Day trip

Sofia: Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Tour

Sofia: Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Tour

From £51.52 per person

Visit both Rila Monastery and Boyana Church on a day tour from Sofia.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 9 hours
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Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Visit 2 of Bulgaria's most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a day
  • Go to Rila Monastery in the Rila Mountains
  • Marvel at the pre-Renaissance frescoes of Boyana Church
  • Taste organic food such as mekitsi, yogurt or grilled trout at nearby restaurants
  • Travel in comfort through the Bulgarian countryside
Full description
Depart Sofia in the morning and relax on the 2-hour drive to Rila Monastery in the Rila Mountains. Explore the largest and most important Orthodox cloister in Bulgaria when you get there. Admire the arcaded balconies and discover unique frescoes by one of the most famous painters of the Bulgarian National Revival period. See gilded iconostases, enjoy fabulous mountain views and learn about the monastery's history. Take some time to refuel with lunch at one of the local restaurants, where you can purchase local specialties such as "mekitsi", a traditional Bulgarian dish of deep-fried dough made with yogurt. Travel to Boyana Church in the suburbs of Sofia. See the historic frescoes of this Byzantine building and learn how they influenced artistic trends.
  • Transportation
  • Parking fees
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Entrance fees
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Behind Alexander Nevski Cathedral, in front of the restaurant La Cattedrale

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What to bring

  • Hiking shoes

Not allowed

  • Sandals or flip flops
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Product ID: 75361