Rising out of the forested Rila Mountains, in the valley of the Rilska River, the Rila Monastery sits at 1147m above sea level.Founded in the 10th century by a hermit, later canoised as St John of Rila, there has been a spiritual site here for more than a millenium.
Today Rila Monastery is regarded as one of Bulgaria‘s most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments, and it’s a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
Rila Monastery Adventure Holidays
10 DaysfromUSD 2,479
Guided Group (Excl. Flights)
Discover North Macedonia and a taste of Bulgaria and Kosovo
This trip is billing as 1 – Leisurely. However whilst there’s not much walking there are a lot of long drives as you cover a lot of ground. Additionally all the hotels are a single night only, apart from 2 nights at Lake Ohrid, so there’s little time to decompress and unpack. The trip also covers a lot of churches and monasteries so if that’s not your thing, maybe pass on this trip. Frustratingly, despite the amazing and beautiful interiors of the churches, almost without exception you’re not allowed to take photos in them.