RILA MONASTERY &
Group size: Most of the time the tour runs as a small group tour with up to 8 pers.
Rila Monastery is definitely a must-see 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 at least two full hours 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 donnuts) 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 then 240 figures depicted there have individuality, vitality and psychological dept.
The price includes:
- All transportation costs along the route: Sofia > Rila Monastery > Boyana Church > Sofia
- English speaking driver-guide
- VAT and parking fees
Admission fees (not included):
- 8 leva (appr. 4 Euro) for the Rila Monastery Museum
- 10 leva (appr. 5 Euro) for the Boyana Church
Children up to 12 years old are subject to a discount of 5 Euro. Child seats will be provided free of charge. Please be advised that the tour is not suitable for children under 5 years old.
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.
Boyana Church will not be working on the 24th and the 25th of December.
REMARKS & LOGISTICS:
– Advance booking is required! Showing up without reservation will not guarantee you a seat in the bus.
– Winter schedule (November-March): pickup/drop off from your hotel is included.
– Summer schedule (April-October): pickup/drop off point:
9:00 – The meeting point is behind “Alexandar Nevski” Cathedral and just in front of “La Cathedralе” Restaurant. After completing the booking you will receive a map with further details
11:20 – the expected time of arrival at Rila Monastery.
13:30 – starts the transfer from Rila Monastery to Boyana Church.
15:30 – the expected time of arrival at the Boyana Church (here you will have appr. 30 minutes to visit the church)
16:30 – 17:00 – you will be back at Alexandar Nevski Cathedral (or in your hotel for the period November-March).
- 27 Euro per adult (35 Euro per person for November-March)
- 20 Euro per child