Small Group Tour: Rila Monastery and Melnik

- Get more of your holiday by booking an intensive small group guided tour to the hightlights of southwest Bulgaria;
- Visit the overwhelming Rila Monastery and let the guide relive its history and enlight you on its present day status;
- Admire the priceless frescoe masterpieces of most notable 19th century Bulgarian painters
- Enrich your experience by tasting local delicacies and in this way involving all your sences;
- Enjoy sights of the tranquil Bulgarian countryside and its sleepy villages, while your guide introduces you to Bulgarian everyday countryside life;
- Tour the smallest Bulgarian town, famous for its architecture, stunning surroundings and wine production.
- The Melnik Pyramids are fantistic phenomenon. Use wisely the recommended photo stops! :)
- In Melnik discover the impressive Rivaval Period style house of Kordopoulo’s family and peek into its tunnel-like wine cellar.

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  • What's included :
    • Professional guide
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Pass By: St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Aleksander Nevski Square, Sofia Bulgaria

    Depart early morning at 07:00 from the parking behind Alexander Nevski Cathedral, just in front of LaCattedrale restaurant

    Stop At: Melnik, Melnik, Blagoevgrad Province

    The smallest town in Bulgarian with only 208 inhabitants, Melnik still preserves part of its glory from 14th till19th-century, when it had been a flourishing tobacco and wine-producing center, whose fame was spread by local merchants to many European countries. Today, the city is famous for its lovely white houses and cobbled streets, mild climate, internationally recognized brands of red wine. You will have a guided walking tour through the city and enter the biggest Bulgarian Revival Period style house and its tunnel-like wine cellar.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila 2643 Bulgaria

    Rila Monastery (UNESCO site) and its architecture and the frescoes present the apogee of the Bulgarian Renaissance art. With an about 1-hour guided tour of the most treasured monuments in the inner yard and the Monastery museum, you will learn the most fascinating facts and stories about the biggest Bulgarian monastery complex. You will also have free time to buy souvenirs, make more photos or to continue to explore it by yourself.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Aleksander Nevski Square, Sofia Bulgaria

    Arrival back at the starting point of the tour at approximately 19:00

  • Departure Point :
    Aleksandar Nevski Square, 1000 Old City Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
    Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Women should not be with short skirts and "naked" shoulders. Traventuria recommends: Comfortable clothes and walking shoes
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 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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Activity ID: V-6992P12

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