Please arrive on June 2 by 7:00pm at the National Institution for Management of the Archaeological Site of Stobi, 1420 Gradsko, Republic of Macedonia (+ 389 43251 026). A transfer to Stobi from the airports in Skopje (Macedonia) or Thessaloniki (Greece) may be arranged by request. The trip takes approximately 1.5 hours depending on traffic. It is recommended to exchange/withdraw some Macedonian Denars and buy a bottle of water and visit the restroom before the trip. Enrolled students will receive a travel info-sheet with specific travel details prior to departure.
If you missed your connection or your flight was delayed/canceled, call, text or email the project staff (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Trip from Stobi to Apollonia: Students will be fully assisted by project staff for their trip from Stobi, Republic of Macedonia to Sozopol, Bulgaria. They will use public transport from Stobi to Skopje, Republic of Macedonia then from Skopje to Sofia, Bulgaria and from Sofia to Sozopol. The transport is included in the admission fee.
They will have an overnight stay in Sofia. Accommodation in downtown hostel in dormitory-type rooms is covered by the admission fee. Single rooms are available upon request for an extra fee.
The meeting time for the welcome dinner is at 7:45 pm in the garden of Dom Mladenovi guest house, Sozopol, Bulgaria.
Departure: This field school ends in Sozopol. Students may continue onward travel or return home on July 7. The closest airport is in Burgas, approximately 1 hour by car or bus. Other optional airports are those in Varna (3-4 hours), Sofia (5-6 hours) or Plovdiv (4-5 hours), Bulgaria. All airports may be reached by bus or by organized transfers. Students are responsible for their travel from Sozopol to the airport.
Citizens of the US, Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria and Macedonia for up to 90 days. Citizens of all other countries may need a visa. The Balkan Heritage Foundation can send an official invitation letter that should be used at the relevant embassy to secure a visa to the program.
Note that if you plan to visit Turkey during your stay in the Balkans you will need a visa. The Turkish government facilitates the process for tourists by providing the option for obtaining an e-visa at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/.
For more information about border crossing visit the Balkan Heritage Field School web site at http://www.bhfieldschool.org/countries/macedonia and http://www.bhfieldschool.org/countries/bulgaria and http://www.bhfieldschool.org/information/visa-help and the links provided there.