Your full day at Rila Monastery

The start of your day begins with pick up from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia. After 2 hours drive we reach the Monastery in the Rila Mountain at an altitude of 1147 m (3763 feet) above sea level. First we will visit the cave of St. Ivan of Rila where you will learn the fascinating story about his holy hermit life and the establishment of the first monastery dedicated to him. This will take us near 30 minutes mountain trail walking and it requires good walking shoes (handicap inaccessible). After the cave we continue to explore the monastery complex by visiting the church, main museum of the monastery , the 14th century medieval defense tower, authentic monk room and the ethnographic museum.

This tour is recommended for people who would like to fully explore Rila Monastery inside-out and to feel the unique atmosphere of this holy place.

What you'll explore

With this private tour you will have full day of exploring the Rila monastery and chance to feel the atmosphere of this holy place. During the stay in the complex you will have the chance to visit the cave, where the monk St. Ivan of Rila have lived in 10th century, main museum of the monastery, the medieval 14th century tower, authentic monk room and the Ethnographic museum (May-October). This last one actually will take inside the Monastery building and will show the details of Monastery life. By your desire you can have lunch in one of the restaurants next to the monastery.

Rila Monastery Overview

The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. Founded in the 10th century, the Rila Monastery is regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments and is a must-visit tourist attraction for both Bulgarians and foreign visitors. It was built at its present place in the 14th century. The oldest buildings in the complex date from this period - the Tower of Hrelyu (1334–1335) and a small church just next to it (1343). However, the arrival of the Ottomans in the end of the 14th century was followed by numerous raids and a destruction of the monastery in the middle of the 15th century.

The monastery complex, regarded as one of the most impressive masterpieces of Bulgarian National Revival architecture, was declared a national historical monument in 1976 and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. On 25 May 2002, Pope John Paul II visited Rila Monastery during his pilgrimage to Bulgaria. He was greeted by the Monastery's igumen (hiero monk), Bishop Ioan, who had been an observer at the Second Vatican Council.

Where you'll be


Prices 1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4-8 persons 9-18 persons
199 € 109 € per person 79 € per person 69 € per person 59 € per person

The tour price includes: transfer to/from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia, guide in English or other common language, parking fees, entrance fees (main Monastery museum , the 14th century medieval defense tower, authentic monk room and the Ethnographic museum). Meals and personal expenses are not included. Guaranteed private A/C vehicle and guide.

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Departure point

The departure point for this tour is from your hotel or accommodation within Sofia city limits. You will be notified for the exact pick up time from our agents approximately 2 days before your tour.

star rating  I want to say thank you for all the efforts of 3 different drivers and 3 different transport.
Everything was smoothly and very professional.
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star rating  We delayed 5 min for losing our wallet, and still they gave us no option to go to the excursion, despite the fact that hours before we were notified by... read more


star rating  It was a good tour. Very beatiful the monastery. excellent guide!!
I recommend it as a tour to do!!!


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