Rila Monastery (7 hrs) - Private Tour

Highlights

  • There is plenty of history, priceless art and mysteries at the world-renowned Rila Monastery (10nth century)
  •  Rila Monastery Museum will pleasantly surprise you with rich exposition of medieval documents, icons, religious vestments and the famous Rafael’s cross
  • Travel through picturesque landscapes and small sleepy village while your guide leads a discussion about Bulgaria's agriculture, wildlife and way of living
  • See the miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin (app. nth century), which keep relicts of 32 saints, one of them of Mary Magdalene
  • If weather allows have a walk in the pristine beech forest of Rila Monastery Nature Park
  •  Taste true organic masterfully prepared Bulgarian delicacies 

Tour logistics

Meeting point: Hotel pick-up at 8:30 am. Please be ready at the reception 10 mins before departure
Tour length: 7-8 hrs
Total transfer time: 4-4.5 hrs

Drop off: At the your hotel
Best period: All year

Tour Description

Leave the bustle of Sofia and travel the 110-km road through tranquil countryside to the heart of Rila Mountains - the highest mountain on the Balkan. The legends, history, beautiful nature and art are all abundant in and around the Rila Monastery (UNESCO). From your guide you will learn everything about them in an informative and entertaining way. Your guide will trace and illustrate the history of the biggest Bulgarian monastic complex with the lecture in the monastery museum. In the courtyard, while admiring the vivid frescoes of the main church, you will understand about the worldview and morals of the most notorious Bulgarian painters of the nth century. Inside the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin church, you will see the biggest gilded iconostasis on the Balkans, the grave of the last Bulgarian monarch (who played a significant part in saving the Bulgarian Jews during the WWII) and much more. You will have plenty of free time to also explore the monastery yourself. Lunch can be arranged a nearby restaurant, where the tasty local delicacies have their own interesting colloquial stories. 

prices:

1 pers. - 150 Euro; 2 pers. - 80 Euro/pers.; 3 pers. - 75 Euro/pers.; 4-7 pers. - 60 Euro/pers.; 8-13 pers. -45 Euro/pers. 

What's included:

  • English speaking guide throughout the tour
  • Pick-up/drop off from your accommodation in Sofia
  • Transport with comfortable and modern car/minivan with A/C
  • Entrance ticket to Rila Monastery Museum

What's not included:

  • Meals and beverages
  • Personal expenses and tips

 

Please note:

  • Though there is no strict dress code, short skirts and dresses with exhibiting naked shoulders are not appropriate
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • The monastery is 1150 m asl in the mountain and weather conditions are changing rapidly