Day trip

From Sofia: Rila Monastery, History Museum & Bells Park Tour

Activity provider: URCA Travel
Day trip

From Sofia: Rila Monastery, History Museum & Bells Park Tour

Activity provider: URCA Travel
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Embark on a day trip from Sofia and enjoy a thorough transfer service with the assistance of a host. Visit the Bells Monument, the National Museum of History, and Rila Monastery.

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Duration 11 hours
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  • Explore the Rila Monastery, a Unesco World Heritage Site at your own pace
  • Enjoy a roundtrip transfer from Sofia to incredible historic landmarks
  • Visit the hidden Bells Park Monument and the National Museum of History
  • Learn about the rich history of Bulgaria at the National Museum of History
  • Seize the opportunity to taste traditional food around the Rila monastery
Full description

Enjoy the sights of Bulgaria with the convenience of a day-long transfer service to popular attractions, taking you to some of the most significant highlights. Discover the hidden Bells Monument that only locals know, the impressive building and collection of 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 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.

  • Roundtrip transfer from Sofia city center
  • Transportation during the activity
  • Host/driver
  • Rila Monastery trip notes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • National Museum of History entry ticket (12 BGN)
  • Rila Monastery Museum entry ticket (8 BGN)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Your bus will be waiting at the car parking in front of The Palace - National Art Gallery. Look for the minibus with a sign of Rila Shuttle in the front window.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Cash
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • Please cover your knees and shoulders before visiting the monastery
  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • It is recommended to bring your own packed food
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 241 reviews

Review summary

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  • Service
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I went to the monastery and the church with my friend. We were lucky enough to join this tour as the other one has left us behind. The Tour guides were passionate and very informative about the Monastry and the Church. We had free time for ourselves too to look around the 5 museums the Monastry had to offer. I highly recommend booking a tour with City tours. They are helpful, knowable and passionate.

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April 1, 2023

It was super nice! We had enough time for Boyana Church and Rila Monastery, you will have 2h30m at Rila Monastery, you can go up to the tower and also get mekitsa (which is very delicious!) The shuttle bus wasn’t so comfortable but it was acceptable.

April 1, 2023

It was approximately for 2 hours drive to the destination, kind instruction was given to the participants. Even though there was the trace of snow that had been still remained in Rila, it was not so much cold than I expected in the mid of February when I had the tour. The time in the Rila Monastery was approximately for 3 hours (12.00 arrival, 15.00 to get on the car for return, verily enough, everything was possible, including museum, restaurant, strolling around the monastery that has the water fountains, drinkable waters, famous for clean, non chemical.) The fascination of this destination is not only the renowned sanctity, but also the surrounding environment, rocks and mountain ranges, superb scenery of Bulgaria can be enjoyed on journey.

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April 1, 2023

Product ID: 126893