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 ExpectExplore 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