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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Tour from Sofia

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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Tour from Sofia

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Overview

Rila Monastery is definitely a must-see sight if you are a tourist with a free day in Sofia. 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 around an hour of free time at the Rila Monastery to explore the most visited UNESCO site in Bulgaria, 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 doughnuts) with delicious buffalo’s yogurt (local specialty) or even have a short walk in the area; The Boyana Church's frescoes bring epochal change in the mural painting and are considered predecessors of the European Renaissance. The majority of more than 240 figures depicted there have individuality, vitality and psychological depth.
  • Join the most popular and best-selling trip from Sofia Discover the two most frequented Bulgarian UNESCO sites
  • Uncover the fascinating history of Boyana Church and Rila Monastery with a guide Travel with a modern air-conditioned minibus.
  • Experience and admire the awesome beauty of Rila National Park
  • Sample local fresh, healthy food and good wines
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Fuel surcharge
Driver
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Admission to Boyana Church (approx. 5 euros pp) and Rila Monastery Museum (approx. 4 euros pp)
Audio guide at Rila Monastery (approx. 5 euros per person)

Departure Point

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

The parking lot behind Alexander Nevski Cathedral, right in front of La Cattedrale restaurant.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

ul. "Boyansko ezero" 3, 1616 Bojana, Sofia, Bulgaria

We can meet you in front of Boyana church between 09:30 AM and 10:00 AM.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet a driver at a central location in Sofia, then enjoy views of the Bulgarian countryside on the 2-hour trip to Koprivshtitsa, which passes through the southern foothills of the Balkan mountains, and has great views of the high peaks.

Upon arrival in Koprivshtitsa, stretch your legs on a walking tour of the city. As you walk, you’ll see bright Revival-period houses along cobblestone streets, and pass a series of historic monuments. Head to the central square to see an enormous mausoleum built for those killed in the 1876 April Uprising, a Bulgarian rebellion against Ottoman rule.

Continue to see the historic homes of some famous Koprivshtitsa residents, from a wealthy merchant to the poet Dimcho Debalyanov, the Karavelov family, and revolutionary leaders Todor Kableshkov and Georgi Benkovski.

Along the way, you’ll also see the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church, and duck into a local venue to sample stomna kebap, a beloved local meat dish. Following the walking tour of Koprivshtitsa, begin the return trip to Sofia, where this tour concludes at the original departure point.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point, ул. Oborishte +, ul. "19-ti February", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria, pass by without stopping.
Stop At:  
Boyana Church
Boyana Church is a small temple at the outskirts of Sofia with frescoes dating back to three separate periods: the 11th, 13th, and 19th centuries. The most important and fascinating are the frescoes dating from 1259. They are Renaissance frescoes that predate the Italian Renaissance (triggered by the works of Giotto) and break the strict Christian canon law to present pure human emotions, royal figures, and folklore elements.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery is one of Bulgaria’s symbols and a popular tourist destination. The monastery is set deep in the heart of Rila Mountain, between the Rilska and Drushliavitza Rivers, at 1147 meters (3760 feet) above sea level. It is situated 120 kilometers south of Sofia.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point
Return to the starting point at approximately 17:00
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Traventuria
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Tour from Sofia?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Tour from Sofia?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Tour from Sofia?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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