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  1. Bulgaria
  2. Sofia
  3. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Tour

Product ID: 50410
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See 2 of Bulgaria's UNESCO World Heritage Sites on an exciting minibus tour from Sofia. Go to Rila Monastery and get breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Then, see stunning frescoes from the Bulgarian National Revival at Boyana Church.
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, English, German, Italian, Russian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit 2 of Bulgaria most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a day
  • Go to Rila Monastery in the Rila Mountains
  • Marvel at the pre-Renaissance frescoes of Boyana Church
  • Taste organic food in the nearby restaurants, such as mekitsi, yogurt or grilled trout
  • Travel in comfort through the Bulgarian countryside
Full description
Depart Sofia at 09:00 AM sharp, and relax on the 2-hour drive to the Rila Monastery in the Rila Mountains. Upon arrival, explore the largest and most important Orthodox cloister in Bulgaria. Admire the arcaded balconies, and discover unique frescoes by one of the most famous painters of the Bulgarian National Revival period. See gilded iconostasis and enjoy the fabulous mountain views.

Hear the story of the monastery from your guide before enjoying some time to explore the monastic complex on your own. Learn more at the museum, or purchase souvenir icons and other items in the nearby shops. Take some time to refuel with lunch at one of the local restaurants, where you can purchase local specialties such as mekitsi (a traditional Bulgarian dish of kneaded dough made with yogurt that is deep fried).

Depart at 01:30 PM and travel to Boyana Church in the suburbs of Sofia. See the historically significant frescoes of the Byzantine building, and hear how they started the fashion for illustrating biblical figures with emotions and placing them alongside the local aristocracy.

With an estimated arrival time at the church of approximately 03:40 PM, enjoy about 30 minutes to explore. Leave at around 04:10 PM for the drive to Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia city center by 04:30 PM to 05:00 PM.
Includes
  • Transportation by modern, comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking driver/guide
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fees to Rila Monastery Museum (€4 per person) and Boyana Church (€5 per person)
  • Food, drinks and other personal expenses

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
Know before you go
• Please be aware that smoking in the vehicles is strictly forbidden
• You can find mekitsi (sometimes called Bulgarian donuts) just outside the eastern gate, available to purchase at €0.25 each
• 24.12.2018 Without Boyana Church
• 25.12.2018 Without Boyana Church
• 01.01.2019 departure at 11:00 AM without Boyana Church
• 28.04.2019 Without Boyana Church
• 24.12.2019 Without Boyana Church
• 25.12.2019 Without Boyana Church
• 01.01.2020 departure at 11:00 AM without Boyana Church
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 386 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.5/5
Organization
4.5/5
Value for money
4.3/5
Safety
4.6/5

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Traventuria Ltd.

Product ID: 50410