Duration: Full day tour
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Full day excursion to the most famous Bulgarian Orthodox stronghold, included in UNESCO’s world heritage list.

  • The most famous monument of Bulgarian architecture and history, a stronghold of the Orthodox religion and Slavic culture is included in UNESCO’s world heritage list. Located in the magnificent surroundings of Rila Mountain at 120 km from Sofia at 1147 m above sea level, it was founded in X century by the monk hermit John of Rila /Saint Ivan Rilski/ and his pupils. In the Middle ages many Bulgarian nobles and kings were bounty generous to the monastery. It survives many fires and attacks. Take your time to examine the monastery. The richly decorated main church Virgin Mary was erected in 1837. The frescoes on the walls are showing over 1200 biblical scenes and images and the altar iconostasis of tracery woodcarving is entirely gilt. The relics of St. John of Rila are kept here.

    The buildings’ walls are decorated with murals and are open to the inner court with balconies accommodating premises with different purpose.

    Near the monastery, in the mountain, is the cave where lived St. Ivan Rilski and where he indulged in his spiritual practices, which can be visited weather permitting. The short walk in the wood is along a path amidst awesome unique venerable trees (no special equipment is needed, only comfortable shoes). This is a memorable experience.

    The tour ends with a lunch in a cozy mountain restaurant on set menu of dishes by monastery recipes.

    Departure from: Hotel in Sofia or St. Nedelya Square

    Duration  ~7 hours

    Individual requests for different hours and dates are accepted.


  • Price from  56 EUR

    Departure from: Hotel in Sofia  or St. Nedelya Square

    Number of tourists Price per person
    2 110 EUR / 215 BGN
    3-4 78 EUR / 153 BGN
    5 63 EUR / 124 BGN
    6-7 56 EUR / 110 BGN
    Please ask for our special group quotations for groups of 8 or more persons.
    The price is inclusive of :
    • Tansportation by comfortable coach with professional driver;
    • Professional English / French / German / Spanish speaking guide /other languages upon request/;
    • Lunch in a local restaurant
    • Entrance fees ;
    • Complimentary guide & map;