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UNESCO National Treasures Rila monastery & Boyana church + free pick up

Sofia, Bulgaria

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Visit two of Bulgaria's must-see UNESCO World Heritage Sites in just one day with this full-day tour from Sofia. After you're whisked from the city, you get to explore Rila Monastery—the biggest cloister in Bulgaria—and Boyana Church, which is celebrated for its preserved frescoes, dating to the 11th century. After paying the entry fees and exploring with your guide, you end your day with easy travel back to Sofia, where you're dropped off at your hotel.
  • Visit two Bulgarian UNESCO-listed landmarks on this full-day tour from Sofia
  • Learn about the history of the two landmarks with the help of your guide
  • Travel comfortably by air-conditioned vehicle with only 14 fellow travelers
  • Hassle-free Sofia pickup and drop-off from your hotel is included
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Pick up and drop off from any address in Sofia
Bottled water
English Speaking guide
Entrance fee for Rila monastery museum
Entrance fee for Boyana church

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We provide pick up and drop off from any address in Sofia

Departure Time

9:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Fantastic experience!
, Dec 2020
I had a fantastic experience! Was only on sofia for a few days so my guide agreed to take me and it was just us. I had Lachezar who was a wonderful guide and a great person! If you can go with him I highly recommend as he is extremely patient and knowledgeable not to mention fluent in English!
No show
, Jun 2020
I waited outside The address given for 30 minutes and nobody showed up. I’m sure the monastery is nice, but I wouldn’t know because I'm still in Sofia
Amazing tour!
, Feb 2020
I heard from colleagues in Sofia, that the Rila-monastery and the Boyana-church are must-sees in Bulgaria. It is super difficult to come there by a local bus, but I definitely wanted to go there. That‘s why I booked this tour and it was simply amazing! The hotel pickup worked perfectly and was on time. After picking up the other guests we started driving to the monastery for approximately two hours. When we came there our guide explained lots of interesting things to us and after that we had some free time for exploring the stunning architecture, frescoes and atmosphere. We had lunch at a restaurant nearby, which offers trout, the local fish of the river, that was tasty! The next stop was the Boyana-church. It is a pity that you can only stay inside there for 10 minutes, but that was gorgeous! After that the - really good! - guide asked us where we want to be dropped off and that was a really nice service. Summing up it was a really interesting day with lots of new experiences and I can recommend the tour to everyone!
Fantastic knowledgeable and friendly guide
Cha A
, Jan 2020
Since it was low-season, I ended up being the only one on the tour, so instead of the bus, the guide came with her car and drove me everywhere, always cheerful and knowledgeable about Bulgarian and European History. I couldn't have asked for a better experience visiting such a beautiful place and learning so much about this unique country and its history. Totally worth your time.
Wonderful tour and tour guide!
, Aug 2019
A wonderful day with a wonderful guide. Thank you for a great day of history, culture, good food and grand tour.
Magnífica experiencia
Jorge S
, Oct 2019
Ángel nuestro guía fue la compañía perfecta nos explicó todo sobre los lugares a visitar muy recomendable
Posti incantevoli e organizzatori perfetti
, Oct 2019
Il tour è organizzato perfettamente, con la comodità che passano a prenderti presso l'indirizzo desiderato. Gli organizzatori sono puntualissimi, la guida Alexandra molto preparata. Il tour era in inglese e molto comprensibile, nel nostro caso la guida parlava anche molto bene l'italiano. Per la pausa pranzo ci hanno portati in un posto vicino al monastero davvero delizioso. I luoghi da visitare sono davvero incantevoli, ne vale la pena e consiglio molto questo pacchetto.
Wohl organisierte Tour zu Höhepunkten Bulgariens
, Aug 2019
Excellenter Reiseleiter. Hervorragende Organisation. Sehr angenehme Fahrt, klare Erläuterungen. Das Rila Kloster ist ein Highlight jeder Bulgarienreise. Die Boyana Kirche ein Juwel unter den Kulturschätzen des antiken Christentums. Wunderbar erhaltene Fresken.

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