Tours

Since 2015 I have been running small group tours to communist-era heritage sites in Eastern Europe. Starting out with one seven-day itinerary in Bulgaria, my tour programme has since grown to cover a total of seven countries and one post-Soviet frozen conflict zone. More recently I have started leading tours for Atlas Obscura too, bringing my lovingly-crafted itineraries to a larger audience than ever before.

There’s only one of me though… groups are small and interest is high, so places tend to fill up fast. Send me a message if you want to get added to the mailing list for advance notice of new routes.

Darmon Richter really likes monuments. Really. … He’s full of dates and figures, but also clearly able to see how stories tie together – connections he made not just from reading the limited literature about monuments throughout the Slavic world but from interviewing scores of people about their lived history. His passion is infectious.” – Ann Abel, Forbes

 
 

Upcoming Tours

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary restrictions on international travel, the schedule of tours for 2020 has had to be postponed. It’s a real shame – this year was set to be an exciting one. It would have combined perennially popular routes in the Balkans and Ukraine, with a major new departure: a Baltic tour visiting Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Nevertheless, once the situation begins to return to something resembling normality, this page will be updated with a list of new routes for 2021.

 
 

 

Bohemian Tours

I don’t like package tours… and that’s why the trips listed on this page probably won’t feel like any conventional tour you’ve been on before. Think of this more as a road trip with friends you haven’t met yet – and with an itinerary that’s fluid enough to allow for spontaneous distractions and photo stops. It’s a road trip packed full of history and architecture, with elements of urban exploration and dark tourism thrown in. I believe the result is something quite special… and ever since I ran my first tour back in May 2015, (almost) every subsequent event I’ve organised has sold out fast.

If you have any questions about the tours listed on this page, or to book your place, just send me a message.

 

Past Tours

The following list details every tour I have designed and led since 2015. While initially offered solely through this website [TBB], later trips have also been run in collaboration with Yomadic [YoBoho], and with Atlas Obscura [AO].

January 2020 – Ukraine, 8 days – ‘Chernobyl Photo Tour’ [AO]
October 2019 – Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 12 days – ‘Past Future Monuments of the Balkans’ [AO]
September 2019 – Ukraine, 6 days – ‘Chernobyl by Day, Kyiv by Night’ [AO]
September 2019 – Ukraine, 6 days – ‘Chernobyl by Day, Kyiv by Night’ [AO]
August 2019 – Ukraine, Moldova, Transnistria, 10 days – ‘The Borders of Bessarabia’ [AO]
May 2019 – Bulgaria, 8 days – ‘Journey Into Bulgaria’ [AO]
April 2019 – Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 12 days – ‘Past Future Monuments of the Balkans’ [AO]
January 2019 – Ukraine, 6 days – ‘Ukraine on Ice’ [YoBoho]
January 2019 – Ukraine, 6 days – ‘Ukraine on Ice’ [YoBoho]
December 2018 – Romania, Bulgaria, 12 days – ‘Arkitektour’ [TBB]
September 2018 – Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 12 days – ‘Yugoslav Memorial Tour’ [TBB]
September 2018 – Ukraine, 6 days – ‘Chernobyl by Day, Kyiv by Night’ [AO]
August 2018 – Ukraine, Moldova, Transnistria, 10 days – ‘The Borders of Bessarabia’ [AO]
May 2018 – Bulgaria, 8 days – ‘Arkitektour’ [TBB]
April 2018 – Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 12 days – ‘Past Future Monuments of the Balkans’ [AO]
January 2018 – Ukraine, 6 days – ‘Ukraine on Ice’ [YoBoho]
October 2017 – Bulgaria, 8 days – ‘Arkitektour’ [TBB]
September 2017 – Bulgaria, 8 days – ‘Arkitektour’ [TBB]
September 2017 – Ukraine, 6 days – ‘Chernobyl by Day, Kyiv by Night’ [AO]
August 2017 – Ukraine, Moldova, Transnistria, 10 days – ‘Pop-up Tour’ [YoBoho]
May 2017 – Bulgaria, 1 day – ‘Obscura Day’ [AO]
April 2017 – Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 12 days – ‘Yugoslav Memorial Tour’ [TBB]
January 2017 – Bulgaria, 5 days – ‘Journey Into Bulgaria’ [AO]
January 2017 – Ukraine, 7 days – ‘Pop-up Tour’ [YoBoho]
October 2016 – Bulgaria, 8 days – ‘Arkitektour’ [TBB]
September 2016 – Bulgaria, 8 days – ‘Arkitektour’ [TBB]
September 2016 – Ukraine, 7 days – ‘Pop-up Tour’ [YoBoho]
October 2015 – Bulgaria, 7 days – ‘Arkitektour’ [TBB]
September 2015 – Bulgaria, 7 days – ‘Arkitektour’ [TBB]
May 2015 – Bulgaria, 1 day – ‘Obscura Day’ [AO]

 

Tour Gallery

Check out the photos from previous tours here.

 

Tour Testimonials

You can find out what people have said about my tours here.