Rila Monastery Small-Group Full-Day Tour

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Duration: 8h
Location: Rila Monastery, Kyustendil, Bulgaria | Kyustendil, Bulgaria

Category: Attractions

Largest monastery in Bulgaria set in charming scenery
Fascinating history of this UNESCO-listed site
Scenic drive through the rolling hills of rural Bulgaria
Informative Rila Monastery Historical Museum
Small group of no more than 7 ensures an intimate experience

Guided tour of the Rila Monastery
Admission fees
Roundtrip transportation to and from your central Sofia hotel
Commentary in English


Uncover the spirit of Bulgaria and Orthodox Christianity as you explore the country’s largest monastery, situated within the scenic Rila Mountains. This UNESCO-listed site is visited the world over. Discover the monastery’s significance and its fascinating history on this full-day tour.

On the scenic journey on your way to the monastery from Sofia, listen as your guide provides information about Bulgarian history and culture, the current economy, as well as educational and civic services.

Upon arrival at the monastery, enter the complex through the breathtaking Dupnitsa Gate and snap a few photos of the balconies surrounding the inner courtyard. Learn about the life of the intriguing hermit, St. Ivan of Rila, who gave name to the monastery, before visiting the Historical Museum and seeing its memorable collection.

Later, feast your eyes on the elaborately decorated Church of the Nativity of Virgin Mary. Then feel free to take a complimentary guided short trek through the surrounding Nature Park before returning to Sofia in the afternoon.

Cancellation Policy: 72 hours
Know before you book: You may be paired up with other travelers; this is a small-group excursion with a maximum of 7 people on a tour., This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

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