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Cultural Tours

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.

Picture from the History of Medicine Cruise  - ON REQUEST tour.

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.

Picture from the Cuisine & Culture Cruise - ON REQUEST tour.

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. 

Picture from the Dental Cruise Along the Danube - FULL tour.

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.

Picture from the Dental Study Tour to Transylvania tour.

Dental Study Tour to Transylvania

15 - 21 September 2017

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.

Picture from the Iran: Historical and Contemporary tour.

Discover the soul of Iran with John Tidmarsh, a renowned archeologist who has been visiting Iran for decades. Known since ancient times for its roses, nightingales and poetry, Iran is the birthplace of one of the greatest civilisations of the world and home to breathtaking landscapes. Travel from the cultural centre of Tehran to Shiraz with its exquisite gardens and teahouses, visit Persepolis, the vast ruined city that was the pride of Ancient Persia, stop in ancient Yazd with its Zoroastrian heritage and wander around the magnificent mosques and bazaars of Isfahan. There is an optional extension to spend more time in Tehran at the end of the tour.