October 23, 2017

Czech Republic 2017 VIP All Access Bead Tour Featuring World Class Jewelry Designer JILL WISEMAN

We would like to extend a warm thank you to Jill Wiseman and all of our guests who traveled to the Czech Republic with us. It was a pleasure to serve you and we hope to see you again on future trips! ~ Lisa Busch

This exciting tour brings the best of 3 worlds together!

Vacation and sightseeing in Prague, Liberec & Jablonec Nad Nisou

VIP insider access of bead factories, glass blowing demonstrations, glass ornament factories with the opportunity to shop at wholesale right where the beads are made

VIP classes and travel with world class jewelry designer…

Jill Wiseman

Jill Wiseman 

September 16-24, 2017

This special custom tour takes place in the heart of the bead capital of the world! You will spend two dreamy days exploring Prague with our personal tour guide and experiencing the flavor of one of the world’s true heritage sites including a tour of the Jewish quarter, Prague Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral, and a riverboat dinner cruise of the beautiful Vltava River at night for breathtaking photo ops of Prague. Your third day in Prague is a bonus day to choose your favorite activity – spend more time shopping or exploring the city on your own, work on your bead project, or visit the National Museum, the Pilsner Urquell Brewery home of the world’s first blond lager, or Terezin Children’s WWII Concentration Camp.

Leaving behind metropolitan Prague, we journey through the scenic countryside to Sychrov Castle, Czech Republic’s very own Downton Abbey – the exiled home of a French aristocratic family following the French Revolution. Then we time warp from the 18th century and travel via cable car to a “spaceship” on top of a mountain. Jested Tower, built by the Soviets in 1966 as a combination hotel and telecommunications tower, was a favorite vacation spot for the Soviet elite. On a clear day you will have the unique experience of being able to see three countries, Poland, Germany & the Czech Republic in one breathtaking panorama. Coming down from the clouds we land in Liberec, our home for the next three nights.  

Let the glass adventure begin! Over the next three days we will visit a bead factory, blown glass Christmas ornament factory, glass museum and school of glass, escorted by Jon Kubricht, bead importer and owner of DaBeads. We will see artisans making our treasured beads first hand and even have the chance to participate in a glass blowing demonstration. Shopping anyone? With Jon’s special connections, you will have the chance to shop directly with the companies from which he buys.

Not a beader? Want to bring your spouse or best friend? No problem. Bead classes are included in the prices, so all our non-beaders are offered a discounted rate. We have optional suggested activities such as an evening at the Prague Ballet, Black Light Theater, Marionettes, or jazz clubs, casinos…this country has something for everyone.

Land Only Tour Cost: $1899 per person double occupancy; $2199 single occupancy. Non-beader discount – $200.

GROUP AIR – $895 – Sold out

We are pleased to offer you two choices for group air to Prague at the same great rate of $895, which is $200 lower than predicted!

  1. Sep 16  Chicago to Prague with a 1 hr 45 min layover in Frankfurt, Germany – arriving at 10:05 AM in Prague on Sep 17 aboard Lufthansa.    (For connecting flights – Depart ORD 4:05 pm on Sep 16.  Arrive ORD 7:15 pm on Sep 24.)
  2. Sep 16 JFK to Prague NON-Stop arriving 11:55 AM in Prague on Sep 17 aboard Delta/KLM.    (For connecting flights – Depart JFK 9:41 pm on Sep 16.  Arrive JFK 4:50 pm on Sep 24.)
Refundability – Your group air payment is refundable except for $150 until April 1, 2017.  After that it becomes non-refundable. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation to Chicago or New York.

OR BOOK YOUR OWN AIR: Since fans are coming from all over, you can book your own air from any city and meet us at Prague Airport the morning of September 17. If your flight arrives after 12:00 pm, then you may want to  plan to arrive a day early.  Or, if you chose a later flight, we will just catch you up with whatever we are doing.  If you come early we can put you up at the group hotel or you can spend your first night at any of Prague’s many fine hotels.  Your return flight can be booked for whatever time you like on Sunday, Sep 24, 2017.  We will spend the last night (Sep 23) at a Prague Airport hotel for easy transport to your flight whatever time you leave.

Your tour includes:

  • 7 nights at first class hotels in the Czech Republic. (3 in Prague, 3 in Liberec, 1 at Prague Airport)
  • 9 meals: 7 full breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • Luxury bus transportation with the Czech Republic’s top driver-guides
  • City touring in each town we visit
  • Admission to all sites noted in the itinerary
  • Free time to explore, make your own discoveries and find traditional food, fare & shopping
  • Daily quick & easy Czech language phrases for the linguistic among us
  • 2 Bead Classes with Jill – a short class and a more involved project (photos coming soon).  Kits included.

Some of the places we’ll visit include:

  • Your personal guided walking tour of Old Town & New Town Prague
  • Walk across the beautiful Vltava River on the iconic medieval Charles Bridge
  • Prague Jewish Quarter including Pinkasova Synagogue. The names of nearly 80,000 Jews who died in the Holocaust from Bohemia & Moravia are inscribed on the walls
  • 1200 year old Prague Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral
  • Prague Astronomical Clock, a 600 year old fully functioning outdoor animated clock featuring the parade of the 12 apostles
  • Petrin Lookout Tower aka “The Eiffel Tower” of Prague. We’ll take the tram to the top for the best view of the city anywhere
  • Sychrov Castle with one of the finest French aristocracy oil canvas portrait collections outside of France
  • Russian Spire at Jested via cable car
  • Bead & Button Factory tours and demonstrations
  • Christmas Ornament factory and glass blowing demonstrations
  • Museum of Glass and Jewelry

The Classes

Bohemian Spires Necklace (the two-night class)
The sample in the photograph is my initial prototype. I am close to finishing the finalized design with different colors, more fluid connections between the triangles, and a beaded rope on which to hang the pendant. 
We’ll be learning how to make three different types of triangles for our multi-stack pendant, and because these are components, they can be utilized in other ways if you desire. There will be several different color options which attendees will be able to view and choose from prior to travel. 
Techniques include: Herringbone, Peyote, Peyote with Increases
Monte Carlo Necklace (one night)
Fancy Swarovski crystal shapes are irresistible, but sometimes intimidating if you’re planning how to bezel set them with beadweaving. This necklace is just the thing to take all the worry away! The large stones are already set in plated metal settings with multiple holes to secure your beadwork. Not only does this leave us with many options for how to bead around them, it also means we don’t have to cover the top of the stone to secure it in a beaded setting! More sparkle shows! 
The largest center stone, however, we WILL bezel with beadwork, and I’ll show you a painless and forgiving method that won’t leave you frustrated. 
There will be several different color options which attendees will be able to view and choose from prior to travel. 
Techniques include: Peyote, Netting, and Right-Angle Weave


Tentative Daily Agenda Sketch (Please note daily agenda is not “locked in” until very close to travel dates. Just like luggage in an airplane, things can shift. We will update here as changes occur.)

Sat, Sep 16:  Depart for overnight flight to Prague.

Sun, Sep 17:  Arrive Prague.  We will provide transportation from airport to hotel, where we will check in to the Ibis Praha Old Town. A quick lunch at the hotel and then we are off for a guided tour of the Jewish Quarter. (Note: this may be swapped with Tue. Old Town/New Town tour depending on time available and recommendation of in-country guide). Then back to room to relax, refresh and catch the shuttle to our Vltava Riverboat Dinner Cruise. (D)

Mon, Sep 18:  Breakfast provided at hotel, then off for a panoramic bus tour of Image result for petrin towerPrague, dropping us of at the top of the city for a breathtaking view from Petrin Lookout Tower (Prague’s Eiffel Tower replica). From there we will walk down to Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral for a guided walking tour and tour of the castle.  Lunch on your own in the castle area.  Late afternoon we return to the hotel where you will have a couple of hours to have dinner on your own at any of the many area restaurants.  6:00 class with Jill for our beaders.  Non-beaders will have the evening free to relax or take advantage of some of Prague’s nightlife activities including the Prague Marionette Theater, Black Light Theater, or the Prague Opera or Ballet (click the link for an up-to-date listing of shows in Sep 2017). (B)

Tue, Sep 19: Breakfast at hotel.  Optional walking tour of Old Town/New Town where we will see the astrological clock and Charles Bridge.  (As an optional alternative you could chose to visit Terezin Concentration Camp or Pilsner Urquell Brewery.  We can assist on site with transportation arrangements.) Lunch on own. Afternoon free to relax, shop, or do alternative touring.  Dinner on own and evening free for everyone to take in your favorite activities in Prague. (B)

Wed, Sep 20:  Breakfast at hotel. We board the bus and leave lovely Prague for the mountains of the Czech Republic. Arrive at Sychrov Castle for guided tour followed by lunch at the castle restaurant. Then on up the mountain to the top on the funicular (cable car) and into the Russian spire Jested Tower for a view that includes Poland, Czech Republic and Germany. We will check into the fabulous Pytloun Grand Hotel Imperial and enjoy dinner at a local favorite restaurant. (B)

Thu – Sat, Sep 21-23: Breakfast at hotel each day. Over the next 3 days we will tour a glass bead factory, glass museum, Christmas ornament factory, glass blowing demonstration, and the School of Glass, all in the Jablonec and Nisou region. The 21st & 22nd Jill will teach 2 more classes (note: classes will be one 6-hr class broken into 2 evenings and one 3-hr class).  We will enjoy a farewell dinner together on the 23rd before checking into The Courtyard by Marriott Airport hotel. (B)

Sun, Sep 24: Breakfast at hotel. Leave for airport on your own, in hotel-provided transportation to arrive at your flight in plenty of time. We recommend 3-4 hrs before flight time to check luggage, before your return flight home.  Šťastnou cestu! (Bon Voyage!)

Some notes about Accommodations and Transportation:

  • Beds in Europe are a bit different from the US. They are generally a single bed which can then be moved together to form a double, and usually have a bottom sheet & comforter.
  • Our time in Prague will be walking tours.  Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Transportation will be provided to the boat cruise, and there is a tram to take us to the top of the mountain for the “Eiffel Tower.”


Land Payments: Send a $300 per person deposit to reserve your space. All land payments are fully refundable until April 1, 2017*. Your second land payment of $550 is due April 1, 2017. Because of vendor commitments, your final payment is due July 14, 2017. If you prefer, you can send payments any time toward your tour, as long as the final balance is paid by July 14, 2017.  *(To protect your investment after the non-refundable date, we recommend travel insurance.  See link below.)

Custom Payments can be made by using our handy custom payment form.  (Please remember to include 3% fee when paying by credit card.)

REGISTRATION FORM:  Please use our on-line registration form here.  If you prefer to pay by check, you may still fill out the form on-line and indicate that you are mailing the check.  NOTE:  All Prime Tours rates are discounted for paying by check. If you prefer to pay by credit card, you may do so by calling our office at 614-766-5553 or use our Paypal tool with our registration form.

Group Air: $400 minimum deposit.  Balance to be paid no later than Apr 1, 2017.  Group Air payments are refundable except for $150 until Apr 1, 2017 at which time all payments become non-refundable*.

Don’t Wait! Get on board this All Access VIP tour today! Bus & hotel space is limited. Since deposit is refundable until Apr 1, 2017*, you have nothing to loose.

Enchanting Prague and beady dreams await you!

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