8 days in Bulgaria & Kokonoe-machi Itinerary

8 days in Bulgaria & Kokonoe-machi Itinerary

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8 days in Bulgaria & Kokonoe-machi Itinerary

Start: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  23​h 45​min
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Kokonoe-machi, Japan
— 1 night
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Drive + Fly + Drive:  25​h
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Borovets, Bulgaria
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
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Bansko, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
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Rila, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Yagodina, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Sofia, Bulgaria

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church, and then engage your brain at Muzeiko.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sofia online travel planner .

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airport is Sofia Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Kokonoe-machi.

Things to do in Sofia

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Muzeiko ©
Muzeiko
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church ©
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church

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Kokonoe-machi, Japan

Kokonoe-machi
On the 19th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Kuju Highland, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kuju Mountain Range, and then make a trip to Yamanami Highway.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kokonoe-machi trip itinerary maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sofia to Kokonoe-machi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Sofia in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kokonoe-machi, with lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Borovets.

Things to do in Kokonoe-machi

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kuju Highland, Yamanami Highway

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Borovets, Bulgaria

Borovets ©
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Borovets road trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Kokonoe-machi to Borovets with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Kokonoe-machi to Borovets. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Borovets

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School ©
Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School

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Bansko, Bulgaria

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): head outdoors with RideBansko, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, and then take in the awesome beauty at Vihren.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bansko travel route site .

Drive from Borovets to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bansko are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Bansko

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Vihren ©
Vihren
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

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Rila, Bulgaria

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Rila and then explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rila online vacation maker .

Drive from Bansko to Rila in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Rila sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Yagodina.

Things to do in Rila

Nature Parks
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Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Rila ©
Rila

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Yagodina, Bulgaria

Yagodina ©
On the 23rd (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Orlovo Oko - Eagle's Eye viewpoint and then explore the fascinating underground world of Yagodinska Cave.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yagodina trip builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rila to Yagodina. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Yagodina

Nature Parks
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Yagodinska Cave ©
Yagodinska Cave

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Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv ©
Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Yagodina to Plovdiv takes 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Fun & Games Museums Parks

Side Trip

Assen's Fortress
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Park Tsar Simeon ©
Park Tsar Simeon
Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress

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