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Boyana Church and Rila Monastery Day Tour

Free cancellation up to 3 days before

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

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

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

After a 25-minute journey in which you see the city's surroundings, we'll 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'll 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 to demonstrate Slavic cultural identity following the Ottoman occupation. We'll 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'll 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.

Important to note

The Boyana Church is closed during the Orthodox Easter.

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Adults Children 5 to 12 years old Children under 5
US$ 28.70
US$ 23.90
not permitted
  • Adults

    US$ 28.70
  • Children 5 to 12 years old

    US$ 23.90
  • Children under 5

    not permitted

More Information

Covid-19 Measures

Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Show more

Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.

The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.

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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.


Transport by bus.

Entry to Rila Monastery.

English speaking guide.

Not included

Food and drink.

Hotel pick up.

Entry to Boyana Church: 5 (US$ 4.80) per person.

When to book?

You can book up to the start time, as long as there are places remaining. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.


Not wheelchair accessible.


All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

Printed material is avoided.

No single-use plastics are used.

Reusable headsets are used.

The show represents local culture.

The activity helps the dissemination of local cultural heritage.

No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

Has a gender equality policy.

Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

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Not permitted.

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 3 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us .

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

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