Tour of Plovdiv (Bulgaria)
Plovdiv is the second-largest city in Bulgaria. An important economic, transport, cultural, and educational center, Plovdiv has evidence of habitation since the 6000 BC when the first Neolithic settlements were established. The city was known to the West for most of its recorded history by the name Philippopolis as Philip II of Macedon conquered it in the 4th century BC and gave his name to it. The city was originally a Thracian settlement, later being invaded by Persians, Greeks, Celts, Romans, Goths, Huns, Bulgarians, Slav, Vikings, Crusaders and Turks.
Plovdiv is situated in a fertile region of south-central Bulgaria on the two banks of the Maritsa River. The city has historically developed on seven syenite hills, some of which are 250 meters (820 feet) high. Because of these hills, Plovdiv is often referred to in Bulgaria as "The City of the Seven Hills". There are many remains preserved from antiquity such as the ancient Plovdiv Roman theatre, Roman Odeon, Roman aqueduct, Roman Stadium, the archaeological complex Eirene, and others.
The single-day trip to one of the Europe’s oldest cities is
available in July and September, 2017 for participants in the following projects:
The trip envisions visits to the Archaeological Museum,
the Old Town Quarter (17th – 19th century) and Acropolis,
the Roman Theater (2nd century AD), the Roman stadium (2nd
century AD), Trakart Gallery with the Roman House with mosaics Irene and the
Roman Forum. The excursion is considered as part of the field school program and is covered by the admission fee.