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 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
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 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
Transport, fuel costs, parking fees, vignette, professional English/French speaking guide, lecture in the Rila monastery, lecture in the Boyana church, admission fee in the Boyana church.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 BGN - Admission fee at the museum of the Rila monastery, lunch.
Admission fee at the museum of the Rila monastery
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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.