Day trip

From Sofia: Full-Day Tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana

Activity provider: V Travel Ltd
Day trip

From Sofia: Full-Day Tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana

Activity provider: V Travel Ltd

From US$ 37.69 per person

Take advantage of this daily shuttle running between Sofia and 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. See the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with hassle-free, affordable, and flexible round-trip transportation with a live guide.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Spanish, English, Italian, German, Russian


  • Visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the course of one day
  • Explore Bulgarian nature and countryside during a picturesque drive
  • Discover the beautiful Rila Monastery and its surrounds
  • See the elaborate frescoes of the Boyana Church
Full description

Spend the day exploring 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites located outside of Sofia, Bulgaria's capital city. Begin by meeting with your local guide at behind St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia who is ready to make the best of your day, sharing historical facts and insider tips.

Sit back and relax for the next 2 hours as your English-speaking driver transportsyou to Rila. Upon arriving, spend 2 hours exploring the area and visiting the Rila Monastery, the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. Then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant that features a specialty of grilled trout.

Hop back in the van for another 2-hour journey, eventually arriving at Boyana Church, a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church on the outskirts of Sofia. Check out the elaborate frescoes that have made this site famous, before your tour returns you to your meeting point.

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking guide/driver
  • Fuel
  • Parking fees
  • Audio guides in English, Spanish, Russian, German, and Italian
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Pick-up from the hotel (10€ per booking) - upon request
  • Hotel drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • The Rila Monastery Shuttle service is delivered in shared vehicles. When booking this service you agree to share the same vehicle with other travel customers.
  • Please bring warm clothing and women should take care to have their shoulders and knees covered
  • Please be aware that the tour will not include Boyana Church during Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 420 reviews

Review summary

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  • Service
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The guide Alex went out of his way to engage with the guests and share his in-depth knowledge with delightful Bulgarian hospitality. The monastery is breathtaking and the church truly inspiring. A must see and do in a day trip from Sofia. Highly recommend.

March 22, 2023

We had a fantastic day at Boyana and Rila Monastery. Alex, our guide, was really informative and friendly and entertained us with stories about the history of the country and the places we visited. We had a delicious lunch at a small, family-owned restaurant and a brief visit to a winery to finish the day off. Excellent!

March 22, 2023

We were taken for this tour by Ivan who shared his passion for Bulgarian history and culture with us all day. When we hadn't chosen the audioguide or any extra option he gave us a full guided tour of both sites, including inside Rila's museum which was a bless as there's isn't much information provided on the sites. We also loved to have been given the choice of eating in a restautant we had stopped on our way or stay extra time in the monastry and still being picked up after. We chose the restaurant and its warm fireplace because it was very cold but you also have restaurants just behind the monastry with terraces facing the sun at this time if you prefer. Rila's monastry is a pure treasure with all its detailed paintings and Boyana is definitely a must see too, specially as you would never guess its beauty from outside. Thank you again Ivan for this great day !

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March 22, 2023

Product ID: 23783