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From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Plovdiv Day Trip provided by Rila Shuttle

From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Plovdiv Day Trip

From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Plovdiv Day Trip
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About
See the best of Bulgaria in 1 day. This self-guided, shared shuttle tour will take you to both the UNESCO Rila Monastery in the Rila National park in the morning and then in the afternoon to the city of Plovdiv - the cultural capital of Bulgaria. In the morning the shuttle bus will take you to the Rila Monastery where you have more than 1 hour to explore the site at your own pace. The complex is compact in size so the time allows to see the most important parts of it. After that in the afternoon the shared shuttle will take you on a 3.5 hours journey through the scenic mountains of Bulgaria to the city of Plovdiv - one of Bulgaria's most visited cultural and historical sites. You have more than 4.5 hours to explore the historical city center on your own. Driver will provide you with a tourist map and tips for what to see.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 13h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 13h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 15352P9
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional driving services
  • Shared transfers to Plovdiv city and Rila monastery by comfortable A/C minibus
  • Transportation with airconditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Plovdiv
Exclusions
  • Entrance fees (optional) Rila monastery museum : €4 per person
  • Guiding services
  • Meals & personal expenses
Duration
13h
Departure details
  • ploshtad "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski", pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria Directions: The car parking is located behind the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, in front of La catedrale restaurant. The nearest metro station is Sofia University. Vehicles have Rila Shuttle sign on the front window.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter the Rila Monastery. 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
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved in the city of Plovdiv
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional driving services
  • Shared transfers to Plovdiv city and Rila monastery by comfortable A/C minibus
  • Transportation with airconditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Plovdiv
Exclusions
  • Entrance fees (optional) Rila monastery museum : €4 per person
  • Guiding services
  • Meals & personal expenses
Departure details
  • ploshtad "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski", pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria Directions: The car parking is located behind the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, in front of La catedrale restaurant. The nearest metro station is Sofia University. Vehicles have Rila Shuttle sign on the front window.
Duration
13h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter the Rila Monastery. 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
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved in the city of Plovdiv
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    ploshtad "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski"
    pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
    Directions: The car parking is located behind the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, in front of La catedrale restaurant. The nearest metro station is Sofia University. Vehicles have Rila Shuttle sign on the front window.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Rila Monastery
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Plovdiv
    Stop: 5 hours
    See details
  • 3
    Rila National Park
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Rila Mountains
  • 4
    Rila Shuttle
    Stop: 7 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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dkdmadam
Tehran, Iran3 contributions
Excellent Efficient Way to See the Bulgarian Sights from Sofia with Rila Shuttle
Sep. 2021
I took two day trips out of Sofia with Phillip, the owner of the company, and couldn't have been more satisfied. The first day we went to the Belogradchik Fortress and Venetsa Cave and the second day to Plovdiv and Rila Monastery. What I liked:
1. We may maximum use of the day - left early (avoiding traffic), returning at a reasonable time to do evening activities like the 6PM Free Sofia Tour.
2. Phillip shared insights on the country, its people and on the sites visited while letting me tour on my own on day two. On day one, he hung out and took some pictures of me and helped interpret the cave tour (which was not in English).
3. Phillip drove quickly but not crazily as other driver/guides I've had in Eastern Europe. He was cautious but got me to the destinations with plenty of time to visit the sights.
4. Phillip went out of his way after the Fortress and Cave tour to swing south of the city to take in The Snail House and Boyana Church (made possible due to it being a weekend with light traffic). Very nice to accommodate these attractions.
Highly recommend his services.
Written 23 September 2021
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About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

By: Rila Shuttle
jackied314
jackied314
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Private shuttle to Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery
Bobby was our tour guide for a Private shuttle from Sofia, the trip included the 7 Rila Lakes and the Rila Monaster
Lowri D
Lowri D
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A wonderful trip - book it!
What a fabulous trip! It was a last minute decision and we only booked 12 hours before departure. Quick confirmatio
Pioneer431170
Pioneer431170
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Fix the van/ bus
The nature was great. The ride up the chair lift was so peaceful. The trail up and around the lakes had some nice i
luigicH4123TX
luigicH4123TX
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Rila shuttle
we spent a wonderful day in the company of Bobby always caring and friendly I recommend everyone thanks
Amandine T
Amandine T
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Great service and perfectly organised
You get exactly what is described. You rent a minivan with other people. They give you all the explanations you nee
aristotelis_koun
aristotelis_koun
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Overall great experience
Everything about this trip was great! The Rila national park is outstanding and the transfer was a wise choice as w
fplvc
fplvc
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Rent-a-van with other people
Everything was almost on time, basically renting out a van with other people for 40€ The van was terribly uncomfort
Nunziosk
Nunziosk
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Fantastic day tour at the 7 Rila lakes with Radi!!!
One of the best landscapes I've seen! Our guide Radi was very careful, informative, friendly and punctual and brou
Trip05913379914
Trip05913379914
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Great day trip!
The transfer ride to Rila was ok. It was minibus with airconditioning and very comfortable. Before we left we were
JulesBVT92
JulesBVT92
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Perfect shuttle service
Perfect organization, always on time, this is what you need to be able to visit Monaster and 7 lakes in one day wit
Joanita R
Joanita R
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Professional Shuttle Service
The Rila Shuttle Company was professional and on time. It was a great outing to Rila Lakes. The driver was profess
Eva M
Eva M
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Amazing service!
The service was perfect! The driver and his colleague were very nice in explaining everything needed for the day an
A4871DIjosev
A4871DIjosev
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Excellent Tour!!!
Excellent tour to visit Rila Monastery and Boyana church in one day. Very well organized and with a profesional gu
P3961NCsimong
P3961NCsimong
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Fabulous trip to Rila Lakes & Monastery
We took a full day Rila 7 Lakes plus Rila Monastery trip back in October and had a fabulous time (we had the walk a
patriciacalixto
patriciacalixto
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Very friendly, easy and on time!
Very friendly, easy and on time! The driver was lovely and informative about what to do and see in the Rila Lakes.
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