Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this exciting minibus tour from Sofia. Explore the Rila Monastery, home to amazing architecture and mountain views, before heading to Boyana Church to admire historic frescoes and important works of art.
What to Expect
The tour starts at 09:00 sharp so that you can begin the 2-hour journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rila Monastery. Rila Monastery is definitely a must-see for any tourist with a free day in Sofia. The arcaded balconies, the unique frescoes (the work of one of the most famous Bulgaria Revival Period painters), the gilded iconostasis, and the fabulous mountain views. This unique combination makes the visit to the monastery truly extraordinary. Your guide will tell you all about the monastery and allow you plenty of time to explore on your own.
Discover Bulgaria's biggest monastic complex on your own, along with its museum and the nearby shops selling icons, souvenirs, and books. You can even take some time to have lunch at one of the nearby restaurants.
At 13:30 the shuttle will leave for Boyana Church, located at the suburbs of Sofia. Boyana Church is also at the top of the list of tourist attractions near Sofia. Despite the church's small size, its frescoes are historically significant and part of an artistic achievement that started the illustrating of biblical figures with emotions, and placing them alongside local aristocracy. The expected arrival at the church will be at about 15:40, giving you 30 minutes to explore it. At about 16:10 you will be transported back to Alexandar Nevski Cathedral, arriving at about 16:30-17:00.
- All transportation in a modern, comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle
- English-speaking guide/driver
What's Not Included
- Entrance fees to Rila Monastery Museum (EUR 4 per person) and Boyana Church (EUR 5 per person)
- Audio guides in German, Spanish, Italian, or Russian (EUR 5 per device)
- Food, drink, and other personal expenses
Meet behind Alexander Nevski Cathedral (in front of Mamma Mia Restaurant) for pick-up.
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Know Before You Go
Smoking in the vehicles is strictly forbidden.
You can find Mekitsi, sometimes called called Bulgarian donuts, just outside of the eastern gate. They cost EUR 0.25 each.