Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Small Group Day Trip

  • 5(58)
  • 3 Boyansko Ezero Str, Sofia, Bulgaria, Bulgaria
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Small Group Day Trip

Provided byCity Tour Ltd.

  • 8 hours

  • 1 - 15 participants

Enjoy a day in the mountains by exploring 2 UNESCO sites - the Rila Monastery and the Boyana church. The 8-hour day tour will be with a group and a professional guide in English. In the monastery, you will have a 30-minute guided tour and 2,5 hours free time to make photos, check the museums and the shops, and have lunch. The visit of the Boyana church, although short, is definitely worth since you will see its amazing 800-years old frescoes and learn their history from your guide!

*Women should have their knees and shoulders covered in the monastery!

*If your tour is on a weekend day during the summer, the restaurants could be crowded so you can bring your own food from Sofia in order to have more free time and the monastery.

*The Boyana church is closed on the 1st of January, on the Sunday of the Orthodox Easter, on the 24th of December, 25th of December and the 31st of December - and on such days the tour is done only to the Rila Monastery.


  • Driver/ Tour guide

  • Transportation by a comfortable minibus

  • A trip to to Boyana Chuch and Rila Monastery

  • Parking fees

  • FromBGN48 / person

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Meeting point

pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski" 4, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria

Departure time

9:00 AM

Return details

Returns to original departure point

5(58 Reviews)
Apr 21, 2022

Beautiful views. Our guide knew everything about the history of the monastery and Bulgaria. The snow made it even better.

Ciara O()
Apr 17, 2022

Great day. The tour guide was very friendly and informative. Would recommend this as a day trip while visiting Sofia. The monastery has a brilliant museum and a lovely restaurant with authentic Bulgarian food. The prices are extremely reasonable for food/drink at the monastery. Bring cash as they don’t accept card.

Apr 11, 2022

The views, the food, the people .. everything was amazing, Angel was so polite and funny, we highly recommended !!

Apr 11, 2022

. Málaga, España Excursión muy recomendable. Hay que hacer esta visita al monasterio y admirar los frescos de la iglesia Boyana. Nuestro guía Ángel estuvo pendiente en todo momento de que estuviéramos a gusto.

Mar 28, 2022

Angel, our guide was fantastic. An amazing trip. Well worth the money. Everything ran smoothly. Plenty of breaks and opportunity to eat. Angels knowledge of the monestary and church was second to none.

Mar 17, 2022

This tour was easy, comfortable, incredibly enjoyable and very affordable. We loved seeing the monastery and the church and our guide Vaseil was very friendly and informative - we felt completely safe and looked after the entire time.

Product details


  • 3 Boyansko Ezero Str, Sofia, Bulgaria, Bulgaria

  • Kyustendil, Bulgaria, Bulgaria

  • 4 ploshtad "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski", Sofia Center, Sofia City Province, 1000, Bulgaria

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel 1 days before your event you will receive a 100% refund


available daily

Not included

  • Boyana church entrance ticket- approx. 5 euro per person (10 lev)

  • Rila Monastery museum+ monk room entrance ticket- approx. 4 euro per person (8 lev)

  • Food and drinks

  • Gratuities

  • Hotel pick up and drop off

  • Entry/Admission - Boyana Church

How long before the event do I need to book?

You can book at any time before the event


  • Prices from BGN48 / person

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Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila 2643 Bulgaria

The Rila Monastery is the biggest monastery in Bulgaria. It was established back in the 10th century. The current buildings are from the mid 19th century, with a defensive tower that survived from the 14th century.

In the monastery complex you will admire the impressive architecture and frescoes. You will have 30-mintue guided tour and 2.5 hours free time to check the museum, the shops, take photos and have lunch break.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Boyana Church, 3 Boyansko Ezero Str., Sofia 1616 Bulgaria

Your other stop is at the great UNESCO historical place – Boyana church, dating back to the 11th century, which has unique and very well preserved frescoes and pictures from the period of 11 to 14 century. You will have the chance to explore the church and learn its history from your guide.

Duration: 30 minutes

Important information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

  • Not wheelchair accessible

  • Women should have their knees and showders covered in the monastery.

  • Near public transportation

  • Most travelers can participate

  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

  • Regular temperature checks for staff

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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