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Boyana Church and Rila Monastery Day Tour
Activities in Sofia

Boyana Church and Rila Monastery Day Tour

8.9 / 10
233 reviews
Buen recorrido y excelente guía, bien informado y entretenido. La comodidad del autobús es mejorable.
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  • English English
  • 8.5 hours

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.


Adults Children 5 to 12 years old
US$ 33
US$ 27.50
  • Adults

    US$ 33
  • Children 5 to 12 years old

    US$ 27.5

* The price varies based on the chosen date

More Information


8.5 hours

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.


Return transport to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church.

English speaking guide.

Audioguide in English.

Not included

Food and drink.

Entrance into the church and the cathedral.

When to book?

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

You can book up to 2 days before (Sofia local time) if there are still places available.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of 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.

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.


No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 33
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 3 days before

Meeting point

Aleksander Nevski Square


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.

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