Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church from Sofia

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St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
8 hours
German, Russian, English, Italian, French, and Spanish
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Visit two UNESCO-listed sites in Bulgaria with this perfectly planned day trip from Sofia to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church. This day tour allows you to step back in time to uncover the rich historical heritage of Bulgaria.

Expect an 8-hour adventure filled with history and culture. With an impressive average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 653 reviews, this experience is a must-add to your Bulgaria itinerary.

Experience the rustic charm of Bulgaria's countryside on a full-day trip from Sofia. Dive into an intriguing history at an on-site museum, admire the stunning natural landscapes, and marvel at pre-Renaissance wall paintings. Tailor your adventure with options including transport-only, a tour with an audio guide, or an English live-guided tour. Explore Sofia's two most significant religious sites on this enriching tour.

Meet your guide in central Sofia and hop aboard a comfortable minibus. Journey to Bulgaria's countryside and soak in the stunning pine-covered mountains. Next, explore the Rila Monastery, a masterpiece adorned with stunning frescoes and intricate wooden icons.

Afterward, enjoy a delightful lunch and head to the UNESCO-listed Boyana Church. The church is renowned for its exceptionally preserved medieval wall paintings depicting angels, apostles, saints, and sinners, each with a rich historical significance.

You’ll be provided with an informative audio guide when you book the tour with an audio guide option that is offered in 6 languages: German, Russian, English, Italian, French, and Spanish.

The exact departure location is pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria. Meet your guide behind the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. This day tour from Sofia can accommodate up to 40 travelers. The maximum group size per booking is 15 people.

Check the "Included" and "Good to know" sections below for details about your historical tour. The cancellation policy for this cultural tour is as follows: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Learn Bulgaria’s history and legends by booking this day trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church from Sofia. Choose your travel dates and secure your spot today before it's fully booked!

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Transport by air-conditioned minibus
Driver/Tour guide in English



Boyana Church Museum, Vitosha, Sofia City, Sofia-City, BulgariaBoyana Church


Tour in Spanish
Join the tour with Spanish speaking guide and visit the Rila Monastery and Boyana church. This option is available every Thursday and Saturday.
Guided Tour in English
Tour in English with English speaking guide.
Tour with Аudio-guide
Tour with audio-guide : Audioguides are available in Italian, Spanish, French, German, Russian, and English.
Transport Only NO BOYANA
Transport only WITHOUT BOYANA: This option is only a transport service to the Rila Monastery WITHOUT VISITING BOYANA CHURCH. No guidance included.
Guided without Boyana church
Guided tour in English: Guided tour in English to the Rila monastery not including the Boyana church.

Good to know

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
Not wheelchair accessible or stroller friendly
Comfortable walking shoes recommended
Exceptions to the standard program:
Boyana church will NOT be visited on the following days: 1st of January (the tour starts at 11 AM on that day only); The day of Orthodox Easter; 24th and 25th December.
Hand disinfectant will be provided for free throughout the tour.
All touch points in the vehicles will be cleaned frequently.
Minimum traveler age is 5 years old

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