From Sofia: Shuttle Tour to Rila Monastery & Boyana Church

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From Sofia: Shuttle Tour to Rila Monastery & Boyana Church

From € 35 per person

Enjoy a day in the mountains by exploring 2 UNESCO sites. Visit Rila Monastery and Boyana Church, UNESCO World Heritage sites. The tour will be in a group with a professional guide in English.

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Duration 8 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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Spanish, Italian, German, French, Russian


  • Spend a day in the mountains by exploring 2 UNESCO sites
  • Discover Rila Monastery, the largest Bulgarian monastery complex
  • Learn more about the historical sites of Bulgaria
Full description
The tour departs early in the morning in front of Alexander Nevski. Your first stop will be the great UNESCO Boyana Church located on the outskirts of Sofia consisting of three buildings. The eastern church was built in the 10th-century, then enlarged at the beginning of the 13th by Sebastocrator Kaloyan, who ordered a second two story building to be erected next to it. After exploring it, head to Rila Monastery, there you will admire the impressive architecture, frescoes and learn about the history of the monastery from your guide. During the guided tour in the inner yard and the monastery museum, discover the most precious pieces that are kept from the past and all the facts and stories about the largest Bulgarian monastery complex.
  • Professional guide
  • Small group tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Be ready for your departure at 9 AM sharp in the parking behind St. Alexander Nevski Memorial Church in front of La Cathedrala Restaurant.

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Know before you go

  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  •  Please note, women should have their knees and shoulders covered in the monastery
  • Boyana Church is closed on January 1, December 24, December 25, December 31, and on the Sunday of the Orthodox Easter. On these days, the tour will visit the monastery only
Customer reviews

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It was a great experience to go to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with City Tours Sofia. Booking was easy with GetYourGuide. The explanations of our guide and driver Dimitry were complete, comprehensive and enlightening on Bulgaria's history. It was surprising how easy and not tirefull at all the visit was, even snowing. The restaurant chosen was very good in food, within a nice scenary, really bulgarian and pleasant!

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January 1, 2020

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church are 2 UNESCO Heritage sites a short drive from Sofia. They are definitely worth a visit, if you are in Sofia for a couple of days. Rila Monastery has a climate of its own, nestled away in the hills. Antonio was a great guide, who knew the history well and was very enthusiastic in explaining the culture and history of Bulgaria. He was patient and gave good tips and suggestions for the rest of my time in Sofia. His biggest advantage is that he is a local and speaks very good English. Every time he had to make a stop, he explained what he was doing and why.

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December 6, 2019

Замечательно интересная поездка к двум памятникам ЮНЕСКО, в ЮНЕСКО плохого не посоветует. Гениальные фрески. И Рильский монастырь, и Боянская церковь стоят в изумительных, заповедных местах. Сочетание красот природы и красоты, созданной руками человеческими, производит очень сильное впечатление. Как и на предыдушей экскурсии нас сопровождала гид Мария, которая заехала за нами к месту жительства, а вечером доставила обратно. Поездка проходила в приятной атмосфере, без свойственной некоторым гидам манере "строить" экскурсантов. Свободного времени было вполне достаточно, любая деталь, привлекшая внимание, могла быть рассматриваема столько, сколько хотелось и, если хотелось, сопровождалась интереснейшими комментариями Марии. Поездка включала в себя обед(по желанию). Обед был вкусным, ресторан находится в живописном месте и Мария рассказала много интересного о традициях болгарской кухни.

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September 25, 2020

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