From Sofia: Rila Monastery and Plovdiv Day Trip

See the best of Bulgaria in 1 day. This self-guided, shared shuttle tour will take you to both the UNESCO Rila Monastery in the Rila National park in the morning and then in the afternoon to the city of Plovdiv - the cultural capital of Bulgaria. In the morning the shuttle bus will take you to the Rila Monastery where you have more than 1 hour to explore the site at your own pace. The complex is compact in size so the time allows to see the most important parts of it. After that in the afternoon the shared shuttle will take you on a 3.5 hours journey through the scenic mountains of Bulgaria to the city of Plovdiv - one of Bulgaria's most visited cultural and historical sites. You have more than 4.5 hours to explore the historical city center on your own. Driver will provide you with a tourist map and tips for what to see.

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13 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Professional driving services
    • Shared transfers to Plovdiv city and Rila monastery by comfortable A/C minibus
    • Transportation with airconditioned vehicle
    • Entry/Admission - Rila Shuttle
    What's excluded :
    • Entrance fees (optional) Rila monastery museum : €4 per person
    • Guiding services
    • Meals & personal expenses
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila 2643 Bulgaria

    Explore the UNSECO Rila Monstery at your own pace

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Plovdiv Province

    Scroll through the culture capital of Bulgaria at your own pace. Or maybe join the free walking tour of the city. Your driver will leave you at a convenient place close to the city center for a tour of your own.

    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Rila National Park, Rila Bulgaria

    Drive through the stunning Rila National park in Bulgaria

    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Rila Mountains, Rila Bulgaria

    Enoy the stunning views of the Rila Mountains

    Stop At: Rila Shuttle, 8 5, 4003 Karshiaka, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

    Travel the Rila Shuttle for efficient and comfortable transport from Sofia city

    Duration: 7 hours

  • Departure Point :
    ploshtad "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski", pl. "Sveti Aleksandar Nevski", 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
    Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A dress code is required to enter the Rila Monastery. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved in the city of Plovdiv
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by URCA Ltd

Activity ID: V-15352P9

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