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Sofia: Rila Monastery, St. Ivan Rilski Cave & Stob Pyramids

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Explore the picturesque Bulgarian countryside from Sofia, visiting three famous Bulgarian attractions all within a day tour.


  • Visit the Rila Monastery, one of Bulgaria's most famous UNESCO Word Heritage sites
  • Enjoy a beautiful walk in the deep Rila Monastery Forest Reserve
  • Explore the cave of St. Ivan Rilski by foot and the Stob Pyramids


Spend the morning in the Rila Monastery, one of the country’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites, a must-see for anyone visiting Bulgaria. Discover the centuries old forests of the Rila Mountains on a scenic walk to the cave of St. Ivan Rilski (St. John of Rila), where the founder of the monastery lived as an anchorite and explore the amazing rock formations of the natural phenomenon of the Stob Pyramids. Escape the Sofia crowds for a memorable full-day trip led by an expert. You will be picked up in the morning from your hotel or address in Sofia for a wonderful journey through the scenic Rila Mountains. Arrive at the Rila Monastery within 2-hours and head towards the cave of St. Ivan Rilski by foot. A fairy trail will lead you through the centuries old woods of the Rila Monastery Nature Park to the cave where the founder of the monastery spent the last years of his life as a hermit. Visit the cave and walk back to the monastery for a guided tour and free time to explore the hidden corners of the 10th century UNESCO site. After lunch, the journey will continue with a short transfer (approximately 25 minutes) to the village of Stob, where you will have a short walk to the natural phenomenon of the sandstone Stob Pyramids. In the late afternoon, transfer back to Sofia, where you will be transferred back to your place.


Pick-up/ drop-off at your hotel or address in Sofia All transfers with private car or bus as per itinerary Licensed mountain guide member of UIMLA (Union of International Mountain Leader Association) Guidance in Rila Monastery and throughout the tour All local taxes
Entrance fees for the Rila Monastery museums (approximately € 5, if you are interested in visiting any of the museums, the monastery and the church itself is free of charge) Lunch and beverages (allow € 5 to 6 for lunch pack or € 10 - 13 for a 3-course lunch in a restaurant) Travel insurance Tips (optional)

Important Information

  • Walking time: approximately 2-hours (Cave of St. Ivan Rilski); 1-hour (Stob’s Pyramids)
  • Total ascent/ descent: approximately 250 meters (Cave of St. Ivan Rilski); 100 meters (Stob’s Pyramids)
  • Bus/ car transfers duration: approximately 4.5-hours / 280 kilometers

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