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.
GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF 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.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 BGN - Admission fee at the museum of the Rila monastery, lunch.
- Personal Expenses
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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.