Private Day Trip To The Rila Monastery And Boyana Church - Sofia

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    09:30 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this timeTimes are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Hotel/ adress pick up at 9;00 am.- please indicate it.
  • Return Details :
    Return to the hotel in the end of the tour.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Visit Rila Monastery and Boyana church, UNESCO World Heritage sites. Relive history as your guide's commentary takes you back into time. This is a Private Tour so you will not be combined with other people besides those in your reservation- there will be a private car and a private driver- guide just for you! And you will be able to stop for pictures, shops and other things whenever you want! Enjoy a full-day tour out in the mountains with a convenient hotel pick up and drop off.

*Women should have thier knees and shoulders covered on the monastery.
*The Boyana church is closed on the 1st of January, on the Sunday of the Orthodox Easter, on the 24th of December, 25th of December and the 31st of December - and on such days the tour is done only to the Rila Monastery.

Most times the trips are done with eco friendly cars - with cng engine or electro mobiles, so that we can help fighting the air polution.


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Family friendly
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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Sofia, Sofia Region

The tour starts with a pick up from any location in Sofia.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Boyana church, Sofia, Sofia Region

The first stop is at the great UNESCO historical place Boyana church, dating back to the 11th century, which has unique and very well preserved frescoes and pictures from the 13th century period. You will have the chance to explore the church and learn its hisotry from your guide.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila, Sofia Region

Next, you will head to the Rila Monastery- the biggest monastery in Bulgaria. It was established back in the 10th century. The current buildings are from the mid 19th century, with a defensive tower that survived from the 14th century.
In the monastery complex you will admire the impressive architecture and frescoes.
During the guided tour in the inner yard and the monastery museum, you will discover the most precious pieces that are kept from the past and all the facts and stories about the biggest Bulgarian monastery complex. You will also have the chance to see an old and authentic monk room!
Before going back to Sofia, you will have free time for a lunch break in a great local restourant with delicious cuisine.

Duration: 2 hours


Private driver- guide

Hotel pick up and drop off

Transportation by an A/C car with free Wi Fi

A trip to Boyana Church and Rila Monastery


Boyana Church entrance ticket- 5 euro

Rila Monastery museum & monk room entrance ticket- 4 euro

Food & personal expenses


Entry/Admission - Boyana Church

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Traveler Reviews

  • 01-Oct-2022

    Just excellent! I strongly reccomend this tour and very the very kind guides Philipe and Peter. An unforgetable tour.

  • 15-Apr-2022

    The guide was great and passionate about the places visited. The boss, however, needs to stop calling every five minutes and micromanaging the guide and experience.

  • 20-Sep-2021

    First we visited the Boyana Church with the beautiful paintings. Then we went to the beautiful Rila Monastery, a real highlight of our holidays. Our guide gave us so much interesting informations and so it was a perfect day.

  • 18-Feb-2021

    A great spiritual experience for my wife and me and a cousing from France. The whole trip starting in Sofia with Dimitar as guide driver was very good form the start to end. The changing landscape all the way to RIla, the location in the mountains. Everything preparing for the spiritual experience in Rila. Dimiter was always very helpful and knew a lot of the history of Bulgaria. He explained the importance of Rila monastery for the bulgarian people. took us to the places to see in the monastery giving us time to enjoy it at our own oace. We had a nice snack near the monastery and we went back to Sofia. We arrived in Boyana church just in time to visit Boyana and the great wall paintings. It could not be better colorary to a great day. We positivel recomend !

  • 16-Jul-2020

    In 2 giorni,grazie a Mr Vasili come ns guida, abbiamo visitato questi luoghi. Culturalmente molto interessanti e grazie alla professionalità e competenza di Vasili ns guida, abbiamo apprezzato anche i dettagli della storia di quei luoghi. Ottimo tour in questi 2 giorni.

  • 12-Jul-2019

    Antonio was my guide/driver. He was very knowledgeable and made sure everyone was comfortable. He did the tour in 3 languages. He drove safely and was on time. Always smiling and caring for all the group members. I would recommend requesting him for your tour.