Discover two gems from the UNESCO Heritage list - in Vitosha and Rila mountains.
There are 869 items of cultural monuments in the List of UNESCO for the World Heritage. 7 of them are in Bulgaria and 2 of them are in a day trip from Sofia. So, it is a good point to start.
By visiting the Boyana Church you will have the opportunity to judge with your own eyes where the Renaissance has started in Italy at the beginning of the 15th century or here, in Sofia, 150 years earlier. Some of the tourists, shared their impressions after visiting Boyana Church, that they felt as if they were in the Michelangelo Chapel in Vatican.
Visiting the Rila Monastery is a natural spiritual continuation of the trip after the Boyana Church. Needless to say that everybody can feel the holy spirit and the energy of this place. However apart from that, there are many things to be seen like the famous Rafaelo Cross, unique object from the 19th century, the monks kitchen and definitely to touch the holy relics of St John of Rila, the Patron of the Bulgarian people.
We shall start at your convenience , but preferably we must leave your hotel between 9 and 10 am.
I shall pick you up with my car, brand new, clean and air-conditioned sedan and we will drive towards Boyana Church, approx 10 km from the city center of Sofia.
We shall spend there one hour.
First, we shall learn the history of the church, when it was built and how it was saved by the Bulgarian Queen Eleonora at the beginning of the 20th century. Then we shall enter the church where we can stay only 10 minutes. We shall shortly talk inside about the amazing murals and the unique technique used for painting.
After that we shall leave towards the Rila Monastery - approximately 120 km drive for 2 hours.
At the monastery, we shall spend around 4 hours including free time, the opportunity for lunch at your choice and back to Sofia around 6 pm. Apart from the main church at the monastery , we can optionally visit the monks' kitchen from the 19th century and the small museum with some unique treasuries.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 10 hours
Returning back to Sofia may be affected by traffic and possible delay of 30-40 minutes.
Also we may decide to spend some more time in the area, which is extremely picturesque and there are a few spots outside the monastery , including the grave of St Ioan.
Limusine-sedan Skoda Octavia. It is a car for 4 passengers + driver. The car is perfect for 3 passengers , but for a short distance of 100 km it is also ok for 4 passengers.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
60 BGN - food, snacks
1 $ = 1.75 BGN
1 EUR = 1. 96 BGN
60 BGN is equal to approx value of 34 USD / 31 Euro
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
For walking city tours I can service groups of up to 10 people, while other tours requiring transportation I can service up to 4 people.