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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

  • Visit two of Bulgaria’s must-see sights on an easy day trip from Sofia
  • Travel through bucolic countryside to the UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery
  • Explore the painted monastery and colonnades, and learn their rich history
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
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Lift your sights beyond Sofia to visit two of Bulgaria’s historical must-sees in one day—quite a feat to achieve independently. See Bulgaria’s countryside on a drive south, and tour the medieval Rila Monastery with a guide to do its history and treasures justice. Then return to Sofia’s outskirts to visit and learn about fresco-filled Boyana Church. Lunch and entrance fees are at your expense, but all transportation is included.
What to Expect

Greet your guide in central Sofia and see Bulgaria’s countryside, forests, and villages on a drive into the Rila Mountains. Here the remarkable UNESCO World Heritage–listed Rila Monastery—one of Bulgaria’s most famous Eastern Orthodox monasteries—sits on pine-coated slopes.

Learn all about the legend-shrouded monastery, whose origins date to 927 AD, and enter (at your own expense) for a guided tour. Marvel at the fresco-covered colonnades, wooden icons, and tomb of Bulgaria’s last monarch, Boris III.

Opt to explore the monastery’s artifact-filled museum (own expense), and then enjoy free time for lunch at a local restaurant before journeying to the medieval Boyana Church, another UNESCO-listed site. Head inside (own expense) and view the well-preserved 10th-century frescoes that adorn the interior. Admire the depictions of angels, apostles, and sinners, and hear the full background on their painting, styles, and significance.

Finally, end your tour with a convenient drop-off in central Sofia.
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1 - 5 of 88 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago
Wonderful Trip, Fun and Informative

I had such a great time on this day trip, during which we saw Rila Monastery and the Boyana Church. Our guide was very informative and provided lots of information on both locations.

Thank steve_vstheworld
Reviewed 6 days ago
Great tour if you are visiting Sofia

It was a great tour, the guide told us some history of Bulgaria and Sofia besides the Boyana and Rila places. If you would like to know the museum at Rila Monastery, I would recommend to take something to eat with you, as the available...More

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great time in Sofia

We enjoyed our tour of Boyana Church and Rila Monastery with our guide Constanza and our driver Alexander. The places were very impressive and our guide was very nice, helpful and knowledgeable.

1  Thank Isabel S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church

Do take a day trip with a group (mass transit is difficult) these two venues are unusual and most worthwhile. The frescoes and icons are some of the best anywhere. (hate to spoil this but the toilets at Rila leave a lot to be desired)...More

Thank 11,122,014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
10 reasons to day trip to Rila and Boyana

We had a fantastic day out so I’m going to summarise it in 10 shortish points. 1. Vasko our guide was super informative, friendly and enthusiastic for the whole day. He was so nice that a butterfly literally rested on his shoulder for a good...More

1  Thank MatthewandFatema
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11 June 2018|
Response from imp-ette | Reviewed this property |
They tell you on the ticket. It's just by La Cattedrale restaurant, behind St Alexander Nevski Cathedral. If you look it up on Google Maps they've actually pinned the location they pick you from. There's usually more than... More
23 April 2018|
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Response from Boda T | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can, ask for it; for us it was a coincidence that we were two so it was a private tour but the guy told us they do that as well if u call