Day trip

From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip

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34 reviews

Activity provider: City Tour Sofia

From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip

Activity provider: City Tour Sofia
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Discover 2 UNESCO World Heritage Listed religious sites on a day trip from Sofia. Choose to have a guided tour or explore the Rila Monastery on your own before admiring the frescoes of Boyana Church.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Optional audio guide
Spanish, Italian, French, German, Russian


  • Admire beautiful examples of medieval frescoes within Boyana Church
  • Take the chance to explore 2 UNESCO World Heritage Listed religious sites
  • Drive through the breathtaking rural scenery of Bulgaria as you leave Sofia
  • Choose to have a guided tour of Rila Monastery or discover the site yourself
  • Gain a fascinating insight into the history of Eastern Othordoxy in Bulgaria
Full description

Experience the religious history of Bulgaria on a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Rila Monastery and Boyana Church from Sofia. Follow your guide around the monastery to learn about this epic site or choose to explore it on your own before viewing Boyana Church's ancient frescoes.

Make your way to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral to meet your friendly group for the day. Settle down in your seat and set off out of the city as you drive along scenic roads with picturesque views of rural Bulgaria.

Arrive at Rila Monastery, the largest Eastern Othordox monastery in the country. If you've booked the tour, follow your guide around the historic site and learn about the main frescoes. If you're an explorer you can visit the museum, take photos, and check out the church at your own pace.

Then start your journey back to Sofia with one more important stop along the way. Enter the medieval Boyana Church and stroll within the ancient walls, studying the artistic frescoes which make this place so special.

  • Trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church
  • English-speaking guide or driver
  • Comfortable transportation
  • Parking fees
  • Entry to Boyana Church ($5 per person)
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

The meeting point for the tour is behind Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, next to cafe La Cathedrale. Ask for travel agency City Tour.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Visits within Boyana Church are limited to 10 minutes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 34 reviews

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Angel was an amazing guide! We had a wonderful trip with him and 6 other people. He was a fantastic story teller; we learned lots from our time with him at the monastery and church, as well as the drive! We had some free time whilst there to, to eat and explore a little. I’d recommend leaving the monastery out the other exit and walking down the path - a short walk (8-10 minutes perhaps) you’ll find a lovely bridge and waterfall on the river. You can also turn left just out that exit along another stream at get down the monastery’s ossuary. A beautiful trip

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August 15, 2022

Although we were about 20 people, Tuni, the guide, was able to have our attention and even be funny in the explanations. He even did the tour in Spanish (he wasn't playing that day but they were told yes at the hotel) for a couple who didn't know English. We left at 9am and returned at 5:30pm. Very well!!

August 5, 2022

There is a restaurant on site so you don't have to worry about lunch. You can also buy it for the famous donut 1 reflex camera. By the way, beer is also sold at the shop, but since it is 35 refs, it is twice as large as the city.

July 28, 2022

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