Two unesco sites in one day!
A one-day trip to the biggest monastery in Bulgaria - the Rila Monastery. A site from the UNESCO's heritage list, with more than 10 centuries history!
The monastery attracts every year more than 1 000 000 visitors!
On the way back to Sofia we are going to stop at another UNESCO site in Bulgaria- the very small but incredibly rich in frescoes Boyana church! A church which has been the leading example of the later developed Renessaince!
Sofia - Dupnitza - Rila monastery
Firstly we'll start from your hotel in Sofia, then in about 20-30 mins drive we'll be on the one of the main roads exiting from Sofia - west, west south, taking us generally to either the Former Yugoslavian Repiblic Of Macedonia's boarder south to the Bulgarian boarder with Greece. In about 70 mins from the start we'll make a short brake (optional) at Dupnitza (45 000 popluation) - about 15 mins. and then we'll continue south. Soon we'll see the grand siluette of the Rila mountain and will take to road uphill to the heart of the mountain.
Drive back to Sofia around 4 pm and visiting Boyana church.
Please note - entrance fees for the monastery museum (4 EUR) and Boyana church (5 EUR) are not included.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Sofia. A "transfer" is possible to be done at a price depending on the distance out of Sofia city.
End location: Sofia. A "transfer" is possible to be done at a price depending on the distance out of Sofia city.
Duration: 9 hours
Weather, time of year; lunch break not included in timing.
The tourist/s will be taken by car from their hotel to the Rila monastery - about 2 hrs drive, with an optional break in the half of the distance. The car used is a NISSAN Almera Tino - air-conditioned, sparkling clean and comfortable for up to four passengers. For bigger groups a van is hired at an extra price. See price details please.
Tour guiding, driving and a 4 to 6-seater car with fuel inlcuded.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
60 BGN - Apart from the monastery's main eclessiastical museum there are another four museums within the monastery premises, for each other of them the entrance fee is 5 BGN/person. The rest of the cost is for lunch and some souvenirs.
The cash equals to about 30 EUR/40 US dollars/person.
In Bulgaria one of the most popular UNESCO sites is the "Boyana church"! At the end of our tour we will go and discover the beauty of the medieval art unveiling the first signs of the Rennaisance!
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Philip was an outstanding tour guide. He arrived on time, was extremely knowledgeable about Bulgaria and the two sites - Rila Monastery and Boyana Church - we visited, was an excellent driver, had a great sense of humour and answered all our questions patiently and well. He also speaks excellent English. Our group of six would highly recommend him to other travellers.
Katherine Ann Vroom Lank