Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery

ūüĆł Next Tour: May 25- 31

Rila Monastery

Whether ancient monuments, pagan temples, Roman fortresses or Christian icon paintings РBulgaria offers a variety of historical sites of key importance to human heritage. The Rila Monastery was established in the 10th century by St. John of Rila, who was the first Bulgarian hermit declared a saint while he was still alive, and is one of the largest monasteries together with those in Bachkovo and Trojan.

 Rila Monastery with its unique architecture, frescoes and altars contributes to our understanding of Christian art and culture. The historical villages at the slopes of the Balkans still retain their special charm, for every visitor to experience, explore and enjoy. In 1983 the monastery was declared a monument of culture under the protection of UNESCO. His religious status was restored in 1991 after the fall of communism.

Visit with Us the Thracian Valley, Sofia, Rila Monastery, Melnik, The Valley of Roses, Bansko, Rozhen Monastery, Plovdiv, Shipka Pass

On our bus tours across beautiful Bulgaria you will experience scenic landscapes, wine tastings, outdoor photography workshops,  rose picking & much more!

ūüď∑¬† ¬† Photography Workshops with¬†Loic Lagarde,¬†daily
¬†ūüć∑¬† ¬† ¬†Wine Tastings in famous Wineries¬†
¬†‚õ∑ÔłŹ¬† ¬†Qualified English and German speaking Tour Guide & Sommelier
¬†ūü•ě¬† ¬†¬†Delicious¬†Traditional¬†Bulgarian Cuisine Included¬†
¬†ūüĆ≤¬† ¬† Accommodation in ¬†Katarino¬†&¬†Starosel¬†in a¬†Double room with¬†Bath or Shower / WC, Satellite TV, free Wi-Fi¬†
¬†ūüíĖ¬† ¬†Mineral Water Springs 45¬į,¬†Sauna, Breathtaking Panorama,¬†Steam Room
¬†‚ėÄÔłŹ¬† ¬†Admission to all Attractions
¬†ūüöź¬† ¬†Travel with air- conditioned bus & airport transfer
ūüćÄ 7 days in Bulgaria
¬†ūüŹĚÔłŹ¬†¬†Travel Price from $1390

1 Day

Arrival in Sofia

A city with many faces: Sofia, Serdika, Sredets

A walking tour through the historic center of¬†Sofia, one of the oldest cities in Europe. The highlight of our visit is the¬†Alexander Nevsky Cathedral¬†– one of Sofia’s landmarks and a remarkable work of orthodox architecture and icon painting.¬†Photography & Panoramic¬†Landscapes.

2 Day

Discover the wonders of Pyramids, formed by Nature

The¬†Stob‚Äôs Pyramides¬†at dawn ‚Äď the¬†Rila Monastery: fascinating frescoes and altars ‚ÄstPhotography Workshop¬† in the picturesque village of¬†Melnik¬†&¬†Wine tastings¬†‚Äď hiking to¬†Rozhen Monastery¬†& Natural wonders at sunset.

Accommodation in Rozhen 3*Hotel, Dinner & Wine

3 Day

Melnik Pyramides¬†at dawn ‚ÄstWinery¬†Sintika:¬†Wine tastings‚Äď Panoramic view from the top of¬†Pirin Mountain¬†(2500 m) &¬†Bansko¬†old town sightseeing.

Accommodation in Katarino SPA 4*Hotel,Dinner & Wine

4 Day

The Secrets of the Frescoes

Photography¬†&¬†Frescoes¬†‚Äď the ancient churches in¬†Dobarsko¬†and¬†Delchevo¬†‚ÄstWinery¬†Uwas Nestum:¬†Wine Tasting¬†‚ÄstKatarino SPA¬†&¬†Wine Tastings

5 Day

Pathways to Bulgarian Ancestry: ¬†Bachkovo Monastery¬†–¬†Plovdiv, the European Capital of Culture in 2019.¬†Plovdiv‘s earliest inhabitants settled¬†4,000 BC– Explore the picturesque old town and enjoy the view from the Antique¬†Roman Theater¬†overlooking the city –¬†Plovdiv‚Äôs pedestrian zone offers attractive shopping and diversion!

Dinner at traditional Mehana (–ú–Ķ—Ö–į–Ĺ–į)- experience the dances and folk songs of the¬†Balkans

Accommodation in 3* hotel in Plovdiv

6 Day

Photography and Rose picking of small fragrant flowers of the Damaszena rose. We will then learn how to extract valuable rose oil from a visit to a rose oil distillery and taste some products made from rose petals.  Photography at dawn Рthe Balkan Mountains and the Shipka Pass, with a scenic view of the Valley of Roses Рthe gold-shining Russian Church in Shipka

Bailovo¬†‚Äď Photography & Sightseeing; Photography rewards &¬†Rakia¬†tastings

7 Day

Time to say goodbye

Photography & Breakfast

Departure to Sofia РTime at your disposal before your scheduled flights.

The price quoted is based upon a minimum number of eight travelers. If the minimum number of travelers is not met, the initial deposit will be returned to the traveler within 30 days before the start of the tour. The general terms and conditions of the tour organizer ‚ÄúGrosev-Culturetours‚ÄĚ apply.