The Rila Monastery is definitely a must-see for any tourist with a free day in Sofia. The arcaded balconies, the unique frescoes – a work of one of the most famous Bulgaria Revival Period painters – the gilded iconostasis, the fabulous mountain views, this unique combination makes the visit to the monastery truly extraordinary. Boyana Church is also at the top of the list of tourist attractions near Sofia. Despite the church's small size, its frescoes are historically significant and part of an artistic achievement that started the illustrating of biblical figures with emotions, and placing them alongside local aristocracy. The shuttle minibus leaves everyday from the pick up point at 09:00 sharp. The starting point is behind Alexandar Nevski Cathedral, just in front of "Mamma Mia" Restaurant and at the corner of Oborishte Street. The transfer to Rila Monastery (UNESCO) takes about 2.5 hours. You will have plenty of time to discover Bulgaria's biggest monastic complex on your own, along with its museum and the nearby shops selling icons, souvenirs, and books. You can even take some time to have lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. At 13:30 the shuttle will leave for Boyana Church, located at the suburbs of Sofia. The expected arrival at the church will be at about 15:40, giving you 30 minutes to explore it. At about 16:10 you will be transported back to Alexandar Nevski Cathedral, arriving at about 16:30-17:00. Winter Schedule: Pick-up/drop off from your hotel is included in your price. Please indicate your accommodation in Sofia.