From Sofia: Rila Monastery & Melnik Day Trip with Transfers

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Explore the highlights of Southwestern Bulgaria on a guided day trip from Sofia. Visit the 10th-century Rila Monastery, the Melnik Sandstone Pyramids, and the 200-year-old Kordopulov House.

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  • 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. Rila monastery is part of UNESCO world cultural heritage list and It’s one of the symbols of Bulgaria. Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century by St John of Rila, a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex which played an important role in the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria. A characteristic example of the Bulgarian Renaissance, the monument symbolizes the awareness of a Slavic cultural identity following centuries of occupation. You will have enough time to explore the monastery, the main church and the monastery museum. Melnik is the smallest town in Bulgaria nowadays. The first settlers of this region were the Tracian tribe Medi, from which the legendary rebel Spartacus originated. During the Revival Melnik was a blooming big city with big market. Since that times the city is famous with its high quality wines. During the tour we will visit the Kordopulova house where we can taste the local wine. Around Melnik we will see the Pyramids of Melnik.


Licensed English speaking guide Hotel pickup and drop off Free transport with comfort minivan

Important Information

  • Proper clothing required for Rila monastery - all clothes have to cover the shoulders, tank tops, short skirts are not allowed!

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