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THE CAVE OF SAINT JOHN AND THE RILA MONASTERY – DAY TOUR FROM SOFIA

TIME OF DEPARTURE : 09:00
DURATION : 8 hours
TOUR TOTAL LENGTH : 270 km
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HIGHLIGHTS:
  • A great combination of history and nature
  • Explore the Rila Monastery – the biggest and most important Bulgarian one
  • Enjoy a short refreshing hike in the mountain to the holy cave of Saint John
 
This day tour is a great combination of history and nature – the Rila Monastery and the holy cave of Saint John.

The meeting point for the tour is behind Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, near café La Cathedrale – please be there at 8:45. The departure is at 9:00 and since this is a group tour, we cannot wait much if you are late.

First, we will travel about two hours on a picturesque road to the Rila Monastery – this is the biggest and most important Bulgarian monastery, a UNESCO heritage site as well. There, for sure, you will be captured by its amazingly beautiful frescoes and architecture.

Then, if you have booked the guided option of the tour, you will have about 40-minute guided visit of the monastery, during which you will learn about the life of Saint John and about the history of the monastery – from the time of its establishment in the 10th century until nowadays. The guide will also show you and tell you the story of the more important frescoes, as well as the miraculous icons, situated in the church, and the relics of Saint John.

If you have booked the ‘transport only’ option, you will have more free time to explore the monastery on your own.

After the guided tour, at 12:00 we continue with a short 5-minute drive down the road, until we reach the beginning of the path to the holy cave of Saint John – the place, where he spent the last years of his life and considered to be a sacred area. The walking path to the cave is about 15-minutes, moderate difficulty, and it is a great refreshing walk in the nature. There, you will have the chance to pass through it and to drink water from the nearby spring, which is believed to be never freezing.

After the hike, we will go back to the monastery, where you will have 1 – 1.5 hours of free time, during which you can take photos, check the souvenir shops and have a lunch break. Since the dining options around the monastery are rather limited, we recommend you to bring some food from Sofia.

Around 14:00 – 14:30, you will head back to Sofia. The expected return is between 16:00 and 16:30, depending on the traffic and on the group size.

 
PRICE INCLUDES:
  •          Professional English – speaking guide
  •          Group tour
  •          Transportation by a comfortable bus/ minibus
  •          Trip to the Rila Monastery and the cave of Saint John
 
PRICE EXCLUDES:
  •          Food and drinks
  •          Gratuities (optional)
 
OTHER INFORMATION:
-          Booking in advance and confirmation is required!  
-          Meeting time: 8:45 am - the van/bus departs at 9 am and will not wait if you are late! 
-          Meeting point: BEHIND Alexander Nevsky Cathedral- near Café La Cathedrale - search for the City Tour van/ bus https://maps.app.goo.gl/6Jged3nrFefC9j4y8
-          Return point: returns to the original location
-          Please wear comfortable walking shoes! 
-          People should have their knees and shoulders covered in order to enter the monastery!
-          If your tour is during the weekend, please have in mind that the restaurants in the area could be crowded so you can bring your own food from Sofia in order to have more free time at the monastery. 
-          Bring cash with you (preferably local currency) – the shops and the restaurants in the area of the monastery accept mostly cash payments so it is important to have some money with you. 
-          Day trip duration: about 8 hours

PRICE INFO
Persons Unit price Total
1 € 35.00 € 35.00
2 € 35.00 € 70.00
3 € 35.00 € 105.00
4 € 35.00 € 140.00
5 € 35.00 € 175.00
6 € 35.00 € 210.00
7 € 35.00 € 245.00
8 € 35.00 € 280.00
The Cave of Saint John and the Rila Monastery – Day Tour from Sofia
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