Archaeology & History

Discover the amazing archaeology and history of north Bulgaria while you are with us.  If you’d like to self drive, there’s lots of information below to help you make the most of your day trips.

If you prefer, Chris can arrange an itinerary for you based on your interests and accompany you to guide you through these amazing sites.  He is an archaeologist with over 20 years experience and has extensive knowledge of the area.

Bulgarian history lies at the heart of antiquity, at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, where Christianity and Islam overlapped and where the history and politics of the twentieth century were played out.  There were ancient Greek trading colonies along the Black Sea coast and Thracian horsemen buried in lavish stone tombs with rich gold treasures.  Still surviving are streets and houses from old Roman towns; medieval rock monasteries with coloured wall paintings; and the two earliest capital cities of the first Bulgarian empire, a rival to nearby Byzantium.

This eclectic historical mix blends Thracian, Greek, Roman, Bulgarian, Byzantine, Turkish and Russian influences where ancient classical remains sit side by side with decorated mosques and huge concrete communist era monuments.

Chris as guide

Chris is an archaeologist of over 20 years experience. His extensive teaching and lecturing experience and his friendly manner make him a wonderful, personable guide.

He specialised in prehistoric landscape archaeology and his PhD was a multiperiod study of the Yorkshire Wolds. Chris was a lecturer at Trinity College, Carmarthen for a number of years and then worked for over ten years as a professional archaeologist based in York. Author of four books and many published papers, he has spoken extensively at conferences and to local archaeological groups on topics ranging from neolithic burials to medieval farming.

He has worked on excavations in St Kilda, Orkney, South of France and Syria and has led many excavations in the north of England. Since moving to Bulgaria he has developed a great and growing interest in the archaeology of the region.

Cost with Chris as guide: 100 Bg lev/day (drive your own car, pay entrance fees and lunch)

If Chris drives, add 100 Bg lev per group to cover driving and fuel.

Remember to budget for entry fees and lunch.

Archaeology Holidays

We also create unique archaeological holidays for guests (minimum 2 people) based on their individual interests. 

We will send you a questionnaire to find out about your interests; catering and accommodation needs; transport requirements and create a unique experience for you and your group.