Europe > Bulgaria > Sofia
Listing ID: 55026

Rila Monastery And Boyana Church With Light Lunch

★★★★★ 5 / 5 1 Reviews
Join us on this day tour from Sofia to the Rila Monastery. We will pick you up in your accommodation and show one of the supreme bulgarian sites, along with some of the highlights of the region! Have lunch in a nice local restaurant and also visit the Boyana Church. At the end of the day you'll be back in Sofia. Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
Easy Cancellation - Cancel 3 days before for a full refund
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Fast booking confirmation

This one day tour gives the unique opportunity to visit one of the supreme Bulgarian sites, along with some of the highlights of the region! Your tour starts from your hotel, where your driver will pick you up. After a two hour transfer we will reach the Rila Monastery.

There, we’ll have a two and a half hour tour of the Holy cloister with a visit to the museum. The Rila monastery – biggest and most important orthodox cloister in the country – is, without any doubt, the jewel of Bulgarian cultural and historical heritage. Recognized as a part of UNESCO world heritage sites since 1976, the monastery is an unique monument of the church architecture. Situated deep in the dense pine forests of Rila mountain, it is a place of massive cultural and historical importance and keeper of the national identity trough the middle ages. Not far away is located the cave, where originally lived St. Ivan Rilski, the founder of the monastery, along with his grave. It is considered, that St. Ivan was a miracle-worker and is the most honored Bulgarian holy man – his cave is believed to be a sacred place.

Then we’ll show you a very nice restaurant where you’ll have a light lunch. After lunch it is time for transfer back to Sofia where we will visit have another guided visit to the Boyana church.

Another UNESCO site, part of the tour is Boyana Church, located on the outskirts of Sofia. It was added to the World Cultural Heritage List in 1979. The building consists of three parts, which are example of the Byzantine architecture – Greek cross ground-plan with dome, richly decorated facades with ceramic elements. In the interior of the church there are several layers of wall paintings from different historical periods-11th, 13th, 15-17th and 19th. The church owes its world fame mainly to its frescoes from 1259, which reflect the unique achievements of the Bulgarian medieval culture. According to the experts the style of the paintings from this period is much resembling the Renaissance style though much earlier than it begun. The Boyana Church displays 89 different scenes with 240 human figures either individually or together.

At the end of the day you’ll be taken back to your hotel.

- What Will You Do

- Visit 2 of Bulgaria most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a day
- Go to Rila Monastery in the Rila Mountains
- Marvel at the pre-Renaissance frescoes of Boyana Church
- Travel in comfort through the Bulgarian countryside

- What To Expect

Explore UNESCO sites

- What Is Included

- Hotel Pick up and drop off
- Transport with comfortable vehicle
- English speaking licensed guide
- Entrance fee for Boyana Church
- Light lunch

- What Is Not Included

- Gratuities to the guide and the driver (optional)

- Transfers

We provide pick up and drop off services in Sofia. Please contact us after the booking to provide your accommodation information.

Related Interest Points

Customer Reviews (1 reviews)

★★★★★ Reviewed by antonio on 2019-04-24
Magnifica experiencia con Experitour, puntualidad, guía muy bueno, buen vehículo, y estupenda comida. Además de espectacular el Monasterio de Rila y la Iglesia Boyana. Muchas gracias. Repetiremos

Book in 3 Easy Steps

3 - Click to book now

Experience Info

- Best price guarantee
- Duration: 8 hours
- Printed tickets are accepted
- Mobile tickets are accepted
- We speak: EN language flag

Meeting Point

Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.
- Show Me In The Map

Need more info?

Send a message to the tour provider.
Your question will be answered shortly.