Return Shuttle from Sofia to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church

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Rila Monastery

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Go on a day trip to two UNESCO World Heritage sites - the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church.


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Meeting Point:
In front of Mamma Mia Restaurant
8 hours
daily at 9:00 AM
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Rila Monastery is a must-see sight in Sofia. The unique combination of arcaded balconies, unique frescoes (a work of one of the most famous Bulgarian Revival Period painters), gilded iconostasis and the fabulous mountain views makes the visit to the monastery an extraordinary and memorable one. While there, you have the option to enter the main church, take photos of the narthex's gallery, and admire the exhibits in the History Museum of the Monastery. Don't forget to try the tasty "mekitsi" (Bulgarian donuts) with buffalo's yogurt (a local specialty).

The frescoes in the Boyana Church bring epochal change in the mural painting and is are considered to be predecessors of the European Renaissance. The majority of the 240 figures depicted there have individuality and vitality.


09:00 - Meet in front of Mamma Mia Restaurant (behind Alexandar Nevski Cathedral)

11:20 - Estimated time of arrival at Rila Monastery

13:30 - Transfer to Boyana Church

15:30 - Estimated time of arrival at Boyana Church

16:30-17:00 - Approximate time of arrival back at Alexandar Nevski Cathedral


  • Return shuttle to transportation to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church

  • English-speaking driver

  • Rila Monastery audio guide with headphones (English-commentary)

  • Parking fees

  • VAT


  • Entrance fees

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Meals and drinks

Please Note

  • Please be at meeting point at 09:00 sharp.

  • You will have at least two hours of free time at the Rila Monastery, and approximately 30 minutes at the Boyana Church.

  • Local English-speaking guides can be hired at the monastery and church. Other languages are subject to availability.

  • For those who will not hire local guides, you may depend on your audioguides and English-speaking drivers to provide you with the basic information for both sites.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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