Rila Monastery & Boyana Church Tour - Every Day
FULL DAY TOUR (7-8 HRS) FROM SOFIA TO RILA MONASTERY AND BOYANA CHURCH
Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in just one day! The price… 30 Euro/pp (* for the period November-March the price is 35 Euro/person)
Rila Monastery is definitely a must-see sight 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 doughnuts) 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 than 240 figures depicted there have individuality, vitality and psychological depth.
The tour’s departure point is St. Alexander Nevski Square (south-east corner; at the parking lot in front of La Cattedrale restaurant. You will receive a map with instructions after completing the booking). Hotel pick-up can be ordered, but is surcharged 5 euro per booking. The tour concludes in the afternoon with drop off at Al. Nevski Cathedral. Please click on the Map on this website to see the meeting point location.
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REMARKS & LOGISTICS:
- Advance booking is required! Showing up without a reservation will not guarantee you a seat on the bus.
08:55: The trip starts from the parking at south-east corner of Al. Nevski Cathedral's square and in front of “La Cattedrale” restaurant. (you will receive detailed map after you complete the booking process)
09:30: Planned visit to Boyana Church (can be rescheduled for the afternoon)
10:15: Departure to Rila Monastery
12:00: Estimated time of arrival at Rila Monastery.
12:00 - 13:00: Guided visit to the Monastery
14:30-15:00: We depart from Rila Monastery and head back to Sofia.
16:30-17:30: Back at Alexandar Nevski Cathedral.
Admission fees (not included): 8 leva (appr. 4 Euro) for the Rila Monastery Museum, 10 leva (appr. 5 Euro) for the Boyana Church (can be prepaid online)
Group size: The groups vary between 8 (small groups), 16 (medium groups) and more than 20 people (big groups). Kindly note that the group size is not upon request.
Price: 30 Euro per adult (35 Euro per person for November-March);
GREAT GROUP DISCOUNTS! Please enquire at: email@example.com (discounts are applied manually)
CHILDREN DISCOUNTS: Children between 5 - 12 years old are subject to a discount of 5 Euro. Please be advised that the tour is not suitable for children under 5 years old.
HOTEL PICK-UP: Between 5 and 10 Euro per booking, depending on your hotel location. Please be ready at least 5 minutes earlier!
AUDIO GUIDES: An audio guide for the Rila Monastery in Spanish, Italian, German and Russian is available with a supplement of 5 Euro per person. Enjoy a comprehensive 1 hour professionally recorded commentary on Rila and Vitosha Mountains, Rila Monastery Architecture, History and Frescoes.
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PLEASE NOTE: The time spent inside the Boyana church is limited to a maximum of 10 minutes, as a preservation measurement for the UNESCO World Heritage site's fragile frescos. It is better to prepare a lunch pack and use the free time at the Rila monastery for exploration and contemplation.
The price includes: All transportation costs along the route: Sofia > Rila Monastery > Boyana Church > Sofia, English speaking guide, VAT and parking fees;