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Sightseeing – Sofia city OR the Rila Monastery

We have arranged two sightseeing tours, which you can book in addition to the registration.
If you choose to participate in the tours you will be contacted by our team. The payment will be handled during the online registration.
Please note if you have booked a tour and cannot participate we might still need to ask you to pay for it, if we cannot sell your seat to somebody else.

By enjoying one of the trips you support the Bulgarian HD association.

Sofia city; duration 2-2,5 hours, price: 12 Euro (no entrance fees incl)

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Friday 22.09: 09:00 – 11.30
Sunday 24.09:  13:00 -15.30

Start point from Hotel Ramada for both trips

Places we will visit during the walking tour:
  • National Palace of Culture
  • Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan
  • Rotunda "Saint George"
  • Bulgarian National Bank
  • National Gallery of Art and Ethnographic Museum
  • Russian Church
  • National Assembly
  • Temple Alexander Nevsky
  • National history museum
Duration: 2/2.5 hours with a professional guide in the relevant language

UNESCO listed Rila Monastry; duration appr. 6,5 hours, price: 62 Euro

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Thursday: 21.09: 13.00- 19.30

Start point from Hotel Ramada

13:00 - Departure to Rila Monastery – Located 120 km from Sofia.
14:30 - Arrival at Rila mountain.
Situated at an altitude of 1147 meters, the monastery is located on the right bank of the river Rila and is a unique architectural, historical and cultural monument of Bulgaria from the time of the Renaissance. Rila Monastery, known also as the Holy Rila monastery over the centuries, has played an outstanding role in Bulgarian history in the struggle of the Bulgarian people for their spiritual and political freedom. It was founded in the 10th century from St. Ivan Rilski, while the modern monastery was built in the period from 1816–1847 from Renaissance masters. In the central church "Virgin Birth" there are relics of St. Ivan Rilski. In the courtyard is a "fortress tower" with its famous crypt "Transfiguration."
As a monument of exceptional importance and value, the monastery was included in the list of monuments of culture under the protection of UNESCO.
16:00 - Lunch in traditional Bulgarian restaurant.
16:30 - Free time.
18:00 - Departure for Sofia

  • Transport
  • lunch at venue
  • English speaking guide
  • free entrance to the Monastery

  • Other expenses not mentioned in the price includes
  • Tips