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Tour to Rila Monastery & Boyana Church with Lunch from Sofia

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5 star rating:Very Good (5.0/5) based on 7 reviews

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Tour to Rila Monastery & Boyana Church with Lunch from Sofia

  • Tour DurationTour duration: 10h
  • Tour TimeUpcoming departures:
    • 25.04.2018: 09:00
    • 26.04.2018: 09:00
    • 27.04.2018: 09:00

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  • Tour Languages Languages:
  • Live Guide Live Guide
  • Hotel Pick-up Service Hotel Pick-up Service
  • Mobile Voucher Accepted Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Suitable for families, young and seniors Suitable for families, young and seniors
  • UNESCO site UNESCO site

Why you should go

Do not miss this unique opportunity to visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Explore the biggest orthodox cloister in the country, the Rila monastery and the Boyana Church which is great example of the Byzantine architecture.

Highlights

  • Discover the jewels of Bulgarian cultural and historical heritage
  • Explore the Rila Monastery and explore the cave of St. Ivan Rilski
  • Visit the Boyana Church
  • UNESCO world heritage site

What shall I see

Visit the Rila monastery, the biggest and the most important orthodox cloister in the country. It is, without any doubt, the jewel of Bulgarian cultural and historical heritage. Recognized as a part of UNESCO world heritage sites since 1976, the monastery is a unique monument of the church architecture. Situated deep in the dense pine forests of Rila Mountain, it is a place of massive cultural and historical importance and keeper of the national identity through the middle ages. Not far away is located the cave, where originally lived St. Ivan Rilski, the founder of the monastery, along with his grave. It is considered, that St. Ivan was a miracle-worker and is the most honored Bulgarian holy man – his cave is believed to be a sacred place.

Another UNESCO site, part of the tour is Boyana Church, located on the outskirts of Sofia. It was added to the World Cultural Heritage List in 1979. The building consists of three parts, which are example of the Byzantine architecture – Greek cross ground-plan with dome, richly decorated facades with ceramic elements. In the interior of the church there are several layers of wall paintings from different historical periods-11th, 13th, 15-17th and 19th. The church owes its world fame mainly to its frescoes from 1259, which reflect the unique achievements of the Bulgarian medieval culture. According to the experts the style of the paintings from this period is much resembling the Renaissance style though much earlier than it begun. The Boyana Church displays 89 different scenes with 240 human figures either individually or together.

Price includes

  • All tour assistance
  • All transfers
  • English speaking driver
  • English speaking licensed guide
  • Entrance fee for Boyana Church
  • Light lunch

Price excludes

  • Gratuities to the guide and the driver (optional)

Good to know

  • Minimum number of participants for this tour is 2. If you are alone, please contact us before booking to check if there are other guest on the date you wish to go.

Pick-up service

  • Pick up and drop off from any hotel in Sofia
Sofia Pickup Service: This tour offers pickup service from your accommodation. Please select the pickup point "Any hotel in Sofia" and write in the "Additional info" section on the "Checkout page" where is your exact accommodation. We will let you know the exact pickup time when you receive the booking confirmation.

Reviews

09.04.2018
5 star rating:Very Good
A must see in Bulgaria. We really enjoyed the short hike to St John’s cave and the monastery’s architecture. Our guide Mariya was excellent and went the extra mile to accomodate our group. Thank you!

09.01.2018
5 star rating:Very Good
It was the best day of our trip to Sofia. Our guide, Maria, was fantastic, she picked us up at our apartment on time and was a great source of information. We had the tour to the Rila Monastery and Maria also took us to see the cave above the Monastery and the beautiful mountains. After a delicious lunch we then visited Boyana Church which was fascinating. Maria was fantastic and we hope to come back to Sofia in the future and do some more trips with her. Thank you - it was a perfect start to the New Year and I would highly recommend this tour!

02.01.2018
5 star rating:Very Good
Our guide, Maria Maneva, is a really nice, helpful, educated and talkative person. We spent the day together and it was easy and pleasant. We talked about many subjects, and she helped us to understand the Bulgarian current situation. Actually, she is the best guide that I've ever had. If you have the opportunity, ask for her as a guide. Rila and Boyana are beautiful. I'm glad that I've visited both monuments. Rila landscape is really really stunning <3

12.12.2017
5 star rating:Very Good
Everything was perfect on our trip, from an excellent guide to an excellent organization of the tour. The booking process was really easy too. We just wanted to say THANK YOU. Definitly, we would recommend it.

28.10.2017
5 star rating:Very Good
Our tour guide Chimi was absolutely amazing! She tailored the guide to suit us, had plenty of knowledge and was just generally a lovely and interesting person to talk to. The tour itself was great, we stopped at a meadow as well to get incredible views of the mountain tops.


This tour is one of our recommended activities in Sofia

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