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Rila monastery Private Day Tour From Sofia

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    Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila 2643 Bulgaria

    Your tour will start at 9.00 o'clock from your hotel. After hour and a half driving we will reach the foot of Rila mountain. Here we will stop for a nice pictures of this wonderful place. We will catch in one frame the majesty of the mountain, the beauty of the valley and the nice small town of Kocherinovo.

    After another half an hour we will reach the parking lot in front of Rila monastery. The first touch to this amazing place is one of a kind. In front of us like proud giants will stand the 22 meters high walls of the monastery, protecting the prayers of the pilgrims inside.  They, in turn, are guarded by the magnificent mountain hills behind them, some more than 2000 meters high.

     We will spend here somewhere two hours, admiring the beauty of Bulgaria's biggest monastery. We will start with the monastery museum, where the artifacts from 10th till 19th century will reveal to us the amazing history of this place. Here we will see one masterpiece - the Rafail's cross, a unique of its kind cross, made from a single wood piece, in which are carved 36 different scenes from the Bible. 

    After the museum we will proceed towards the church of "Nativity of Marry". Here we will speak about the history of the orthodoxity and admiring the lovely frescoes of the inner and outer galleries.

    Before we stop for a lunch, we will visit the cave of St. John of Rila. The establisher of the monastery complex still is considered as the protector of the Bulgarian nation and his relics are still miraculous. Here we will speak about his amazing live and even enter the cave to purify our souls according to the legend.

    After that we will stop for a lunch, where we can try the specialty of the place - the fresh Rila trout and continue the conversation about this lovely site. After Lunch we will depart back to Sofia.

    Our tour will finish somewhere at 17.30 o'clock at your hotel with a memories for a pleasant day spent at a remarkable place, unique of its kind and one of the most important for the whole Bulgarian country.

    Duration: 4 hours
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    Reviewed 5 July 2019

    Kristiyan Kuzmanov is quite simply the best tour guide my partner and I have ever encountered: he is personable, friendly, exceptionally well informed and well educated. We recommend him most highly for any serious tourists to Bulgaria. He brought to life the history and the...More

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    Date of experience: June 2019
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    KristiyanKuzmanov31, Manager at Travel Society, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2019

    Dear 219ekaterinad, Thank you very much for the absolutely amazing feedback. It made us very happy to know that you have fully enjoyed your tour to the beautiful Rila monastery, one of Bulgaria's most remarkable sites. It was a huge pleausure and honour for us...More

    Reviewed 21 April 2019 via mobile

    Very interesting tour, my husband and I did the Rila Monastery tour from Sofia. Kristiyan was very knowledgeable as he is very passionate about bulgarian history. The service was second to none, Kristiyan was very punctual in picking us up from our hotel and he...More

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    KristiyanKuzmanov31, Manager at Travel Society, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2019

    Dear Valentina, Thank you very much for the wonderful review. We also were very happy to organize the trip for you and we are satisfied to know that you have liked it. We want to thank you for being one of our most amazing tourists,...More

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