Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Full-Day Tour
- Private group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 8 hours
Our trip to the Rila Monastery was amazing. Unfortunately we had visited right when the Coronavirus started to get more serious in Europe therefore there were hardly any tourists. As bad as it had been for tourism, it worked out well for us as we had the place to ourselves. We also weren't able to visit the Boyana Church as it had been closed. Our guide Lubo was fantastic. He was such a wealth of knowledge and a great story teller. I love history and learning about the places I visit and he told the story perfectly. I sure hope this whole madness with the Corona ends sooner than later to have people experience Bulgaria and Rila Monastery as they are both great places to visit. I highly recommend doing a tour with Lubo as you will not be disappointed.
It was approximately for 2 hours drive to the destination, kind instruction was given to the participants. Even though there was the trace of snow that had been still remained in Rila, it was not so much cold than I expected in the mid of February when I had the tour. The time in the Rila Monastery was approximately for 3 hours (12.00 arrival, 15.00 to get on the car for return, verily enough, everything was possible, including museum, restaurant, strolling around the monastery that has the water fountains, drinkable waters, famous for clean, non chemical.) The fascination of this destination is not only the renowned sanctity, but also the surrounding environment, rocks and mountain ranges, superb scenery of Bulgaria can be enjoyed on journey.
Maria, our guide, was entertaining, knowledgeable and very kind. We enjoyed every bit of our tour. We visited the monastery and museum, the cave and the forest around. We had lunch nearby and chatted about bulgarian culture and language. We visited Boyana area and went to the church. Unfortunately because of covid the church was closed as they were disinfecting it. But we were having such a good time and Maria was giving us so much information that didn’t spoil our day.
the experience was amazing! i enjoyed a lot the tour, the monastery is a wonder but what i liked the most was the guide, she was very friendly and explained a lot of the history of bulgaria she even taught me some of the criril alphabet. im very glad to have chosen these guided tour i definetely recomended!!!
We got this trip with a friend, and we got Maria, our guide for the day. she was so sweet, she told us so many stories and hint about Bulgarian history, that our day spend too fast. We recommend it 1000X ! And a special thank you to our guide MARIA, Bless you. ❤