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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church: Small Group Tour

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church: Small Group Tour

From US$ 83.91 per person

During this full-day tour you will visit Rila Monastery and Boyana Church –both of which are part of UNESCO world heritage list.

About this activity

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 8 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Rila Monastery and Boyana Church in a small group
  • Admire the picturesque landscapes from a comfortable, modern vehicle
  • Visit 2 UNESCO sites
Full description
Situated deep in the dense pine forests of Rila Mountain, Rila Monastery is the biggest and most important Orthodox cloister in Bulgaria. It is an outstanding example of the Bulgarian cultural and historical heritage, in which architecture and painting merge harmoniously. The site is part of UNESCO world heritage list. Rila Monastery was found in the 10th century by St. Ivan Rilski, a Hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy place and later on a monastic complex was formed. It played an important role in the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria. After the guided visit of the Monastery complex and lunch, we will head back to Sofia. On the way, we will stop at the second UNESCO site for the day, Boyana church. Small but unique with the most preserved frescoes in this part of Europe, dating back to 1259. The tour will end with drop-off at your hotel.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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Extremely informative guide and safe driver!

Fantastic way over the top guide! The paintings were over the top! I wish I could have had longer to look at them! Big kudos to our wonderful guide!

July 12, 2019

Excellent

February 21, 2019

Notre guide, a été exceptionnel. L’église était fermé, nous avons donc fait une journée au 7 lacs de Rila et ensuite nous avons visiter le monastère pendant le couché du soleil. Cela était sublime Merci à notre guide, pour sa gentillesse

October 31, 2021

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