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From Sofia: Rila Monastery & Bansko - Culture and Food Trip

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Tours Culture & history Good for groups

Experience local culture and history on this tour to Rila Monastery and Bansko Old Town. Immerse yourself in the country's rich heritage as you explore stunning architecture and traditional cuisine.


  • Enjoy mountain views as you travel through by 2 National Parks
  • Explore the UNESCO listed Rila monastery, at your own speed, before the crowds
  • Experience the traditional Bulgarian culture and architecture of Bansko
  • Grasp the opportunity to taste traditional food in the Old Town of Bansko
  • Discover the rich history of Bulgarian lands


Explore the Rila Monastery at your own pace on this self-guided tour from Sofia. Make the most of your day by experincing traditional Bulgarian food in the Old Town of Bansko. The tour starts with a convenient meeting point in downtown Sofia. Meet your driver/host at 08:00 and depart for the Rila monastery. A 2 hour transfer will take you to Rila National Park. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rila Monastery, founded in the 10th century and considered the spiritual heart of Bulgaria. Admire the stunning frescoes and intricate woodcarvings of the monastery's main church and museum. You have more than 2 hours to explore the site. Then enjoy a scenic 1.5 hours drive through the picturesque Rila Mountains to Bansko Old Town, located at the footsteps of another National Park in Bulgaria - the UNESCO listed Pirin mountain. Experience the traditional Bulgarian culture and architecture of Bansko as you wander through its narrow streets and visit its historic sites such as the town square, the old church, and the Velyanov's House Museum. Taste the delicious traditional Bulgarian cuisine at one of the many local restaurants and cafes (optional and not included in the price). This self-guided tour is perfect for travelers who want to explore at their own pace and experience the best of Bulgarian history, culture, and cuisine in just one day. You have complete freedom to explore and also have assitance and tips from our expert host. In the late afternoon, a comfortable 2 hour drive takes you back to the city of Sofia and the tour ends at the same spot where it left in the morning.


Return transfers from Sofia city English-speaking host Rila monastery map

Important Information

  • Please note the dress code for the Rila monastery: shirts must have sleevs and pants/skirts must cover knees. This tour will take place rain or shine: please dress up accordingly Bring cash as most sites and restaurants don't take cards

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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