Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Tour
MOUNTAINS AND MONASTERIES TOUR
Your day tour of the Rila Monastery will take you to one of the most wondrous parts of Bulgaria and introduce you to one of its cultural icons.
Rila is just one of the incredible places which the Bulgarian people have built in which to worship. This particular example dates back as far as the 10th century.
But you can also add other Orthodox shrines to your experience – such as the amazing Boyana church – take lunch in a traditional local restaurant or go hiking through the natural beauty of the Seven Lakes of Rila…
On the tour you will visit:
Rila Monastery (Unesco) church, main museum of the monastery, 14th century medieval defense tower, authentic monk room – guided or self-guided tour.
Boyana Church (Unesco) – optional, +1:30hrs
Stob Pyramids – optional, 1:30 hiking
The Ethnographic museum – optional, +2hrs
10th century cave of St. Ivan of Rila – optional, involves 15 min uphill hiking
Have lunch in a local traditional restaurant – optional
*The final price and itinerary will be formed around your preferences, pick up and drop off times.
Autumn – Winter – Spring it could me muddy and snowy – make sure you have suitable shoes.
Why use Around Bulgaria?
- Air-conditioned minivans with plenty of legroom – and temperature controlled by you
- Your English-speaking tour guide is fully licensed and very knowledgeable
- Personalize your tour with extra stops and get a final price first – which you only pay after
- We can collect you and drop you off at your hotel – or anywhere you choose!
- It’s your tour! So we stop, have a break and take photos on your say-so
If you want a longer or multi-day tour, simply let us know. We’re always happy to accommodate your needs.
What you’ll see on your tour of Rila Monastery
The incredible Rila Monastery was founded by St. John of Rila in the 10th century.
Once, it was an important religious and educational centre for the country. Today, it is under UNESCO protection and one of the most well-known cultural symbols of Bulgaria.
On your tour of the monastery, you’ll see the main museum, the monks’ quarters and the 14th century medieval defensive fortification as well as the stunning monastery itself.
An optional extra part of the tour, the Boyana Church is one of the most perfectly preserved monuments of Eastern European medieval art.
The church stands at the foot of Vitosha Mountain in the suburbs of Sofia.
Another optional stop you might want to make on your tour, the intriguing rock formations known as the Stob Pyramids have been a site of protected natural beauty since 1964.
They are located above the village of Stob in the Kyustendil region in the western part of Rila.
Your Rila Monastery tour information
Pick up: Your tour can start from any location in Sofia.
Tour Duration: 6 to 8 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 €140 for a half-day tour for a group and €170-190 for a fully day 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 your day tour with us
Drop your details into the booking form and we’ll get right back to you.
During our chat, you’ll be able to confirm your preferred start and drop-off locations and talk to us about any alterations you want to make to your itinerary.
Ready to travel!
We’ll confirm your Rila Monastery tour date and price – which, of course, you don’t need to pay until after your tour is over.