Rila Monastery And Boyana Church Day Trip From Sofia

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point, ул. Оборище +, ul. "19-ti fevruari", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria,
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Discover two of Bulgaria's UNESCO World Heritage gems on this day trip from Sofia. Traveling by a comfortable minivan, admire rural Bulgaria on route to the Rila Monastery in the pine-carpeted Rila Mountains. Take a guided tour of the medieval treasure with its fresco-coated church, and visit its fascinating museum. Then, after time to explore independently, continue to Boyana Church, near Sofia, to marvel at its spectacular pre-Renaissance frescoes. Entrance fees not included.

Highlights

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

Know More about this tour

This is the basic itinerary for your Rila Monastery And Boyana Church Day Trip From Sofia -

Meet your guide near Alexander Nevsky Square in central Sofia and settle into your air-conditioned minivan. Then, relax on your roughly 2-hour journey to UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery, tucked in the pine-forested Rila Mountains in southwest Bulgaria.

Enjoy the views over rural Bulgaria as you travel and hear enlightening facts about the Rila Monastery. Founded in 927 AD by hermit monk Ivan Rilski or John of Rila, Bulgaria's patron saint; this photogenic walled complex came to symbolize the Bulgarian national identity and is considered a masterpiece of Slav architecture for its arcaded balconies and splendid frescoes.

On arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the main courtyard and five-domed church, admiring its vivid, fresco-coated colonnades as you enter. Then, head inside to gaze at the richly gilded wood-carved iconostasis, the largest in the Balkans; and the tomb of Bulgaria's last monarch, Boris III. If you wish, you may also head inside the monastery museum (own expense) to see its priceless exhibits.

After, enjoy free time to look around independently and have lunch (own expense). Perhaps fill up with some delicious mekitsi (Bulgarian donuts served with fresh buffalo yogurt) at a local bakery or a restaurant to enjoy specialties such as fresh local trout.

Next, return to the minivan and drive back to the fringes of Sofia to visit Boyana Church, a UNESCO-listed Orthodox church famed for its medieval frescoes. After paying your entrance fee, take in the breathtaking cycles of 11th- and 13th-century murals that depict Christ, angels, saints, apostles and other religious figures, and hear how they predate the Renaissance in Florence.

Having explored here, return to central Sofia, where your tour concludes with a drop-off at the original departure point.

Inclusions

Driver/guide

Parking Fees

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

The audio guide at Rila Monastery (approx. 5 euros per person)

Admission to Boyana Church (approx. 5 euros per person) and Rila Monastery Museum (approx. 4 euros per person)

Additional Info

Comfortable walking shoes recommended

Not wheelchair accessible or stroller friendly

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities

Exceptions to the standard program:

  • 01.01.2019 departure at 11:00 pm without Boyana Church
  • 28.04.2019 Without Boyana Church
  • 24.12.2019 Without Boyana Church
  • 25.12.2019 Without Boyana Church
  • 01.01.2020 departure at 11:00 pm without Boyana Church

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