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Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia

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    Stop At: Boyana Church, 3 Boyansko Ezero Str., Sofia 1616 Bulgaria

    Your journey starts from one of the most beautiful and recognizable buildings in Sofia- The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Meet your guide in front of the biggest cathedral in Bulgaria and get onboard your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. After a short drive through downtown Sofia (you will learn all the details about the interesting buildings that you see on the way), you will be at the Boyana Church - the first UNESCO site for the day.

    The Boyana Church is one of the most important medieval temples not only in Bulgaria but worldwide. The Church is best known for its unique pre-Renaissance frescoes from the mid-13th century (1259). Admire the beautiful Bible scenes, the angels, apostles, the saints and listen your guide who will explain all the meanings and interesting facts behind them.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila 2643 Bulgaria

    From Boyana you will leave on a two-hour scenic drive through the charming Bulgarian countryside. Enjoy the small towns, the beautiful, sleepy villages and see the simple live of the locals. The road will take you deep in the "Rila Mountain" Natural park, where you will find hidden the largest Bulgarian monastic complex - the Rila Monastery. Embark on a guided tour around the monastery complex. Your guide will help you to explore the unique monastery architecture, the beautiful frescoes of the monastery church – “Nativity of the Virgin”, and the rich monastery museums. Listen the fascinating stories about St. Ivan Rilski - the saint who found the monastery in the 10th century and King Boris- the last and most beloved Bulgarian monarch, whose tomb lies in the monastery church.

    After the guided tour, enjoy your free time and take the opportunity to visit some of the nearby restaurants. Taste the local specialties, such as the grilled or fried trout, the fresh salads and the famous Bulgarian yogurt with honey. During your free time you will have the option to join your guide and visit the nearby cave of St Ivan Rilski. This is where the saint has spent most of his life, living a very simple life as a hermit. The cave is a place with a special energy and the legend says that the one who enters the cave will get rid of all his sins!

    To reach the cave of the saint you must hike in the woods about 20 minutes, the hike is not very difficult, but there are some steep sections and some stones on the path, that's why it's recommended only for people in good physical shape.

    In the late afternoon return to your vehicle and relax on the way back to Sofia.

    Duration: 2 hours
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski" 4, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
    Departure Time
    8:45 AM
    • All transportation and parking costs
    • Licensed English-speaking guide
    • VAT and all local taxes
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Fuel surcharge
    • Admission fees for Boyana Church (5 Euro) and the Rila Monastery Museum (Optional 4 Euro)
    • Meals, tips and personal expenses
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - Boyana Church
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not wheelchair accessible or stroller-friendly
    • Comfortable shoes recommended
    • Ladies must cover their shoulders and knees
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We had a lovely tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church. Our guide Wenzelslav (hopefully I spelled that correctly) was great: friedly, füll of interesting facts, very open and trying to accomodate all Out wishes and needs, gave us options how to spend the day...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Katharina L
    Global09291609105, Manager at Point Travel Bulgaria, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Hello Katharina, Thank you so much for the good words! We are always very happy to hear that our travelers have enjoyed the time spent with us. We wish you all the best and happy travels:)

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Vincent the driver and guide drives safely, speaks english fluently and explains very well. Rila monastery is a great site, definitely worth visiting but boyana church visit lasts only 10 minuts per group, and is a very small place, although interesting but not worth the...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank sirineab
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    I emailed ahead to say I needed to be on a flight later that day, so I got a separate bus to make sure I was back in time for my flight :-) I got a private 1-2-1 tour with Ventsislav, who's incredibly friendly and...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank strutstheatre
    Reviewed 29 May 2019

    We visited Rila monastery and the Boyana church with George at Exploria. It was a small group of just 7 tourists, which was perfect and for a much more personal tour. George was very knowledgable abd professional but also very warm and engaging. He knows...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Fiona23366
    Global09291609105, Manager at Point Travel Bulgaria, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2019

    Thank You very much for your great review! Thank you for your patience and for being so nice during that day especially!!! All the best and happy travels:)

    Reviewed 17 May 2019 via mobile

    A great tour with a knowledgable and friendly guide. Arrived before almost all other tourists, and included scenic walk through the forests to the cave.

    Thank michaelwJ950NZ
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