivan Rilski, as well as the icon of the Most Holy Mother of God Osenovitsa, and the relics of 32 early Christian saints. All of this and more can be seen among the hundreds of centuries-old relics of the Rila Monastery. As well, visit the Boyana church, located near Sofia. Built in the 10th century, this magnificent church preserves the spirit of the Byzantine-Balkan Renaissance, and within it is contained the image of the Bulgarian Mona Lisa from the 13th century: the boilie Desislava. UNESCO has these sites high on its list of monuments. Join this tour and you will soon see why.
  • Transportation
  • Audio guide
  • Map of Rila Monastery
  • Map of Boyana church
  • Audio records for 5 museums
  • Рrofessional driver/assistant guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Parking fee
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fee for Boyana church (5 € per person) and Rila Monastery museum (4-8 € per person / 1-5 museums)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

ul. "Ivan Vazov" 2, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia. This is next to National Theater Ivan Vazov.

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What to bring

  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 7 reviews

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An unmissable excursion.

For those visiting Sofia, the excursion to Rila monastery is UNMISSABLE. A really beautiful place. Boyana church is also (even if you have to visit in 10 minutes), but I found the monastery really impressive and it is worth the journey of about two hours made by car. Excellent work done by Maiko: available, welcoming and ready to meet customer needs. Highly recommended!

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April 27, 2019

Mystic Rila

Michael went out of his way to show us the best things in Boyana and Rila Monastery. Very smooth drive and super interesting tours and explanations.

April 22, 2019

super nice and good and pleasant driver

April 14, 2019

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