Your Day in Rila and Boyana

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 1147m (3763 feet) above sea level. You have 2 hours for a visit of the complex. If you wish to have more time, you can skip the lunch and spend more time in the Monastery. Our guide will introduce you to the UNESCO site for about 40 min and then you will visit the beautiful Monastery museum with wonderful treasures. At 13:00 h you will meet your guide again at the parking lot and if you wish you will go to a nice restaurant for a local grilled trout and shopska salad lunch or you will go straight to Boyana church. This UNESCO World Heritage church is a precious medieval example of Bulgarian Orthodox art. Due to special humidity and temperature regime the visit inside is limited to about 10 minutes but you can hear a lot of explanations from our guide outside. After another 20-30 min drive we will return to your Sofia hotel/accommodation.

With this option you would be able to visit two UNESCO sites in one day - Rila monastery and Boyana church. During this amazing trip you would have the chance to see the evolution of the orthodox church architecture and wall-painting during a long period of time.

Boyana Church Overview

The Boyana Church is a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church situated in the outskirts of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, in the Boyana quarter. The east wing of the two-storey church was originally constructed in the late 10th or early 11th century, then the central wing was added in the 13th century under the Second Bulgarian Empire, the whole building being finished with a further expansion to the west in the middle of the 19th century. The church owes its world fame mainly to its frescoes from 1259. They form a second layer over the paintings from earlier centuries and represent one of the most complete and well-preserved monuments of Eastern European medieval art. A total of 89 scenes with 240 human images are depicted on the walls of the church.

Prices 1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4-8 persons 9-18 persons
139 Eur / 272 BGN 79 Eur per person 155 BGN 59 Eur per person 116 BGN 49 Eur per person 96 BGN 39 Eur per person 77 BGN

The tour price includes: transfer to/from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia, guide in English, parking fees, entrance fees for Rila Monastery museum and Boyana church. Meals and personal expenses are not included. Guaranteed private A/C vehicle and guide. Children (1-16yrs) obtain 20% discount.

Our travel agent will advise your pick up time from your hotel, 2 days before departure.

      ThanK You so much for a beautiful trip in RILA e BOYANA, thanks a lot to Gheorghie very helpful guide, see You next time we'll fly to Bulgaria!

    Angelica F
    2/17/2020

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    2/07/2020

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    12/30/2019

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