Self-guided tour in Rila Monastery
History & heritage tours

Self-guided tour in Rila Monastery

Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , French , Spanish , German , Russian , Dutch
Availability: Everyday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 3 hours
Do this because
  • Enjoy a day out at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Monastery of Saint Ivan
  • See the biggest and the most respected Bulgarian monastery
  • Explore the grounds at your own pace with an e-guide
What to expect

Enjoy a day out at the Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, with your entrance ticket. Better known as the Rila Monastery, it is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. The Rila Monastery is located in 1147 meters altitude in the middle of the fragrant coniferous forests.

Explore the 8800 square meters complex with your self-guided tour including the dwellings and farming buildings. Admire the The Rila Monastery's unique architecture which from the outside resembles a fortress. It has 24-meter stone walls which form an irregular pentagon. When you enter the monastery’s yard from one of the two iron gates you will be surprised by the arches and colonnades, covered wooden stairs and carved verandas and the 300-400 monastic cells.

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What's included
  • E-guide in the monastery
What's not included
  • Tour guide
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Additional entrance fees for other sights inside

Rila, 2643, Bulgaria

Meeting point:

Begin your self-guide tour at the entrance of the Monastery during open hours.

What to remember
  • Entrance in the monastery complex and church is free of charge. If you choose to enter the History museum you must pay 8.00 BGN per person, on-site
  • Reading material is available in English, Russian, Bulgarian, Italian, French, German, Romanian, Spanish, Dutch
    • Please contact the tour operator to request your preferred language
    • You will find their information on the voucher after booking
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  • Daily from 7.00am to 8.00pm
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VIP-Sliven Ltd.
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.

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