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Gemstone Hunting and Lapidary Course

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Gemstone Hunting and Lapidary Course

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Check local COVID-19-related recommendations or restrictions before booking. In-person Airbnb Experiences are available in this region. Please review and follow local COVID-19-related recommendations or restrictions.
Duration
8 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English, Hungarian
craft class

Gemstone Hunting and Lapidary Course

craft class

Gemstone Hunting and Lapidary Course

1 review
Check local COVID-19-related recommendations or restrictions before booking. In-person Airbnb Experiences are available in this region. Please review and follow local COVID-19-related recommendations or restrictions.
Duration
8 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English, Hungarian

What you'll do

Learn to polish a Hungarian gemstone at the foot of the Mátra Mountains! Just 1 hour from Budapest, kids and dogs can come too! Discounts for groups! 10:00-14:00 Gemstone collecting tour: From Gyöngyöstarján we will make a cca. 6.5 km long (back and forth) walking tour on changing terrain (+100m rise) looking for agates and different types of jasper. After that we will visit the protected and unique geyserite site in Gyöngyöstarján. 14:00-15:00 Authentic lunch with local specialties: After the tour which was rich in experiences, we will have lunch in the Village Museum, made with local food specialties. 15:00-18:00 Lapidary Art Course: In the Village Museum we will visit the mineral and the local history exhibition, and then begin to process the artifacts as needed. To start, you get to look through the stones you have found during the tour or our bin of rock slabs and select the perfect one for you. Choose the best shape to cut. You will learn the safety aspects of using saws and polishing machine before you actually begin to utilize them. You will go through the steps to create a beautiful cabochon, medal or pocket rock of your own.

Zsófia's commitment to safety

This host has committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines – including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

  • Local experts

    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

  • Small groups

    With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

  • High standards

    Every experience is reviewed for unique access.

Your host

Learn more about Zsófia

Zsófia

My husband, János Koós-Varju and me, we got to know - the Mátra's "semi precious" gemstone sites, and learned to cut and polish, have bought the necessary machines and equipments. His basic education is mechatronic technician and he is a Power Engineering engineer. I have diploma at the Faculty of "Tourism and Hotel" and I am a village host. I love tourism as a host and also as a traveler. And yes, we love gemstones and the nature too! We are also members of the "Hungarian Friends of Minerals Association" and the "With a clear intention for Gyöngyöstarján village Association"

What's included

Food
Local food specialties. Please let me know about food allergies, vegetarianism, diseases in advance!. Snacks for the tour
Drinks
Water, tea, coffee
Equipment
Backpack, spade, pickaxe, rock slabs, cutting and polishing machines, apron, dust mask, safety glasses and ear plugs

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Where you'll be

Agate's and jasper's site close to Gyöngyöstarján, geyserite site close to Gyöngyöstarján and Village Museum in Gyöngyöstarján Tour starts from March to November, and only at good weather conditions, in case of bad weather, only the indoor gemstone polishing course is maintained using previously collected stones (a.m. 10:00 - p.m. 18:00) at the Village Museum.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. The trek presents a medium level of difficulty, if you bring little childrens, please take baby carrier, if it is needed. Under 10 years old it is a free…

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

Hiking shoes with long socks

More tips

The tour guide determines what the participants have to do to ensure the safety of themselves and others. You can come from Budapest by bus, 1 hour and 10 minutes to Gyöngyös.
Zsófia
Gemstone Hunting and Lapidary Course
1 review
£84/person
1 review
£84/person