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The Monastery Heritage Of Bulgaria And Macedonia Private Day Tour

Bulgaria and North Macedonia have their unique heritage, although they share the same turbulent past, typical for the full of intriguing history Balkan peninsula. Visit Bulgaria's most popular UNESCO site and one of the most beautiful Macedonian monasteries with our private day tour and discover the similarities between them as well as their distinctive differences.

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10 hours


Hotel pickup available


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  • What's included :
    • Parking Fees
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • TripAdvisor Experiences brokerage fee
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Entrance fee for Rila monastery museum
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Rila Monastery, Rila 2643 Bulgaria

    We will start our tour with a pick up from your hotel in Sofia at 8.30 am. After 2 hours journey we will reach the parking lot of the monastery complex.

    Few are the places in the world, which are more beautiful than the holiest place for all of the Bulgarians. From the beginning we will be amazed by the beauty of Rila mountain, which like proud giant protects the monastery complex. The first touch with the cloister is also one of a kind - the warm colours of the monastery walls are forming incredible palette with the forest hills surrounding them, just like a painting from a marvelous artist. In addition we will see the outstanding frescoes of the church "Nativity of Mary", because of which the monastery today is the most popular tourists site in Bulgaria and part of UNESCO World Heritage.

    Here we will spend about 2 hours, visiting the monastery museum (entrance fee included) and exploring in deep details the secrets of the church and its frescoes. Of course there would be plenty time for pictures as well.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Monastery of St Joakim Osogovski, Kriva Palanka Republic of North Macedonia

    At noon we will depart from Rila monastery towards our next destination in the country of North Macedonia - The Osogovo monastery complex.

    After hour and a half journey we will reach the border checkpoint between Bulgaria and its Southwestern neighbour. After crossing we will have something like 15 minutes of driving to our destination, which is located just 20 km from the border.

    Our first stop would be the restaurant above the cloister, where we can try some authentic Macedonian dishes (lunch is at own expense and it is not compulsory).

    At 3 pm we will take the steps from the parking lot to the yard of one of the most beautiful Macedonian monastery complexes. Here we will learn about its turbulent past, which starts somewhere in XI c. and how important is this place for all the people, who live in the area. We will visit both of the churches, situated in a gorgeous valley between the lovely hills of Osogovo mountain and make a comparison and parallels between the Bulgarian and North Macedonian monastery heritage.

    At 4 pm we wills set for our journey back to Sofia. Our tour will finish somewhere 6.30 pm with a drop off at your hotel.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pickups are from your hotel in Sofia. Please provide the name of the hotel at the time of booking in order to arrange a pick up.
    Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • 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 Travel Society Ltd.

Activity ID: V-88624P13

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