Day trip from Sofia, Bulgaria to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church

With over a million visitors annually, once you visit the magnificent Rila Monastery you’ll see why people flock to it!  Located two hours drive from Sofia, it’s a “must do” for any trip to Bulgaria.  The original structures date back to the 10th Century, but due to fire and war, certain sections have been rebuilt in the 15th and 19th centuries.

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The Monastery has been a spiritual and cultural center for Bulgaria throughout the years.

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The colors are bold and the frescoes are quite lovely…

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Day trip from Sofia, Bulgaria to Plovdiv

The picturesque city of Plovdiv, is a wonderful day trip from Sofia, Bulgaria!  Ranked as one of the world’s oldest cities and located just two hours away by bus, you’ll find cobbled streets, art galleries, and beautiful architecture!  You’ll have difficulty trying to book transport ahead of time though.  I went to the Central bus station in Sofia at 7:00am and purchased one way tickets for myself and my tour participant, leaving at 8:00am.  The women working behind the counters at the bus stations are not friendly and at times are rude, but I’m sure it becomes tiresome having to deal with foreigners that don’t speak their language.

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We joined a free two hour walking tour upon arrival through Free Plovdiv Tour that supplied us with some of the amazing history of Plovdiv and Bulgaria.  While making our way from the bus station in Plovdiv to the meeting point in front of City Hall I snapped a few photos.

The man in the above photo reminds me of a grumpy “Joker” and didn’t appreciate me sneaking a photo in.

This fountain is really cool!

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Their pedestrian only walkway is quite lovely…

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I always take photos of fountains!

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