As we know already that Sofia is home to rich Bulgarian history and culture, which extravagantly manifests in its architecture; this tour will thus titillate your senses and take you down the pages of history and occasionally bring them alive too. The tour will take you to the Rila Monastery and the Boyana Church as well. There are the old pine forests and monuments going back to the 14th century. The tour will be presided over by a well versed tour guide, who will fill you in and take you places.
Rila Monastery is the largest, the most beautiful and the most important Bulgarian monastery, founded in 10th c. by the most honored Bulgarian saint Ivan Rilski (John of Rila). The oldest building is Hrelyo’s tower from 14th c. The monastery is situated among the rocky peaks and ancient pine forests of Rila Mountains.
The distance between Sofia and the monastery is 110 km and it takes about 2-hour drive to get there. Boyana Church is famous for its proto Renaissance wall paintings from 13th c. It is situated in one of Sofia’s neighborhoods, so you can perfectly combine a visit to both the monastery and the church.