I can’t even believe I’m telling you this! This has been in the planning for a very long time… I’m going on a bead tour of the Czech Republic, and you can come with me too!
I’ll be joining my lovely friend Jill Wiseman for an 8-day tour that will take in the sights of Prague, plus numerous bead factories, museums and bead shopping opportunities! It’s an access-all-areas experience! The date for your diary is 21st-28th April 2024.
What can you expect?
We’ll get to see how and where beads are born! I’ve been lucky enough to join Jill on a Czech tour before and found the whole process completely magical. However this trip is even more exciting as we will be visiting even more bead factories!
We kick off the trip exploring the beautiful historic city of Prague – seeing all the big sights including the Astronomical Clock, Prague Castle, and Charles Bridge. A highlight is definitely the river cruise with dinner included!
After exploring Prague we travel to the bead region of Jablonec nad Nisou where we will tour factories, dig through secret bead and button warehouses, see garnet gemstones being produced, and have amazing opportunities to shop for beads at incredible discounts.
The confirmed factories we’ll be visiting include:
- Preciosa (seed beads and more!)
- Matubo (SuperDuos, Gemduos, Ginkos, pressed Czech seed beads…)
- Lampwork bead-making
- Hand-blown Christmas ornaments at a UNESCO site
- Rutkovsky (A long-running, family-owned bead factory)
- and a garnet producer in Turnov.
As we are a small group there will be plenty of opportunity for one-on-one time with the producers. You’ll also get the chance to be involved in the production process, giving your advice and opinion as Jill orders custom beads with the factory owner, picking the mould, the glass, and the coatings!
The tour will be led by Jon Kubricht of Da Beads, who has been buying beads in the Czech Republic for over 25 years, so he knows all the important bead players and production facilities throughout the country. It’s because of his personal relationships with these business owners that we have access to these locations!
Beading classes in Czech Republic
In addition to all of this, you also get to take TWO beading classes with myself and Jill. Jill will be teaching her stunning Bohemian Spires geometric design as one of the classes. It’s a stunning peyote project using Delica beads – inspired by the rooftops of Prague.
I will be sharing my brand new and exclusive Beaders’ Holiday design. It’s a very sparkly project that celebrates the joy of Czech beads! You can see some photos further down the page.
There are just a handful of single and double-occupancy rooms remaining. If you’d like to come with us but need a roommate, it’s no problem – Jon can help match you up with someone. Just let him know at email@example.com. You can also ask him if you have any questions about trip details!
So what are you waiting for? Sign up today to join me on this trip of a lifetime, with just a $300 deposit.
I hope you will join us!