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From Sofia: Rila Monastery, Boyana, Bells, & History Museum

1. From Sofia: Rila Monastery, Boyana, Bells, & History Museum

Enjoy the sights of Bulgaria with the convenience of a day-long transfer service to popular attractions, taking you to some of the country's most significant highlights. Discover the Bells Monument, Boyana Church, the National Museum of History, and the Rila Monastery. Meet your driver at a centrally located meeting point in Sofia and head to The Bells Monument. This is one of the hidden sights of the city that very few visitors see due to its remote location. Learn about the country's intriguing communist past. After that, continue with a short transfer to the UNESCO-listed Boyana church. See the medieval pre-Renaissance frescoes inside the church. Then, continue with a short transfer to the National Museum of History, where you will have ample time for a tour of your own. Learn about the intriguing history of Bulgarian lands, and then meet your driver again for an onward journey toward the Rila Monastery. Pass through beautiful countryside on the way to the Rila mountains. Go higher up the mountains through the scenic route, and reach the Rila Monastery. Visit at your own pace, then, in the afternoon, be driven back to Sofia city.

From Sofia: Private Transfer to Spa in Sapareva Banya

2. From Sofia: Private Transfer to Spa in Sapareva Banya

Start your tour at 9:00 AM and your guide will take you from your hotel in Sofia to the region of Sapareva Banya. Have the unique opportunity to dive into the hot thermal waters and enjoy the magnificent panorama at the bottom of the mountain. Explore the place with the hottest geyser in Europe. Discover why the mineral water of Separeva Banya is highly regarded and was used as a cure by Thracians and Romans. It is claimed that the water treats disorders of the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, and upper respiratory tract. Enjoy 3-4 hours in the spa to completely relax. Nearby are situated many restaurants where you can enjoy lunch. At about 3:00 PM board your transfer to Sofia.

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Full-Day Tour

3. Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Full-Day Tour

After pickup from any accommodation in Sofia, your journey through over 1,000 years of Bulgarian cultural history begins. Make the 2-hour drive to the Rila Monastery via air-conditioned bus into the dense pine forests of Rila Mountain. Upon arriving, explore the monastery, which was founded in 927, at your own pace with 2 hours of free time. Amble the 21-acre complex, taking in the colorful and unique traditional Orthodox architecture. Gaze at the 5-domed church, with its numerous altars, side chapels, and gold-plated mosaics. Take in the beauty of the tranquil mountain environment surrounding the peaceful place of worship. Afterwards, you’ll have lunch, before heading on to your next destination. Only a couple of miles away from the monastery into the forest is St. Ivan Rilski Cave, where St. Ivan of Rila took up residency in the early 10th century. Experience a sacred site of tremendous importance to Bulgarian Orthodox Christians. On the way back to Sofia, you’ll pass through Boyana Church, famed for its elaborate frescoes dating back to the 11th, 13th, 15th-17th, and 19th century. Afterwards, you’ll be transported back back to your accommodation in Sofia.

From Sofia: Multi-day Balkan Trip to Istanbul via Greece

4. From Sofia: Multi-day Balkan Trip to Istanbul via Greece

Day 1 – Arriving in Sofia. Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer and accommodation at your hotel. Evening - late short walking tour on lovely place - Vitoshka street – orientation tour for opportunities for dinner in one of Sofia's local restaurants, grocers, wineries, or beer pubs. Pickup from your hotel. Overnight stay. Day 2 – Explore Sofia. Breakfast is served at the hotel. Check – out. After Breakfast at 9:30 a.m - walking tour of Sofia's historic center (duration - about 2 hours and 30 minutes). Pick up from hotel. Landmarks: St. Sophia Church - dating to the 6th century. National Assembly (Parliament) of the Republic of Bulgaria. St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral - (visit inside). Natoinal Gallery – Kvadrat 500 Saint Nikolas Russian Church - with best elegant domes… National Art Gallery - The former Royal Palace... National Theater and Garden – Research and Feel the aristocratic spirit of Sofia. The Presidency Building - Watch the change of the guards Sveta Nedelya Church - (visit inside). Departure by bus to Rila Monastery (transfer 2 hours) - most important orthodox cloister in the country – is, without any doubt, the jewel of. Spare time and opportunities for lunch. Departure for Thessaloniki (Greece) - approx. 3,5 hours transfer. Accommodation at your hotel. Spare time and opportunities for dinner in one of local restaurants and taverns. Overnight stay. Day 3 - Discover Thessaloniki.. Breakfast is served at the hotel. Check – out. Walking tour in Thessaloniki begin at the 09:30. Pick up from your hotel. Landmarks: Including the Church of Saint Demetrius (visit inside). The White Tower. The Coastal Boulevard. The Rotunda and Emperor Galerius' Arch. A stroll through Thessaloniki's central district, including Aristoteles Square, Ttsimiski Street. Spare time for lunch and shopping. Departure to Alexandroupolis - approx. 5 hours transfer. Accomm. at your hotel. Free time or just relax to the beach. Opportunities for dinner in one of local restaurants. Overnight stay. Day 4 – First impressions of the magic of Istanbul... Breakfast is served at the hotel. Check out. Departure to Istanbul by bus at 9:30. Approx. 4 hours transfer (depend from depends on the traffic on the Greek-Turkish border) Arriving in Istanbul. Old city short walking tour. Blue Mosque. Hippodrome - Sultanahmet Square or the Hippodrome of Constantinople is a square in Istanbul, Turkey. Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Transfer to your hotel. Check in. Spare time for shopping, relax or individual explore Istanbul. Overnight stay. Day 5 - The treasures of Istanbul Breakfast is served at the hotel. Morning - Istanbul sightseeing city tour journey by bus and boat – total 3 hours. Pick up from your hotel. Discover Istanbul on this 90-minute bus tour and a 90-minute Bosphorus cruise. Cruise along for 90-minutes over the Asian and European shores. Drop off to hotel. Spare time. Day 6 - Coming home Check out and transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight.

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What people are saying about Kyustendil Province

This is a great way to see the the Rila Monastery! I liked that it included the History Museum - several locals told me it was the best history museum in Sofia, but as it's a bit out of town, this was a really effortless way to get there. My only negative is that they don't really build in time for lunch. Plan to bring snacks!

We had a driver (whose name I don't remember) and Bobby who was basically our guide. Both were great. We had only booked transport. Nevertheless, Bobby told interesting things during the journey. The monastery is of course a highlight. The time is sufficient.

Wonderful experience! The driver, Bobby, was amazing, he told us history and trivia about the monastery and the city of Sofia! The price is super affordable compared to the expected alternative of public transport and the journey is comfortable and enjoyable.

great experience even with lots of snow. Special thanks for picking us up at the wrong meeting place!!!

The bus was comfortable and easy to find. The guide provided information on the tour as well.