Hiking around Rila Monastery
Stob Pyramids, Rila Monastery, St. John Cave and town of Dupnica
100 € – 1 person; 55 €p/p – 2 persons; 45 € p/p – 3 persons; 35 € p/p – 4 persons;
IT IS A PRIVATE TOUR! You wouldn’t be combined with other people.
INCLUDED: English speaking guide and transport; pick up and drop off
NOT INCLUDED: Personal expenses and museum entrance fees
Transportation by car
- 8:00 pick up at your hotel
- 8:00 – 9:00 transfer to village Stob
- 9:00 – 10:30 hiking to Stob Pyramids and back
- 10:30 – 11:30 transfer to Rila Monastery
- 11:30 – 14:00 Rila Monastery, optional Lunch
- 14:00 – 15:00 transfer and visiting St. John Cave
- 15:00 – 16:00 transfer and a walk in town of Dupnica
- 16:00 – 17:00 transfer to Sofia
- 17:00 drop off at your hotel
Not like Egyptians, they are made by Nature.
Most of them are caped by big stones, so look like giant mushrooms.
They look very fragile but stay there thousands of years.
The story of their formation is unusual.
There is a perfect view to near mountains, often snow-caped.
It is the biggest and most important in Bulgaria. It is a striking beautiful and nestled in to the mountain valley. Most part of the year it is surrounded by snow-cap peaks.
You will see revival frescoes from 19-th century, very political oriented in some way. They tell Bible stories, but you can also perceive the smile of the painter behind.
There are some incredible woodcarvings, which have been processed months and years.
There is a medieval guard tower, monks cells, stunning kitchen furnace and so on.
I hope you will be able to sink in the life of the monks years before.
And to learn more about Orthodox Christianity.
St. Jonh Cave:
This is the cave, where the founder of Rila Monastery has spent the major part of his life.
It is a small cave with an entrance and an exit.
But there is a relatively narrow and steep part, which appears to be a kind of challenge for everyone.
Most of people succeed to pass it (with the helps of the telephone light :))
On Easter Bulgarians do that, to prove that they are good Christians.
A superstition says that only the virtue people can do that.
Are you among them?
Town of Dupnica:
It is not the most famous town of Bulgaria 🙂
But if you want to see a tree on the top of the temple, you should come.
There is a nice pedestrian zone from the communist time and an abundant Ottoman clock tower.
People their meet each other on the street and speak instead of looking at their phones.
Actually you go back in time some decades.