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Rila Monastery Day Tour

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USD 45.49
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    What to Expect
    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Pickup from your hotel
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Drop-off at your hotel
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Professional guide
    • Lunch
    • Entry/Admission - Rila Monastery
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Historically captivated monastery in the mountains near Sofia. Already the drive there shows beautiful side of Bulgaria. The monastery has a long and interesting history which was well explained by our guide George. The kitchen used to feed 500 monks in the past was especially
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    Rila Monastery was breathtaking. The frescoes, as in all Eastern Orthodox churches I visited on this trip, told a story of good and evil with vivid details and imagination. Completed in 1846, the frescoes are the work of the famous Bulgarian muralist Zahari Zograf and his
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    Thank you to our tour guide Lacho who has been so enthusiastic and making the whole trip so informational. The trip to Rila Monastery is something I would really remember wherein I felt a sense of peace inside the church and amaze with the artworks on the wall of the monastery.
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    My daughter and I were greeted by our guide on time outside our hotel. We traveled comfortably in the van while hearing so many things about Sophia, Bulgaria, and the Monastery. Because of the time of year, there weren't many other tourists at this beautiful peaceful place. Our
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    This is one of the largest monasteries in Europe. It's history goes back to the middle ages when it also served as,a fortress. Unfortunately there are now only 10-12 monks living there. I believe they occasionally rent out rooms there. It's well worth a visit.
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