Our cultural tours offer something different. The destinations are often unusual, and our itineraries show you facets of that country rarely experienced by other visitors. Learn about the culture and history and gain real insight into contemporary life in each destination, with rewarding detours from the well-trodden tourist trail. You will travel with other open-minded, intelligent and questioning people. We also make sure that you have a lot of fun on what we hope will be the best holiday you have ever had.
History, medicine and culture intertwine on this journey through the Mediterranean. Travel amidst some of the richest culture and history in the world with Natasha McEnroe, Director of the Florence Nightingale Museum in London, and Simon Chaplin, Director of Culture and Society at the Wellcome Trust in London, from Lisbon to southern Spain and Gibraltar, up to Valencia and Barcelona, to the south of France and the French Riveria to Monaco, along the Cinque Terra coast in Italy to finish in Rome. Take a journey with visits and talks that encompass thousands of years of medical history on board the elegant 5-star Aegean Odyssey.
Cruise to a wide variety of fascinating destinations on board the intimate and stylish Aegean Odyssey in the company of like-minded people. Hear about the history of the Mediterranean on this cruise, and the important role it played in the history of Western medicine with a range of shore visits and talks as you cruise in boutique luxury through some of the Mediterranean's loveliest landscapes and towns.
Throughout the tour Natasha McEnroe, Simon Chaplin and the ship’s resident speakers will give a wide range of enlightening talks on subjects including the history of medicine in the area (see itinerary for details). A number of these talks will be private to Jon Baines Tours participants. There will also be a wide range of specialist shore visits, all of which are private to our group.
The culture, history and geography of a country shape its cuisine, as surely as waves and wind mould a landscape. On this cruise through the Mediterranean you will learn about some of the distinctive regional cuisines of Spain, France and Italy, while also examining the culture and circumstances that have shaped these countries, their people and their rituals around food and wine.
Travel with respected food writer and restaurant critic, John Lethlean, and cordon bleu chef and writer, Kate Lethlean, through the stunning landscapes of the Mediterranean as they share their expert knowledge and convivial company on this gastronomic and cultural exploration of the Mediterranean.
A river cruise is like no other travel experience. The leisurely pace and the quietness of the ship create a tranquility unmatched by any other form of transport. Watch centuries of civilisation and stunning landscape unfold before your eyes as you drift along the Danube aboard the elegant Amadeus Princess. Enjoy the riches of culture, Gothic and Baroque architecture and spectacular river, lake and mountain scenery. This is Europe at its most magnificent and you will experience its sophistication, culture and charm first hand.
Visit a Europe that has all but vanished. Romania boasts spectacular unspoiled countryside and rustic medieval villages, glorious painted churches, excellent food and wine and an eclectic ethnic mix.
Led by Carmen Lakatos, there will be CPD talks and visits giving you insight into Dental Education and Healthcare in Romania. Carmen will offer unique insights into Romania and dentistry as she herself is a trained dentist working in both Romania and the UK.
This tour can be taken on its own or in conjunction with our Dental Cruise along the Danube and/or our tour to Bulgaria.
This tour examines how cancer and palliative care can integrate with design and architecture for the benefit of both patients and staff. The tour has been developed in close consultation with Maggie’s Centres, an influential UK charity established in 1996. The centres are built around the belief of founder Maggie Keswick Jencks' belief that people should not “lose the joy of living in the fear of dying”. They have worked with the some of the world’s foremost architects to create beautiful centres of support in the UK and abroad.
The tour provides context by examining historic hospital and hospice design with visits to St Christopher’s in London and St Thomas’ Hospital. It also examines new architectural developments in hospice and hospital design, with visits to the leading British architectural practice, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. This respected firm designed the Maggie’s Centre in London’s Charing Cross and the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital, as well as others. The itinerary includes visits to many different centres throughout the UK, with a different emphasis during each visit, depending on the specialism or unique focus of each centre. The tour route travels from London up the east coast of England by rail and into Edinburgh. From Edinburgh drive in a great loop through Scotland and enjoy some of its stunning scenery via Dundee, Aberdeen and into the Highlands and Inverness, before curving down the side of Loch Lomond to Glasgow.
At the end of the tour there is an optional extension in Hong Kong to examine how a Maggie’s Centre operates within a different country and culture.