Bulgaria and Macedonia Full-Day Tour from Sofia

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Bulgaria and Macedonia Full-Day Tour from Sofia
from USD $98.03
The tour starts from your hotel. The first stop will be Boyana Church, which is situated in Sofia. Afterwards, head towards the Zemen Monastery, were you will arrive after approximately one hour and a half drive. After enjoying Zemen Monastery, you will continue towards Osogovo Monastery in Macedonia. After approximately two hours transfer you reach your destination. You will have the chance to enjoy the Holy Cloister and have a traditional lunch in the nearby restaurant. Transfer to Sofia- the tour ends at your hotel.
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In Brief

Kriva Palanka, Republic of North Macedonia
Republic of North Macedonia
10 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Boyana Church, 3 Boyansko Ezero Str., Sofia 1616 Bulgaria

Boyana Church – UNESCO site, located on the outskirts of Sofia

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Zemen Monastery, Zemen 2440 Bulgaria

A Bulgarian Orthodox monastery

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Monastery of St Joakim Osogovski, Kriva Palanka Republic of North Macedonia

Hidden in the tranquility, lush forests and surrounded by Osogovo Mountain.

Duration: 3 hours


  • Transport by modern vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fee for Boyana church
  • Entrance fee for Zemen monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Boyana Church
  • Entry/Admission - Zemen Monastery


  • Gratuities

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from any address in Sofia city

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Children must be accompanied
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.6 out of 5 based on the last 15 recent reviews

We had a wonderful tour with Maria who was a mine of knowledge and a fantastic tour guide . The trip into Macedonia was lovely and the monastery and surroundings were beautiful - great place to have lunch. Particularly enjoyed Boyana Church since it seemed to have lots of personal touches and we recognised some of the artwork in the archaelogical museum in Varna so were clearly paying attention! Our first trip to Bulgaria and this made a fantastic tour before heading to Varna , Bourgas and Sunny Beach. Bulgaria exceeded my expectations in many ways .Thank you to Maria for a memorable trip and for being a fantastic representative for the Bulgarian people and culture - she really is thorough , professional and lovely person - what more could you want? ps we are watching The Destiny of Fate this evening as recommended so our experience continues!
• Submitted 10 Aug 2018
Excellent tour by a safe and knowledgeable guide/driver. Highly recommended!
• Submitted 19 Jan 2018
Tour guide was really good
• Submitted 28 Nov 2017
This trip was great! Chimy, my guide, was very informative and accommodating. The monestary in Macedonia is incredible with the views. I highly recommend this!
• Submitted 25 Nov 2017
Ci Ci was an amazing guide, Knowledgeable, Accommodating, Insightful and can share her experiences in life as a proud Bulgarian in a modern world. Her experience as a guide helped us achieve time to enjoy all the most important sights on our list. We were more than satisfied with our tour.
• Submitted 01 Nov 2017
Thank you to our most excellent guide Maria for a wonderful day exploring Bulgaria and Macedonia - we appreciated all the insightful information and the chance to get to know so much more about the people and country. I'm sure the cats at the monastery in Macedonia will not forget our visit. Aaron, Jay and Dan.
• Submitted 03 Sep 2017
I enjoyed this one day tour to Macedonia. Our tour guide Chimi provides us all the information on our way to our destination. She has loads of information to share. She gives us interesting stories of the monasteries. It's a private tour just for the two of us and very affordable. Lunch included.
• Submitted 21 Aug 2017
I had a fantastic trip. The ride was nice, and I get to see more of Bulgaria. I highly recommended this tour if you don't have enough time and would like to see more of Bulgaria and a little bit of Macedonia. Maria was an exceptional tour guide. She is very knowledgeable and welcoming. She explained to us about the history, politics and economy of Bulgaria as well as Macedonia, in addition to the three monasteries we stopped. They are fascinating, and it makes visiting these important sites much more special. A small group tour means there were only three of us, in addition to the guide that we got to ask as many questions as we want and we did!
• Submitted 25 Jul 2017
The tour was amazing with so much to learn about the frescoes and the country. I loved the knowledge of the tour guide and the ways he was able to bring it to life with so many stories. I also liked the time to just talk in the car and learn more about the country and so many interesting facts. He was very considerate and helped me understand. It was such an extraordinary visit and opportunity. Thank you.
• Submitted 30 May 2017
Great tour, highly recommend! My husband and I did this tour with Ivan, who is an excellent guide. He is knowledgeable, friendly and doesnt mind when you fall asleep in the car! Youll see three beautiful monasteries on this tour, each one unique with a fascinating history. We had a fantastic lunch with Ivan at the Osogovo Monastery in Macedonia. The food was fresh, the setting peaceful, and you have a beautiful view outside as you dine. We really liked being able to see a bit of Macedonia during our trip to Bulgaria, this tour was a wonderful experience!
• Submitted 27 Apr 2017
A great, great tour. I do not think I have ever enjoyed a tour more. Not only do you see 2 beautiful monasteries and a historic church, you ride through beautiful Bulgarian countryside. Both the monasteries were incredibly beautiful, in a very peaceful setting. The church in Sofia was stunning. The lunch was delicious and we ate outdoors with a stunning view. What makes this tour so amazing and remarkable is the guide Ivan. He is very knowledgeable and patient. My friend who went on the tour is a little physically challenged, and Ivan was very patient and kind. You will be very happy you booked this tour. It is an awesome experience.
• Submitted 24 Mar 2017
I was very lucky to have my own private tour as I was the only one booked that day. The tour guide Ivan was informative, well presented himself and answered all my questions. It was a very relaxing day seeing the country and the places we visited were stunning. Local insider knowledge from Ivan was a huge help. The scenery is stunning and so peaceful it will take your breath away at times. I would recommend this tour, be aware sometimes there can be a wait at the border but that is beyond anyones control. Really pleased I chose this tour - recommend it highly.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2017
This is a really good day-trip if you want to get out of the hustle and bustle of Sofia and have an appreciation for religious treasures. This tour takes you through the Bulgarian and Macedonian countryside, which when I travelled was full of lush, green trees and fields of sunflowers. My guide and driver did their best to ensure I was comfortable throughout the journey, and provided me with insightful information about the monasteries that we visited. The border crossings were painless, and the guide and driver took care of everything - very professional! The light lunch that is included is not exactly light, but very tasty! I had brought snacks for the journey, but these weren't needed. Bringing some water is recommended. One thing I would recommend to anyone on this tour is to bring something for motion sickness, should you be prone to this. The roads aren't horrible, but there is a lot of twists and turns in the road that might make some not feel so great.
• Submitted 29 Aug 2017
Definitely worth doing if you want to tick off a visit to Macedonia. The drive and border crossing takes quite a long time, but you still get plenty of time to see the sites you visit. Included lunch was very nice. Tour guide seemed good but it was the first time he'd been to any of the places!!
• Submitted 08 May 2017
The trip was 1 day to Macedonia but unfortunately it was a churches toor only ! which did not point out on title or clearly on discription - we did not arrive to the city and did not see Macedonia at all. very poor toor
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018

In Brief

Kriva Palanka, Republic of North Macedonia
Republic of North Macedonia
10 hours