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Rila Monastery Tours

There’s a reason why the 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 travelers to a place that is almost otherworldly. Nearly 1 million people find their way to this treasured destination every year. 

Travelers can explore the cloisters, farming buildings and church. The museum, which offers an in-depth look at the monastery’s history and function, also showcases hand-woven national costumes donated from neighboring towns are on display. The nearby cave of St. Ivan of Rila continues to rank among the most popular stops on a tour of Rila Monastery. According to tradition, St. Ivan of Rila, the hermit who founded the monastery, lived in this cave while his students built what would eventually become Bulgaria’s most famous spiritual center. 

Practical Info

Travelers can take the E79 International Route between Sofia and Kulata to the monastery. It’s located about 25 kilometers from Kocherinovo. Visitors must wear clothing that covers shoulders, knees and elbows in order to tour the grounds.

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Rila Monastery Entrance Ticket, Bulgaria, null
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Rila Monastery Entrance Ticket

Enjoy a day out at the Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in ...  Read more

Location: Rila, Bulgaria
Duration: 2 to 6 hrs

From USD $10.76
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with Light Lunch, Sofia, Attraction Tickets
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church with Light Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

The tour includes a visit of Rila Monastery, recognized as a part of UNESCO world heritage site. The next stop will be another UNESCO site- Boyana church. This ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.46
Rila Monastery Day Tour, Sofia, Full-day Tours
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Rila Monastery Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

On this 8-hour guided tour, which includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Sofia, you'll be introduced to the beautiful and vibrant Rila Monastery. Set among ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.95
Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour, Sofia, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Rila Monastery and Wine Tasting Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Rila Monastery private tour will take you to Bulgaria's most important and visited historical site and even more -  Bulgaria's most visited UNESCO place, the ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.55
Rila Monastery Bike Tour from Sofia, Sofia, Full-day Tours
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Rila Monastery Bike Tour from Sofia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Exciting one day bike trip in Rila Monastery valley. Enjoy a bike ride on village roads with great views to Rila mountains, have a fresh trout for lunch and ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.61
Rila Monastery Day Trip from Sofia, Sofia, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Rila Monastery Day Trip from Sofia

This tour will show you one of the best Bulgarian monasteries and UNESCO sight - the Rila Monastery.

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.26
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia, Sofia, Day Trips
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

4.5 star rating: Recommended 101 Reviews

Discover two of Bulgaria’s UNESCO World Heritage gems on this day trip from Sofia. Traveling by minivan, admire rural Bulgaria on route to the Rila Monastery ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.87
Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes in one day from Sofia, Sofia, Day Trips
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Rila Monastery and 7 Rila Lakes in one day from Sofia

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

This self-guided, shared shuttle tour will take you to both the 7 Rila Lakes area in the morning and then in the afternoon to the UNESCO Rila Monastery in the ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.82
Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour, Sofia, Day Trips
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Rila monastery shuttle will take you to Bulgaria's most important and visited historical site and even more - two UNESCO places, amongst with Boyana church. ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.87
Boyana Church and Rila Monastery Full Day Private Tour from Sofia, Sofia, Full-day Tours
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Boyana Church and Rila Monastery Full Day Private Tour from Sofia

Visit Rila Monastery and Boyana church, UNESCO World Heritage sites. Relive history as your guide's commentary takes you back into time. This is a Private ...  Read more

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.85

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