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Bulgaria & Macedonia Monasteries Tour
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Bulgaria & Macedonia Monasteries Tour

  • English English
  • 10 hours
  • Hotel pick up

Delve into the culture and history of Bulgaria and North Macedonia on this day trip from Sofia and discover three of the Balkans' most impressive religious buildings.

Bulgaria & Macedonia Monasteries Tour Itinerary

Having been picked up from your hotel at 8:30 am, you'll begin your adventure around some of the most spectacular historic religious buildings in Bulgaria and North Macedonia. After a brief drive, you'll arrive at one of Sofia's most impressive churches.

Entering the Medieval Boyana Church, you'll be dazzled by the incredible Byzantine architecture, murals and frescoes from different periods of history dating back to the 11th century. In total, the church is decorated with 89 scenes depicting 240 human images! 
 
After visiting Boyana Church, you'll leave Sofia behind and continue on your bus journey to the Zemen Monastery, located in the west of Bulgaria. Exploring the church, which is dedicated to St John the Baptist, you'll feel as though you've been transported back in time. It may be small, but its interior is richly decorated with frescoes of Biblical scenes and portraits of historic donors, which are considered to be some of the oldest and most artistically valuable works in the Balkans, along with the Boyana Church. You'll visit the belfry and discover the beautiful surroundings of the monastery, before heading on to your next stop.

The final visit of your day trip will take you across the border with North Macedonia. Surrounded by luscious forests with views of the beautiful Osogovo Mountains, you'll find the Osogovo Monastery, also known as the Monastery of Saint Joachim of Osogovo. After admiring the stunning architecture of the 12th century buildings, you'll enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional Macedonian cuisine. You'll then have time to continue exploring what is considered to be the country's most beautiful monastery, before returning to the bus for the journey back to Bulgaria.

You'll be dropped off at your hotel in Sofia at 6 pm.

Important information

On the day of your tour, you will need to bring your valid passport with at least six months validity, in order to cross the border with North Macedonia.

Price

Adults Children between 2 and 10 years old Children under 2 years old
English guided tour
US$ 89.80
US$ 44.90
Free

English guided tour

  • Adults

    US$ 89.8
  • Children between 2 and 10 years old

    US$ 44.9
  • Children under 2 years old

    Free

More Information

Duration

10 hours.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.

Included

English speaking guide.

Hotel pick up and drop off.

Entrance to Boyana Church.

Entrance to Zemen Monastery.

Traditional lunch.

When to book?

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

If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Sofia).

Ticket

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.

Accessibility

No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 89.80
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts

Cancellations

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.
When the minimum number of participants (2) is not reached, we will contact you to offer you other alternatives.

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