Arrival: Students will be met by staff members on June 3 at 5:00pm at the Skopje International Airport (SKP). Meeting point is at the arrival area. Look for staff members holding a “Balkan Heritage” sign. From the airport, students will be transferred to the field house at Stobi. The trip takes approximately 1.5 hours but depends on the traffic. It is recommended to exchange/withdraw some Macedonian Denars and buy a bottle of water and visit the restroom before the trip.
If you missed your connection or your flight was delayed/canceled, call, text or email the project staff. Local contact information will be provided to enrolled students.
Transfer from Stobi to Apollonia: Students will be transported from Stobi to Sozopol by car/van/minibus with an overnight stay in Sofia. Dorm based hostel accommodation in Sofia is covered by the admission fee. Private double and single rooms are available upon request for an extra fee.
Departure: This field school ends in Sozopol. Students may continue onward travel or return home on July 8. The closest airport is in Burgas (BOJ), approximately 1 hour by car or bus. Other optional airports are those in Varna (VAR; 3-4 hours), Sofia (SOF; 5-6 hours) or Plovdiv (PDV; 4-5 hours). All airports may be reached by bus or by organized transfers. Students are responsible for their travel from Sozopol to the airport. Students are responsible for transportation back to the airport – or onward travel – at the end of the field school.
VISA REQUIREMENTS: Citizens of the US, EU, Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand do not need visa to visit Bulgaria or 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. For more information visit the US State Department Travel Advice page or Balkan Heritage Foundation visa help web page.
HEALTH ISSUES: For specific information regarding travel health issues pertinent to travel in Bulgaria and Macedonia, consult with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.