Rila Monastery and Plovdiv: only 49€! – Join a GROUP
We are the only company that offers this unique combination of tour to Rila Monastery and Plovdiv in just one day. Visit the two most visited locations in one day from the comfort of a car with this amazing tour. The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the Rila Mountains, and is the most visited location in Bulgaria and for a good reason. Plovdiv’s history spans 6,000 years, it’s the second biggest city in Bulgaria, it has traces of a Neolithic settlement dating to roughly 4000 BC. Read more about the sights bellow…
Why choose our tours:
- Very easy logistics:
For an additional fee we can pick you up from your hotel or an address you choose, and we can bring you back to your hotel, the airport or an address you choose. The tour will be with a car and an English speaking driver for you who will be with you and show you the sights and will do all he can to meet your needs. This tour is around 10 hours.
Keep in mind we will not have time for a restaurant-style meal, we will have about half an hour in Plovdiv for options of the nice street food of the city, or if you brought lunch with you.
Approximate schedule, it can be plus/minus 30 minutes at those stops, depending on the day and the traffic:
09:00 Meet and leave Sofia
11:00 Joining a walking tour of Plovdiv
13:30 Little time for packed or fast food lunch
14:00 We leave Plovdiv
16:45 We explore the Rila Monastery
17:45 We leave for Sofia
19:00 We arrive back in Sofia
- Great prices:
Price per person – 49 euro per person ~ 99 Bulgarian leva per person
You pay to the driver at the end of the tour. We prefer if you can pay in Bulgarian Leva cash, but if you don’t have Leva, we also accept credit card or Euro.
- Information about the places:
The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is situated in the Rila Mountains, 117 km (73 mi) south of the capital Sofia in the deep valley of the Rilska River at an elevation of 1,147 m (3,763 ft) above sea level. The monastery is named after its founder, the hermit Ivan of Rila (876 – 946 AD). Founded in the 10th century, the Rila Monastery is regarded as one of Bulgaria’s most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments and is a key tourist attraction for both Bulgaria and Southern Europe. In 2008 alone, it attracted 900,000 visitors. If you want to be among the lucky ones who have visited this amazing site, join our tours and let’s have a great time together!
Plovdiv’s history spans 6,000 years, it’s the second biggest city in Bulgaria, it has traces of a Neolithic settlement dating to roughly 4000 BC, ranking it among the world’s oldest cities. Plovdiv was known in the West for most of its recorded history by the Greek name Philippoupolis , which was introduced in 340 BC. Plovdiv was originally a Thracian city before later becoming a Greek city, and then a major Roman city. In the Middle Ages, it retained its strategic regional importance, changing hands between the Byzantine and Bulgarian Empires. It came under Ottoman rule in the 14th century. On 4 January 1878, Plovdiv was liberated from Ottoman rule by the Russian army. It remained within the borders of Bulgaria until July of the same year, when it became the capital of the autonomous Ottoman region of Eastern Rumelia. In 1885, Plovdiv and Eastern Rumelia itself became part of Bulgaria. It is probably the most visited city in Bulgaria after Sofia, and has always amazed all its visitors with the breath taking architectural mixture it offers.
We offer many more tours to interesting locations all over Bulgaria and the surrounding countries. You can make a combinations of any of these tours and maximise your experience in Bulgaria!