Day trip

From Sofia: Rila Monastery, Boyana church and History Museum

Activity provider: URCA Travel

From Sofia: Rila Monastery, Boyana church and History Museum

Activity provider: URCA Travel
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Visit three must see sights in Bulgaria - Rila Monastery, Boyana church and National museum of History, on this self-guided, day trip from Sofia.

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Duration 1 day
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Pickup optional
Please be ready for pick-up 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. If your hotel does not have a designated parking lot for minibus, please wait at street level Vehicle will have a Rila Shuttle sign at the front window
Private or small groups available


  • Visit 3 sites in a day from Sofia, including the Rila Monastery, Boyana church, and National Museum of History
  • Benefit from a reliable round-trip transfer service from Sofia city center
  • See the beautiful sights of the Rila Mountains
  • Explore the highlights at your own pace
Full description

Enjoy the sights of Bulgaria from the comfort and convenience of a transfer, taking you to some of the country's most stunning and significant highlights all in one day.

Meet your driver in the morning, at a centrally located meeting point in Sofia. Head to the UNESCO Boyana church and visit the richly frescoed historical site. Continue with a short transfer for the National Museum of History where you will have ample time for a tour of your own.

Learn about the intriguing history of Bulgarian lands, and then meet you driver again for an onwards journey towards the UNESCO Rila Monastery. You will pass through beautiful countryside on the way to the Rila mountains. Go higher up the mountain through the scenic route, and reach the Rila Monastery.

You will have enough time to visit at your own pace all the areas of the monastery complex. Then, in the afternoon, you will be driven back to Sofia city.

  • Shared or private round-trip transfer from Sofia (depending on the option selected)
  • Entrance to Boyana church and National Museum of History
  • Meals and drinks
  • Guiding services
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Meeting point is at the parking lot behind (at the back of) St. Alexander Nevsky cathedral and in front of La Catedrale restaurant. The Shuttle bus will have a Rila Shuttle sign at the front window. Depending on the group size, the vehicle can be a car/van/minibus. Please be at the meeting point 5 min before departure time.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Smoking in the vehicle
  • Smoking indoors
  • Vaping
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Rila monastery is located high in the Rila mountains. Please bring appropriate clothing for the weather
  • The tour takes place in all weather conditions
  • Your Boyana church visit is limited to 10 mins, due to preservation measures
Customer reviews

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Very nice trip, we enjoyed a day long tour around places you must visit if you come to Sofia as the botana church, the national history museum and the monastery of rila. We had time enough to visit each place, specially at the monastery where you have plenty of time to relax and have a meal or a local breakfast. The guide was very nice with as and explained us many historical things while traveling even we didn’t hire a guided tour option. A totally recommended experience!!

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May 22, 2022

Very beautiful tour in an amazing location. Our guide/driver Bobby was very energetic friendly and excited to show us some of the best sides of Rila Monastery, museum and another church. Locations for all these places were amazing . He also explained a lot of curious information and general knowledge about Bulgarian life/history related to the places and beyond. Thank you bobby you were great!

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May 9, 2022

Product ID: 406452