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From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Plovdiv Self-Guided Trip

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Explore the amazing Rila Monastery and enjoy the cultural capital of the country Plovdiv. Combine Bulgaria's most visited sites on a one-day self-guided tour from Sofia with an expert local driver.


  • Explore the historic Rila Monastery
  • Discover the most important sights of Plovdiv Old town
  • See two of Bulgaria's most visited places in one-day from Sofia
  • Travel in comfort with a reliable round-trip shuttle service from Sofia city center
  • Explore the sites at your own pace with a self-guided trip


Explore Bulgaria's most famous sites in 1 day from Sofia: the UNESCO Rila Monastery and the city of Plovdiv on a small group, self-guided trop. Walk the sites at your own pace comfortable pace without the need of following others. Get expert local advice from your friendly English-speaking driver and benefit from reliable comfortable transfers. Depart from Sofia city center at 7:00 AM (for the period May to September, departure is at 07:30 AM) and travel by shuttle bus with a friendly English-speaking driver. After your 2-hour transfer in an air-conditioned minibus, you will reach the medieval Rila Monastery in the spectacular Rila Mountains. Once there, you have more than 1-hour to explore the monastic complex at your own pace -more than enough time to see all the major parts of the complex. The monastery was founded by the hermit monk Ivan Rilski in 927 AD. Marvel at the frescoes of the main church and visit the museum and medieval tower independently. Continue with a 3.5-hour transfer to the city of Plovdiv (a short break half-way is included) and get more than 4.5 hours to explore Bulgaria's second largest city, famous for its Old Town, Roman remains and Kapana artistic district. Your driver will provide you with a free copy of a tourist city map and local tips. Board the shuttle bus at 6:00 PM (for the period May to September, departure is 6:30 PM) at the agreed meeting point and return to Sofia in the evening to be dropped off at the meeting point behind St.Alexander Nevski Cathedral.


Round-trip shared transfers Transportation by air-conditioned minivan Map of Plovdiv Old Town Map of Rila Monastery Licensed driver

Important Information

  • This trip involves moderate walking on cobbled (stone) streets
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes suitable for walking
  • This trip operates in all weather conditions. Please dress appropriately. During winter and autumn it can be very cold at Rila Monastery
  • Please dress up accordingly: high heels, short skirts and short trousers, shirts with no sleeves, etc. are not allowed in the monastery

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund


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