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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

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    Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila 2643 Bulgaria

    Rila Monastery was founded in the 10th century by St John of Rila, a hermit canonized by the Orthodox Church. His ascetic dwelling and tomb became a holy site and were transformed into a monastic complex which played an important role in the spiritual and social life of medieval Bulgaria. Destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 19th century, the complex was rebuilt between 1834 and 1862. A characteristic example of the Bulgarian Renaissance (18th–19th centuries), the monument symbolizes the awareness of a Slavic cultural identity following centuries of occupation.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Boyana Church, 3 Boyansko Ezero Str., Sofia 1616 Bulgaria

    Located on the outskirts of Sofia, Boyana Church consists of three buildings. The eastern church was built in the 10th century, then enlarged at the beginning of the 13th century by Sebastocrator Kaloyan, who ordered a second two storey building to be erected next to it. The frescoes in this second church, painted in 1259, make it one of the most important collections of medieval paintings. The ensemble is completed by a third church, built at the beginning of the 19th century. This site is one of the most complete and perfectly preserved monuments of east European medieval art.

    Duration: 1 day 6 hours
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    Departure Point
    Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Sofia Bulgaria, alexander nevsky cathedral, 1000 Old City Center, София, Bulgaria
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    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • English-speaking driver/guide
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Entrance fee for Boyana church
    • Food and drinks
    • Audio-guide (Eg, Es, It, Rus, Ger) payable onsite for 5€ per person
    • Live Guide in Spanish, Italian, French - 60 € per booking
    • Hotel pickup
    • Hotel drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - Boyana Church
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    It was a good tour. Very beatiful the monastery. excellent guide!! I recommend it as a tour to do!!!
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    Definitely recommend this trip with V Travel as their guides seem to really know the history behind the sites. Ivan was out guide and he had an answer for every question we had about sites we visited. It can be a long trip but our guide was friendly and made sure everyone was
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    Excellent communication right from the start (tour booking) until the very end. Very good tour guide/driver, a small group made the tour more familiar. Very interesting places included (both Rila Monastery and Boyana Church). Punctuality, good service, very reasonable
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    Response from Victor K, Manager at Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour
    Responded 20 Sep 2019
    Thank you so much for appreciating our efforts!
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    We had a great day visiting the Rila Monastery and Boyana Church. We had enough time to visit the monastery on our own, take some pictures and buy some food/souvenirs outside the monastery. I don't remember the name of the driver unfortunately but he was very knowledgeable, with
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    I feel its important to start of by saying that Rila Monastery is absolutely breath taking and a MUST SEE... However, I feel as though there could certainly be better tours available as our tour guide, who was very informative, unfortunately lacked any charisma and enthusiasm
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    Response from Victor K, Manager at Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour
    Responded 29 Aug 2019
    Dear Philip, we thank you very much for your feedback. We have notified our guide for his lack of enthusiasm and would certainly make an effort to make all our guests happy. Please note however, that the Rila Monastery is a cultural informative tour, quite different from Sofia Free tour which could be rather qualified as an entertainment... "Semi-cheap" is difficult to understand though as you have paid 23 Eur per person for a full day guided tour including 260 kms transportation and all taxes and commissions included...we don't really see how we could make this tour cheaper!
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    • Duration: 9h
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    • Languages Offered: English, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
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