Rila Monastery and the Boyana Church Tour

Excellent value destination starting from Sofia

Meet our English speaking driver at 09:00 at hotel lobby.  The transfer time from Sofia to the Rila monastery takes usually one hour 30min. and depends mainly on the traffic conditions. Depending on your preferences you could enjoy the monastery for about 2 hours.  The Rila monastery is not only part of UNESCO World heritage but is also the biggest one in Bulgaria, dating back to the 10th century and went through difficult and complicate history.

Rules to be respected in the monastery

It is not allowed:

  • smoking in the monastery complex;
  • entry in the complex with short skirts, shorts, vests, etc.;
  • taking photographs and videos within the temple;
  • going upstairs on the floors of the residential buildings;
  • making noise, as well as entering with pets.

Rila Monastery has its own Post office from where you can send a postcard to your friends.

On the way back to Sofia you will visit the second UNESCO spot – the Boyana church  built in three stages – in the late 10th and the early 11th, the mid- 13th and the mid- 19th centuries. All these changes during the time allowed visitors unique murals of 89 scenes and 240 human images. On some portraits of humans have all-seeing eyes which follow the visitors everywhere, a technique developed on Bulgarian land before the one know in Italy.

About this activity

This tour takes approx. 8 hours with A/C car and English speaking driver.

Duration: 8 hours

Tour Rate: 180 EUR up to 3 persons;
For more people please send us a request


  • Transportation by A/C car and fuel surcharge
  • English speaking driver
  • Pick up and drop off
  • Parking fees


  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees

Not suitable for:

  • People with mobility impairments

Free cancellation: Cancel up to 72 hours in advance to receive a full refund.

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