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Boyana Church and Rila Monastery Day Tour
Activities in Sofia

Boyana Church and Rila Monastery Day Tour

9.40 / 10
The guide, Chris, was incredible. He knew a lot of things about all the places we visited. He went out of his way so we could enjoy the trip.
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  • The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English. English
  • 8 hours 30 minutes

Visit two of the most important monuments in Sofia – Boyana Church and Rila Monastery. Essential for any trip to the Bulgarian capital!

Boyana Church and Rila Monastery Tour Itinerary

We will meet at the car park in Alexander Nevski Square, where we will catch a bus and head to Boyana, a neighbourhood located to the south of the city.

After a 25-minute journey in which you see the surroundings of the city, we will arrive in Boyana. Our first stop will be the Boyana Church, a small orthodox sanctuary with frescos from three different periods: the 11th century, 13th century and 19th century. You will be amazed by the Italian Renaissance paintings that are a perfect example of the medieval art of Eastern Europe.

We continue our journey, arriving at the monastery of Rila. This is an iconic monument in Sofia for its demonstration of Slavic cultural identity following the Ottoman occupation. We will tour the grounds of this impressive medieval monument with colourful arches and domes that will leave you stunned. Then we enter the interior to see the golden iconostasis carved into wood, one of the largest in the Balkans, and the tomb of the last monarch of Bulgaria, Boris III. Then you'll have around two hours of free time in order to complete your experience and explore the area on your own.

Once we have explored the area, we will return to Sofia at approximately 5:30 pm.

Children under 5 years old

Children under 5 years old are not allowed to participate on this tour.

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:

  • Tours or activities will not consist of more than 10 people per group.
  • A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
  • The use of masks is obligatory. Masks will be given to those clients who do not have their own.
  • Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
  • All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
  • All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear gloves throughout its duration.
  • Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
  • The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
  • The capacity of all means of transport will be reduced to 40% of their maximum capacity.
  • At monuments, museums and attractions, the maximum permitted capacity will be a 10% of the total maximum capacity.
  • Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
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Price

Adults Children 5 to 12 years old
US$ 35.50
US$ 29.50
  • Adults

    US$ 35.50
  • Children 5 to 12 years old

    US$ 29.50

* The price increases on the 31 October

More Information

Duration

8 hours 30 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

Transport by bus.

Entry to Rila Monastery.

English speaking guide.

Audioguide in English.

Not included

Food and drink.

Entry to Boyana Church: 5 (US$ 5.90) per person.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

Bookings are permitted up until 30 hours before the activity as long as there are still places.

Digital voucher

We will send you a voucher that you can show on your phone to take part in the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

    Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.

Accessibility

No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 35.50
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 3 days before

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 3 days before the day of the activity. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Aleksander Nevski Square