One Day Tour to the Rila Monastery


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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.

Friendly: Yes.
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)

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.


9 am - pick up from your hotel. Departure to the Rila Monastery
11:15 - estimated time of arrival. Sightseeing tour of the monastery. Free time
13:30 - Departure to Sofia
16:00 - Estimated time of arrival in Sofia. Drop off in your hotel/address

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will pick you up from your hotel or the address that you provide

End location: At the end of the tour I will leave you in your hotel or your address or any other point you require in the center of Sofia.

Duration: 8 hours


For 1 - 3 pax - by car Renault Megane year 2007, fully insured, perfect A/C OR Citroen C4 Grand Picasso year 2011
For 1 - 6 pax - by mini van Mercedes Viano 2007 OR luxury Viano 2011,
For 1 - 10 pax - by mini bus Mercedes Sprinter 2007 or VW Crafter 2015

What’s Included

transport, English speaking guide, parking fee, vignette

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 BGN - admission fee at the museum 3 USD, lunch 12 USD

What’s Extra

admission fee at the monastery's museum 3 USD

A Recent Review of this tour

Pavlina was a great guide - so knowledgable and personable. Had a wonderful day at the Rila Monastery. The vehicle was very comfortable with great AC which was needed in the 90 degree heat.
Mariem Superfon

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