• Duration: 8 hours
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Description

The Rila monastery – biggest and most important orthodox cloister in the country – is, without any doubt, the jewel of Bulgarian cultural and historical heritage. Recognized as a part of UNESCO world heritage sites since 1976, the monastery is an unique monument of the church architecture. 

Situated deep in the dense pine forests of Rila mountain, it is a place of massive cultural and historical importance and keeper of the national identity trough the middle ages. 

Not far away is located the cave, where originally lived St. Ivan Rilski, the founder of the monastery, along with his grave. It is considered, that St. Ivan was a miracle-worker and is the most honored Bulgarian holy man – his cave is believed to be a sacred place.

Another UNESCO site, part of the tour is Boyana Church, located on the outskirts of Sofia. It was added to the World Cultural Heritage List in 1979. The building consists of three parts, which are example of the Byzantine architecture – Greek cross ground-plan with dome, richly decorated facades with ceramic elements. 

In the interior of the church there are several layers of wall paintings from different historical periods-11th, 13th, 15-17th and 19th. The church owes its world fame mainly to its frescoes from 1259, which reflect the unique achievements of the Bulgarian medieval culture. According to the experts the style of the paintings from this period is much resembling the Renaissance style though much earlier than it begun. The Boyana Church displays 89 different scenes with 240 human figures either individually or together.

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What's included

  • Driver/guide.
  • Professional guide.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Light lunch.
  • Entry/Admission - Rila Monastery.
  • Entry/Admission - Boyana Church.

What's excluded

  • Gratuities to the guide and the driver (optional).

What do I need to bring

  • Comfortable shoes.
  • Appropriate clothing depending on the weather.
  • Money for personal expenses, if needed.
  • Anything that might be useful to you.

Important information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • Starting time: 09:00 am.
  • Finishing time: 19:00 pm.
  • Please note: This tour includes hotel pick up and drop off service. You can select your hotel from the list or select the "I will write down the address in the next step" and write the name and address of your hotel in the relevant field during the booking process.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure

Guided Language

  • English
  • Español
  • Italiano

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