From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip

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Friday 8 December
From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip


  • Take the chance to explore 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Choose a guided tour of Rila monastery or discover it on your own
  • Dive into the authentic countryside of Bulgaria on the way
  • Gain a fascinating insight into the history of Eastern Orthordoxy in Bulgaria
  • Admire beautiful examples of medieval frescoes in the church of Boyana


Experience the religious history of Bulgaria on a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Rila Monastery and Boyana Church from Sofia. Follow your guide around the monastery to learn about this epic site or choose to explore it on your own before viewing Boyana Church's ancient frescoes. Meet your friendly group for the day at the parking lot Behind Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, near cafe La Cathedrale. Settle down in your seat and set off out of the city as you drive along scenic roads with picturesque views of rural Bulgaria. Arrive at Rila Monastery, the largest Eastern Orthodox monastery in the country. If you've booked the tour, follow your guide around the historic site and learn about the main frescoes. If you're an explorer you can visit the museum, take photos, and check out the church at your own pace. Spend about 3-hours at the monastery where you will get the opportunity to take photos, check the shops, visit the museums, and have a lunch break in the nearby restaurant. Then start your journey back to Sofia with one more important stop along the way. Enter the medieval Boyana Church and stroll within the ancient walls, studying the artistic frescoes which make this place so special. Finish your journey at around 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM in the city center.


Day trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church English-speaking guide or driver, depending on the booked option Transportation with an air-conditioned vehicle Parking fees

Important Information

  • The inside visits within Boyana Church are limited to 10 minutes per group. There are not many dining options around the monastery, so in the period April – October we recommend you to bring your own food. In the period November – March we organize a stop at a nearby restaurant, since the weather is colder and it is not comfortable to eat outside. The Boyana church is closed on the 1st of January, on the Sunday of the Orthodox Easter, on the 24th of December and the 25th of December ─ on such days the tour is done only to the Rila Monastery

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