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Rila Monastery
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.

The Basics
Nearly a million visitors explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site each year. You can visit Rila Monastery's cloisters, farming buildings, and church, and step into its on-site museum for a look at its history and to see handwoven national costumes. Take a self-guided tour, or visit with a guide for deeper context. Some tours combine a monastery visit with a trip to a Bulgarian winery or to nearby Boyana Church, known for its medieval murals.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Prebook tickets to the monastery to skip the line and enjoy more time inside.
  • Visitors must wear clothing that covers shoulders, knees, and elbows to tour the grounds.
  • A traditional bakery behind the monastery serves homemade mekitsi (dough fritters), while several nearby restaurants specialize in Bulgarian food; trout is a specialty.

How to Get There
Travelers can take the E79 International Route between Sofia and Kulata to the monastery. It’s located about 16 miles (25 kilometers) from Kocherinovo. The easiest way to get there is by joining a guided tour with included transportation.

When to Get There
Rila Monastery is a popular day trip destination among locals and visitors, especially in summer. Plan to visit the monastery in winter when it's quieter and you’ll have the grounds largely to yourself.

Cave of St. Ivan of Rila
No trip to Rila Monastery would be complete without a stop at the nearby cave where St. Ivan of Rila, the hermit who founded the monastery, lived while his students built what would become Bulgaria’s most famous spiritual center. Visitors can hike to this small nook in the mountainside from the monastery to see where the saint spent some 20 years in relative solitude.
Address: Kyustendil, Bulgaria
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One Day Trip to Rila Monastery and the Seven Rila lakes

One Day Trip to Rila Monastery and the Seven Rila lakes

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Visit two UNESCO sites in a day and enjoy diverse experience in the heart of Rila Mountain where nature meets culture. Bulgaria is a country that offerce great diversity for tourists. High mountains and beautiful seaside, rich culture, ancient history, hot springs, fresh air and unspoiled nature - this all meets in its geographical borders. This adventure combines nature with culture and takes you on a day trip to two of the most popular UNESCO sites in the country - the Seven Rila Lakes and the Rila Monastery.
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  • 11 hours
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$118.01
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$118.01
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Sofia to Rila Monastery and Plovdiv tour

Sofia to Rila Monastery and Plovdiv tour

In this ultimate trip experience, you will be able to visit two of the most eminent places in Bulgaria – UNESCO world heritage site Rila monastery and Plovdiv – European capital of culture 2019. Rila Monastery is the most exquisite example of monastery art and architecture of Bulgaria located in the picturesque heart of the mountain. The Church of the Nativity of Virgin Mary keeps the miraculous icon, splendid gilded iconostasis and the chest with relics of St. Ivan Rilski. During your free time you will be able to visit the church museum with the wood-carved cross of monk Rafel or taste the famous local mekitsi (kind of a donut) and the traditional yogurt. Plovdiv (European capital of culture 2019) is one of the oldest towns in Europe. It was inhabited by the Thracians, Romans, Slavs and Ottomans, whose traces have turned the town into a museum. Places of special interest are the old town, revival houses and churches, Roman stadium, Roman Theatre, old mosque, main street.
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  • 12 hours
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$115.05
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$115.05

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
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$127.16
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day tour from Sofia

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day tour from Sofia

With this one day tour you will have the opportunity to see two of the most popular and unique tourist sites in Bulgaria – the Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery and the Boyana Church. Both of the sites are added to the UNESCO World Heritage List and both are among the most authentic, energetic and peaceful places in Bulgaria.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$35.91
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Motorcycle day tour to Rila monastery

Motorcycle day tour to Rila monastery

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This tour is a unique way to visit the most popular site in Bulgaria - Rila monastery. It is a great combination of adventure and sightseeing. Your way will be led by our highly professional and educated guide. The roads are carefully selected and will give you a real satisfaction. If you want to escape the ordinary way of traveling and have a license for motorcycle do not hesitate to join us.
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  • 9 hours
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$156.23
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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
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$49.69
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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
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$111.42
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Private Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting

Private Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting

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
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$139.27
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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!
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$48.44
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Full-Day tour to Rila Monastery and National History Museum

Full-Day tour to Rila Monastery and National History Museum

This tour wiil take to the one of the symbols of Bulgaria - Rila Monastery and National History Museum. The monastery is included in the List of World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO and is also a popular tourist destination. Throughout the centuries Rila Monastery has always been the spiritual, educational and cultural centre of Bulgaria. The National History Museum is one of the largest and richest history museums on the Balkan Peninsula. Representing the history of the present Bulgarian lands from the period 8,000 years ago to the present day.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$93.25
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From Sofia: SPA and Rila monastery

From Sofia: SPA and Rila monastery

This tour represents one of the most popular attractions in Bulgaria – Rila monastery, and one of the best gifts of the country – the thermal springs. Enjoy your guiding tour to understand more Bulgarian history, walk in the beautiful nature and take relax away from the big city.
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  • 10 hours
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$80.74
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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
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$24.21
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Private Rila monastery and Boyana church

Private Rila monastery and Boyana church

The classic tour includes two UNESCO listed sites and is the most popular one-day tour our of Sofia. It is very suitable for first -time visitors to Bulgaria, Sofia and who wnat to learn about Bulgarian history, love beautiful natural sites and appreciate culture and art
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  • 8 hours
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$211.16
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Culture and hiking: Rila monastery, Stob pyramids, waterfalls and panorama

Culture and hiking: Rila monastery, Stob pyramids, waterfalls and panorama

The highest mountain in Balkan peninsula - Rila. Join the adventure. This is a combined tour in the area of Rila monastery – the biggest one of Bulgaria, the spring of knowledge, hope and faith. We’ll see the phenomena Stob’s pyramids, Bohemia waterfalls and the panoramic peak “The Cross”.
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  • 8 hours
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$96.89
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One Day Trip to Boyana Church and Rila Monastery

One Day Trip to Boyana Church and Rila Monastery

The tour is combined with a review over the history of Bulgaria. It covers the impact of Byzantium and discovers the realities during the Ottoman period. It is not just a sightseeing. It is an attempt to understand the Bulgarian culture and the fate of the Bulgarian people.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$149.06
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The Rila monastery and the Boyana church (UNESCO) Private Tour

The Rila monastery and the Boyana church (UNESCO) Private Tour

Our service is unique as we provide young and knowledgeable guides that will also provide information on the every day life of the Bulgarians, the current political and economical situation and will gladly answer any other question that you ask. We are professional, energetic and extremely happy to have you on board. The historical information will be enough even for the most interested travelers.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$88.41
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Seven Rila lakes to Rila monastery guided Trek

Seven Rila lakes to Rila monastery guided Trek

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This 2-Day trek will take you deep into the wilderness of the Rila Mountains where you will be amazed by the magical Seven Rila Lakes, sleep at the highest mountain hut on the Balkan peninsula - Vazov Hut (2300 m. a.s.l.) and finally after a descend filled with wonderful views of peaks, ridges and alpine forested valleys you will arrive at Rila Monastery - the largest and most significant active monastery in Bulgaria. Expect a challenging dive into the off beaten trails of Rila mountain that will reward you with natural splendor at every step.
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  • 2 days
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$290.36
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12 days Balkans Guided Tour from Sofia to Budapest

12 days Balkans Guided Tour from Sofia to Budapest

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Enjoy a guided tour of the Balkans and discover more than 9 Unesco World heritage sites in 8 contries: Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Hungary. You will have the comfort of a small group modern transportation with a air-conditioned minivan and a professional driver/tourleader that will make this experience unforgettable.
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  • 12 days
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$2,422.15
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$2,422.15
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17days Balkans Tour from Sofia to Bucharest

17days Balkans Tour from Sofia to Bucharest

Enjoy a guided tour of the Balkans and discover more than 15 Unesco World heritage sites in 9 contries: Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Hungary. You will have the comfort of a small group , modern transportation with a air-conditioned minivan and a professional driver/tourleader that will make this experience unforgettable.
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  • 17 days
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$3,391.01
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21 Days Small Group Balkans Tour from Sofia

21 Days Small Group Balkans Tour from Sofia

Enjoy a tour of the Balkans and discover more than 15 Unesco World heritage sites in 9 contries: Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Hungary. You will have the comfort of a small group tour , modern transportation with a air-conditioned minivan and a professional driver/tourleader that will make this experience unforgettable.
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  • 21 days
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$4,238.77
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The most essential Bulgarian highlights

The most essential Bulgarian highlights

During the tour you will see the most essencial historical and archaeological places, some UNESCO sites, present day capital Sofia, some traces from communist era. You will enjoy delicious traditional food and wine and discover the best kept secret in Europe - Bulgaria!
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  • 6 days
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$1,754.51
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Bulgaria Round Trip Itinerary - 12 days, 11 overnights on FB

Bulgaria Round Trip Itinerary - 12 days, 11 overnights on FB

During the tour you will see all the most significant historical and archaeological places, most UNESCO sites, present day big cities and small villages, monuments and traces from communist era. You will enjoy delicious traditional food and wine and discover the best kept secret in Europe - Bulgaria!
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  • 12 days
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$2,959.37
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Full Round Trip Itinerary 16 days 15 overnights on FB

Full Round Trip Itinerary 16 days 15 overnights on FB

The tour is dynamic and full of activities. It gives an opportunity all the most significant historical, archaeological places, most UNESCO sites, natural landmarks, present day big cities and small villages, monuments and traces from communist era to be seen and touched. The tourists will enjoy delicious traditional food and wine and discover the best kept secret in Europe - Bulgaria!
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  • 16 days
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$3,111.58
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 Private Tour from Sofia to the Rila monatsery

Private Tour from Sofia to the Rila monatsery

Our service is unique as we provide young and knowledgeable guides that will also provide information on the every day life of the Bulgarians, the current political and economical situation and will gladly answer any other question that you ask.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$84.78
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$84.78
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