Rila Monastery Day Tour

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  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Pickup from your hotel
  • Return Details :
    Drop-off at your hotel
  • 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.


On this8-hour guided tour, which includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Sofia, you'll be introduced to thebeautiful and vibrant Rila Monastery. Set among pine forests in western Bulgarias Rila Mountains, the monastery is a prime example of Balkan architecture, and a must-visit UNESCO World Heritage Site.


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch included

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Begin your day with a hotel pickup at 9am, and look forward to discovering one of Bulgarias most beautiful cultural landmarks on this 8-hour tour. Relax during the 2-hour drive from Sofia to the hilly tract of western Bulgaria where Rila Monastery is located, hidden amongst the dense pine forests of the Rila Mountains.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since the 1970s, and one of Bulgarias most visited landmarks, Rila Monastery is a veritable jewel. The monastery is famous for its colorful frescoes, ornate interior, and long history; its founding dates all the way back to the 10th century.

Once you arrive, go on a 3-hour tour of its holy cloister, after which youll relax with a tasty lunch. When your hour-long lunch break is over, embark on the scenic, 2-hour journey back to your hotel.


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Professional guide


Entry/Admission - Rila Monastery



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Traveler Reviews

  • 07-Jan-2019

    OrganizatIon is perfect. Hotel pick up on time. The guide was Very knowledgeble. The Place is wonderful

  • 11-Aug-2017

    It was an interesting tour, and my guide is informed very well about the place and Bulgarian culture.
    She told me a lot about Bulgaria in the way and I thank her for that.

  • 19-Jul-2017

    This was an interesting tour and great value. It was good to escape from the city for the day and travel through the country side. The guide was professional but did not accompany us around the monastery. The tour also included a meal which was also very good.

  • 14-Jun-2017

    Well worth the visit. You travel through beautiful countryside, the guide is informative and open to suggestions, letting you get the most out of your day. The monastery is fabulous.

  • 11-Jun-2017

    Maria was an outstanding and incredible guide. Denitsa her assistant was very helpful
    ASK FOR MARIA and you won't be disappointed!

  • 22-Feb-2017

    Our driver/ guide was wonderful and very flexible with our schedule since we had 2 small children. I highly recommend!

  • 06-Jan-2017

    Not really worth booking this. Especially if you have a car. It's really easy to find by car and doesn't take very long from Sofia.
    We were supposed to go straight there, but because of other tourists, we had to pass the Boyana Church first, which we had already seen the day before, so that was a huge waste of time for us. We were also supposed to be dropped of at our hotel first, since it was the closest to the road, yet the driver dropped off some other tourists in the city center first and we lost another hour.

    The guide seemed pretty good I guess, but talked a quietly and his English was a little broken. Like I said, it's not really worth using a guide. The monastery is amazing though, and something you just HAVE to see! We went in the winter, and there was snow in the mountains and incredibly beautiful.

  • 09-Oct-2016

    Our guide,Met,was excellent. He is very knowledgeable in history and social culture. He is attentive and always talk with a smile. I would like to have him again if I ever go back to Bulgaria.

  • 23-Sep-2016

    It was absolutely perfect. The site isimpresionant. And the guide, Methodi, is so great!!!!Highly recommended.

  • 28-Apr-2016

    Driver and guide both very intelligent, polite and well informed. We could not have asked for more. The road leading to the monastery had some similarity to Jonathan Harkers trip to Draculas castle and the monastery itself reminiscent of a Samurai castle in a Kurosawa film complete with torrential rain. Mercifully it let up and the sun came out later. The monastery was one of the highlights of our trip.