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Adriatic BeadArt Retreat

Italy - Slovenia- Croatia

The excursions/day trips included in the retreat are suitable

for people who are unable to walk long distances.

OVERVIEW
Bead Retreat
September 1st-13th, 2024

THE RETREAT INCLUDES

Accommodations

Meals: breakfast

Transport by touring bus

Classes + kits (only for beaders)

Group excursions / activities

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RETREAT

Airfare

Visa and insurance charges

Any item of personal nature like tips,   beverages,

laundry, telephone calls, taxi , tickets etc

Security deposit if is required by hotels (refundable)

1st-4th, 2024
MILAN - ITALY

Our retreat starts in Milan, a city renowned for its rich cultural heritage. The city boasts numerous museums and art galleries, each displaying some of the world's most breathtaking collections. From Gothic to Renaissance, Baroque to Futurism, Milan's historical tapestry is a testament to the diverse artistic styles that have shaped it over the centuries. The city's architecture and art still carry the influences of these styles, making it an unparalleled destination for art and culture enthusiasts.

Aside from its historical significance, Milan is also the epitome of modernity. As a vibrant and dynamic metropolis, it blends harmoniously the old and the new. With its European charm and cosmopolitan atmosphere, it stands tall as a global fashion and design hub. You'll be captivated by the city's unique fusion of elegance and creativity as you explore its magnificent streets.

EXPLORING MILAN

Milan Duomo

MILAN DUOMO - This big and awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral is among the largest in the world. Its intricate design and ornate decoration, a testament to human creativity, make it a must-see attraction and the most iconic structure in Milan. Prepare to be truly captivated by its magnificence. The construction started in 1386 and passed through different significant stages until the 18th and 19th centuries, which explains the complexity of the structure. The Cathedral is 102 meters tall and has 135 spires.

From the cathedral rooftop, a breathtaking panorama of the city unfolds. The spires that crown the roof create a unique silhouette against the sky, offering a view that is both awe-inspiring and unforgettable.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele Milan

GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II - Constructed between 1865 and 1877, the Galleria is a luxurious passage that connects Milan Duomo and La Scala. It's renowned for its beautiful architecture, featuring a stunning glass and iron roof, intricate mosaics, and neoclassical details. The Galleria is home to various super luxury stores and boutiques, offering an exclusive shopping experience, along with a range of restaurants and cafes.

One of the most intriguing traditions associated with the Galleria is the 'ritual of the bull '. It's a unique sight to see visitors spinning on their heels three times on the mosaic of the bull on the arcade floor. This tradition, believed to bring good luck and ensure a return trip to Milan, adds a touch of magic to the Galleria experience.

 Scala Milan

SCALA - La Scala, which means “the Stairs” is an iconic opera house known worldwide for the exceptional performances by renowned artists throughout history. The theater has a unique semicircular shape with four stories of boxes, and it was opened in the 17th century. The current structure that we see today was renovated in 1907, and it can accommodate up to 1987 seats including boxes. During the Second World War, the theater was severely damaged, and it was rebuilt again in 1946. The theater has a luxurious red upholstery finish overall, with classic chandeliers to light up the stage.

La Scala inspires us to strive for excellence and to leave mediocrity behind through the outstanding performances and talented artists who have graced its stage.

4th-7th, 2024
LJUBLJANA - SLOVENIA

Ljubljana is a charming city that promises to capture your heart with its picturesque riverbanks and alleyways. The city was declared the Capital of Europe in 2016 and is known for its restriction on car traffic in the center. The emerald-green Ljubljanica River flows through the heart of the city, and the leafy banks of the river are a popular spot for strolling and relaxing.

During the summer months, the cafes along the riverbanks set up terrace seating that creates a lively and vibrant atmosphere that feels like a nightly street party. The city center has been transformed into a car-free zone, making it a perfect spot for cycling or walking with your furry friends, family, or loved ones. The center is bustling with people who enjoy the outdoors and the scenic views of the city. 

In addition to its natural beauty, Ljubljana is known for its rich cultural heritage and impressive architecture. The city is home to many museums, art galleries, and historic landmarks that attract visitors from all over the world. The locals are friendly and welcoming, making it easy to immerse yourself in the city's culture and feel like a part of the community.

EXPLORING LJUBLIJANA

Ljubljana

CITY TOUR - The Ljubljana walking tour and a canal cruise allow you to explore this unique city and see the best spots. This tour will guide you through the rich architectural tapestry of Ljubljana, from the stunning Baroque old town to the elegant Art Nouveau new town. You'll encounter iconic landmarks such as the Town Hall and Dragon Bridge and experience the vibrant local life at the Farmers Market. Marvel at the remarkable architecture of an old skyscraper, and be prepared to be awe-struck by the breathtaking panoramic view of Ljubljana from above.

Castle Ljublijana

LJUBLJANA CASTLE - The castle, which has stood on a hill above the city for about 900 years, is Ljubljana's main attraction. We will reach it by funicular railway. Here, you will experience The Time Machine, which will take you through the six key periods that have marked the history of the Ljubljana Castle and the development of the city. A castle guide will lead you to six-time stations. At each station, you will be greeted by a figure from that time who will give you a fascinating insight into their period. We will also see the castle's Outlook Tower, which offers some of the most beautiful views of the city. The castle houses a museum exhibition on Slovenian history, a puppet museum, and a number of historical rooms, such as the Chapel of St George, the Prison, and a video presentation room called Virtual Castle.

Bled Lake

DAY TRIP TO BLED LAKE - Lake Bled, a haven of natural beauty, is one of the most picturesque places to visit. This small lake is a perfect escape, offering a majestic castle perched on a hill, a charming little island that invites you to explore its mysteries, secluded swimming spots and a delightful treat for all. The lake, fed by gentle thermal springs, offers stunning scenery that will leave you in awe.

7th - 12th, 2024
PULA - CROATIA

Perched beneath seven hills and offering breathtaking views of the Adriatic, Pula's unspoiled natural surroundings exude a sense of tranquility. Renowned for its mild climate and serene, beautiful sea, Pula's rich history in winemaking, fishing, and shipbuilding adds to its charm. A laidback and cosmopolitan city, Pula is a treasure trove of impressive Roman ruins, each retaining a refreshing sense of authenticity. The main tourist draw is the old Roman ruins, notably the Coliseum, a well-preserved structure with imposing outer walls that rival those of Rome's Colosseum. It serves as a vibrant venue for a variety of events during the summer months. 

Stepping beyond the amphitheater, the streets of Pula's old town offer a captivating blend of architectural styles. Here, Byzantine chapels stand in harmony with elegant Venetian houses and beautiful Habsburg palaces, each telling a unique story. Meanwhile, graceful Roman ruins grace the Forum, a testament to Pula's rich history. Pula's primary market has been a bustling hub for over 2000 years, and this is just one of the many ancient sites that come alive during the annual Pula Antiqva Show, a celebration of the city's historical heritage.

EXPLORING PULA & DAY TRIPS

Pula Croatia

CITY TOUR - Enjoyr a relaxing historical tour through the old city of Pula, where you will be able to learn about all the significant monuments and rich history of this town. The tour will take you to visit the Amphitheater followed by the Fortress, providing you with a breathtaking view of the harbor. You will also get to see the Cathedral, the Forum with Augustus Temple, and City Hall. The tour will also cover the Triumphal Arch of Sergii, the Market Building, the Hercules Gate, and the Twin Gate.

Istria

ISTRIAN COAST TOUR - Embark on a journey of discovery across the diverse landscapes of the Istrian peninsula.

Prepare to be captivated by Rovinj, a town renowned for its picturesque charm and romantic allure. Nestled at the foot of the Church of St. Euphemia, it's a haven for artists from around the globe. You will find here art galleries, studios, and shops, each offering a unique glimpse into the town's creative spirit.

Our adventure also takes us to Rijeka, a city that holds the key to Croatia's maritime prowess. This historic gem, with its vibrant live music scene and a treasure trove of beautiful beaches just a stone's throw away, promises a taste of the diverse experiences that make Croatia truly extraordinary.

12th - 13th, 2024
MILAN - ITALY

On September 12, we will return to Milan, where our bead retreat ends. We will spend the last night at a hotel near Milan Malpensa airport.

ITINERARY

CLASSES & PROJECTS

BETTY STEPHAN

Medici Collar Necklace

A cork fabric base, a bullion wire bezel, glass picture cabochons, resin flowers, wire/ rhinestone edging, metal filigree - this stunning collar has it all! You will be learning some new bead embroidery techniques in this class as well as being able to embellish and modify the collar to your liking. The necklace is both elegant and a very wearable size.

Medici Collar Necklace by Betty Stephan
Medici Collar Necklace by Betty Stephan

BEKI HALEY

Waterfall Necklace

This lush and sparkling design is literally dripping with Czech glass drops and crystals, suspended like magic from a deep pool in the form of a stunning large crystal focal. All suspended from a modified Filled Netting necklace that is easily adjustable for your perfect length.

Beki Haley Necklace

REGISTRATION

Cost:

- 4370 EURO for BEADER

- 3960 EURO for traveling companion (this price applies only to 1 companion)

Deposit:  a 1000 EURO deposit is required to hold your seat (250 euro non-refundable if you cancel)

Payment schedule:

- The second payment of 2000 EURO is due by January 15th, 2024

- The full payment is due by March 2nd, 2024

Accommodation: the price is based on a double-occupancy room in a hotel. Supplement of +870 EURO is applicable for a single room (based on availability)

We encourage you to bring a traveling companion along.

Registration: to register for the retreat, please fill out the registration form and pay the required deposit.  Kindly note that registration without a deposit is not valid and doesn't guarantee a seat.

We will send you the event schedule via email.

Please keep us informed of any changes to your email address, as we will periodically send you information about the retreat.

Payment options: payment can be made through PayPal or by card.

Payments via PayPal can be made to the email address : olympiaretreats@gmail.com

Registration will be processed in the order received. There are a limited number of seats available. Once your deposit is processed, you will receive a confirmation email. If you don't receive the confirmation within 48 hours, please contact us.

Cancellation Policy:

We would like to inform you that we are not responsible for any cancellations you make for any reason.

However, if you decide to cancel your reservation before December 1st, 2023 (included) you will be refunded with the amount received from you (except 250 EURO non-refundable). If you cancel after December 1st, 2023 you will be refunded the amount paid, less 500 EURO

If you cancel your reservation after March 1st, 2024, we cannot issue any refunds.

If the organizer needs to cancel the event, all the money received from you will be refunded in full.​

Other information:

The price doesn't include Paypal/Card fees.

Registrations made without paying the deposit will be considered null and void.

Availability of single rooms is limited. Please get in touch with us before registering to check availability.

The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the retreat if deemed necessary. However, you will be notified in advance of any such changes.

The organizer reserves the right to refuse services.

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel Insurance.

September 1, 2024  - Milan

- Milan is served by three airports: Malpensa (MXP), Linate(LIN), and Bergamo Orio al Serio (BGY)

- The first day of the retreat is a free day to rest and relax

- A welcome dinner with Betty & Beki 

September 2, 2024 – Milan

- Breakfast included

- City tour with a local guide. We will visit some exciting sights as Duomo di Milano, Duomo Rooftops and Duomo Museum, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, La Scala Theatre Opera House, and Sforza Castle

 

September 3, 2024 – Milan

- Breakfast included

- We will visit the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, a treasure trove of art where you can delve into the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Sando Botticelli, Francesco Petrarca, Bonifacio Veronese, Tiziano Vecellio, and many others

- Free afternoon and evening 

 

September 4, 2024 – Milan

- Breakfast included

- Bus journey to Ljubljana, Slovenia (about 6 hour ride)

September 5, 2024 – Ljublijana

- Breakfast included

- Walking tour and canal cruise in Ljubliana to discover the old town, the Town hall, the Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana Castle, The Triple Bridge, the beautiful Saint Nicholas's Cathedral and many other sights

- Free afternoon and evening 

 

September 6, 2024 – Ljublijana

- Breakfast included

- A day trip to Bled Lake. The day trip lasts about 6 hours and involves moderate walking. On this trip, you will marvel at the beautiful mountain scenery of the Bled Region with a professional guide.

 

September7, 2024 – Ljublijana

- Breakfast included

- On the way to Pula, Croatia (about 2.30 h ride)

 

September 8, 2024 – Pula

- Breakfast included

- Class Beki 9 am-12 pm; 2-5 pm

 

September 9, 2024 – Pula

- Breakfast included

- A historical city tour through the old city of Pula where you can admire the Amphitheatre, the Fortress, the Augustus temple, the City Hall, the Cathedral, the Hercules Gate, and many others 

- We will stop to have lunch

- Free afternoon and evening 

 

September 10, 2024 – Pula

- Breakfast included

- A day trip to the Istrian Coast to discover the landscapes of the Istrian peninsula. We will visit Rovinj city (the heaven for artists) and  Rijeka, an essential city in Croatia.  The day trip lasts about 8 hours and involves a moderate amount of walking

 

September 11, 2024 – Pula

- Breakfast included

- Class Betty 9 am-12 pm; 2-5 pm

 

September 12, 2024 – Milan

- Breakfast included

- On the way to Milan, Italy (about 6 hours ride)

- We will stop to have lunch

- Free afternoon 

- Dinner, say goodbye

- The last night to the hotel in Milan

September 13, 2024

- Our retreat end, hope to see you all again

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