Rila Monastery Day Tour

The Rila Monastery Day Tour is one of our absolute Best Sellers.

The Rila Monastery is located at altitude of 1147 meters in the middle of the fragrant coniferous forests of Rila Mountain. It is a complex of cultural, dwelling and farming buildings which take about 8800 square meters. The Rila Monastery has an unique architecture. Outside it looks like a fortress, the 24-meter stone walls form irregular pentagon. That’s why when a tourist enters the monastery’s yard from one of the two iron gates he is surprised by its architecture: arches and colonnades, covered wooden stairs and carved verandas and more than 300 monastic cells. The church of the Nativity of the Virgin is the monastery’s main church and the core of the architectural ensemble.

The Rila Monastery Day Tour will give you a complete information on the development of the Christianity in Bulgaria.

Why Book the Day Tour to the Rila Monastery with us?

  • Have an exceptional guide, that will go beyond your expectations by knowledge, flexibility and professionalism
  • Enjoy a ride by a comfortable and non-smoking vehicle with wi-fi on board
  • Get the information that will be just enough. Not less than necessary and not boring
  • Choose your own pick up time
  • Do the tour at your pace
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel/address included

Good to Know!

  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Bring long sleeve shirt or a scarf to cover your shoulders. Best is to cover your legs as well.
  • Have some warm blouse or pullover. Even in the summer it can be chilly
  • Have a sun-protection cream handy
  • It would be good to have a hat and sunglasses as well

In this this tour can be included visit to the Boyana church.

For other day tours, please see here: Day Tours from Sofia


PRICE FROM: 35 euro

DURATION: 7 hours

The Rila Monastery Tour operates every day.

For more information about prices, booking and payment options, please contact us. We will respond within 2 to 12 hours.


  • Do the tour at your own pace with a professional tour guide speaking your language
  • Visit the museum of the monastery where your guide will give you interesting facts about the objects on display
  • Choose your own departure time
  • Have a comfortable vehicle. All our vehicles please see here
  • WI-FI on board


This tour can be paid on line by credit card, paypal or bank transfer.

Upon booking we require 30% downpayment.


You can choose one of the following payment modes:

  • Bank transfer to our Bulgarian account – a surcharge of 7 euro will be applied
  • Bank transfer to our Revolut British account – no charges from our side will be applied
  • Paying by credit card on line via our site – a supplement fee of 2% will be applied for VISA and Master Card
  • Paypal – a supplementary fee of 4% will be applied

Balance payment

For the payment of the balance you can choose one of the forecited modes including cash on spot upon arrival. You can pay in USD, Euro, AUD, Your currency (no matter what it is) or Bulgarian lev (BGN).


  • 7 days prior to date of activity – Free cancellation
  • 4 to 6 days prior to date of activity – 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement)
  • 3 days prior to date of activity – 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement)
  • Less than 3 days prior to date – 100% cancellation Fee (No reimbursement)


Trip Facts

  • By one of our comfortable sedans or minivans Mercedes Viano
  • Professional Tour Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
  • The Ethnographic museum in the Rila monastery

Day 1

<p>9:00 – Pick up from your hotel/address.</p>

Day 2
Rila monastery

<p>11:00 – Scheduled time of arrival at the Rila monastery.</p><p>Guided sightseeing tour of the monastery and the ethnographic museum.</p><p>Your professional English speaking guide will give you an informative tour of the entire monastic complex. Have some free time for photos.</p><p></p><p>13:30 – Lunch </p><p></p><p>14:30 – Departure to Sofia</p>

Day 3

<p>16:30 – 17:00 – Return to your hotel/address.</p><p></p><p>Schedule is exemplary. You can choose your own departure time.</p><p></p><p></p>

Price Includes:

  • Admission fee at the museum of the monastery
  • Transport, parking fees, vignette
  • Professional English speaking guide. Upon request we provide guides in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese.

Price doesn't Include:

  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional activity costs

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Rila Monastery Day Tour

Trip Facts

  • By one of our comfortable sedans or minivans Mercedes Viano
  • Professional Tour Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
  • The Ethnographic museum in the Rila monastery
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