We don't take many tours, but this one made sense. We had a small group in a nice van. The time spent at each site was just right. Guide and driver were both very professional.
Greet your guide in central Sofia and see Bulgaria’s countryside, forests, and villages on a drive into the Rila Mountains. Here the remarkable UNESCO World Heritage–listed Rila Monastery—one of Bulgaria’s most famous Eastern Orthodox monasteries—sits on pine-coated slopes.
Learn all about the legend-shrouded monastery, whose origins date to 927 AD, and enter (at your own expense) for a guided tour. Marvel at the fresco-covered colonnades, wooden icons, and tomb of Bulgaria’s last monarch, Boris III.
Opt to explore the monastery’s artifact-filled museum (own expense), and then enjoy free time for lunch at a local restaurant before journeying to the medieval Boyana Church, another UNESCO-listed site. Head inside (own expense) and view the well-preserved 10th-century frescoes that adorn the interior. Admire the depictions of angels, apostles, and sinners, and hear the full background on their painting, styles, and significance.Finally, end your tour with a convenient drop-off in central Sofia.
We took a daily tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church last Sunday (28 October). Our guide, Lubo, was on time to collect us from the hotel and he gave extra information about the suburbs of Sofia during our trip. Since the Balkan mountains have...More
The Rila Monestary was absolutely beautiful and so peaceful, a complete change to the tourist traps I visited the week before in Rome! The art work all around the monestary is phenomenal. Boyana Church felt a little like it was just thrown into the tour...More
Pleasant coach trip first to Boyana Church with its fascinating fresco paintings well preserved over centuries with a quick stop to look at a vineyard on the way to the main attraction that is Rila Monastery, where we spent around two and a half hour...More