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Rila Monastery Day Tour

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Sofia, Bulgaria
Rila Monastery Day Tour

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more


Get personalized attention on this 8-hour tour to Bulgaria's Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tour includes a scenic drive through the country's pine-forested Rila Mountains and pickup and drop-off at Sofia accommodations.
  • 8-hour tour to Rila Monastery from Sofia
  • Learn about the 10th-century UNESCO World Heritage Site on a 3-hour guided tour
  • Lunch included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Sofia
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Pickup from your hotel
Dates: Every day of the week
Return point: Drop-off at your hotel

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Your dedicated guide will meet you and your party outside your Sofia hotel for 9am pickup. Climb into your tour vehicle and get acquainted on the trip out of the city, which takes about two hours. Listen to your guide's commentary about the culture, history, and people of the area as you drive through the Rila Mountains, a rugged landscape covered with lush pine forests. 

Upon arrival, take a 3-hour tour of the monastery's holy cloister. Rila Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the 10th century, famous for its ornate interior and colorful frescoes. 

Relax over lunch before heading back to Sofia for hotel drop-off.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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Everything perfect
, Jan 2019
OrganizatIon is perfect. Hotel pick up on time. The guide was Very knowledgeble. The Place is wonderful
It was an interesting tour, and my...
Moe Adi
, Aug 2017
It was an interesting tour, and my guide is informed very well about the place and Bulgarian culture. She told me a lot about Bulgaria in the way and I thank her for that.
This was an interesting tour and...
, Jul 2017
This was an interesting tour and great value. It was good to escape from the city for the day and travel through the country side. The guide was professional but did not accompany us around the monastery. The tour also included a meal which was also very good.
Well worth the visit. You travel...
Donna T
, Jun 2017
Well worth the visit. You travel through beautiful countryside, the guide is informative and open to suggestions, letting you get the most out of your day. The monastery is fabulous.
Maria was an outstanding and...
Norma G
, Jun 2017
Maria was an outstanding and incredible guide. Denitsa her assistant was very helpful ASK FOR MARIA and you won't be disappointed!
Our driver/ guide was wonderful and...
, Feb 2017
Our driver/ guide was wonderful and very flexible with our schedule since we had 2 small children. I highly recommend!
Not really worth booking this...
Georgios T
, Jan 2017
Not really worth booking this. Especially if you have a car. It's really easy to find by car and doesn't take very long from Sofia. We were supposed to go straight there, but because of other tourists, we had to pass the Boyana Church first, which we had already seen the day before, so that was a huge waste of time for us. We were also supposed to be dropped of at our hotel first, since it was the closest to the road, yet the driver dropped off some other tourists in the city center first and we lost another hour. The guide seemed pretty good I guess, but talked a quietly and his English was a little broken. Like I said, it's not really worth using a guide. The monastery is amazing though, and something you just HAVE to see! We went in the winter, and there was snow in the mountains and incredibly beautiful.
Our guide,Met,was excellent. He is...
Ranzino K C
, Oct 2016
Our guide,Met,was excellent. He is very knowledgeable in history and social culture. He is attentive and always talk with a smile. I would like to have him again if I ever go back to Bulgaria.
It was absolutely perfect. The site...
sonia g
, Sep 2016
It was absolutely perfect. The site isimpresionant. And the guide, Methodi, is so great!!!!Highly recommended.
Driver and guide both very...
Richard F
, Apr 2016
Driver and guide both very intelligent, polite and well informed. We could not have asked for more. The road leading to the monastery had some similarity to Jonathan Harkers trip to Draculas castle and the monastery itself reminiscent of a Samurai castle in a Kurosawa film complete with torrential rain. Mercifully it let up and the sun came out later. The monastery was one of the highlights of our trip.

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