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

Sofia, Bulgaria

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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.
  • Full-day Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia
  • Visit two of Bulgaria’s UNESCO World Heritage sites in one day
  • Marvel at the 13th-century frescos in Boyana Church
  • Tour the historic Rila Monastery and St Ivan Rilski Cave
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience
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All transportation and parking costs
Licensed English-speaking guide
VAT and all local taxes
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Fuel surcharge
Admission fees for Boyana Church (5 Euro) and the Rila Monastery Museum (Optional 4 Euro)
Meals, tips and personal expenses
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski" 4, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

Departure Time

8:45 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible or stroller-friendly
  • Comfortable shoes recommended
  • Ladies must cover their shoulders and knees
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY ExploriA

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What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia?
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

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  • "Fair warning - you only get 10 minutes in the church due to the fragility of the frescoes." See review
  • "Departure at 9am, returned at 3pm, where more than 3 hours is travel time." See review
  • "Rila Monastery is so beautiful and it's worth the long drive up." See review


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Great experience!
, Feb 2020
Great guide, everything was perfect, we had a wonderful day trip, visiting 2 UNESCO sites. Definitely worth it!
Well worth a visit
, Jan 2020
A full day out of Sofia but worth it. Boyana Church is amazing then a ride through the countryside and up the mountain to the monastery and it’s spectacular. It was too icy to get to the cave but it didn’t spoil our trip. After we visited a typical Bulgarian mountain restaurant and sampled some traditional Bulgarian food and wine. Then 1hr 40 mins drive back to Sofia. Thank you
Very good experience
, Dec 2019
This tour was very interesting and well organized. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful and a very good company.
An excellent tour guide and a driver as well (2 in 1) - Alex (Sash)
, Nov 2019
I would like to thank to our tour guide - Alex who has a great personality and a wide knowledge about the sites and the places we visited. He is a real proffesional guide and has good explanation, also he is very attentive and tolerant to the needs of the group. Even when I am pregnant he will know how to take care of everything and handle the situation. Well done!
Rila Monastery, cave of St. Ivan and Boyana church
Amador R
, Oct 2019
Venti, our tour guide gave us a lot of information on the above sites. He was an excellent driver, fun to be with and kept the tour going and on time.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you very much for your nice review, we are very happy to hear that you've enjoyed the day with us! Happy travels !!!
It's not really a full day, a visit in a rush
, Jun 2019
Departure at 9am, returned at 3pm, where more than 3 hours is travel time. The guide was in a hurry to return home, driving in high speed all the time, dangerous driving at 150km/h with a van. Only 1 free hour to visit the Rila monastery, not enough to have a normal lunch. Don't recomment with guided tour with Exploria.
A great tour!
, May 2019
We ended up having the tour to ourself with our guide Vincent. Vincent shared many interesting facts about Sofia and Bulgaria with us as we drove out to the Rila Monastery. At the monastery, Vincent showed us all of the important sites and explained the history to us. We were then given free time to explore the monastery on our own. After the monastery, Vincent took us to a local restaurant with good food and great prices. Our last stop was the Boyana church. Fair warning - you only get 10 minutes in the church due to the fragility of the frescoes. However, Vincent was prepared for this and explained the most important frescoes to us during our time there. Overall we had a great day with Vincent and would definitely take another tour with him.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thank you so much for the good words! We are trying our best and we are very happy that you are enjoying it. Happy travels!
Great trip to the Rila monastery and Boyana church
, May 2019
Vincent was our guide. He made our trip a succes because of his knowledge, his eloquency, his socialibility. He was very reliable, safe driver and an exemple for many other guides. If you have a guided tour with Vincent, your day will be a day never to forget.
This ended up being a private tour...
Aathmika K
, Jun 2018
This ended up being a private tour for a me and a friend because another group had cancelled and we had a fantastic time! Vincent was incredibly knowledgeable and patient! in answering our questions about the sights we were seeing but also about Sofia and Bulgaria more generally and one of the best tour guides we have ever had and we do a lot of tours! The visit to the cave of St Ivan Rilski was unique and not to be missed. The tour ran as scheduled with time for lunch as well. We would highly recommend!
This tour given by Exploria Tours...
Suzette M
, May 2018
This tour given by Exploria Tours Bulgaria was great. The guide, Vincent was super nice, informative and accommodating. He gave us a tour of Boyana Church and the Rila Monastery and it was great...not to be missed. He also took us to see the cave where St Ivan lived in not included in most other tours which was a great addition to the tour. Afterwards he took us to a local restaurant to have a light lunch. Overall an awesome tour with a great tour guide. Can't say enough about Vincent as a tour guide! Highly recommended.

Product code: 58739P1

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