Visit 2 Unesco sites in one day


Tour Number

Activity Level



Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: No. Kid friendly, although it very much depends on their age. Kids below 12 will probably not understand the importance of the site, but will certainly appreciate the beauty of the surrounding nature. Teenagers between 12 - 18 will like it for sure and for those above 18 is a must see site. The Boyana church is rather recommended for teenagers above age of 18.

Friendly: No.
A bit difficult to push the wheelchair as the yard is covered with cobble stones, but nevertheless possible and it worths.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), French (fluent)

One Day Tour to the Rila Monastery and the Boyana Church

The Rila Monastery is located at 1147 meters altitude in the middle of the fragrant coniferous forests of Rila Mountain. The monastery is a complex of cultural, dwelling and farming buildings which take about 8800 square meters. The church of the Nativity of the Virgin is the monastery's main church and the core of the architectural ensemble. The compositional scheme includes medieval elements and baroque spatial principles. Outside, the monastery looks like a fortress. It has 24-meter stone walls which forms irregular pentagon. That's why when the tourist enters the monastery's yard, he is surprised by its architecture: arches and colonnades, covered wooden stairs, carved verandas and the 300-400 monastic cells.
The Boyana Church is admired for the unique frescoes dating back to 1259, which are considered masterpieces of European Medieval art of painting. It is located in Boyana Quarter, 8 km from Sofia.


Pick up from your hotel/address at 9 am
11:30 - Scheduled time of arrival at the Rila monastery. Guided sightseeing tour of the monastery.
Your PROFESSIONAL English speaking guide will give you an informative tour of the monastery and the monastery's museum. Free time.
13:30 - Departure from the Rila Monastery to the Boyana Church situated in the outskirts of Sofia.
15:30 - Scheduled time of arrival at the Boyana church.
16:30 - 17:00 - Return to your hotel/address.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 8 hours

In the week days there is traffic at 9 am and at 5 pm, it might slightly change the estimated time of arrival at the monastery and the time of the end of the tour.


For 1 - 3 pax - by car Renault Megane, Citroen C4 Grand Picasso or Chevrolet Orlando
For 4 - 7 pax - by mini van Mercedes Viano
For 8 - 19 pax - by mini bus Mercedes Sprinter or VW Crafter
All our vehicles have perfect air-conditioners.

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation

Other: Transport, fuel costs, parking fees, vignette, professional English/French speaking guide, lecture in the Rila monastery, lecture in the Boyana church.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 BGN - Admission fee at the museum of the Rila monastery, lunch.

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses

Other: Admission fee at the museum of the Rila monastery 3,5 USD, admission fee in the Boyana church 6,5 USD.

A Recent Review of this tour

We spent a wonderful day with Pavlina. She is very knowledgeable and professional. Pavlina gave us a great tour of the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church. She also shared her expertise on other areas in Bulgaria.
Diane Alexandrov

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