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Rila Monastery, Bulgaria’s largest religious structure, is the most visited site in the country. Its cobblestone courtyard, winding balconies, picturesque mountain views, and brightly colored frescos transport you to a place that is almost otherworldly. The fortress-like complex has been a spiritual center for more than 1,000 years.

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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

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Immerse yourself in the beguiling beauty of two of Bulgaria’s most spectacular sights on a full-day trip from Sofia. Admire the natural splendor of rural Bulgaria as you travel to the Rila Monastery, a sacred structure cradled by the dense pine forests of the mountains. Delve into the history of the medieval landmark and browse the intriguing exhibitions of the on-site museum. Continue to Boyana Church to gaze at the fascinating pre-Renaissance frescoes that decorate the walls within. Please note, entrance fees are not included on this tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.73
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$28.73

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

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Travel with a small group to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church, two UNESCO World Heritage sites. An informative guide points out 19th-century paintings depicting the Bulgarian Renaissance at the country’s largest monastery, set against the beauty of the Rila mountains. In the afternoon, visit Boyana Church to view its medieval frescoes. You’ll travel round-trip by air-conditioned minivan from Sofia’s Alexander Nevski Square.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.36
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$35.36

Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia

Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia

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The Rila Monastery and Boyana Church are two of Bulgaria’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and this full-day tour from Sofia visits both in one day. Tour the medieval Boyana Church, famous for its magnificent 13th-century frescoes; admire the natural landscapes of the Rila Mountain Nature Park; then explore the churches and caves of the Rila Monastery complex.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.89
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$33.89

From Sofia: Self-guided trip to Rila Monastery

From Sofia: Self-guided trip to Rila Monastery

Travel to Rila Monastery with ease and explore independently on this self-guided tour with a round-trip transfer. Depart from Sofia in a shared air-conditioned minivan with a driver and make your way to Rila National Park. Experience the area at your own pace before heading back to Sofia in your transfer.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.97
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$22.97

Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

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Reaching the Seven Rila Lakes by public transport typically involves two buses, a shuttle and most of your day. Take the pain out of transportation—while maintaining total independence—with this cost-effective shared transfer. Visit both these beautiful glacial lakes and the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with ample time for hiking.
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  • 13 hours
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$45.95
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Sofia by Night Panoramic Tour with Dinner and Folklore Show

Sofia by Night Panoramic Tour with Dinner and Folklore Show

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Admire the sights of Sofia by night before dinner and a folklore show on this evening tour. Take a panoramic drive around Bulgaria’s capital to see its illuminated highlights, including the floodlit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, National Palace of Culture, and more. Then, savor a 3-course Bulgarian dinner complemented with a live folklore show of traditional local music and dance. Dinner, show, air-conditioned transport, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.95
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$68.95
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Guided Walking Tour of Sofia

Guided Walking Tour of Sofia

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Forget planning routes, researching sites, and boning up on history. See all Sofia’s key attractions and learn the stories behind them too on this great-value small-group walking tour: perfect for history buffs. Sights include the ruins of the Roman-era east gate, the 4th-century Rotunda of St. George, the Byzantine St. Sofia Basilica, the Ivan Vazov National Theater, and the Cathedral Saint Alexander Nevsky.
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  • 2 hours
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$34.47
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Day tour to Skopje, North Macedonia - Small Group

Day tour to Skopje, North Macedonia - Small Group

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Appreciating the diversity of Balkan culture can be difficult, especially with limited time in the region. Explore Macedonian culture on a day tour to Skopje from Sofia, and tick off another Balkan capital in just one day. Travel the distance with ease via private vehicle, and discover landmarks including the Skopje Fortress, Memorial House of Mother Teresa, and Old Bazaar, with insights provided by your guide.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.95
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$68.95
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Small group tour to Plovdiv, Asen's Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery

Small group tour to Plovdiv, Asen's Fortress and Bachkovo Monastery

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Knowing the best spots to experience Bulgaria’s rich and varied cultural heritage can be tricky for visitors on limited time in the capital. Tick off Plovdiv, Asen’s Fortress, and Bachkovo Monastery in just 1 day on a small-group tour from Sofia. Save time with seamless round-trip transfer between landmarks, and learn about their Roman, Ottoman, and modern history from your professional guide.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.78
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$90.78
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Communist Walking Tour of Sofia

Communist Walking Tour of Sofia

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Learn what life was like in communist-era Bulgaria on a Sofia city walking tour. Meet your informative guide in central Sofia and check out the buildings and monuments that testify to its and Bulgaria’s 45 years on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain. See the Largo complex, former home of Bulgaria’s Communist Party; the Monument to the Soviet Army; the National Palace of Culture and more as your guide explains communist ideology and the everyday lives of Bulgarians during the controversial Cold War period.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$12.64
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$12.64

Wine Tasting in Heart of Sofia

Wine Tasting in Heart of Sofia

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During your personal tasting experience I will guide you through the distinctive world of Bulgarian wines. Although Bulgaria has been producing wine for 5000 years it is still relatively unknown to the rest of the world. Now a rising new generation of Bulgarian boutique winemakers are devoted to the craft and bringing new attention to our country. You will taste 5 wine varieties of local grapes unique to Bulgaria, that can not be found anywhere else: Miskets, Melnik, Mavrud, Gumza and Rubin. Plus, local cheeses, artisanal bread and mineral water. The tasting is held in one of the best boutique wine shops in Sofia – Tempus Vini, which is located on an artsy street in the city center, known for its fine restaurants and boutiques. And just a few streets away from Sofia’s main pedestrian boulevard. During the tasting I can tell you about the wine regions of Bulgaria including the history and the wine culture of my beautiful country. All tastings are held in English or Bulgarian
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.79
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Day Tour to Nis, Serbia
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Day Tour to Nis, Serbia

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Enjoy a day away from the bustling capital on a small-group day tour to Niš in Serbia. Explore top attractions including Mediana, the Skull Tower, and Niš Fortress with your professional guide for intimate insight into the region’s history and culture, and benefit from round-trip transfer from your hotel to travel the distance with ease.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.76
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Plovdiv Full Day Tour from Sofia
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Plovdiv Full Day Tour from Sofia

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Visit the fascinating city of Plovdiv on a full-day tour from Sofia, and explore ancient ruins, some of Bulgaria’s most historic landmarks, and the city’s Ethnographic Museum. This full-day Plovdiv trip includes pickup and drop-off at a central location in Sofia, a guided walking tour of Plovdiv, and admission to the museum and the Plovdiv Roman Theatre.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.47
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Sofia full day tour

Sofia full day tour

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Get an in-depth exploration of the Bulgarian capital on this full-day tour of Sofia. Set out from your hotel and travel in an air-conditioned minivan. Accompanied by a guide, visit Boyana Church, the National Historical Museum, Pancharevo Lake, and more. Take a walking tour through the city center and learn about Bulgarian history from your guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.20
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$63.20
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Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour

Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour

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This private tour of World Heritage–listed Rila Monastery includes a tasting at Medi Valley, a classic winery with locally produced wines. Travel in the comfort of your private vehicle to the country’s largest monastery, where your own personal guide points out 19th-century paintings depicting the Bulgarian Renaissance. Admire the beauty of the Rila mountains en route to the winery, where you’ll sample five different wines and learn more about the region.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.77
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$113.77
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Private Day Trip to Rila Monastery from Sofia

Private Day Trip to Rila Monastery from Sofia

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This tour will show you one of the best Bulgarian monasteries and UNESCO sight - the Rila Monastery. Private tour only for you with the comfort of your own local guide. Fully customizable and rich in information, off-the-beaten path sights and stops. Choose between a privately-guided or a self-guided option for your convenience.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.83
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$21.83
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Shuttle to Rila Monastery from Sofia

Shuttle to Rila Monastery from Sofia

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Visiting Bulgaria’s Rila Monastery is tricky without hiring a car. On this tour, tick it off easily with a round-trip shared transfer in an air-conditioned minivan. Meet your driver in central Sofia and travel to Rila Monastery. Enjoy time to explore the complex independently before returning with the shuttle back to Sofia.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.97
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Visit Rila monastery with Wine tasting, see the pre renaissance Boyana church

Visit Rila monastery with Wine tasting, see the pre renaissance Boyana church

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If you want to experience more of Bulgaria in just one day, don't miss this busy sightseeing tour with stops at two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a wine tasting, and hassle-free travel all included. Meet-up at a convenient downtown location before you're whisked to top landmarks to learn about Buglarian culture, see medieval art, and sample local varietals at a Medi Valley winery. Though entry fees and food are at your own expense, the tour's easy transportation and English-speaking guide make for a convenient, full-day adventure.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.68
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Small Group Day Trip

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Small Group Day Trip

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Enjoy a day in the mountains by exploring 2 UNESCO sites. Visit Rila Monastery and Boyana church, UNESCO World Heritage sites. The 9-hour tour will be with a group and a professional guide in English. Most times the group size is 4-8 people. *Women should have their knees and shoulders covered in 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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.73
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The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery

The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery

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The mountains are one of Bulgaria’s great joys—especially for hikers—but can be hard to reach independently. Tailor-made for lovers of both walking and history, this action-packed day features a hike around the beautiful Seven Rila Lakes and a tour of the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour includes chair-lift ticket to the lakes but excludes monastery entrance fees.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.47
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Private Self-guided tour in Rila Monastery

Private Self-guided tour in Rila Monastery

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Pre-book tickets to Rila Monastery to explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 1,000 years of history, plus Hrelio Tower, the ethnographic museum, guestrooms, and the monastery farm. Booking Rila Monastery tickets online combines the convenience of advance planning with the flexibility to arrive at any time of day, without being limited to a fixed tour schedule.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$6.88
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Rila Monastery Private Tour

Rila Monastery Private Tour

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The Rila Monastery is Bulgaria's "must see" UNESCO site to visit. Among many offers for a day tour to Rila Monastery, V Travel Ltd. is now happy to offer some unique and customized day tours - dedicated service, knowledgeable guides, perfectly maintained vehicles and personal touch.  Founded in the 10th century, the Rila Monastery is regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments. It is traditionally thought that the monastery was founded by the hermit St. Ivan of Rila. The hermit actually lived in a cave without any material possessions not far from the monastery's location, while the complex was built by his students, who came to the mountains to receive their education. The monastery was established in it,s today location in 14th century.  After two major fires the monastery was restored in 1837. It is part of UNESCO’s world heritage list since 1983 and it is still an active monastery.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.28
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Self-Guided Day Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Self-Guided Day Trip from Sofia

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Discover two of Bulgaria’s UNESCO World Heritage gems on this day self-guided day tour from Sofia. Traveling by minivan, admire rural Bulgaria en route to the Rila Monastery in the pine-carpeted Rila Mountains. Take a self-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. This tour is with an English-speaking driver only.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.73
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Flexible Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church from Sofia

Flexible Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church from Sofia

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Two UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1 day only. Rila Monastery is the largest, the most beautiful and the most important Bulgarian monastery, Boyana Church is famous for its proto-Renaissance wall paintings from the 13th century. Enjoy all this either in a self-guided or privately-guided tour.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.43
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Should I book Rila Monastery tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Rila Monastery can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Rila Monastery 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Rila Monastery costs USD 6.88. Guided Rila Monastery tours start around USD 6.88 per person.
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