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Sofia: Rila Monastery Trip w/ Boyana Church & History Museum

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Explore one of the most impressive monastic settlements in Europe at your own pace on a self-guided tour of the amazing Rila Monastery. Benefit from round-trip transfers from Sofia by minibus.

Highlights

  • See the beautiful sights from the Rila Mountains
  • Explore the historic Rila Monastery at your own pace
  • Benefit from a reliable round-trip shuttle service from Sofia city center
  • Combine the trip with a visit to UNESCO Boyana Church
  • Visit the National History Museum — a former communist residence

Description

Board the shuttle service behind St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia city center. Then, head to the medieval Rila Monastery in the spectacular Rila Mountains. Depending on the tour option selected, visit the UNESCO Boyana church and the National History Museum, located in a former Bulgarian communist leader's residence, on the way to the Rila monastery. Get over 2 hours of free time to explore the complex, founded by the hermit monk Ivan Rilski in 927 AD. Marvel at the frescoes of the main church and visit the medieval tower independently. Wander down quiet outdoor corridors adorned with beautiful mosaics, and see gold-plated iconostasis and valuable icons from the 14th to 19th centuries. Learn more about the history of the site at the museum, where highlights include the double-sided crucifix of the Rila Cross. See the old bakery and other monuments, including the residential area with high stone walls and little windows. Board the minibus back to Sofia in the afternoon and get dropped off at the pick-up point on arrival.

Includes

Shared or private round-trip transfer (if option selected) Boyana church visit (if option selected) National history museum visit (if option selected) Guided tour at Rila Monastery (if option selected)

Important Information

  • Dress code for the monastery: shirts have to cover the shoulders and skirts/shorts need to be at least knee length
  • It can be very cold at Rila Monastery, especially in the fall and winter period
  • Dining options are limited, so it is recommended that you bring your own food
  • Children have to be above 7 years old to attend the tour

Easy cancellation

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

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