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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

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Sofia, Bulgaria
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Travel with a small group to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church, two UNESCO World Heritage sites. An informative guide points out 19th-century paintings depicting the Bulgarian Renaissance at the country’s largest monastery, set against the beauty of the Rila mountains. In the afternoon, visit Boyana Church to view its medieval frescoes. You’ll travel round-trip by air-conditioned minivan from Sofia’s Alexander Nevski Square.
  • Full-day tour of Rila Monastery and Boyana Church
  • Visit two of Bulgaria’s UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Admire Bulgarian Renaissance paintings and 13th-century frescoes
  • Hear insightful commentary from a professional guide
  • Travel round-trip from Sofia by minibus
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience
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English-speaking driver/guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Entrance fee for Boyana church
Food and drinks
Audio-guide (Eg, Es, It, Rus, Ger) payable onsite for 5€ per person
Live Guide in Spanish, Italian, French - 60 € per booking
Hotel pickup
Hotel drop-off

Departure Point

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

Behind Alexander Nevski Cathedral, in front of La Cattedrale restaurant at 09:00 am.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY V Travel Ltd.

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

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the maximum group size during Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour.

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A day in Rila
, Jul 2021
Very interesting visit but a little bit short at the monastery . We had almost no time to visit the museum.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Real value for money
Ludo T
, Oct 2019
When I found that tour operator V Travel offered a trip to the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church at only 30 euros a person, I was a bit sceptical. I still went ahead and booked, and I haven't regretted that decision for a minute. Our driver/guide, whose name I unfortunately have forgotten, had taken cultural studies in higher education. Both this English and his commentary were excellent. He knew what to say and what not to. I very much appreciated the links he established between the iconography in the two places. We stopped at a restaurant close to the monastery for coffee and returned there after our visit for lunch. Excellent service and good food. This was one of the best tours I've ever signed up for.
This is an excellent tour! I cannot...
Shelley C
, Oct 2017
This is an excellent tour! I cannot say enough great things about the monastery and even the place we stopped for lunch was amazing. The guide was knowledgeable and really gave us some interesting information about the area. This is a must visit if you are in Sofia.
Rita monastery is excellent. But...
Yangsun C
, Aug 2017
Rita monastery is excellent. But traffic is a headache, especially during this hot season.
The trip was great - Rila Monastery...
Megan H
, May 2017
The trip was great - Rila Monastery was one of our favourite places that we visited and the journey was comfortable, but unfortunately the tour guide wasn't very clear and often seemed to be struggling to remember what to tell us.
Enjoyed the Monastery but not the...
, Feb 2017
Enjoyed the Monastery but not the Church Church entrance fee was 10 lev each and you only get about 5minutes inside and no photographs Monastery was well worth the trip and loved it Main reason for not scoring higher was disappointment of Church, our lunch stop wasn't good either language problems maybe? plus ditto on our drop off point which wasn't what we had told our guide
It was a great trip with a friendly...
Jael G
, Oct 2016
It was a great trip with a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. We had enough time to walk around and visit the museum at Rila. Boyana church was nice as will although I like more those in Arbanassi.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Outstanding! Adrian, the tour...
Jessica J
, Oct 2016
Outstanding! Adrian, the tour operator, was extremely knowledgeable, personable, and professional. He is a very bright young man. I participated in a very small three person tour. Such small groups could feel uncomfortable, but Adrian kept the conversation flowing so that we never had awkward silences. If you do this tour, request him. You will not be disappointed. The monastery was beautiful. The exterior is covered with vibrantly colored frescoes that tell different biblical stories from the artist's somewhat twisted perspective. There are Cyrillic messages throughout the frescoes and your tour operator should be able to translate their meanings, if you would like to know. While you're able to take pictures of the exterior, you can't take pictures of the inside of the cathedral. I felt so disappointed that I couldn't take a picture because the interior was stunning. This trip is worth the time.
The guide was very knowledgeable and...
Gary S
, Aug 2016
The guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The visit to the Boyana church was not a neccesity in our belief.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Super excursion!
Nicole C
, Sep 2019
Nous étions seuls mon conjoint et moi pour faire cette excursion avec notre guide Alex. Très sympathique, il nous a fourni une tonne de renseignements et d'anecdotes sur son pays, la ville de Sofia, le monastère et l'église de Boyana. Il nous a amenés diner dans un très bon restaurant. Le monastère vaut vraiment les 2 heures de routes. L'église de Boyana, compte tenu du temps limité de la visite (10 minutes) vaut moins la peine. Alex a vraiment été super tout au long de la journée avec nous. Je recommande cette excursion à tous ceux qui se rendent àSofia

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