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Boyana Church and Rila Monastery Day Tour
Activities in Sofia

Boyana Church and Rila Monastery Day Tour

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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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Free cancellation up to 3 days before
US$ 35.20
Free cancellation up to 3 days before
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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.

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Adults Children 5 to 12 years old Children under 5
US$ 35.20
US$ 29.40
not permitted
  • Adults

    US$ 35.20
  • Children 5 to 12 years old

    US$ 29.40
  • Children under 5

    not permitted

More Information

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Show more

Tours or activities will not consist of more than 25 people per group.

A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.

The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.

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.

Disinfected radio units will be provided, and headphones will be single-use.

Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.

The temperature and wellness of all those taking part in the service will be monitored daily, excluding and maintaining in quarantine any who display fever or symptoms.

The temperature of all attendees will be taken, and admission will be denied to those with a temperature of more than 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit), and a full refund applied.

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 80% of their maximum capacity.

At monuments, museums and attractions, the maximum permitted capacity will be a 50% of the total maximum capacity.

Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.

Alcoholic drinks are not available.

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8 hours 30 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks en english.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks en english.


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?

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.


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 2 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.

US$ 35.20
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