Recent Searches
Clear

Learn more about our Covid-19 response.

Read More
Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery

star-5
705 Reviews

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria’s largest religious structure, is the most visited site in the country. Its cobblestone courtyard, winding balconies, picturesque mountain views, and brightly colored frescos transport you to a place that is almost otherworldly. The fortress-like complex has been a spiritual center for more than 1,000 years.

Learn more
Kyustendil, Bulgaria
When are you traveling?
Select Dates
Popular
Search experiences that may have limited interaction with crowds.
Search experiences with increased health and safety practices.
These experiences are highly rated by travelers and have met our top quality standards.
Search tours and activities you can do from home.

You are viewing Virtual Experiences in Sofia. See more Virtual Experiences around the globe. 🌎

Price
$0
$500+
Duration
Time of Day
RatingClear
Specials

68 results

Sort by:Featured

Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia

Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia

star-4.5
The Rila Monastery and Boyana Church are two of Bulgaria’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and this full-day tour from Sofia visits both in one day. Tour the medieval Boyana Church, famous for its magnificent 13th-century frescoes; admire the natural landscapes of the Rila Mountain Nature Park; then explore the churches and caves of the Rila Monastery complex.
More
  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$36.44
From
$36.44

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

star-4.5
Immerse yourself in the beguiling beauty of two of Bulgaria’s most spectacular sights on a full-day trip from Sofia. Admire the natural splendor of rural Bulgaria as you travel to the Rila Monastery, a sacred structure cradled by the dense pine forests of the mountains. Delve into the history of the medieval landmark and browse the intriguing exhibitions of the on-site museum. Continue to Boyana Church to gaze at the fascinating pre-Renaissance frescoes that decorate the walls within. Please note, entrance fees are not included on this tour.
More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$37.07
From
$37.07
Taking safety measures

Rila Monastery Bike Tour from Sofia

Rila Monastery Bike Tour from Sofia

star-5
Spin along open roads and explore Bulgaria by bike on this 9-hour Rila Monastery trip from Sofia. Hop onto your bike and follow a guide along rolling asphalt roads through the Bulgarian countryside. Along the way, gain insight into the country’s culture and history, and admire sweeping views over the peaks and vineyards. Visit the 10th-century Rila Monastery — widely considered one of Bulgaria’s most important pilgrimage sites. Explore the cave of St Joan of Rila, then zoom down the valley back to base.
More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$114.92
From
$114.92

From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Plovdiv Day Trip

From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Plovdiv Day Trip

See the best of Bulgaria in 1 day. This self-guided, shared shuttle tour will take you to both the UNESCO Rila Monastery in the Rila National park in the morning and then in the afternoon to the city of Plovdiv - the cultural capital of Bulgaria. In the morning the shuttle bus will take you to the Rila Monastery where you have more than 1 hour to explore the site at your own pace. The complex is compact in size so the time allows to see the most important parts of it. After that in the afternoon the shared shuttle will take you on a 3.5 hours journey through the scenic mountains of Bulgaria to the city of Plovdiv - one of Bulgaria's most visited cultural and historical sites. You have more than 4.5 hours to explore the historical city center on your own. Driver will provide you with a tourist map and tips for what to see.
More
  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$61.77
From
$61.77
Taking safety measures

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with Light Lunch

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with Light Lunch

star-4.5
Visit two notable World Heritage sites of Bulgaria — Rila Monastery and Boyana Church — recognized by UNESCO for their religious significance, historical attributes and Byzantine architecture. Travel to the outskirts of Sofia in the comfort of your own private vehicle and let a personal guide lead you on a tour of both landmarks. A light lunch is included in your full-day itinerary.
More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$55.61
Price varies by group size
From
$55.61
Price varies by group size

Full-day Rila Monastery, Stob Pyramids and St Ivan Rilski Cave from Sofia

Full-day Rila Monastery, Stob Pyramids and St Ivan Rilski Cave from Sofia

star-5
Discover the historic marvels and natural wonders of Bulgaria on this full-day hiking tour from Sofia. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rila Monastery, enjoy a scenic 2-hour hike to the St Ivan Rilski Cave, and admire the unique rock formations of Stob’s Pyramids.
More
  • Free Cancellation
From
$92.68
From
$92.68

Best of Bulgaria: Plovdiv, Rila Monastery, 7 Rila lakes in 2 day tours

Best of Bulgaria: Plovdiv, Rila Monastery, 7 Rila lakes in 2 day tours

star-5
Skip the car hire costs and see so much more than you could by bus on this great-value small-group guided tour with onboard Wi-Fi. On day 1, explore historic Bachkovo Monastery and Plovdiv Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with monuments spanning 2,000 years. On day 2, discover UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery and capture gorgeous photos at Seven Rila Lakes (chairlift own expense). Transfers are included for larger groups.
More
  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$125.48
Price varies by group size
From
$125.48
Price varies by group size

Shuttle to Rila Monastery from Sofia

Shuttle to Rila Monastery from Sofia

star-4.5
Visiting Bulgaria’s Rila Monastery is tricky without hiring a car. On this tour, tick it off easily with a round-trip shared transfer in an air-conditioned minivan. Meet your driver in central Sofia and travel to Rila Monastery. Enjoy time to explore the complex independently before returning with the shuttle back to Sofia.
More
  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$24.70
Price varies by group size
From
$24.70
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

One Day Trip to Rila Monastery and the Seven Rila lakes

One Day Trip to Rila Monastery and the Seven Rila lakes

star-4
Visit two UNESCO sites in a day and enjoy diverse experience in the heart of Rila Mountain where nature meets culture. Bulgaria is a country that offerce great diversity for tourists. High mountains and beautiful seaside, rich culture, ancient history, hot springs, fresh air and unspoiled nature - this all meets in its geographical borders. This adventure combines nature with culture and takes you on a day trip to two of the most popular UNESCO sites in the country - the Seven Rila Lakes and the Rila Monastery.
More
  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$120.41
Price varies by group size
From
$120.41
Price varies by group size

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

star-4.5
Travel with a small group to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church, two UNESCO World Heritage sites. An informative guide points out 19th-century paintings depicting the Bulgarian Renaissance at the country’s largest monastery, set against the beauty of the Rila mountains. In the afternoon, visit Boyana Church to view its medieval frescoes. You’ll travel round-trip by air-conditioned minivan from Sofia’s Alexander Nevski Square.
More
  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$38.02
From
$38.02
Taking safety measures

Rila monastery- Wine tasting - Boyana church

Rila monastery- Wine tasting - Boyana church

star-5
If you want to experience more of Bulgaria in just one day, don't miss this busy sightseeing tour with stops at two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a wine tasting, and hassle-free travel all included. Meet-up at a convenient downtown location before you're whisked to top landmarks to learn about Buglarian culture, see medieval art, and sample local varietals at a Medi Valley winery. Though entry fees and food are at your own expense, the tour's easy transportation and English-speaking guide make for a convenient, full-day adventure.
More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$74.14
Price varies by group size
From
$74.14
Price varies by group size

Rila Monastery Day Tour

Rila Monastery Day Tour

star-4.5
Get personalized attention on this 8-hour tour to Bulgaria's Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tour includes a scenic drive through the country's pine-forested Rila Mountains and pickup and drop-off at Sofia accommodations.
More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$49.55
From
$49.55

Private Self-guided tour in Rila Monastery

SPECIAL OFFER

Private Self-guided tour in Rila Monastery

star-4
Pre-book tickets to Rila Monastery to explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 1,000 years of history, plus Hrelio Tower, the ethnographic museum, guestrooms, and the monastery farm. Booking Rila Monastery tickets online combines the convenience of advance planning with the flexibility to arrive at any time of day, without being limited to a fixed tour schedule.
More
  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$6.14
$7.40
$1.26 savings
From
$6.14
$7.40
$1.26 savings
Taking safety measures

Rila monastery Private Day Tour From Sofia

Rila monastery Private Day Tour From Sofia

star-5
No visit to Sofia is complete without a trip outside the city, to explore the monuments and mountains adorning the picturesque Bulgarian countryside. With this full-day private tour, head into the mountains to see the celebrated Rila Monastery, where you can visit the monastery museum, see Rafail's Cross, and marvel at the frescoes in the Nativity of Mary church. Along the way, enjoy the sprawling mountain views, and stop for a lunch—at your own expense—to sample the local trout.
More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$63.38
Price varies by group size
From
$63.38
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Motorcycle day tour to Rila monastery

Motorcycle day tour to Rila monastery

star-5
This tour is a unique way to visit the most popular site in Bulgaria - Rila monastery. It is a great combination of adventure and sightseeing. Your way will be led by our highly professional and educated guide. The roads are carefully selected and will give you a real satisfaction. If you want to escape the ordinary way of traveling and have a license for motorcycle do not hesitate to join us.
More
  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$159.41
From
$159.41
Taking safety measures

From Sofia: Self-guided trip to Rila Monastery

From Sofia: Self-guided trip to Rila Monastery

Travel to Rila Monastery with ease and explore independently on this self-guided tour with a round-trip transfer. Depart from Sofia in a shared air-conditioned minivan with a driver and make your way to Rila National Park. Experience the area at your own pace before heading back to Sofia in your transfer.
More
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$24.70
Price varies by group size
From
$24.70
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes Self-Guided Shared Trip from Sofia

star-4.5
Reaching the Seven Rila Lakes by public transport typically involves two buses, a shuttle and most of your day. Take the pain out of transportation—while maintaining total independence—with this cost-effective shared transfer. Visit both these beautiful glacial lakes and the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with ample time for hiking.
More
  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$49.42
From
$49.42
Taking safety measures

The Monastery Heritage Of Bulgaria And Macedonia Private Day Tour

The Monastery Heritage Of Bulgaria And Macedonia Private Day Tour

star-5
Bulgaria and North Macedonia have their unique heritage, although they share the same turbulent past, typical for the full of intriguing history Balkan peninsula. Visit Bulgaria's most popular UNESCO site and one of the most beautiful Macedonian monasteries with our private day tour and discover the similarities between them as well as their distinctive differences.
More
  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$83.50
Price varies by group size
From
$83.50
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

5 days: Nature and pure beauty of Bulgaria

5 days: Nature and pure beauty of Bulgaria

We made this tour for people, who love touching nature in their comfort zone. Prepare for this trip in South and Southwest Bulgaria to touch the beauty, carved by nature, and places, where traditions are still alive! Jump in the van and listen to the legends of love, passion, and mountains. Pass the near villages and fell like a local tasting the Kapama and other Bulgarian dishes. With our tour, you can see the rich wildlife from millions of years ago till nowadays. You will be in three different mountains with their spirit – Rila, Pirin and Rhodopi mountains. These three mountains are Wisdom, Beaty, and Love. One phenomenon can’t be seen in the picture, you have to see and feel it! We wait for the adventure to call you!
More
  • 5 days
From
$823.82
Price varies by group size
From
$823.82
Price varies by group size

The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery

The Seven Rila Lakes & Rila Monastery

star-5
The mountains are one of Bulgaria’s great joys—especially for hikers—but can be hard to reach independently. Tailor-made for lovers of both walking and history, this action-packed day features a hike around the beautiful Seven Rila Lakes and a tour of the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour includes chair-lift ticket to the lakes but excludes monastery entrance fees.
More
  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$49.43
Price varies by group size
From
$49.43
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Explore The Best of Bulgaria In 7 Days

Explore The Best of Bulgaria In 7 Days

During this tour of Bulgaria you will have the chance to visit some of the most iconic cultural and historical sites of the country. At the same time you will experience the spirit of the destination in the best way. You will be accompanied by our experienced guide(s) and will be accommodated in highly rated hotels on the way. As we have taken care of all small details, during this all-inclusive tour you just relax and enjoy the trip.
More
  • 8 days
From
$1,470.51
Price varies by group size
From
$1,470.51
Price varies by group size

From Sofia: SPA and Rila monastery

From Sofia: SPA and Rila monastery

This tour represents one of the most popular attractions in Bulgaria – Rila monastery, and one of the best gifts of the country – the thermal springs. Enjoy your guiding tour to understand more Bulgarian history, walk in the beautiful nature and take relax away from the big city.
More
  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$80.32
Price varies by group size
From
$80.32
Price varies by group size

4 days: A short touch to Bulgaria

4 days: A short touch to Bulgaria

If you are on a business trip or you have limited time in Bulgaria, this tour is your first step to discover this pearl in the Balkan crown! Join your guide in the streets with cobblestones in Sofia, Plovdiv, Bansko and Melnik. Visit the biggest monasteries – Rila and Bachkovo. Feel like a local and feel the Bulgarian spirit. • Bachkovo monastery • Plovdiv • Dobarsko • Bansko • Rila monstery • Sofia
More
  • 4 days
From
$882.66
Price varies by group size
From
$882.66
Price varies by group size

Flexible Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church from Sofia

Flexible Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church from Sofia

star-3
Two UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1 day only. Rila Monastery is the largest, the most beautiful and the most important Bulgarian monastery, Boyana Church is famous for its proto-Renaissance wall paintings from the 13th century. Enjoy all this either in a self-guided or privately-guided tours.
More
  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$28.42
Price varies by group size
From
$28.42
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Filters

FAQ’s

We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Rila Monastery can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 68 Rila Monastery tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Rila Monastery costs USD 7.40. Guided Rila Monastery tours start around USD 7.40 per person. See all 68 Rila Monastery tickets and tours on Viator.