Day Tour to Melnik
Private Day Tour to Melnik and Rila Monastery from Sofia
Melnik is small but perfectly formed. On your day tour of Melnik and the surrounding regions you’ll soon see why this tiny, picturesque village is worth the visit.
You’ll also explore two of the most important Orthodox shrines which, it being Bulgaria, are situated amidst a stunningly beautiful landscape of mountains and rivers.
These sites are of special historical, cultural and religious importance. But don’t worry:
We’ll also be visiting one of the best local wineries so you can experience some unique Bulgarian wine.
Why use Explore Bulgaria?
- Go on your journey in comfort – you control the air conditioning in our roomy minivans
- Get insights from a fully licensed English-speaking guide
- Customise your tour and get a fixed price first – then don’t pay until afterwards
- Fully flexible start and drop-off locations set by you during booking
- We follow your lead! Want to take a break at any time? No problem
Alternatively, we can provide Russian, Spanish and French-speaking guides at your request.
If you want to have only a licensed guide or only a driver – or you want to book a custom multi-day tour – all you need to do is say so.
What you’ll see on your private day tour of Melnik
Melnik is perhaps the smallest town in Bulgaria – but it’s also one of the most distinctive.
Located in the south-western part of the picturesque Pirin Mountains, Melnik is an architectural reserve with over 96 cultural monuments listed among its buildings. Not bad for a town of only 500 people!
The Rozhen Monastery, located a short distance from Melnik, is the largest cloister in the Pirin region and one of several medieval Bulgarian monasteries.
First built in the 13th century, it was seriously renovated in the 16th. The additional, beautiful church which was added at this time can still be seen today.
Rila Monastery is the largest Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. An UNESCO world heritage site, it is a truly stunning structure which sits in a deep valley alongside the Rila River and surrounded by the Rila Mountains.
It is one of the country’s most important historical and cultural monuments – as well as being an architectural treasure. Not to be missed.
After a day spent exploring the cultural wonders of Bulgaria, it’s time to try some of the country’s gastronomic delights.
You’ll sample the unique local wines in cosy cellars or outside at a local winery. Whether you’re a sommelier or sometime-tippler, you won’t be disappointed.
Your Melnik tour information
Pick up: Your tour can start from any location in Sofia, Bansko or Borovets.
Tour Duration: 8 to 10 hours. However, this may vary depending on the itinerary, pick up and drop off locations you choose.
Included: the driver or guide you choose, fuel, parking fees and all taxes.
Excluded: entrance fees, food, drinks and personal expenses.
Price: from €190 for a group for up to 4 people. Will vary depending on your chosen vehicle type, number of passengers, tour guide and itinerary.
Accepted payment methods: cash, VISA / Master Card, PayPal and bank transfer.
How to book a day tour with us
Send us the details about the tour of Melnik you want to book via our form
Then, within about 20 minutes, we’ll be in touch.
Ready to travel!
You can confirm the start and end points for your tour, make any changes to the itinerary you might like and then get a fixed price and date.