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Rila Monastery Shuttle Tour

pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski" 1А, 1504 Sofia Center, Sofia (0)
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Rila Monastery & Boyana church Shuttle Tour

Book 24h or more in advance and get a 10% discount for your Rila Monastery day tour!

Rila Monastery is the most visited sightseeing place in Bulgaria, a UNESCO world heritage sight since 1981. V Travel has been offering the original Rila Monastery & Boyana church shuttle tour for over 10 years daily from 27 EUR per person.

V travel Ltd. is the first tour operator to offer a full day Rila Monastery Shuttle tour for just 30 Eur per person. Our guides will make your day unforgettable and will impress you with their knowledge, energy and interesting history facts about Bulgaria.

The meeting point for the Rila excursion is behind the landmark of Sofia – St. Alexander Nevski Memorial Church, in front of La Cathedralle restaurant. After 2 hours drive, we reach the Monastery in the Rila mountain at an altitude of 1147m (3763 feet)  above sea level. You have 2 hours for a visit to the complex. You can skip lunch and have extra time in the Monastery. Our guide will introduce you to the UNESCO site for about 45 min and you will have the opportunity to either follow our detailed audio guide (5 Eur per person) or visit the Monastery Museum (4 Eur entrance fee per person) and Hrelio Tower (3 Eur per person). At 13:00 h you will meet your guide again at the parking lot in front and if you wish you will go to a nice restaurant for a local grilled trout and shopska salad lunch or you will go straight to Boyana church. This UNESCO World Heritage church is a precious medieval example of Bulgarian Orthodox art and is well worth the 5 Eur ticket. Due to special humidity and temperature regime the visit inside is limited to about 10 minutes but you can hear a lot of explanations from our guide outside. After another 20-30 min drive, you will be back in the Sofia city center at around 17:00 h.

What’s included

  • guided visit in English 2 UNESCO sites
  • transfer to/from the meeting point in Sofia
  • live guide in English all day
  • parking fees

What’s not included

  • meals
  • personal expenses
  • entrance fee  (Boyana Church)

Don’t want to mess up with the crowds? Check our Private Rila Monastery Classic tour!


All year-round except Christmas (25.12) And New Year (01.01)
Monday 09.00 - 17.30
Tuesday 09.00 - 17.30
Wednesday 09.00 - 17.30
Thursday 09.00 - 17.30
Friday 09.00 - 17.30
Saturday 09.00 - 17.30
Sunday 09.00 - 17.30
Departure point St. Alexander Nevski 9.00


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