Rila Monastery, The Cave of Ivan Rilski and Stob Pyramids
Not visiting the Rila Monastery is the same as going to Cairo and not seeing the pyramids, this is the equivalent.
Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Rila Monastery is the most visited site in Bulgaria. Located in the greatest Bulgarian mountain, the monastery was founded in the 10th century by the hermit Ivan Rilski. It is the biggest monastery in Bulgaria with very unique architecture, located deep in a scenic valley and protected naturally by vertical cliffs from three sides. When you first approach this fascinating place it stands like a medieval fortress and the views are breathtaking. Later, when you get through the gate it’s even more impressive. Not just a monastery, this sacral place is a depositary of the Bulgarian language and culture. With its rich historyit is one of the most remarkable symbols of Bulgaria.
The cave around the monastery is the place where the hermit Ivan Rilski lived. This is the cradle where the whole story strated. It is a pleasant walk to get to the cave and nearby is a spring of water which is always running and many believe in its healing power.
At the end we will stop to admire the magnifocent natural phenomenon – Stob pyramides. These wonderful shapes, created by the Mother Nature look different every season. There are many interesting legends about the pyramids and they are included in 100 National Touristic Sites of Bulgaria.
Highly recommended tour available all year round.
Dates: All year round
Price: On days with special offer – 39 euro per person; Other days: 1 pers. – 125 euro, 2 pers. – 66 euro pp; 3 pers. – 56 euro pp; 4 pers. & more – 46 euro pp.
Included: Return transfer from your hotel, professional English speaking guide, all local taxes.
Not included: Medical insurance, food and drink, entrance to /churches/museums etc., tips.