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From Sofia: Rila Monastery & Boyana Church Small Group Tour

1. From Sofia: Rila Monastery & Boyana Church Small Group Tour

Depart Sofia at 09:00 AM sharp, and relax on the 2-hour drive to the Rila Monastery in the Rila Mountains. Upon arrival, explore the largest and most important Orthodox cloister in Bulgaria. Admire the arcaded balconies, and discover unique frescoes by one of the most famous painters of the Bulgarian National Revival period. See gilded iconostasis and enjoy the fabulous mountain views. Hear the story of the monastery from your guide before enjoying some time to explore the monastic complex on your own. Learn more at the museum, or purchase souvenir icons and other items in the nearby shops. Take some time to refuel with lunch at one of the local restaurants, where you can purchase local specialties such as mekitsi (a traditional Bulgarian dish of kneaded dough made with yogurt that is deep fried). Depart at 01:30 PM and travel to Boyana Church in the suburbs of Sofia. See the historically significant frescoes of the Byzantine building, and hear how they started the fashion for illustrating biblical figures with emotions and placing them alongside the local aristocracy. With an estimated arrival time at the church of approximately 03:40 PM, enjoy about 30 minutes to explore. Leave at around 04:10 PM for the drive to Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia city center by 04:30 PM to 05:00 PM.

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From Sofia: Full-Day Tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana

2. From Sofia: Full-Day Tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana

Spend the day exploring 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites located outside of Sofia, Bulgaria's capital city. Begin by meeting at 9:00 behind St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia. Sit back and relax for the next 2 hours as your friendly, English-speaking drivers transport you to Rila. Upon arriving, spend 2 hours exploring the area and visiting the Rila Monastery, the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. Then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant which features a specialty of grilled trout. Get back in the van for another 2-hour journey, eventually arriving at Boyana Church, a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church on the outskirts of Sofia. Check out the elaborate frescoes that have made this site famous, before your tour returns you to your meeting point.

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Sofia: Spa Nature Tour to the 7 Rila Lakes & Sapareva Bany

3. Sofia: Spa Nature Tour to the 7 Rila Lakes & Sapareva Bany

Your day trip will start early in the morning with a pick-up from your hotel. Your professional guide will take you to the the highest mountain on the peninsula, Rila, just 1.5-hours away from the capital Sofia. Then, with the Panichishte resort cable car, you will head to the Seven Rila Lakes Cirque. The hike will take around 3-hours.  If you wish to make your walk harder or easier, your guide will be able to adjust the group program accordingly. All seven of the lakes have their own name which reflects its typical shape or characteristics. They are situated between 2,100 and 2,500 meters above sea level. The day trip will continue with a visit to the capital of the thermal spa on the peninsula called Sapareva Banya. There, you will have the unique opportunity to dive into the hot thermal waters and enjoy the magnificent panorama at the outskirts of the mountain. You'll also find the hottest geyser in Europe there. Mineral water is highly regarded and used as a cure by Thracians and Romans. Saparevian mineral water is clear and colorless with a smell of hydrogen sulfide, hyper thermal (temperature 103 °C), hydro carbonate, sulphate sodium, fluorine, silicon and sulfate. Hydrogen sulfide is 15.5 milligrams/ liter. It is claimed that the water treats disorders of the musculoskeletal system, nervous system and upper respiratory tract. After the spa, your guide will take you back to your hotel.  

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Sofia: Full-Day Hiking to Rozhen Monastery & Melnik

4. Sofia: Full-Day Hiking to Rozhen Monastery & Melnik

The tour starts from your hotel. From that point, a professional guide with an air-conditioned car will take you on the individual tour. Heading on the motorway, your first stop will be Melnik. The smallest town in Bulgaria, Melnik, is nested in the south slopes of Pirin, among sand pyramids with queer forms. It is situated in the Sandanski Municipality, Blagoevgrad county, 175 kilometers north of Sofia and only 30 kilometers from the borderline with Greece. Antiquities found from archaeological excavations testify to a centuries old history. Melnik was declared a natural and architectural reservation, and it attracts thousands of tourists annually. The wine produced by the unique Bulgarian brand Wide Melnik Vine has a wonderful quality, scents of ripe cherry, herbs and in the presence of an oak, it develops nuances of tobacco and leather. It is one of the attractions of the town and the region, and it attracts many admirers from the whole world. You can sample it in some of the wineries and cellars in the town and the surrounding area. After a stop for lunch in a typical Bulgarian style, you will start the hiking tour to Rozhen Monastery. Rozhen Monastery situated 5 kilometers east from Melnik was recognized as a center of ecclesiastic life in the region. It is also the largest Orthodox monastery in the Pirin region. The monastery is comparatively well preserved to the present day and every year it is visited by many tourists from various countries. The monastery holiday is on 8 September, when people from the whole region gather in order to participate in the celebrations.

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Sofia: Private Walking Tour Through Historic Sofia

5. Sofia: Private Walking Tour Through Historic Sofia

Starting from your hotel, this walking tour takes you through the centre of Sofia to learn the long history of this busy city and about the times of the Thracians, Romans, and finally the Bulgarians. Discover the beautiful frescoes inside the St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and learn about how it was built. Then walk along the streets paved in unique yellow bricks, and see parts of the ancient fortress walls preserved in the subway in front of the Presidential Palace. The changing of the guard at the main entrance of the Presidential Palace is one of the highlights of the tour, and then continue to one of the main squares of the city, where temples of 3 religions are located right next to each other. Finally the tour ends at Vitosha Street among its many boutiques and fashion shops.

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Boyana Church & Rila Monastery Full-Day Private Tour

6. Boyana Church & Rila Monastery Full-Day Private Tour

The tour departs early in the morning and heads to the tranquil hearth of Rila Mountains where you can admire the impressive Rila Monastery (UNESCO). Its architecture and frescoes present the apogee of Bulgarian Renaissance art. During the guided tour in the inner yard and the monastery museum, you will discover the most treasured monuments and learn the most fascinating facts and stories about the biggest Bulgarian monastery complex. The first stop will be at the Rilla monastery and the museum, so you can fully explore the history and see what it was in the past. After the museum you will have the chance to explore more about the complex and then visit the surrounding mountain around the monastery.  There will be sufficient time to stop and have lunch by the side of the river in one of the greatest restaurants on the side of the road back to Sofia. There you will have the chance to taste some great Bulgarian cuisine.You will also have free time to buy souvenirs, take some photos and then continue on to the tour. After visiting Rila mountains, you will go back to Sofia and on the way stop at Boyana church. Part of the UNESCO heritage area, it's located deep in the Vitosha mountain near Sofia. Located on the outskirts of Sofia, Boyana Church consists of three buildings. The eastern church was built in the 10th century, then enlarged at the beginning of the 13th century by Sebastocrator Kaloyan, who ordered a second two storey building to be erected next to it. The frescoes in this second church, painted in 1259, make it one of the most important collections of medieval paintings. The ensemble is completed by a third church, built at the beginning of the 19th century. This site is one of the most complete and perfectly preserved monuments of east European medieval art.

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Plovdiv: Private Sofia Day Trip

7. Plovdiv: Private Sofia Day Trip

With this tour you will have the chance to visit the Bulgarian capital Sofia whilst staying in Plovdiv. Your tour starts at 9:00AM, at which point your guide will collect you from your hotel and you will travel for 2 hours to Sofia. The capital of Bulgaria has preserved heritage from different cultures and epochs, including Roman, early Christian, Ottoman, Bulgarian, and Soviet. The most popular sights are the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which is the 2nd-largest cathedral of the Balkans, and the Saint George Rotunda, which is the oldest church in town and dates back to the 4th century. You will also discover the Saint Sofia Basilica, the Medieval symbol of Serdica which was built in the 6th century. Other interesting places that you will see are the Parliament, the National Theater "Ivan Vazov" (one of the most beautiful buildings in town), the former Royal Palace, the administration of the President, and the mineral springs. Your guided tour will last for about 2 hours, after which you will have another 2 hours' free time for a lunch break and shopping. At 3:00PM, you will depart back to Plovdiv.

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From Sofia: Full-Day Tour to Plovdiv and Asen's Fortress

8. From Sofia: Full-Day Tour to Plovdiv and Asen's Fortress

After a 2-hour drive, begin this full-day tour in one of Europe's oldest towns, Plovdiv. Walk along cobblestone streets and visit a 19th-century house to learn about the local production of alcoholic drinks and rose oil products. Explore the Roman Theater, Roman Stadium and church with virtual reality glasses before enjoying 2 hours of free time to walk around and have lunch and coffee along the main pedestrian street. After exploring Plovdiv, meet your van and guide to make the 30-minute drive to Asen's Fortress. Admire this beautiful, medieval structure and learn about the history of the place before taking photos from the top. Start your journey back to Sofia with an expected arrival time of approximately 6:00 PM.

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Sofia: 2-Hour Guided City Tour with Gourmet Lunch

9. Sofia: 2-Hour Guided City Tour with Gourmet Lunch

Enjoy a guided tour and take your chance to discover the history behind Sofia's historical landmarks in the city center. See how the capital of Bulgaria has preserved its heritage from different cultures and epochs: from Roman, to Early Christian, Ottoman, Bulgarian and Soviet. With your tour guide, you will visit the city's most popular sights like Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (the second biggest in the Balkans), Saint George Rotunda (the oldest church in town, dating back to the 4th-century) and Saint Sofia Basilica - the medieval symbol of Serdica, built in the 6th-century.  Visit other places of historical significance such as the Parliament, National Theater "Ivan Vazov"- one of the most beautiful buildings in town, the former Royal Palace, the administration of the President, and the mineral springs. After your 2-hour walking tour of the city, you will visit one of the best local gourmet restaurants in town. Whilst here, you will have the choice of 3 menus: • Shopska Salad: Tomatoes, grilled peppers, cucumbers, pickled red onion, sheep, goat and cow cheese, parsley and grilled hot pepper Kapama Pork belly, ox-tails, rabbit, Petrohan sausage, prunes pestil, rice and manna croup popcorns Bulgarian rose II Vanilla sponge cake, yogurt ice cream with pink pepper, strawberry and rose sorbet, rose meringue • Moon salad: Moon beans from Kurtovo Konare, homemade luteniza, leek on charcoal, sheep cheese, lovage, spearmint Beef cheeks Trahana with spearmint, spinach puree, aged Smilyan cheese, seasonal mushrooms Banitza with boza Cheese mousse, rose jam, “boza” sorbet, crispy “banitza” • Pears with Green cheese: Green mix salads, dark craft beer, Vinaigrette jam of green walnuts, pickle of onion from Reselets Polenta with Brynza Porcini, cheese espuma, tomato confit, milk skin Tikvenik “Rachel” of pumpkin, caviar of smoked chilli honey, three types of pumpkin, cottage cheese, vanilla ice cream and long pepper

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Plovdiv and Bachkovo: Private Full-Day Tour from Sofia

10. Plovdiv and Bachkovo: Private Full-Day Tour from Sofia

Visit Plovdiv, one of the oldest towns in the world, on this full-day private excursion from Sofia. Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour in the charming old quarter, and take in its ornate 19th century houses, the walls of the ancient fortress and magnificent churches. Note the Roman structures as well, including the theater, forum and stadium. In the afternoon, continue on to the Bachkovo Monastery, a famous religious site that’s popular with visitors. Admire the unique frescoes in the dining room and also the façade of the St. Nicolas Church, as the guide provides commentary about the history, architecture and modern day life of the monastery.

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What people are saying about Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 455 reviews

This trip has exceeded my expectations. Beside the fact that the 2 sites are very important historically/ culturally & very beautiful , I engaged in long deep chats about Bulgaria with Martin -our guide- during the 2-hours bus drive each way. Martin was very organized & informative , yet funny & easy going. I was on a tight schedule in Sofia (only 3 days , including the trip to Rila), so Martin provided very useful insights about how to benefit of my short time there to the maximum. Highly recommeded trip & guide.

Our guide, Philip, was extremely knowledge about the monastery itself and about the history of his country. By the time we arrived we had an understanding of what we were visiting but were still unprepared for how stunning the place actually was. Pictures do not do it justice. We would encourage any visitor to take the opportunity to go.

really nice Guide, Philipp was verhelpful and told us many interesting things. the church was smaller than expected, but still very pretty. the monastery was lovely and ee had a great time there

Very enjoyable day. the Monadteto is an oasis of peace and the Boyana Church a small treasure. We thank our excellent guide, Georgi

Very nice travel destination, knowledgable tourguide and everything on time. Can recommend.