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Rila Monastery

Rila, Bulgaria
+359 89 687 2010
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USD 58.20*
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with Light Lunch
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USD 49.98*
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Rila Monastery Day Tour
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USD 73.53*
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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
Rila, Bulgaria
+359 89 687 2010
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Enjoyed walking the grounds. When we went there, there was only 1 small restaurant. Long wait for a table, and most of the menu items were not available.

Thank Madeline W
Reviewed 6 days ago

A very nice place, somewhat remote, even though the road is in nice condition. Getting in from the door after having read the whole history of the monastery (on your right entering) you get a feeling of awe. The scenic is wonderful, with the mountains...More

Thank HDTsele
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a unique place worth visiting. It was surrounded by snow and ice from the previous night storm. Access to the upper levels were roped off and only the ground level was open. Inside the church was dark and extremely ornate. Toilets are available, however...More

Thank power_foot
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Drive from Sofia to Rila was long, but the reward was priceless. The Monastery was magnificent. The paintings outside the church were captivating and cannot be described by words. The inside of the church was yet another level.

Thank Manaseeker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spectacular sight in the snow. Do not skip a donut / donut that you sell in the yard behind. Buy honey and honeycomb from the farmer who stands on the road

Thank hila s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The beauty began at the drive to the monastery - the scenery is breathtaking. Once we arrived, we were greeted by a gentleman who informed us of the dress code for females (basically cover your legs and at least wear short sleeves). We had a...More

Thank Grady M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The monastery is truly beautiful and the surroundings make it a magical place. No entry fee. Approximately 1.5 hours by car from Sofia.

Thank Juliette E
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 12 December 2017

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 11 December 2017 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
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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