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

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Full-Day Tour

Product ID: 235787
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Experience the jewel of Bulgarian cultural and historical heritage. Marvel at over 1,000 years of history through the architecture of the sprawling monastery. View 11th century frescoes at Boyana Church on the way back.
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

We provide pick up and drop off from any address in Sofia city
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the lush and vibrant religious history of Bulgaria through 3 sacred sites
  • Gaze at 11th-century frescoes
  • Breath in fresh mountain air amidst lush pine forests
Full description
After pickup from any accommodation in Sofia, your journey through over 1,000 years of Bulgarian cultural history begins. Make the 2-hour drive to the Rila Monastery via air-conditioned bus into the dense pine forests of Rila Mountain. Upon arriving, explore the monastery, which was founded in 927, at your own pace with 2 hours of free time.

Amble the 21-acre complex, taking in the colorful and unique traditional Orthodox architecture. Gaze at the 5-domed church, with its numerous altars, side chapels, and gold-plated mosaics. Take in the beauty of the tranquil mountain environment surrounding the peaceful place of worship. Afterwards, you’ll have lunch, before heading on to your next destination.

Only a couple of miles away from the monastery into the forest is St. Ivan Rilski Cave, where St. Ivan of Rila took up residency in the early 10th century. Experience a sacred site of tremendous importance to Bulgarian Orthodox Christians. On the way back to Sofia, you’ll pass through Boyana Church, famed for its elaborate frescoes dating back to the 11th, 13th, 15th-17th, and 19th century. Afterwards, you’ll be transported back back to your accommodation in Sofia.
Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off from any address in Sofia
  • Transport in comfortable minibus
  • English speaking Guide
  • Bottle of water
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fee for Rila Monastery Museum
  • Entrance fee for Boyana Church
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities for the driver
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.8 / 5
based on 20 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.9/5
Organization
5.0/5
Value for money
4.9/5
Safety
4.6/5

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Zelanos Tours

Product ID: 235787