1. Bulgaria
  2. Sofia Province
  3. Sofia
  4. Rila Monastery

From Sofia: Full-Day Tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana

Product ID: 23783
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Take advantage of this daily shuttle running between Sofia and 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. See the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with hassle-free, affordable, and flexible round-trip transportation with a live guide.
About this activity
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Mobile ticketing
Duration: 8 - 9 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, English, German, Italian, Russian

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  • Visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the course of one day
  • Rest assured the shuttle will get you where you need to be
  • Enjoy your trip with friendly English-speaking drivers and comfortable air-conditioned vehicles
  • Sofia

  • 2 hours

  • Plovdiv (guided tour)

  • Plovdiv (lunch) optional

  • 30 minutes

  • Asen's Fortress (guided tour)

  • 2 hours

  • Sofia

3.5 - 4.5 hrs

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Full description
Spend the day exploring 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites located outside of Sofia, Bulgaria's capital city. Begin by meeting at 9:00 behind St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia. Sit back and relax for the next 2 hours as your friendly, English-speaking drivers transport you to Rila.

Upon arriving, spend 2 hours exploring the area and visiting the Rila Monastery, the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. Then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant which features a specialty of grilled trout. Get back in the van for another 2-hour journey, eventually arriving at Boyana Church, a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church on the outskirts of Sofia. Check out the elaborate frescoes that have made this site famous, before your tour returns you to your meeting point.
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking guide/driver
  • Fuel
  • Parking fees
  • Audio guides in English, Spanish, Russian, German, and Italian
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Pick-up from the hotel (10€ per booking) - upon request
  • Hotel drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Behind St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral in front of La Cathedral Restaurant

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• The Rila Monastery Shuttle service is delivered in shared vehicles. When booking this service you agree to share the same vehicle with other travel customers.
• Please bring warm clothing and women should take care to have their shoulders and knees covered
• Please be aware that the tour will not include Boyana Church during Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve

From US$ 35.52 per person

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V Travel Ltd

Product ID: 23783