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Rila-Monastery-Plovdiv


Rila Monastery-Plovdiv Tour can be organised all year round.

Rila Monastery is situated in the South-West part of Bulgaria, built in the 10th century, between 927-941, in the deep valley of Rilska River, at an elevation of 1147m above sea level. Since 1983 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rila Monastery is the most popular tourist attraction in Bulgaria. Rila Monastery is the oldest and the biggest monastery in Bulgaria.

Ivan Rilski (876-946) was the first Bulgarian hermit. The legend says that Saint Ivan Rilski has helped people by doing miracles.

Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in the world, with more than 6000 years of history. It was built betwen 7 hills. 2400 year ago the city was conquered by Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great. The city was renamed – Philippopolis, it means The city of Philip. The contemporary name Plovdiv is one of the varieties of Philippopolis. The beautiful houses in Plovdiv Old Town were mostly built in 18th and 19th century.

We are going to pick you up at 08:30 from your accommodation place. Our trip to Rila Monastery takes approximately 2 hours. Once we get there, you can have up to 2 hours to discover Rila Monastery and the museums inside the complex. After having visited the monastery, you can taste mekitsi, traditional Bulgarian donuts, at the little bakery on the corner, right outside of the monastery. After that, depending on the time we can visit also the cave where Ivan Rilski, the founder of the monastery, was living as a hermit. We can drive a little further to a place where there is great view over the mountains. There are a few nice restaurants in the area, where we can have a lunch. Another 3 hours on the road and we arrive to Plovdiv, where our walk goes through the old town of Plovdiv and the city centre. Arriving back in Sofia around 21:00.

Prices:

Group Tour 1-2 persons – 150 EUR per tour

Group Tour 3-12 perons – 50 EUR per person

Group Tour 13 or more persons – by request

Private Tour 1-3 persons – 230 EUR per tour

Private Tour 4-6 persons – 320 EUR per tour

Private Tour 7 or more persons – by request

Group Tour – You are going to share the trip with other travelers

Private Tour – Just you, no other people

All prices include transportation and English speaking attendants.