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Rila Monastery Day Tour

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US$ 45.21
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    What to Expect
    Your dedicated guide will meet you and your party outside your Sofia hotel for 9am pickup. Climb into your tour vehicle and get acquainted on the trip out of the city, which takes about two hours. Listen to your guide's commentary about the culture, history, and people of the area as you drive through the Rila Mountains, a rugged landscape covered with lush pine forests. 

    Upon arrival, take a 3-hour tour of the monastery's holy cloister. Rila Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the 10th century, famous for its ornate interior and colorful frescoes. 

    Relax over lunch before heading back to Sofia for hotel drop-off.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Pickup from your hotel
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Drop-off at your hotel
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Professional guide
    • Lunch
    • Entry/Admission - Rila Monastery
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 19 July 2019

    Rila Monastery was breathtaking. The frescoes, as in all Eastern Orthodox churches I visited on this trip, told a story of good and evil with vivid details and imagination. Completed in 1846, the frescoes are the work of the famous Bulgarian muralist Zahari Zograf and...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Dreamer688759
    Reviewed 7 June 2019

    Thank you to our tour guide Lacho who has been so enthusiastic and making the whole trip so informational. The trip to Rila Monastery is something I would really remember wherein I felt a sense of peace inside the church and amaze with the artworks...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank JenDxb18
    Reviewed 4 May 2019

    My daughter and I were greeted by our guide on time outside our hotel. We traveled comfortably in the van while hearing so many things about Sophia, Bulgaria, and the Monastery. Because of the time of year, there weren't many other tourists at this beautiful...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    1  Thank Culture815136
    Reviewed 17 November 2018

    This is one of the largest monasteries in Europe. It's history goes back to the middle ages when it also served as,a fortress. Unfortunately there are now only 10-12 monks living there. I believe they occasionally rent out rooms there. It's well worth a visit.

    Date of experience: October 2018
    1  Thank bwwtarpon
    Reviewed 29 June 2018

    Wasted a day visiting this place. OK the rain didn't help and the fact the electricity made matters worse. Lousy restaurants serving poor food. Surely in 2018 there is no excuse for smelly toilets? The last Monastery we will ever visit.

    Date of experience: June 2018
    3  Thank steve1211957
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