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Sofia: Rila Monastery, St. Ivan Rilski Cave & Stob Pyramids

4.9 / 5

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Sofia: Rila Monastery, St. Ivan Rilski Cave & Stob Pyramids

From US$ 100.46 per person

Explore the picturesque Bulgarian countryside from Sofia, visiting three famous Bulgarian attractions all within a day tour.

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel or address within the city of Sofia.
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  • Visit the Rila Monastery, one of Bulgaria's most famous UNESCO Word Heritage sites
  • Enjoy a beautiful walk in the deep Rila Monastery Forest Reserve
  • Explore the cave of St. Ivan Rilski by foot and the Stob Pyramids
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Spend the morning in the Rila Monastery, one of the country’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites, a must-see for anyone visiting Bulgaria. Discover the centuries old forests of the Rila Mountains on a scenic walk to the cave of St. Ivan Rilski (St. John of Rila), where the founder of the monastery lived as an anchorite and explore the amazing rock formations of the natural phenomenon of the Stob Pyramids. Escape the Sofia crowds for a memorable full-day trip led by an expert. You will be picked up in the morning from your hotel or address in Sofia for a wonderful journey through the scenic Rila Mountains. Arrive at the Rila Monastery within 2-hours and head towards the cave of St. Ivan Rilski by foot. A fairy trail will lead you through the centuries old woods of the Rila Monastery Nature Park to the cave where the founder of the monastery spent the last years of his life as a hermit. Visit the cave and walk back to the monastery for a guided tour and free time to explore the hidden corners of the 10th century UNESCO site. After lunch, the journey will continue with a short transfer (approximately 25 minutes) to the village of Stob, where you will have a short walk to the natural phenomenon of the sandstone Stob Pyramids. In the late afternoon, transfer back to Sofia, where you will be transferred back to your place.
  • Pick-up/ drop-off at your hotel or address in Sofia
  • All transfers with private car or bus as per itinerary
  • Licensed mountain guide member of UIMLA (Union of International Mountain Leader Association)
  • Guidance in Rila Monastery and throughout the tour
  • All local taxes
  • Entrance fees for the Rila Monastery museums (approximately € 5, if you are interested in visiting any of the museums, the monastery and the church itself is free of charge)
  • Lunch and beverages (allow € 5 to 6 for lunch pack or € 10 - 13 for a 3-course lunch in a restaurant)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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  • Walking time: approximately 2-hours (Cave of St. Ivan Rilski); 1-hour (Stob’s Pyramids)
  • Total ascent/ descent: approximately 250 meters (Cave of St. Ivan Rilski); 100 meters (Stob’s Pyramids)
  • Bus/ car transfers duration: approximately 4.5-hours / 280 kilometers
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4.9 /5

based on 26 reviews

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Very pleasant tour with Kiril. We spoke English, but there are also German-speaking guides. Kiril is an interesting, differentiated person, versatile educated, enthusiastic about the nature and culture of his country, with a lot of experience as a mountain guide, also in other places in the world, e.g. Morocco or Nepal. I did the tour alone with him, we were very lucky with the weather, saw everything as stated in the tour description, but the discussions were the best. I highly recommend this tour with Kiril.

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26 January 2020

We loved this tour. Kiril received our last minute request and rushed to find us a guide to give us the service. Dimiter presented us with three incredible sites, we also had snow all the way, which improved the experience. It was a tour that should not be private but it was. We are very happy with how everything went. Dimiter also recommended a good restaurant and typical dishes. Sincerely the best excursions we have had. At the end of the day, Dimiter included a short hike through the Vitosha mountain which gave added value to the tour.

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29 December 2019

We have loved this excursion, the Rila monastery is worth it without any doubt, accompanying it with the route to the cave where you can enjoy a beautiful landscape. We went at the beginning of December and there was snow but it did not prevent us from doing the route comfortably. The guide, Nicola, adapted to our needs, drove safely throughout the journey on a snowy road, explained the monuments visited, took us to eat at a good place, helped us with our doubts for the rest of the trip, He told us about the history and culture of Bulgaria with amazing knowledge and data and ultimately became our cicerone. For all this this excursion is one hundred percent recommended.

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11 December 2019

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