$45 / person
The Rila monastery – biggest and most important orthodox cloister in the country – is, without any doubt, the jewel of
Bulgarian cultural and historical heritage. Recognized as a part of UNESCO world heritage sites since 1976, the monastery is a unique monument of the church architecture. Situated deep in the heart of a forest reserve of Rila mountain, it is a place of massive cultural and historical importance and keeper of the national identity through the middle ages.
Another UNESCO site, part of the tour is Boyana Church, located on the outskirts of Sofia. It was added to the World Cultural Heritage List in 1979. The building consists of three parts, which are example of the Byzantine architecture – Greek cross ground-plan with dome, richly decorated facades with ceramic elements. In the interior of the church there are several layers of wall paintings from different historical periods-11th, 13th, 15-17th and 19th. The church owes its world fame mainly to its frescoes from 1259, which reflect the unique achievements of the Bulgarian medieval culture. According to the experts the style of the paintings from this period is much resembling the Renaissance style though much earlier than it begun. The Boyana
Church displays 89 different scenes with 240 human figures either individually or together. This one day tour gives the unique opportunity to visit one of the supreme Bulgarian sites, among with some of the highlights of the region!
|Tour type||Group tour|
|Age requirement||All ages accepted|
|Your group size||Minimum 1 person|
Pick up and Drop off from your hotel; Transport with comfortable minibus; English speaking Guide; Bottle of water (0.330 ml);
Entrance fee for Rila monastery museum; Entrance fee for Boyana church; Lunch; Gratuities for the driver (optional)
Rila Monastery, The cave of St. Ivan Rilski the miracle-worker and the Boyana Church.
- Join the most popular and best-selling trip from Sofia - Discover the two most frequented Bulgarian UNESCO sites - Uncover the fascinating history of Boyana Church and Rila Monastery with a guide - Travel with a modern air-conditioned minibus - Experience and admire the awesome beauty of Rila National Park