Full Day Private Tour from Sofia To Boyana Church and Rila Monastery

Tour Number

Activity Level

759322


Categories

Day Trip / Out of Town, First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage

Details

Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 3

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), Bulgarian (fluent), Russian (advanced)

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.

Itinerary

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.

Transportation

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.

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation

Other: a bottle of water per person

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

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Food, Drinks, Snacks

Other: Admission fees
History museum: BGN 8 per person, the special item is the wooden Rafail cross
- the Hrelyo defense tower: BGN 5 per person
- The old monastery kitchen and farming equipment museum: BGN 5 per person
-Boyana church in Sofia, BGN 10 per person

Restrictions

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.

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    Tour Price

    151 USD(for up to 3 people) (duration: 10 hours) deposit ?

  • Tour Number

    Activity Level

    759322


    Categories

    Day Trip / Out of Town, First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage

    Details

    Kid Friendly: No.

    Friendly: No.

    Maximum travelers: 3

    Language(s)

    explanation

    English (fluent), Bulgarian (fluent), Russian (advanced)

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