Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Full-Day Tour

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Duration

8 Hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

15 people

Languages

English

About this tour

Cultural and historical heritage of Bulgaria. The monastery is a distinctive example of ecclesiastical architecture and has been included in the UNESCO list of world historic sites since 1976. It is a location of enormous cultural and historical value and a guardian of the national identity throughout the Middle Ages, located deep within a forest reserve of the Rila mountain.

Boyana Church, a UNESCO property also included in the itinerary, is a church located outside of Sofia. In 1979, it was included on the list of the world’s cultural treasures. The structure is made up of three portions that showcase Byzantine architecture in three different ways: Greek cross ground-plan with dome, ornately decorated façade with ceramic elements. The church’s interior is covered in multiple layers of wall paintings from various historical eras, including the 11th, 13th, 15th, 17th, and 19th centuries. The church’s international prominence is largely due to its frescoes from 1259, which showcase the exceptional accomplishments of Bulgarian medieval civilization.

Experts contend that while existing considerably earlier than the Renaissance style itself, paintings from this time period share many characteristics with it. The Boyana Church exhibits 240 human figures in 89 various scenarios, either singly or in groups. This one-day tour offers the exceptional chance to see one of the most important Bulgarian landmarks together with some of the region’s top attractions!

Itinerary: Your hotel will be picked up to begin the tour. We will arrive at the monastery in Rila after a two-hour transfer. You get two hours on your own to tour the monastery once we leave. You will then return to Sofia via shuttle after this time. You will have time to visit the church before we drop you off at the Boyana church. After the tour, we’ll drop you off at your hotel.

Highlights

  • Experience the lush and vibrant religious history of Bulgaria through 3 sacred sites
  • Gaze at 11th-century frescoes
  • Breath in fresh mountain air amidst lush pine forests

Included/Excluded

  • Pickup and drop-off from any address in Sofia
  • Transport in comfortable minibus
  • English speaking Guide
  • Bottle of water
  • Entrance fee for Rila Monastery Museum
  • Entrance fee for Boyana Church
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities for the driver

Durations

Fullday (+7hours)

Languages

English

Starting time

09:00AM

Important Information

People with mobility impairments

Jacket Cash

Pets Smoking

Tour's Location

Rila Monastery

Group discount (by amount)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Group 2+ 2 15 105

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