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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia provided by Traventuria - Day Tours

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 14/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 14/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Lift your sights beyond Sofia to visit two of Bulgaria’s historical must-sees in one day—quite a feat to achieve independently. See Bulgaria’s countryside on a drive south, and tour the medieval Rila Monastery with a guide to do its history and treasures justice. Then return to Sofia’s outskirts to visit and learn about fresco-filled Boyana Church. Lunch and entrance fees are at your expense, but all transportation is included.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point
    ул. Оборище +, ul. "19-ti fevruari", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
    From the car park next to La Cattedrale restaurant, at the south-east corner of Alexander Nevski Square
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  • Pass by
    Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point
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    Boyana Church
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission excluded
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    Rila Monastery
    Stop: 2 hours
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    Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point
  • You'll end at
    Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point
    ул. Оборище +, ul. "19-ti fevruari", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
    From the car park next to La Cattedrale restaurant, at the south-east corner of Alexander Nevski Square
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Visit two of Bulgaria’s must-see sights on an easy day trip from Sofia
  • Travel through bucolic countryside to the UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery
  • Explore the painted monastery and colonnades, and learn their rich history
  • Visit the medieval Boyana Church and admire its remarkable frescoes
  • Hassle-free air-conditioned travel without using public transportation
  • Lunch at Rila and entrance fees to all sights are at your own expense
What to Expect
Greet your guide in central Sofia and see Bulgaria’s countryside, forests, and villages on a drive into the Rila Mountains. Here the remarkable UNESCO World Heritage–listed Rila Monastery—one of Bulgaria’s most famous Eastern Orthodox monasteries—sits on pine-coated slopes. Learn all about the legend-shrouded monastery, whose origins date to 927 AD, and enter (at your own expense) for a guided tour. Marvel at the fresco-covered colonnades, wooden icons, and tomb of Bulgaria’s last monarch, Boris III. Opt to explore the monastery’s artifact-filled museum (own expense), and then enjoy free time for lunch at a local restaurant before journeying to the medieval Boyana Church, another UNESCO-listed site. Head inside (own expense) and view the well-preserved 10th-century frescoes that adorn the interior. Admire the depictions of angels, apostles, and sinners, and hear the full background on their painting, styles, and significance. Finally, end your tour with a convenient drop-off in central Sofia.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Rila Monastery Shuttle Bus Starting Point, ул. Оборище +, ul. "19-ti fevruari", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration
8h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Driver/Tour guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus
  • Parking Fees
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Admission to Boyana Church (approx. 5 euros per person) and Rila Monastery Museum (approx. 4 euros per person)
  • Audio guide at Rila Monastery (approx. 5 euros per person)
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Boyana Church
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
  • Not wheelchair accessible or stroller friendly
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended
  • Exceptions to the standard program:
  • 01.01.2020 departure at 11:00 AM without Boyana Church
  • Boyana church will NOT be visited on the following dates: the 18th of May, the 19th of April, 24th and 25th December
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Hand disinfectant will be provided for free throughout the tour.
  • All customers are required to wear face masks during the transfers.
  • Due to COVID-19, only part of our vehicle seat capacity will be used.
  • All our drivers and guides will be wearing masks and gloves during the transfers.
  • All touch points in the vehicles will be cleaned frequently.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Joeri V wrote a review 3 Nov
Antwerp, Belgium25 contributions5 helpful votes
With out small group (just 3 people and guide Lubo), we had a fantastic day at these 2 UNESCO sites. Both places are so wonderful and Lubo was a fantastic guide: very friendly, good knowledge and a very responsible driver as well. Thanks Lubo and Traventuria for these
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from AnnieKrumova, Guest Relations Manager at Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Juri, Thank you for being our guest during these uncertain times! We are happy that you visited Bulgaria and we will be more than glad to show you more of it! I will express your feedback to our amazing guide Lubo and I am sure he will be very glad to know you had a good time with him! Hoping to see you again! Safe travels, Annie Paykova
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AndreSalgadoMarques wrote a review Oct 2020
Strasbourg, France41 contributions7 helpful votes
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We just returned from a tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with them and the guide (Lugo, I think?) was really good, he explained everything really well, we picked us from our hotel on time, and everything went without any hiccups. Highly recommended, we we booked our tour
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Response from TraventuriaAdmin, Travel Agent at Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
Responded 3 Oct 2020
Hi, André! We are delighted you had a great time on the tour. Our guide (Lubo) sends you special greetings. Thanks for the positive feedback, it means a lot to us. :)
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Alna Y wrote a review Sep 2020
Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
One of the best things to experience in Bulgaria. Our guide Lubo is a fantastic professional guide. His knowledge varies into many different areas but for sure he is a passionate traveler himself and his job suits with his lifestyle. It was a very nice day out with a wonderful
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Date of experience: September 2020
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pauline_ys wrote a review Aug 2020
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We had a beautiful day with Lubo who Is not only an extremely interesting historian but also a passionnate storyteller and the safest driver.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from AnnieKrumova, Guest Relations Manager at Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
Responded 4 Sep 2020
Hello, Thank you for your feedback! I'll let Lubo know about your kind words for him and I am sure he will be more than happy you enjoyed your time at its fullest! You are always welcome to visit us again! Safe travels, Annie Krumova Traventuria Team
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2fortygirl wrote a review Mar 2020
San Ramon, California12 contributions6 helpful votes
So glad we were still able to go on our Rila Monastery Tour today despite of the current situation. Lubo was our Tour Guide and he was fantastic! Such a story teller and a wealth of knowledge and he was great at giving historical information regarding Bulgaria as a whole, Sofia
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from AnnieKrumova, Guest Relations Manager at Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia
Responded 30 Mar 2020
Dear customer, Thank you for sharing your feedback with our community here on TripAdvisor! We are looking forward to meeting you again in Bulgaria and I hope everything will be as good as you want it to be! Stay safe and come again! Kind regards, Annie Krumova
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The dream
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Super Just all peoples who is going to this beautiful paradise should be really strong and have good conditio
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Veliko Ternovo
We had the opportunity to travel with a great guide, Lubo, who has the sensibility, wisdom and amability to take us
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Every brand new day comes with a new experience
We did Seven Rila Lakes and Rila monastery in 2 days .This is one of the most beautiful areas of Rila mountain with
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Best tour ever
Radi was a great guide! Prepare for breathtaking views, but also quite a hike! Wear hiking shoes and check the weat
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Seven Rila Lakes, good times!
Excellent experience! It was as beautiful a day as it could possibly be. If you like hiking and nature and have onl
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Great hike with Radi
I book a trip with Radi, great guy, very friendly abd easy to talk to. There was a teenager in our group and Radi d
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A nice day with Lubo
We had a great day in Rila lakes. Lubo was so nice, professional, on time and also speaking our language (French).
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Best tour in Sofia :)
It was an amazing experience! My tour guide was Angel and he was so kind, lovely to talk to and also amazing. I had
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Paul H
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Excellent airport transfer service - with first rate customer service
We used Traventuria for a return airport transfer from/to Sofia and Bansko and we were very pleased with the servic
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Avoid this company!
Terrible customer services - no reply when I emailed them after finding out bulgaria was in a state of emergency an
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It was a great tour from Sofia. Plovdiv was a beautiful city with lots to see and do. Lubo was an excellent guide a
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Amazing nature
The views are so astonishing and the place has some spirituality that actually makes you feel as if all the problem
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Plovdiv day tour
Constantine was a fantastic guide. The tour was nicely paced, we got to see a lot without it feeling very rushed. P
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A great tour
This was a great day trip. It's around 2 hours drive from Sofia to Plovdiv including a toilet/coffee stop. Our gu
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Big thank you to Dobrin and driver. We booked a last minute trip for 13 people to Hot Springs and Spa. Not a proble
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