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Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia

Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia
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Tour snapshot
Visit Boyana Church and Rila Monastery on this sightseeing tour, from Sofia
Duration:
7–8 hours
Group size:
16
Infant seats available
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    7–8 hours
  • Group size:
    16
  • Infant seats available
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
For a cultural excursion from Sofia, many travelers prefer to visit two of Bulgaria's celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Boyana Church and Rila Monastery. You can visit both attractions in just one day with this guided tour. Though you pay for entry fees to these must-see sights, you get a great value, since you don't do any planning, and enjoy easy transportation from Sofia is included.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • See medieval art and worship spaces, and visit the cave of St. Ivan Rilski
  • Don't worry about crowds on this intimate group tour, capped at 16 guests
  • Hassle-free, round-trip minivan transport from central Sofia is included
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • See medieval art and worship spaces, and visit the cave of St. Ivan Rilski
  • Don't worry about crowds on this intimate group tour, capped at 16 guests
  • Hassle-free, round-trip minivan transport from central Sofia is included
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 58739P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • All transportation and parking costs
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • VAT and all local taxes
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Fuel surcharge
Exclusions
  • Admission fees for Boyana Church (5 Euro) and the Rila Monastery Museum (Optional 4 Euro)
  • Meals, tips and personal expenses
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Boyana Church
Duration
7–8 hours
Departure details
  • pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski" 4, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria The main entrance (gate) of the Alexander Nevski cathedral. Departure Time 08:45 AM
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible or stroller-friendly
  • Comfortable shoes recommended
  • Ladies must cover their shoulders and knees
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Inclusions
  • All transportation and parking costs
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • VAT and all local taxes
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Fuel surcharge
Exclusions
  • Admission fees for Boyana Church (5 Euro) and the Rila Monastery Museum (Optional 4 Euro)
  • Meals, tips and personal expenses
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Boyana Church
Departure details
  • pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski" 4, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria The main entrance (gate) of the Alexander Nevski cathedral. Departure Time 08:45 AM
Duration
7–8 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible or stroller-friendly
  • Comfortable shoes recommended
  • Ladies must cover their shoulders and knees
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers

4.5
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EL3M33
Edinburgh, UK11 contributions
Mar 2020
Vincent was a fantastic guide, enthusiastic, very knowledgeable, very approachable. He took the trouble to find us as we weren't at the prearranged pick-up point due to National celebrations and increased security in the area.He gave us options for the day and was a good driver. He warned us that Boyana church visits were restricted to 10 minutes for all, but managed to cram a huge amount of interesting information into our visit. His knowledge and enthusiasm about Rila Monastery and the frescoes left us looking at other church interiors in a different light!. We wondered if he was a history graduate as he was so good. The cave was a nice short but fairly strenuous climb which was worth doing, and he checked throughout that we were all managing it. It was also interesting to see the countryside as we drove to and from Rila as a contrast from Sofia. I would definitely recommend.
Written 5 March 2020
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Joyce M
Bathgate, UK45 contributions
Vincent was an very informative guide with excellent English, full of enthusiasm and great company.
Boyana Church visit is short but worth it, every visitor/group only gets 10 minutes.
Rila Monastery is an amazing set of buildings in a beautiful setting, we had plenty of time there and then after a short drive did the hike (which is fairly steep and rocky in places) to the cave of St Ivan which was worth it.
There was only 4 of us on the trip so the mini bus didn’t feel cramped.
The only downside were the nasty toilets at the Rila Monastery.
Written 3 March 2020
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Global09291609105
Thank you very much for your kind words! We are always very happy to hear that you appreciate our effort to make a memorable experience! Happy travels
Written 5 March 2020
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Pheng L
8 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Alex was the perfect tour guide. He had a PhD in history and easily shared his knowledge with the group. The tour was like taking a walking history class but without an exam at the end. Super friendly and flexible to the needs of the group. Highly recommend a tour with Alex. Be sure to dress warm with hiking boots if you visit Rila monastery in the winter. There is snow on the ground and the weather is cold.
Written 19 January 2020
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Per_Ger2007
Frankfurt, Germany86 contributions
Thanks Alexander for the Tour! All the tour was great, he takes his time and explains everything during the way to the church and to the monastery. Architecture pure!
The cave is also nice to see!
We had a great time! A must when u visit Sofia :)
Written 13 November 2019
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Global09291609105
Thank you very much for your kind words! Happy travels
Written 18 November 2019
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Wayman R
1 contribution
Overall pleased with the trip. Rila Monastery was very impressive and worth the drive. However, we went with a group of 6 and we had to all agree to go to the cave or go to lunch. The majority choose lunch. I selected this tour because it specifically mentioned the cave. Very disappointed that I was not able to go. We were not informed that it would be a group decision until we arrived at the monastery. Lunch was good and the drive back to Boyana was pleasant. The Boyana church was very fascinating. Would caution you to be aware regarding of the cave situation.
Written 17 October 2019
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Charles C
Oklahoma11 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
This was time well spent. Guide was knowledgeable. Helps to better understand the religious background of Bulgaria.
Written 11 October 2019
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dinaami2019
Modiin, Israel5 contributions
Sep 2019
It takes less then 1 hour to stroll around. The wall painting are extraordinary.Dont forget to taste the Makitza.
Written 9 October 2019
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Nelson D
31 contributions
Sep 2019
we had a private tour to the rils monastery and the boyana church.its worth the cost .we also went to the caves and tried to come out from the small passage from the cave.
Written 4 October 2019
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Katharina L
1 contribution
Sep 2019 • Friends
We had a lovely tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church. Our guide Wenzelslav (hopefully I spelled that correctly) was great: friedly, füll of interesting facts, very open and trying to accomodate all Out wishes and needs, gave us options how to spend the day and die not only recommend a lovely restaurant in Sofia but also made a reservation dir us, so that the group (there was only 4 of us) could meet again in the evening!!!
Would definitely go on a tour again!
Written 10 September 2019
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Global09291609105
Hello Katharina, Thank you so much for the good words! We are always very happy to hear that our travelers have enjoyed the time spent with us. We wish you all the best and happy travels:)
Written 12 September 2019
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Sirine AC
1 contribution
Aug 2019 • Friends
Vincent the driver and guide drives safely, speaks english fluently and explains very well. Rila monastery is a great site, definitely worth visiting but boyana church visit lasts only 10 minuts per group, and is a very small place, although interesting but not worth the long trip.
Written 29 August 2019
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