Full-Day Tour to Rila Monastery & Melnik Pyramids


Explore the highlights of southwest Bulgaria with an experienced guide. Visit the monastery of Rila and spend time in the town of Melnik.

Tour to Rila Monastery and Melnik highlights:

  • Visit the Rila Monastery
  • Tour of the smallest Bulgarian city, renowned for its architecture and wine
  • See the Melnik Pyramids phenomenon
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Full-Day Tour to Rila Monastery and Melnik Pyramids

Experience the sights of southwest Bulgaria with your seasoned guide in just one day. Join the Tour to Rila Monastery and Melnik Pyramids.

This 11-hour small-group tour focuses on the highlights of the Monastery of Rila and Melnik. You will also be exposed to nature conservation, the Bulgarian landscape. You will see two of the highest mountains in the Balkans, agriculture and the environment during and after communism. There are many other fascinating topics that you can explore with your seasoned guide while on the Tour to Rila Monastery and Melnik Pyramids.

Depart early in the morning from busy Sofia and head to the quiet heart of the Rila Mountains. This is where you can admire the impressive Rila Monastery, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has architecture and frescoes that represent the apogee of Bulgarian Renaissance art.

In a one-hour guided tour of the most valuable monuments in the inner courtyard and the Monastery Museum, you can discover the most interesting facts and stories about the largest Bulgarian monastery site. Enjoy free time to buy souvenirs, take photos, or visit on your own.

Your Tour to Rila Monastery and Melnik Pyramids continues south for about a 1.5-hour drive. Admire the strangely shaped formations of sand and clay. Now the smallest town in Bulgaria with only 208 inhabitants, Melnik still retains much of its glory from the 17th to the 19th centuries, when it was a flourishing tobacco and wine-producing area.

Today, the region is famed for its lovely white houses and cobbled streets, its mild atmosphere, and, of course, internationally renowned brands of red wine.

You will have a guided tour of the city and access the biggest Bulgarian Revival Style House and its tunnel-like wine cellar.

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Tour to Rila Monastery
Full-Day Tour to Rila Monastery & Melnik Pyramids