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Rila Monastery, Bulgaria’s largest religious structure, is the most visited site in the country. Its cobblestone courtyard, winding balconies, picturesque mountain views, and brightly colored frescos transport you to a place that is almost otherworldly. The fortress-like complex has been a spiritual center for more than 1,000 years.

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Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia
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Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

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Reaching the Seven Rila Lakes by public transport typically involves two buses, a shuttle and most of your day. Take the pain out of transportation—while maintaining total independence—with this cost-effective shared transfer. Visit both these beautiful glacial lakes and the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with ample time for hiking.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.72
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

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Immerse yourself in the beguiling beauty of two of Bulgaria’s most spectacular sights on a full-day trip from Sofia. Admire the natural splendor of rural Bulgaria as you travel to the Rila Monastery, a sacred structure cradled by the dense pine forests of the mountains. Delve into the history of the medieval landmark and browse the intriguing exhibitions of the on-site museum. Continue to Boyana Church to gaze at the fascinating pre-Renaissance frescoes that decorate the walls within. Please note, entrance fees are not included on this tour.
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  • 8 hours
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$28.03
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The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery

The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery

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The mountains are one of Bulgaria’s great joys—especially for hikers—but can be hard to reach independently. Tailor-made for lovers of both walking and history, this action-packed day features a hike around the beautiful Seven Rila Lakes and a tour of the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Chairlift tickets are not included in the price.
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  • 12 hours
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$59.18
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Small Group Day Trip

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Small Group Day Trip

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The Rila Monastery and Boyana Church are two of Bulgaria's most important UNESCO World Heritage sites. Experience them both in a single day on this convenient transfer service from central Sofia, with a driver/guide. First, check out the frescoes in the Boyana Church; next head to the Rila Monastery for a short guided tour followed by free time. Please note: entrance fees are at your own expense.
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  • 8 hours
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$25.96
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The Essential Western Bulgaria in 4 Days

The Essential Western Bulgaria in 4 Days

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See the highlights of western Bulgaria during this multi-day, small-group tour. Enjoy an intimate experience in a group of only 15 people, with accommodation and door-to-door transportation included. Learn about the local communities that inhabit the region, visit iconic landmarks like UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery, and enjoy panoramic views from the hilltop fortress in Veliko Tarnovo.
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  • 4 days
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Rila Monastery, Boyana church and National History Museum Tour from Sofia
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Rila Monastery, Boyana church and National History Museum Tour from Sofia

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Visiting Bulgaria’s Rila Monastery is tricky without hiring a car. On this tour, tick it off easily with a round-trip shared transfer in an air-conditioned minivan. Meet your driver in central Sofia and travel to Rila Monastery. Enjoy time to explore the complex independently before returning with the shuttle back to Sofia.
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  • 1 day
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Rila Monastery Bike Tour from Sofia

Rila Monastery Bike Tour from Sofia

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Spin along open roads and explore Bulgaria by bike on this 9-hour Rila Monastery trip from Sofia. Hop onto your bike and follow a guide along rolling asphalt roads through the Bulgarian countryside. Along the way, gain insight into the country’s culture and history, and admire sweeping views over the peaks and vineyards. Visit the 10th-century Rila Monastery — widely considered one of Bulgaria’s most important pilgrimage sites. Explore the cave of St Joan of Rila, then zoom down the valley back to base.
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  • 8 hours
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$96.56
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Rafting Tour & Rila Monastery visit from Sofia

Rafting Tour & Rila Monastery visit from Sofia

This tour is an excellent option for you to experience a wonderful adventure and see the most-visited UNESCO site in Bulgaria - Rila Monastery. We are offering day trip to Struma river gorge, where you will have 12 kilometers of rafting and fun and a sel-guided visit of RIla Monastery with audio-guid ein Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, English.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Day Trip to the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church
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Private Day Trip to the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church

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Save time but preserve the benefits of independence on this private tour that checks off not one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites in just one day. Traveling with your private driver/guide, see the 10th-century Boyana Church with its medieval frescoes, followed by the Rila Monastery with its 14th-century tower. Tour includes door-to-door transport but excludes entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
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$109.02
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$109.02
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Rila Monastery Private Tour

Rila Monastery Private Tour

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See two of Bulgaria’s UNESCO World Heritage sites in a day—a feat that’s not possible on public transport—when you book this private guided tour, with round-trip hotel transfers from Sofia. First, explore the Rila Monastery, Bulgaria’s largest Orthodox monastery, with a history going back to the 10th century. Next, visit the Boyana Church, a complex of three churches that include 13th-century Byzantine frescoes.
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  • 8 hours
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$92.41
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Rila Monastery and Melnik, Day Tour from Sofia with Pickup
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Rila Monastery and Melnik, Day Tour from Sofia with Pickup

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Feel the magic of Southwestern Bulgaria by visiting Rila monastery and Melnik just in one day. Feel the spirit of the holiest bulgarian monastery. Sense the power of mother nature by visiting the Melnik pyramids. Taste one of the most famous bulgarian wines. Three different experiences that will create a day full with emotions. Do not hesitate to save money and time with this extraordinary tour!
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia

Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia

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The Rila Monastery and Boyana Church are two of Bulgaria’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and this full-day tour from Sofia visits both in one day. Tour the medieval Boyana Church, famous for its magnificent 13th-century frescoes; admire the natural landscapes of the Rila Mountain Nature Park; then explore the churches and caves of the Rila Monastery complex.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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From Sofia: SPA and Rila monastery

From Sofia: SPA and Rila monastery

This tour represents one of the most popular attractions in Bulgaria – Rila monastery, and one of the best gifts of the country – the thermal springs. Enjoy your guiding tour to understand more Bulgarian history, walk in the beautiful nature and take relax away from the big city.
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  • 10 hours
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$93.45
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

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Travel with a small group to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church, two UNESCO World Heritage sites. An informative guide points out 19th-century paintings depicting the Bulgarian Renaissance at the country’s largest monastery, set against the beauty of the Rila mountains. In the afternoon, visit Boyana Church to view its medieval frescoes. You’ll travel round-trip by air-conditioned minivan from Sofia’s Alexander Nevski Square.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Private Day Trip to the 7 Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery
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Private Day Trip to the 7 Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery

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This tour is a great chance to experience these two amazing places in one day. They are both situated in the Rila Mountain. The main part of the tour will be the area of the lakes, where the hiking takes about 5 hours and it is a perfect opportunity for an escape in the nature. The visit of the monastery will be a little bit more limited but you will still be able to learn the main things about it. Most times the trips are done with eco friendly cars - with cng engine or electro mobiles, so that we can help fighting the air polution.
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  • 12 hours
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Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour

Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour

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This private tour of World Heritage–listed Rila Monastery includes a tasting at Medi Valley, a classic winery with locally produced wines. Travel in the comfort of your private vehicle to the country’s largest monastery, where your own personal guide points out 19th-century paintings depicting the Bulgarian Renaissance. Admire the beauty of the Rila mountains en route to the winery, where you’ll sample five different wines and learn more about the region.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting
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Private Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting

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Rila Monastery, located south of Sofia, is the largest Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. Visit with ease on this private tour. Depart in an air-conditioned, wifi-equipped vehicle and explore the monastery in the company of a guide. Continue on to a local winery and learn about Bulgarian wine from your guide. Sample three varieties of wine at a tasting.
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  • 8 hours
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From Sofia: Self-guided trip to Rila Monastery, Boyana Church and History Museum

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From Sofia: Self-guided trip to Rila Monastery, Boyana Church and History Museum

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Travel to Rila Monastery with ease and explore independently on this self-guided tour with a round-trip transfer. Depart from Sofia in a shared air-conditioned minivan with a driver and make your way to Rila National Park. Experience the area at your own pace before heading back to Sofia in your transfer.
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  • 7 hours
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From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Plovdiv Day Trip

From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Plovdiv Day Trip

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See two of Bulgaria's top attractions in one day on this self-guided tour that allows you to combine the convenience of a tour with flexibility of independent travel. By taking a shared shuttle, you can visit the UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery, in Rila National Park, in the morning and then in the afternoon explore the charming and historic city of Plovdiv, which is considered the cultural capital of Bulgaria.
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  • 13 hours
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$90.33
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Private tour to Rila monastery and the cave of St. John Rilski, Boyana church

Private tour to Rila monastery and the cave of St. John Rilski, Boyana church

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If you want to experience more of Bulgaria in just one day, don't miss this busy sightseeing tour with stops at two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a wine tasting, and hassle-free travel all included. Meet-up at a convenient downtown location before you're whisked to top landmarks to learn about Buglarian culture, see medieval art, and sample local varietals at a Medi Valley winery. Though entry fees and food are at your own expense, the tour's easy transportation and English-speaking guide make for a convenient, full-day adventure.
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  • 7 hours
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Flexible Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church from Sofia

Flexible Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church from Sofia

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Two UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1 day only. Rila Monastery is the largest, the most beautiful and the most important Bulgarian monastery, Boyana Church is famous for its proto-Renaissance wall paintings from the 13th century. Enjoy all this either in a self-guided or privately-guided tour.
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  • 10 hours
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$30.11
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Rila Monastery and Boiana church private tour

Rila Monastery and Boiana church private tour

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You have the chance to visit two UNESCO world heritage sites in one day- Boyana church and Rila Monastery.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
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Private Day Trip to Rila Monastery from Sofia

Private Day Trip to Rila Monastery from Sofia

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This tour will show you one of the best Bulgarian monasteries and UNESCO sight - the Rila Monastery. Private tour only for you with the comfort of your own local guide. Fully customizable and rich in information, off-the-beaten path sights and stops. Choose between a privately-guided or a self-guided option for your convenience.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.11
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Rila Monastery Tour from Sofia - Lunch, Wine Tasting & The Unique Stob Pyramids

Rila Monastery Tour from Sofia - Lunch, Wine Tasting & The Unique Stob Pyramids

Take a trip to discover the most important monastery in Bulgaria and learn about its role in the formation of Bulgarian identity and culture throughout the 19th century. The Rila Monastery is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List along with eight other monuments in the country and represents the most outstanding architectural ensemble in Bulgaria. Your guide, who is an art historian herself, will give you a unique perspective onto the artistic history of the church's frescoes and woodcarving, revealing the symbolism hiding behind the majestic architectural elements of the complex and their meaning. On our way back to Sofia, you will have time to relax and enjoy the magnificent view of the Stob pyramids, one of the most amazing natural phenomena on the territory of Bulgaria.
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  • 8 hours
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$133.51
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Rila Monastery can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Rila Monastery costs USD 6.22. Guided Rila Monastery tours start around USD 6.22 per person.