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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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Bulgaria Classical Round Tour

Bulgaria Classical Round Tour

This is a private guided round tour with which you will see the most important historical places in Bulgaria: the capital Sofia, Rila Monastery and Boyana Church - UNESCO heritage sites, Plovdiv - the oldest existing town in Europe, Kazanlak - the heart of the Rose Valley, Veliko Tarnovo - the medieval Bulgarian capital and Koprivshtitsa - the symbol of the Bulgarian National Revival Period.
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  • 8 days
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$1,682.27
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$1,682.27
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$128.93
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$128.93
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The Ultimate Virtual Private Tour of Bulgaria

The Ultimate Virtual Private Tour of Bulgaria

Worth experiencing virtually from the comfort of your sofa We give you the complete live experience starting from the Bulgarian capital Sofia. We have included 6 destinations in the first part which are Sofia, Rila Monastery, Melnik, Plovdiv, Pamporovo and Kazanlak. Special selection of the 6 destinations and sights provides the best flavor of destination Bulgaria. You will be thrilled & excited and you will want more and more! Our immersive experience in part 2 shows you Sliven, Veliko Tarnovo, Ruse, Varna, Bourgas and Nessebar. Incredible experience with another 6 destinations and sights for you to enjoy virtually but professionally prepared for you.  Truly the best of all is that you do not pay per person but it's for the whole group of people, for your family and kids. It's a private experience only for you or your company of people for up to 10.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$241.90
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$241.90
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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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$3,000.58
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Small-group Weekend trip to Bulgaria's most famous sites

Small-group Weekend trip to Bulgaria's most famous sites

If you are visiting Bulgaria for a weekend trip this tour is a great option to see its most famous sites. For these two days, you will visit and explore the Rila monastery, Plovdiv, and Koprivshtica. You will learn a lot about our history, culture, and traditions. You will spend a night in the most vivid cities in Bulgaria, selected for the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2019th. Its artistic spirit and great nightlife will leave unforgettable memories and you can say without hesitation that you have been to Bulgaria.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$164.51
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$164.51
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11 Days Bulgaria Round Tour - Stunning Big Voyage

11 Days Bulgaria Round Tour - Stunning Big Voyage

Intensive roundtrip where people see many different fragments of the colorful Bulgarian mosaic: past, art, lakes, caves, waterfalls, castles, small authentic towns, beaches. Perfect match for everybody who loves different new discoveries every day and wants to see the most of Bulgaria.
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  • 11 days
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$943.31
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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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$3,154.90
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Bulgarian Wine, Nature & Culture in 8 Days

Bulgarian Wine, Nature & Culture in 8 Days

This tour will give you the opportunity to combine multiple experiences and adventures. You will learn a lot about the ancient cultures and civilizations that have passed through the centuries. You will taste the Bulgarian culture, food, wine and hospitality, and you will admire and enjoy the country’s beauties by hiking and horse riding in the nature.
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  • 8 days
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$1,369.15
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$1,369.15
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9 days Bulgaria Round Tour - Adventure in Nature and History

9 days Bulgaria Round Tour - Adventure in Nature and History

Intensive roundtrip with a rent-a-car, where tourists see most of the country, change the landscape almost every day, explore soul-stirring sceneries, religious and cultural relics, relax in picturesque old towns and soak up the sea sun. Organization of accommodation in small charming family-owned hotels where you can feel the authentic and unique local atmosphere. With our tailored packages, you can explore on your own not only top-rated spots but also little-known treasure troves.
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  • 9 days
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$779.59
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$779.59

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$94.55
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$94.55
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Sofia to Rila Monastery Afternoon tour

Sofia to Rila Monastery Afternoon tour

UNESCO World heritage site Rila monastery in the heart of the highest mountain on the Balkans - Rila.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.57
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$51.57

Self-drive 7-day Bulgaria Classic Tour

Self-drive 7-day Bulgaria Classic Tour

During the 7-day self drive tour you will have the flexibility to choose your own travel place and explore must-see sites in Bulgaria - museum towns and villages, medieval fortresses, nature parks and UNESCO sites.
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  • 7 days
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$1,031.47
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$1,031.47
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Sofia to Rila Monastery Morning tour

Sofia to Rila Monastery Morning tour

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You will visit the UNESCO world heritage site Rila monastery in the heart of the highest mountain on the Balkans.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.94
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$58.94

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$214.10
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$214.10
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$151.13
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$151.13
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$141.21
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$141.21
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Rila Monastery Tour from Sofia - Lunch, Wine Tasting & The Unique Stob Pyramids

Rila Monastery Tour from Sofia - Lunch, Wine Tasting & The Unique Stob Pyramids

Take a trip to discover the most important monastery in Bulgaria and learn about its role in the formation of Bulgarian identity and culture throughout the 19th century. The Rila Monastery is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List along with eight other monuments in the country and represents the most outstanding architectural ensemble in Bulgaria. Your guide, who is an art historian herself, will give you a unique perspective onto the artistic history of the church's frescoes and woodcarving, revealing the symbolism hiding behind the majestic architectural elements of the complex and their meaning. On our way back to Sofia, you will have time to relax and enjoy the magnificent view of the Stob pyramids, one of the most amazing natural phenomena on the territory of Bulgaria.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$157.90
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$157.90
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Tour to the Rila Monastery from Bansko

Tour to the Rila Monastery from Bansko

Rila Monastery is definitely a must-see if you are a tourist with a free day in Bansko. The arcaded balconies, the unique frescoes – a work of one of the most famous Bulgarian Revival Period painters, the gilded iconostasis, the fabulous mountain views… and the unique combination of them all makes the visit to the monastery extraordinary and memorable one. You will have at least two full hours of free time at the Rila Monastery to explore it for yourself, enter the main church and take photos of the narthex’s gallery, admire the exhibits in the History Museum of the Monastery, try the tasty mekitsi (Bulgarian donuts) with delicious buffalo’s milk (local specialty) or even have a short walk in the area.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.94
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$58.94
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.12
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$49.12

4 Balkan Countries and 3 Nights Cruise in Greek Islands from Sofia

4 Balkan Countries and 3 Nights Cruise in Greek Islands from Sofia

Starting in Bulgaria, one of the oldest countries in Europe. Ohrid the deepest and oldest lake in Europe and Balkan Pearl. Albania where you will have a combination of history, culture, tradition, religion and nature in some of most renowned sites in Albania, Visiting in Greece, Meteora, formed approximately 65 million years ago, Corfu, the undisputed Queen of the Ionian islands, Delphi, mystical place, Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games and Athens, labelled as the birthplace of democracy and home to some of the most famous philosophers. Ending with a cruise on the Aegean Sea! Sail from Athens to dock on the legendary island of Mykonos, sail towards the shores of Turkey to visit Kusadasi sail to Crete to explore Knossos, and also sail, to Santorini, “The Black Pearl of the Aegean.”
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  • 14 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$2,869.12
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$2,869.12
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.65
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$116.65

 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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.96
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$85.96
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.64
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$89.64
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.41
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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. See all 72 Rila Monastery tickets and tours on Viator.
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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 1215.66. Guided Rila Monastery tours start around USD 1215.66 per person. See all 72 Rila Monastery tickets and tours on Viator.
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