Full Day Tour: Rila Monastery & Melnik
- Get more of your holiday by booking an intensive small group guided tour to the hightlights of southwest Bulgaria;
- Visit the overwhelming Rila Monastery and let the guide relive its history and enlight you on its present day status;
- Admire the priceless frescoe masterpieces of most notable 19th century Bulgarian painters
- Enrich your experience by tasting local delicacies and in this way involving all your sences;
- Enjoy sights of the tranquil Bulgarian countryside and its sleepy villages, while your guide introduces you to Bulgarian everyday countryside life;
- Tour the smallest Bulgarian town, famous for its architecture, stunning surroundings and wine production.
- The Melnik Pyramids are fantistic phenomenon. Use wisely the recommended photo stops! :)
- In Melnik discover the impressive Rivaval Period style house of Kordopoulo’s family and peek into its tunnel-like wine cellar.
This 11-hour guided small group tour is naturally with a strong accent on the highlights (Rila Monastery and Melnik), but it is more rewarding than that. You will be also introduced to nature conservation, Bulgarian geography (as you will see two of the highest mountains on the Balkans), agriculture and economy during and after the communism and plenty of other interesting themes you will may wish to discuss with our experienced guides.
Depart in early morning from the busy Bulgarian capital and head to the tranquil hearth of Rila Mountains, where you can admire the impressive Rila Monastery (UNESCO)- its architecture and the frescoes present the apogee of the Bulgarian Renaissance art. With an about 1-hour guided tour of the most treasured monuments in the inner yard and the Monastery museum, you will learn the most fascinating facts and stories about the biggest Bulgarian monastery complex. You will also have free time to buy souvenirs, make more photos or to continue to explore it by yourself. Your tour continues south to Melnik (about 1.5-hour drive). When you get there allow your imagination to be provoked by the strangely shaped sand and cley formations. Now the smallest town in Bulgarian with only 208 inhabitants, Melnik still preserves part of its glory from 14th till19th-centuriy, when it had been a flourishing tobacco and wine-producing center, whose fame was spread by local merchants to many European countries. Today, the city is famous for its lovely white houses and cobbled streets, mild climate, internationally recognized brands of red wine. You will have a guided walking tour through the city and enter the biggest Bulgarian Revival Period style house and its tunnel-like wine cellar.
Small group tour, which other people may join.
Pickup: 8:00 am from the backside of Alexander Nevski Cathedral (Restaurant La Cattedrale). Hotel pick up is optional. Expected time for your return in Sofia - 18:30 pm;
Total transfer time: 6 hrs total
Best period: April-November
Price: 1 pers. - 180 Euro; 2 pers. - 99 Euro/pers.; 3 pers. - 80 Euro/pers.; 4-7 pers. - 65 Euro/pers.; 8-12 pers. - 60 Euro/pers.
The price includes: English speaking guide throughout the tour, entrance fees to the Rila Monastery museum and Kordopulov's house (Melnik) and all transportation costs with a comfortable, A/C quipped vehicle.
Not included: Meals, drinks etc. personal expenses not included.
Note: Bring comfortable shoes for the cobble streets of Melnik. The tour is not suitable for disabled people and small children and babies. Dress code: Long trousers and skirts (at least knee-long), no sleeveless tops (bring a piece of clothing to cover your shoulders).
For larger groups or guidance in other languages please ask for quotation