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Rila Monastery

Rila, Bulgaria
+359 89 687 2010
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USD 56.13*
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with Light Lunch
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USD 48.20*
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Rila Monastery Day Tour
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USD 70.91*
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Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour
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Founded in the 10th century, this monastery was restored in the 15th and again in the 19th century.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“main church” (27 reviews)
“day trip” (48 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Rila, Bulgaria
+359 89 687 2010
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Reviewed yesterday

The Rila Monastery is approximately 1.5 hours (maybe 2 if snowy) away from the centre of Sofia. It is beautiful. The surrounding area is beautiful. It is cooler than Sofia (in temperature). I went in winter and suggest that you dress very warm as much...More

Thank cptravels2017
Reviewed 3 days ago

I have want to see Rila Monastery for many years and was not disappointed.Loved the stripy colors on the outside and the amazing murals.A miracle that the monks were able to carry on despite outside oppression.Our guide Maria was very knowledgable .The setting of the...More

Thank marianne333607
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Me and my friends visited sofia because we never heard of sofia before, why not visit a country thats fits our budget. I dont regret it at all, we were told about a monetary thats 2 hours car ride from sofia. When we arrived the...More

Thank Hira K
Reviewed 4 days ago

Quite good value and more spectacular than I expected - Very large site too. The guide gave a good explanation of the history. The selection of souvenirs is fairly predictable. Worth going for the scenery along the way, too.

Thank David W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our visit to the UNESCO world Heritage site, Rila Monastery, was definitely the highlight of our trip to Bulgaria. The approach to the monastery does not prepare you for the astonishing buildings inside the gates. It is magical to suddenly see the brightly colored church...More

Thank motile
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hired a driver/ guide for the day which was great. Took about 100 min to get there. Super sight and great history. The church is the centre piece of the monastery and it's very good. Make sure you go out the back entrance as...More

Thank StephenCr0ss
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The bus from Sofia takes around 3 hours. The monastery is fantastic and takes around an hour to observe. There are some nice restaurants behind the monastery and not very expensive. Surprising, since it's such a tourist location. It's nice to plan lunch because the...More

Thank juanKentucky
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful frescos and designs all around. 2 hours from Sofia in the hills. Just grab one of the day tours for around 30-35 Euro. There are 8 monks who work(?) here and we saw 3 of them. The decorations are beautiful. At the back of...More

Thank mikeazzo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a UNESCO world site and worth the trip out. The museum was warm which att he time was nice because we traveled during November and it was cold. I took a variety of pictures of the outside of the church that sits in...More

Thank greywalk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lost in the mountains, Rila Monastery is imposing and mysterious. Surrounded by walls was the center of Orthodox Christianity for centuries. Amazing frescoes and monasteric architecture. Do not miss to visit Monastery's museum.There is though a main difficulty. There is no adequate light inside the...More

Thank Pantelis_Rhodes
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3 June 2017|
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Response from Steven C | Reviewed this property |
also please remember that the rooms are basic but will be ok for a overnight stay...........
22 May 2017|
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Response from Steven C | Reviewed this property |
the best way is to rent a car if that is not a option for you there is a lot of coaches that go from the hotels all taxi are metered so it would depend on how many killometers you are away from the monastery and the best way... More
14 March 2017|
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Response from Stuart S | Reviewed this property |
We booked a trip through Viator in October 2016. This also included a visit to Boyana Church on the outskirts of Sophia and lunch. Rila Monastery is such an out of the way place that public transport would probably take... More