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From Sofia: Full-Day Tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana

From Sofia: Full-Day Tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana

From US$ 39.60 per person

Take advantage of this daily shuttle running between Sofia and 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. See the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with hassle-free, affordable, and flexible round-trip transportation with a live guide.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 8 - 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian
Optional audio guide
Spanish, English, German, Italian, Russian


3.5 - 4.5 hours
  • Sofia

  • 2 hours
  • Plovdiv (guided tour)

  • Plovdiv (lunch)

    • Optional
  • 30 minutes
  • Asen's Fortress (guided tour)

  • 2 hours
  • Sofia

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
  • Visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the course of one day
  • Rest assured the shuttle will get you where you need to be
  • Enjoy your trip with friendly English-speaking drivers and comfortable air-conditioned vehicles
Full description
Spend the day exploring 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites located outside of Sofia, Bulgaria's capital city. Begin by meeting at 9:00 behind St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia. Sit back and relax for the next 2 hours as your friendly, English-speaking drivers transport you to Rila. Upon arriving, spend 2 hours exploring the area and visiting the Rila Monastery, the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. Then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant which features a specialty of grilled trout. Get back in the van for another 2-hour journey, eventually arriving at Boyana Church, a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church on the outskirts of Sofia. Check out the elaborate frescoes that have made this site famous, before your tour returns you to your meeting point.
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking guide/driver
  • Fuel
  • Parking fees
  • Audio guides in English, Spanish, Russian, German, and Italian
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Pick-up from the hotel (10€ per booking) - upon request
  • Hotel drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • The Rila Monastery Shuttle service is delivered in shared vehicles. When booking this service you agree to share the same vehicle with other travel customers.
  • Please bring warm clothing and women should take care to have their shoulders and knees covered
  • Please be aware that the tour will not include Boyana Church during Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 373 reviews

Review summary

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We had a fantastic day at Boyana and Rila Monastery. Alex, our guide, was really informative and friendly and entertained us with stories about the history of the country and the places we visited. We had a delicious lunch at a small, family-owned restaurant and a brief visit to a winery to finish the day off. Excellent!

April 5, 2019

Great sites with a great guide

We were taken for this tour by Ivan who shared his passion for Bulgarian history and culture with us all day. When we hadn't chosen the audioguide or any extra option he gave us a full guided tour of both sites, including inside Rila's museum which was a bless as there's isn't much information provided on the sites. We also loved to have been given the choice of eating in a restautant we had stopped on our way or stay extra time in the monastry and still being picked up after. We chose the restaurant and its warm fireplace because it was very cold but you also have restaurants just behind the monastry with terraces facing the sun at this time if you prefer. Rila's monastry is a pure treasure with all its detailed paintings and Boyana is definitely a must see too, specially as you would never guess its beauty from outside. Thank you again Ivan for this great day !

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December 12, 2018

The tour went amazing as we expected. Don’t forget to bring cash, cuz there not much atms and they don’t accept credit cards. You should dress as much casual as possible (no skirts, no open shoulders, etc) because of church rules. Overall we liked it and highly recommend this tour to anyone who looks how to get memorable moments in Bulgaria. Thanks

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August 27, 2018

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