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Christmas Markets Bead Retreat

Christmas Markets Bead Retreat

France - Austria - Czech Republic

The excursions/day trips included in the retreat are suitable

for people who are unable to walk long distances.

OVERVIEW
Bead Retreat
November 30th-December 10th, 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)

November 30th- December 3rd, 2024
STRASBOURG - FRANCE

Strasbourg, located in the Alsace region of eastern France, is a fascinating city rich in history and culture. It occupies a unique position on the border with Germany, which has resulted in a distinctive blend of French and German architectural influences. At the heart of Strasbourg lies the historic center, which is home to the iconic Cathedral and was given UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1988. The architecture of the center reflects both the Haussmanian model and the best of Germanic and French styles, offering a glimpse into the city's diverse cultural heritage. The center has been remarkably well-preserved, making it a living monument to the past that evokes a sense of awe and respect in visitors.

Christmas is one of the best times of the year to visit this beautiful town, with its world-renowned Christmas Market. It's the ideal place to find traditional Alsatian symbols, such as hot wine, cookies, and incredible decorations that will transport you to a winter wonderland.

EXPLORING STRASBOURG

Strasbourg

CITY TOUR - Strasbourg's historic center is a charming and picturesque area located on the Grande-Île island. It is an excellent place to explore on foot, with many attractions and activities to enjoy. The magnificent Notre Dame cathedral with its unique spire is a must-see, as is the picturesque Petite France district, which is full of quaint houses and scenic canals. Additionally, there are numerous museums, including those in the Rohan Palace, as well as grand shopping centers and smaller local boutiques to satisfy all shopping needs. Moreover, the area offers a range of restaurants that cater to all tastes, making it an ideal destination for a day trip or longer stay.

Strasbourg Christmas Market

STRASBOURG CHRISTMAS MARKET - The Strasbourg Christmas Market, a unique and renowned event, holds the distinction of being the oldest and most famous Christmas market in France. It boasts over 300 chalets, each offering a unique experience, scattered across a dozen sites, including the Cathedral Square.

You will immerse yourself in the festive spirit of Christmas, enjoying decorations, handicrafts, and local food products. As you stroll through the main shopping streets, adorned with grandiose Christmas light illuminations, you'll find that the Strasbourg Christmas Market is a treasure trove of unique items. The Strasburgers' festive decorations on house facades and balconies add to the magical atmosphere.

Strasbourg  Boat Cruise

BOAT CRUISE - Strasbourg is surrounded by water and exploring the city from a boat will give you a unique perspective. You'll get to see parts of the city that you might not have discovered on foot, and learn about the city's history and heritage as you cruise past its historic monuments and districts.

If you think it's December and it's cold, don't worry; the boats used during the winter are covered and heated.

December 3rd-7th, 2024
PRAGUE - CZECH REPUBLIC

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic and the most important city in the Bohemia region, is a true gem of Central Europe. Its status as a popular travel destination is not without reason. Largely untouched by the ravages of the Second World War, Prague's medieval center stands as a testament to its rich history. A charming blend of cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals, and numerous church spires, it offers a unique glimpse into the past.

Traditionally called Golden City, City of 100 Spires, or the Heart of Europe, has captivated visitors for centuries with its unique blend of Bohemian allure. This makes it an ideal destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of history, art, music, and architecture.  

Prague is also renowned for its cuisine, which offers a delightful journey through the city's extensive culinary legacy, influenced by numerous cultures, agricultural practices, and centuries of history. As you explore the city's picturesque streets, you'll encounter a diverse range of dining options, from traditional Czech eateries and cozy pubs to upscale restaurants and vibrant food markets.

EXPLORING PRAGUE

Prague

CITY TOUR - Experience the beauty of Prague's historic center with a local guide. This city tour will take you to some of the most iconic landmarks, including Charles Bridge, Old Town, the Astronomical Clock, and Prague Castle. Along the way, you'll learn fascinating stories about the city's rich history and culture. Get ready to immerse yourself in the unforgettable atmosphere of Prague!

Prague Christmas Market

PRAGUE CHRISTMAS MARKET - The Prague Christmas markets are a unique blend of enchantment, with their distinctive decorations, picturesque surroundings, and backdrops. You'll find a variety of local delights, from the excellent mulled wine to the sweet-smelling pastry, hot mead, and juicy ham, all adding to the charm of the markets. Step into the craft world at the Prague Christmas markets, where a treasure trove of products awaits. From ceramics and glassware to beautiful jewels, embroidered lace, and wooden toys, the markets are a haven for unique, handcrafted items. You'll also find candles, Christmas tree ornaments, winter hats and gloves, dolls dressed in traditional costumes, and a myriad of other products, all lovingly made by local artisans.

Bead Factory

FACTORY & BEAD SHOPS TOUR - You will witness the art behind the Czech beads. Starting with raw materials, you will be shown the technological processes involved, as well as the cutting and polishing techniques that are required to create these stunning beads.

After that, we will visit a factory that specializes in creating Christmas decorations. Throughout the tour, you will gain insight into the raw materials, tools, and techniques that are used to create such beautiful ornaments. You will also discover the amount of time and dedication that the artisans put into mastering new forms and the strict quality standards that are maintained throughout the entire production process.

December 7th - 10th, 2024
VIENNA - AUSTRIA

Immerse yourself in the heart of Austria, where the captivating city of Vienna awaits. This destination is a unique blend of imperial traditions, music, and charm, offering a wealth of experiences that are sure to pique your curiosity. When you visit Vienna, you will be struck by its rich history and vibrant culture, which are beautifully reflected in the city's stunning architecture. The Baroque buildings radiate grandeur and elegance, making it one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. 

Vienna, also known as the City of Music, is a paradise for art and music lovers. It has been the birthplace of countless artistic and musical achievements and has contributed significantly to the world of classical music. It's worth noting that more famous composers have called Vienna home than any other city, and the city's music scene continues to thrive, offering a vibrant and diverse range of musical experiences. 

EXPLORING VIENNA

Vienna

CITY TOUR - Discover the city's most awe-inspiring sights, each pulsating with unique energy. Each landmark, from the majestic Imperial Palace to the artistic haven of the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the spiritual sanctuary of St. Stephen's Cathedral, is a testament to Vienna's grandness and vibrancy.

You'll also explore the vibrant Leopoldstadt neighborhood, known for its multicultural atmosphere, and the bustling Karmelitermarkt, where you can sample local delicacies. You will have the opportunity to admire the unique architectural masterpiece, the colorful Hundertwasser House, and you will be enchanted by the stunning Belvedere Palace with its enchanting gardens.

Vienna Christmas Market

VIENNA CHRISTMAS MARKET - If you really want to step into a fairy tale land, you must definitely go to Vienna in December. Words cannot describe the festive atmosphere that this capital offers near Christmas and New Year. Baked chestnuts, gingerbread, mulled wine, baked potatoes, apples dipped in chocolate, marzipan figurines, glazed walnuts, wooden houses decorated with garlands, children's choirs singing carols, the huge decorated Christmas tree in the middle of the market... all these are part of the Christmas Market charm, enveloped in the medieval atmosphere of the old city that hosts the event every year, since the 14th century.

CLASS & PROJECT

BETTY STEPHAN

Necklace

Coming soon

Betty Stephan necklace

REGISTRATION

Cost:

- 3870 EURO for BEADER

- 3670 EURO for traveling companion (this price applies only to 1 companion)

Deposit:  a 500 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 February 15th, 2024

- The full payment is due by May 1st, 2024

Accommodation: the price is based on a double-occupancy room in a hotel. Supplement of +1070 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 February 15th, 2024 (included) you will be refunded with the amount received from you (except 250 EURO non-refundable). If you cancel after February 15th, 2024 you will be refunded the amount paid, less 500 EURO

If you cancel your reservation after Mary 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.

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