What better way to discover the Bulgarian countryside than by taking this small group full-day trip to the two most famous Bulgarian UNESCO sites – Rila Monastery and Boyana Church? Definitely, this tour should be your first choice.
Rila Monastery is definitely a must-see if you are a tourist with a free day in Sofia. The arcaded balconies, the unique frescoes – a work of one of the most famous Bulgarian Revival Period painters, the gilded iconostasis, the fabulous mountain views… and the unique combination of them all makes the visit to the monastery extraordinary and memorable one. You will have around an hour of free time at the Rila Monastery to explore the most visited UNESCO site in Bulgaria, enter the main church and take photos of the narthex’s gallery, admire the exhibits in the History Museum of the Monastery, try the tasty “mekitsi” (Bulgarian donnuts) with delicious buffalo’s yogurt (local specialty) or even have a short walk in the area;
The Boyana Church’s frescoes bring epochal change in the mural painting and are considered predecessors of the European Renaissance. The majority of more then 240 figures depicted there have individuality, vitality and psychological dept.
- What To ExpectThe road to Rila Monastery (2 hrs drive) passes at the foothills of Vitosha, through small sleepy villages and heads into the heart of the Rila Monastery Nature Park. There 900 years of history is waiting for you. Your driver-guide will provide you with commentary that will enrich your knowledge and trigger your imagination. You will have plenty of free time to explore the largest Bulgarian monastic complex. The nearby restaurants provide fresh and healthy food. We highly recommend you try the local grilled trout and/or sheep yogurt with honey.
- What Is IncludedEnglish speaking tour guide-driver
All transportation and parking costs
- What Is Not IncludedFood and beverages
Entrance fees (optional, 9 Euro per person)