Tour 1: One day tour from Sofia to Rila Monastery - Boyana Church - Sofia. 2 Unesco Sites in one day.
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Tour dates: Every day (private tour.) Tour duration: 6-9 hours. Best period: all year.
Tour guide: english, greek, german, russian, french, spanish.... on request.

English, german, spanish, french, russian speaking drivers on request.
Price include: Entrance, hotel-airport pick up, fuel, road and parking taxes, vehicle
and passenger seat insurance, english speaking driver (on request), no hidden charges.
Price don't include: Lunch:6-10 euros/person, tour guide-50 euros, museum tax-4 euros.

Price per person:
1 pers. - 74 euros; 2 pers. - 37 euro/pers. 3 pers. - 25 euro/pers. 4 pers. - 19 euro/pers.
5 pers. - 18 euro/pers. 6 pers. - 15 euro/pers.
7 pers. - 18 euro/pers. 8 pers. - 16 euro/pers.
9 pers. - 17 euro/pers. 10 pers. - 16 euro/pers. 11 pers. - 14 euro/pers. 12 pers. - 13 euro/pers.

Prices per VEHICLE.

Passengers

Taxi
1-4
Van
5-6
Van
7-8
Van
9-12

Coach
13-59

Distance
   km

Duration
min

Price in euros

€74

€89

€130

€155 ask 130 kms 110 min


Departure after breakfast when you wish from your hotel, or apartment in Sofia. Our driver will meet you at the reception in the hotel, or at your apartment. It takes 2 hours to get to the Monastery. Then you have time (1-3 hours) to see the Monastery. In the Monastery you will also have the chance to visit: The Church "Birth of the Holly Virgin", the coffin of Tsar Boris III, The Monastery Kitchen /called Magernitsa/, Hrelyo's defence tower, Transfiguration Chapel, The Museum. Visit to Saint Yoan’s Cave /possible only in good weather. After that you can have lunch (6-10 euro per person, trout fish, pork, chicken, salad, beer or wine, bread). On the way back you can stop for a home made honey if you want to buy. At 3- 4pm. you are back in Sofia. The monastery offers accommodation while the area around it has grown into a developed tourist centre with plenty of restaurants and hotels. Once in the neighbourhood, it is worth trying the delicious mountain trout caught in the Rilska river or special breading pools by the river and offered in most of the restaurants around. Price for a bed at the monastery: 15 USD. The Rila Monastery has an unique architecture and is recognized by UNESCO as part of the world heritage list. Pictures from the tour:

Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery
Tourists from USA, Michigan(79,84 years)
Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery-entrance
Rila Monastery
Trout fish, salad, beer, bred, desert,
Rila Monastery honey, family business 1927y
Restaurant Eleshnitsa
John of Rila's prayer rock.
John of Rila's prayer rock.
The Church at the Grave, also named the Church of The Assumption of St. John of Rila was built about 1746 and rebuilt in 1820.  His first burial was in the cave.  Then he was moved several times because each king wanted the saint's body in their capital.  In 1496 he is returned to Rila Monastery
Just across from the spring is the rock where St. John of Rila (Ivan Rilski) prayed every day, facing east.  He lived with the four basic elements:  earth, fire, water and air or wind.



The cave of John of Rila, also known as Ivan Rilski





Museum-junkman
Museum-junkman
Museum-junkman
     
Boyana Church
Boyana Church
Boyana Church

 

For group 1- 6 passengers, taxi, cars, FREE Wi-Fi, fully Insured, air condition, airbags, GPS, TV, DVD, CD, MP3,

OPEL ZAFIRA (6+1), A/C
VW TOURAN (6+1), A/C VOLKSWAGEN CADDY (4+1) Hyundai Sonata (4+1)
Mercedes E class (4+1)
Mercedes C class (4+1) Audi A4 1.9 TDI (4+1) Mercedes E class combi(4+1),A/C

For group 9-59 passengers:
Bus, Coaches with air condition, video, TV, mini bar, microphone. Fully Insured, 2012-2015 year.
   
Mercedes Sprinter 518 CDI (20+1 passengers), air condition, TV, DVD, CD, radio, microphone
VW Crafter (20+1 passengers), air condition, TV, DVD, CD, radio, microphone
Scania Irizar (49+1+1 passengers), air condition, coffe, fridge, WC, TV, DVD, CD, radio, 2 monitors
 
Hotels, accommodation near Rila Monastery: Hotel "Tzrev Vrah" Price: double bedroom: 45 BGN (23 euros), Resort Complex Gorski Kut, Hotel & Restaurant Pchelina,  Motel & Restaurant „Pri Chicho Kiro”

Rila Monasery was founded in the l0th century by the Bulgarian monk St. Ivan of Rila and was rebuilt in the l3th -l4th century. From that time are the fortress tower (1334), the bishop's throne, richly carved doors and some manuscripts, icon-paintings and church plates. In the l5th century, when Bulgaria fell to the Ottoman Turks, the monastery was abandoned for a short time but in the second half of the same century it was restored to a new life. The Rila Monastery has been listed as a world monument of culture. Leave the bustle of Sofia and travel the 110-km road through tranquil countryside to the heart of Rila Mountains - the highest mountain on the Balkan. The legends, history, beautiful nature and art are all abundant in and around Rila Monastery (UNESCO). From your guide you will learn everything about them in an informative and entertaining way. Your guide will trace and illustrate the history of the biggest Bulgarian monastic complex with the lecture in the monastery museum. In the courtyard, while admiring the vivid frescoes of the main church, you will understand about the worldview and morals of the most notorious Bulgarian painters of the 19th century. Inside the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin church, you will see the biggest gilded iconostasis on the Balkans, the grave of the last Bulgarian monarch (who played a significant part in saving the Bulgarian Jews during the WWII) and much more. You will have plenty of free time to also explore the monastery yourself. Lunch can be arranged a nearby restaurant, where the tasty local delicacies have their own interesting colloquial stories.

 

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