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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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$29.46
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$29.46

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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$32.17
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$32.17

Rila Monastery, Boyana church and National History Museum Tour from Sofia

Rila Monastery, Boyana church and National History Museum Tour 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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$27.28
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$27.28

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 - the Rila Monastery and the Boyana church. The 8-hour day tour will be with a group and a professional guide in English. In the monastery, you will have a 30-minute guided tour and 2,5 hours free time to make photos, check the museums and the shops, and have lunch. The visit of the Boyana church, although short, is definitely worth since you will see its amazing 800-years old frescoes and learn their history from your guide! 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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$27.28
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$27.28

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.10
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$49.10

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
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$38.19
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$38.19
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Private tour to Rila monastery with Wine tasting, see the Boyana church

Private tour to Rila monastery with Wine tasting, see the 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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$92.74
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$92.74
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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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$31.64
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$31.64
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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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$6.54
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$6.54

Private Day Trip to the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church

Private Day Trip to the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church

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Save time but preserve the benefits of independence on this private tour that checks off not one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites in just one day. Traveling with your private driver/guide, see the 10th-century Boyana Church with its medieval frescoes, followed by the Rila Monastery with its 14th-century tower. Tour includes door-to-door transport but excludes entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.56
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$114.56
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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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$62.19
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$62.19

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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$108.01
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$108.01
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Small Group Tour: Rila Monastery and Melnik

Small Group Tour: Rila Monastery and Melnik

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Discover the highlights of southwestern Bulgaria without even thinking of touching the wheel on this convenient tour. First, discover Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a masterpiece of Bulgarian Renaissance art and architecture. Next, visit the tiny town of Melnik, with its extraordinary pyramid rock formations, and explore the Kordopulova House. Your tour includes transport and guiding but excludes entrance fees.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.01
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$108.01
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Private Day Trip to the 7 Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery

Private Day Trip to the 7 Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery

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This tour is a great chance to experience these two amazing places in one day. They are both situated in the Rila Mountain. The main part of the tour will be the area of the lakes, where the hiking takes about 5 hours and it is a perfect opportunity for an escape in the nature. The visit of the monastery will be a little bit more limited but you will still be able to learn the main things about it. Most times the trips are done with eco friendly cars - with cng engine or electro mobiles, so that we can help fighting the air polution.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$141.83
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$141.83
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Rila Monastery Bike Tour from Sofia

Rila Monastery Bike Tour from Sofia

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Spin along open roads and explore Bulgaria by bike on this 9-hour Rila Monastery trip from Sofia. Hop onto your bike and follow a guide along rolling asphalt roads through the Bulgarian countryside. Along the way, gain insight into the country’s culture and history, and admire sweeping views over the peaks and vineyards. Visit the 10th-century Rila Monastery — widely considered one of Bulgaria’s most important pilgrimage sites. Explore the cave of St Joan of Rila, then zoom down the valley back to base.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.47
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$101.47

Rila Monastery and hiking to the Stob Pyramids- Private Day Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and hiking to the Stob Pyramids- Private Day Trip from Sofia

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Discover a side of Bulgaria that’s hard to reach independently as you explore the dramatic rock pinnacles known as Stob’s Pyramids with a private hiking guide. Then journey into Bulgarian culture as you tour the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and taste home-made “banitsa” pastries. Tour includes private door-to-door transport and guiding but excludes entrance fees and lunch.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.56
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$114.56
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From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Plovdiv Day Trip

From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Plovdiv Day Trip

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See the best of Bulgaria in 1 day. This self-guided, shared shuttle tour will take you to both the UNESCO Rila Monastery in the Rila National park in the morning and then in the afternoon to the city of Plovdiv - the cultural capital of Bulgaria. In the morning the shuttle bus will take you to the Rila Monastery where you have more than 1 hour to explore the site at your own pace. The complex is compact in size so the time allows to see the most important parts of it. After that in the afternoon the shared shuttle will take you on a 3.5 hours journey through the scenic mountains of Bulgaria to the city of Plovdiv - one of Bulgaria's most visited cultural and historical sites. You have more than 4.5 hours to explore the historical city center on your own. Driver will provide you with a tourist map and tips for what to see.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.92
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$94.92
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Rila Monastery & Boyana Church - 2 World Heritage Sites in 1Day!

Rila Monastery & Boyana Church - 2 World Heritage Sites in 1Day!

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Take a drive with us to the Rila Monastery – UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the gorgeous mountain scenery of the mountains, it is considered the highest achievement of Bulgarian monumental architecture of the National Revival period. 2 World Heritage Sites in 1Day! Audio Guide - Аvailable in 7 languages - English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian, Bulgarian Budget-friendly Small group
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.77
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$44.77
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Rila Monastery and Boiana church private tour

Rila Monastery and Boiana church private tour

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You have the chance to visit two UNESCO world heritage sites in one day- Boyana church and Rila Monastery.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.11
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Private Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting

Private Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting

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The tour departs at 9.00 in the morning with a pick up from your hotel. From there, you will head to the Rila Monastery- the biggest monastery in Bulgaria. It was established back in the 10th century. In the monastery complex you will admire the impressive architecture and frescoes. The visit to the monastery is about 2 hours, combined with some free time. During the guided tour in the inner yard and the monastery museum, you will discover the most precious pieces that are kept from the past and all the facts and stories about the biggest Bulgarian monastery complex. You will also have the chance to see an old and authentic monk room! After that, you will go to a traditional local winery. There you will have a one- hour guided tour during which you will learn about the process of wine production and you will try 3 different sorts of the popular wines (tapas and meze provided with them). Most times the trips are done with eco friendly cars - with cng engine or electro mobiles.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$136.38
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$136.38
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Rila Monastery Private Tour

Rila Monastery Private Tour

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See two of Bulgaria’s UNESCO World Heritage sites in a day—a feat that’s not possible on public transport—when you book this private guided tour, with round-trip hotel transfers from Sofia. First, explore the Rila Monastery, Bulgaria’s largest Orthodox monastery, with a history going back to the 10th century. Next, visit the Boyana Church, a complex of three churches that include 13th-century Byzantine frescoes.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.10
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$97.10
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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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$31.64
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$31.64
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From Sofia: Self-guided trip to Rila Monastery, Boyana Church and History Museum

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From Sofia: Self-guided trip to Rila Monastery, Boyana Church and History Museum

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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$19.09
$21.81
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$19.09
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Classic Rila monastery and Boyana church

Classic Rila monastery and Boyana church

The tour is one o f the classic clutural and heritage tours and with us you will find you learn not only about the monastery and the church, but also history of Bulgaria, some Orthodox Christianity basics or details on Orthodox traditions, as well as you will get information on modern daily lifestyle of the average Bulgarian family, and last but not least - great profesional and friendly attitude by knowledgable tourguides! There are options to include in this tour: 1. A 1 ½ east hike to Stob pyramides (not recommended in a bad weather) 2. Lunch at a traditional Bulgarian restaurant 3. Different starting times depending on your plans before or after the tour e. g. arrival/departure , etc.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.19
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$38.19
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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 2022?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Rila Monastery costs USD 6.54. Guided Rila Monastery tours start around USD 6.54 per person.