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Rila Monastery - private day tour from Plovdiv provided by Plovdiv Trips

Rila Monastery - private day tour from Plovdiv

Rila Monastery - private day tour from Plovdiv
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About
Nestled in the imposing Rila Mountains Rila Monastery is the most famous landmark in the country, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. "The Holy Rila Retreat" founded in 10-th century is also the largest Bulgarian monastery and most visited tourist site in the country.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Rila Monastery is nestled in the highest mountain on the Balkan Peninsula - Rila at 1147 m. a. s. l. along Rilska River. It is the most famous landmark of Bulgaria, founded in 10-th century by the hermit St. Ivan Rilski – patron of Bulgaria. This is the largest Bulgarian monastery, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site and most visited tourist site in Bulgaria by both foreign and local tourists. Known also as the Holy Rila Retreat, it’s the most outstanding monument of the Bulgarian National Revival period, an ultimate expression of the Bulgarian genius in matters of spirit, culture, architecture, construction, icon painting and woodcarving. The monastery was built as it stands now by Bulgarian master builders between 1816 and 1847. Before discovering the monastery have lunch in a nice restaurant perched above Rilska River to try the local specialty – grilled or fried trout. In Rila Monastery first visit the main church Nativity of the Virgin (1835 - 1837) decorated with wonderful and very well preserved murals. In all the scenes depicted on the exterior and the interior of the church are more than 1200. In the church we see the holy relics of St. Ivan Rilski as well as the tomb of the last Bulgarian king – Boris III. Next to the main temple is the only left building from the 14-th century – the Hrelio's tower which represents a strong fortification erected by the local feudal lord Hrelio in 1334 - 1335. The "Transfiguration" chapel on the top floor of the building houses precious mural paintings from the 14-th century. In the monastery museum see some ancient weapons of the monastery guards, church objects, documents, ancient printing machine from Vienna, ornaments, ancient coins and many more. The most impressive exhibit here is the wooden cross carved by monk Rafail. He worked on it for 12 years (between 1790 and 1802) and finally became blind. This unique piece of art contains 36 scenes from the Bible and about 600 figures as small as a rice grain! After exploring the Holy Rila Retreat optionally at a little extra cost go to the nearby cave of St. Ivan Rilski where he spent many years in hermitage, prayer and meditation. It takes around 45 min walking in a wonderful forest to reach this holy site where actually the monastery was originally founded. Next to the cave stands the Assumption of St. Ivan Rilski church which was built around the rock tomb of the saint. The “wish fountain” is nearby where visitors and pilgrims write wishes on a paper and put them between the stones. Trip duration: 9.5-10 hours
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Rila Monastery is nestled in the highest mountain on the Balkan Peninsula - Rila at 1147 m. a. s. l. along Rilska River. It is the most famous landmark of Bulgaria, founded in 10-th century by the hermit St. Ivan Rilski – patron of Bulgaria. This is the largest Bulgarian monastery, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site and most visited tourist site in Bulgaria by both foreign and local tourists. Known also as the Holy Rila Retreat, it’s the most outstanding monument of the Bulgarian National Revival period, an ultimate expression of the Bulgarian genius in matters of spirit, culture, architecture, construction, icon painting and woodcarving. The monastery was built as it stands now by Bulgarian master builders between 1816 and 1847. Before discovering the monastery have lunch in a nice restaurant perched above Rilska River to try the local specialty – grilled or fried trout. In Rila Monastery first visit the main church Nativity of the Virgin (1835 - 1837) decorated with wonderful and very well preserved murals. In all the scenes depicted on the exterior and the interior of the church are more than 1200. In the church we see the holy relics of St. Ivan Rilski as well as the tomb of the last Bulgarian king – Boris III. Next to the main temple is the only left building from the 14-th century – the Hrelio's tower which represents a strong fortification erected by the local feudal lord Hrelio in 1334 - 1335. The "Transfiguration" chapel on the top floor of the building houses precious mural paintings from the 14-th century. In the monastery museum see some ancient weapons of the monastery guards, church objects, documents, ancient printing machine from Vienna, ornaments, ancient coins and many more. The most impressive exhibit here is the wooden cross carved by monk Rafail. He worked on it for 12 years (between 1790 and 1802) and finally became blind. This unique piece of art contains 36 scenes from the Bible and about 600 figures as small as a rice grain! After exploring the Holy Rila Retreat optionally at a little extra cost go to the nearby cave of St. Ivan Rilski where he spent many years in hermitage, prayer and meditation. It takes around 45 min walking in a wonderful forest to reach this holy site where actually the monastery was originally founded. Next to the cave stands the Assumption of St. Ivan Rilski church which was built around the rock tomb of the saint. The “wish fountain” is nearby where visitors and pilgrims write wishes on a paper and put them between the stones. Trip duration: 9.5-10 hours
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7798P22
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Local taxes
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • Entrance fees: Rila Monastery museum (4 EUR) - optional, Hrelio's tower (2,50 EUR) - optional
  • Optional visit of St. Ivan Rilski cave - 5 EURO per group
  • Drinks
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Duration
10h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Travelers are collected from any hotel (accommodation) or location within Plovdiv city
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Infant seats available
  • Dress code at the monastery: shoulders and knees must be covered. Men can be in shorts above the knees. Sandals and T-shirts are allowed.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Local taxes
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • Entrance fees: Rila Monastery museum (4 EUR) - optional, Hrelio's tower (2,50 EUR) - optional
  • Optional visit of St. Ivan Rilski cave - 5 EURO per group
  • Drinks
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Travelers are collected from any hotel (accommodation) or location within Plovdiv city
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
10h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Infant seats available
  • Dress code at the monastery: shoulders and knees must be covered. Men can be in shorts above the knees. Sandals and T-shirts are allowed.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 16 Jun 2020
A note from Rila Monastery - private day tour from Plovdiv
Оur company applies all the COVID-19 connected Bulgarian and European Union regulations for safe travelling. All our guides and drivers wear protective masks and gloves during the tour.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
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NickT3211
NickT3211
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Great tour
Great way to see and learn about Bulgaria's history. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly r
Vheish
Vheish
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Great Plovdiv area trips
Kamen and Stoyan provide great tours and transfers. We actually took three trips with them and they were all great
I2045NZelif
I2045NZelif
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An unforgetable hike with Kamen to the mountains
Kamen is a wonderful guide. We spent a full day together in a private tour to Trigrad. Kamen posseses complete mast
zhivkol2020
zhivkol2020
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Family
Unique nature. The most rugged and energetic place on the Balkan Peninsula. Seven of the Wonders of Bulgaria. I
dwife2
dwife2
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Excellent private tour
Due to low season, there was only me and guide Kamen. So I was quite burdened at first because I am not very good a
173janey
173janey
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The most amazing experience
I had one of the most amazing experiences of my life, which couldn't have been made possible had it not have been f
212ishas
212ishas
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Wonderful trip!
We did a tour in August 2019. We had lots of fun exploring the beautiful area and the guide was very knowledgeable.
nemoh2019
nemoh2019
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Rila 7 lakes hike
We had a great hiking trip to Rila 7 lakes fro m Plovdiv. The guide was knowledgeable and patient as we navigated t
Inge S
Inge S
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Excellent tour, very good guide, reliable company (Plovdiv Trips)
We did this great privat tour in september 2019 and had a wonderfull time. The bridges and the monastry and the for
Jon81London
Jon81London
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Two enjoyable day trips
We went on two tours, and very much enjoyed both. The first one was a full day tour with Stoyan, who took us to two
mjshanson
mjshanson
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Stolyan
My husband and I had a great experience visitng Veliko Tarnovo and transferring to Plovdiv, with the Valley of rose
Ruzhe
Ruzhe
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Excellent value
Kamen was very responsive to emails, is a wealth of knowledge and was very accommodating during the trip. We starte
Joanne713
Joanne713
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Enjoyable day trip
We had a great time with our guide visiting Koprivshtitsa. He did a great job of the guided walk, sharing a lot of
Love2TravelBasildon
Love2TravelBasildon
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Reliable Company and a Wonderful Day Trip
We found Plovdiv Trips via an Internet search and are so glad we did. Our tour was a private one, just for 2 peopl
Tom T
Tom T
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Amazing, Well Informed Tour
This was a great tour with a great guide! We were picked up directly from our hostel and taken to the fortress, wit
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