Spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the imposing Rila Mountains
Rila Monastery is the most famous landmark of Bulgaria, founded in 10-th century by the hermit St. Ivan Rilski - patron of Bulgaria. This is the largest Bulgarian monastery, wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site and most visited tourist site in Bulgaria by both foreign and local tourists. Known also as the Holy Rila Retreat, it's the most outstanding monument of the Bulgarian National Revival period, an ultimate expression of the Bulgarian genius in matters of spirit, culture, architecture, construction, icon painting and woodcarving. The monastery was built as it stands now by Bulgarian master builders between 1816 and 1847. The monastery museum keeps many interesting artefacts the most impressive of which is the wooden cross carved by monk Rafail. He worked on it for 12 years and finally became blind. This unique piece of art contains 36 scenes from the Bible and about 600 figures as small as a rice grain!
Plovdiv - Rila Monastery (3 h)
Rila Monastery - Plovdiv (3 h)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Any hotel or address within Plovdiv city.
End location: Any hotel or address within Plovdiv city.
Duration: 9 hours
Transportation Method: Air-conditioned station wagon DACIA Logan, year 2008, passenger capacity: 4 regular seats + 2 additional ones on third row of seats (fold-down rear seats). For groups of 5-8 persons a van is hired at an extra cost.
Transportation with an English speaking guide-driver from/to your hotel in Plovdiv, parking fee.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
23 BGN - Rila Monastery museum admission ticket (optional, 8 BGN), lunch in a restaurant close to Rila Monastery (15 BGN)