Full Day Rila Monastery and Plovdiv Tour

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 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.

We won't have time for a restaurant meal, just packed lunch or fast food.

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

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9 to 10 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Driver/guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • WiFi on board
    • Optional free hotel pick-up and drop-off if you are 3 or more
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Optional hotel pick-up and drop-off if you are 2 or fewer will be 5 euro each
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv 4000 Bulgaria

    Visit to Plovdiv

    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila 2643 Bulgaria

    Visit to the Rila Monastery

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Sofia's Central Market Hall, бул. „княгиня Мария Луиза“ 25, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We also offer a hotel pick-up, but unless you contact us to arrange a pick-up, we will pick you up at the parking of Hali Market, which is between the mosque and the synagogue and is situated on Maria Luzia Boulevard. We can arrange pick-up from Hotels, Hostels, AirBnBs, Airport and so on.
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • 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 Smart Trans Bulgaria

Activity ID: V-102527P1

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