Rila Monastery And Boyana Church With Light Lunch

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    we provide pick up from any address in Sofia
  • 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.


The tour includes a visit of Rila Monastery, recognized as a part of UNESCO world heritage site. The next stop will be another UNESCO site- Boyana church. This one-day tour provides the unique opportunity to visit one of the supreme Bulgarian sites, along with some of the highlights of the region.


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Lunch included

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila, Sofia Region

The Rila monastery biggest and most important orthodox cloister in the country.
Another UNESCO site, part of the tour is Boyana church, located on the outskirts of Sofia.
Typical Bulgarian Lunch.

Duration: 2 hours



Professional guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Light lunch

Entry/Admission - Rila Monastery



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Traveler Reviews

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  • 18-Nov-2019

    Guide and driver amazing! Beautiful tour! We had a fabulous time! Incredible history! Excellent car to get there and back! Fully recommend!

  • 11-Oct-2019

    Rila is awesome but the guide on our particular day got in the way. He had us stand in one place and listen to a long winded, tedious history of Bulgaria. It would have been better to walk us around, break up the lecturing into absorbable chunks, and even stay silent some of the time. We were too polite to break off and leave him. He left us only 30 minutes at the end on our own. Not enough time to check out the icons for sale, go to the separate museums within the Rila complex, or buy the famous snack they sell at a restaurant behind the complex. The tour with Light Lunch goes to the Gorski Kut restaurant a few minutes away from the monastery. It includes a chicken lunch but their specialty is the trout caught in the stream you can see from their windows, so we upgraded and it was wonderful. There were only 4 of us in the mini van and 2 had actually bought a different tour that does not include lunch. They had to go to Gorski Kut too. Then we went on to Boyana Church, which is really small and very special. You are allowed only 10 minutes inside and that guide again talked the entire time. He was expert like a university lecturer but not a helpful guide. For instance, there are western toilets at Rila and he knew where they were but sent 70 year old ladies to the Turkish floor toilets instead.

  • 27-Sep-2019

    Our guide Denita and driver Evan were very punctual. Denita also was very articulate and gave us a very good overview of the history behind the Rila monastery and how it grew. She however did not join us inside the museum to give us more insights. Maybe bcos she would have had to purchase a ticket as well. She also took us up to the cave which was not part of the original schedule. Evan the driver was careful and drove very professionally. The lunch was good and actually not light by our standards. It was almost a full meal! The only odd thing was the guide and driver sat with us and had the soup but not an entire meal, which was kind of awkward. Viator should should cover a meal for them. Of course not want the driver so full that he falls asleep. This is the first time we have had a guide and driver sit with us (and we.have done many such trips), so that was unusual. It would have been very comfortable if they had a proper meal with us. Overall a good deal.

  • 26-Sep-2019

    We booked this tour months in advance and paid for it.
    The morning of the tour we were waiting for the tour guide to picked us at 9 am at the hotel and since by 9:20 they hadn’t showed up we asked the concierge to call them.
    They said they sent us a cancellation e mail the day before, which we never got. They said a refund was processed immediately but after two weeks we had to ask Viator to ask them for the refund and so we got it.
    We would like to suggest to this tour company that instead of canceling for whatever valid reason they may have, to transfer their clients to another tour company that will take care of their clients, just don’t leave them hanging in there.
    We were so grateful that the concierge of the Intercontinental Sofia immediately found another tour company and the owner came to pick us up and drove us to meet their bus that was already in the way to the Rila Monastery.
    That is a company that really cares about people and of course their clients!

  • 30-Jul-2019

    Danica was a really good guide. Very friendly and knowledgable. We had a lovely interesting and fun day.
    The picked us up from hotel and took us home.

  • 15-Jul-2017

    Great tour. Loved the monasteries, specially Boyana. Our guide Chimi was great, a bit talkative, but that is also what made her so interesting. Lunch was nice with soup, and chicken.

  • 19-Jun-2017

    Great day away from Sofia!

  • 16-Dec-2016

    Our guides were delightful and well-informed. The day went smoothly and we enjoyed the sights and commentary. This is a winner.

  • 21-Nov-2016

    The tour started well with being picked up at our hotel on time by our guide and driver George. The drive out of Sofia on new highways into the countryside was very interesting and George gave us a brief account of Bulgaria's recent history. The drive from the village of Rila was up a narrow river valley with the road ending at the monastery George gave us a talk about the monastery then left us to look around on our own. The monastery is amazing, and quite extensive though only a handful of monks still remain there. There is a lot to see in the lovely church and museum, and even time for a coffee in a restaurant just outside one of the gates. The whole setting is magical, being surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The next stop was for a very nice lunch at a riverside restaurant on the way back down the valley, then on to Boyana Church on the southern outskirts of Sofia. This really is a little gem, having been built and painted inside with fescoes over a number of centuries. It is still possible to see the different layers of plaster and paintwork. Overall this was a brilliant cultural experience and one not to be missed on even a short visit to Sofia.

  • 28-Oct-2016

    Very good private day trip. Driver and guide arrived at time stated and we headed off. First stop was the Boyana church then off to Rila monastery. Both locations well worth a visit and with a simple light lunch also supplied it's a fun day. Although it states it's an eight hour trip ours lasted about six and a half. Guide Matt was very good as was his English and knowledge, Thoroughly enjoyed the day.

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