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Our medical and professional study tours explore each destination through the prism of a particular occupation in the company of like-minded professionals. Meet with your local counterparts on professional visits ranging from prestigious institutions to NGOs to practitioners in rural communities, highlighting all aspects of your discipline in your chosen destination. This is balanced by a full cultural programme so that you come away with an excellent insight into the country you are visiting.

Picture from the Medical Humanities tour of Scotland tour.

Join us on this fascinating tour of Scotland looking at its long medical history alongside its stunning natural beauty and architecture

This tour has been put together in association with The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Dittrick Medical History Centre and Museum and The Boston Medical Library.

Picture from the Midwifery in Iceland - FULL tour.

Midwifery in Iceland - FULL

24 June - 2 July 2017

** This tour has been designed so that it can be joined after the ICM 2017 Midwives Congress in Toronto ** Iceland is a magical island humming with energy and natural phenomena that turn everyday experiences - a walk, a drive, a dip in a pool - into something that will take your breath away. Its beauty comes from a vast volcanic landscape where mighty forces shape the earth: geysers and glooping mudflats, rumbling volcanoes swathed in ice and glaciers grinding their way through mountains. A rich cultural life, which celebrates a literary legacy that stretches from medieval sagas to contemporary thrillers by way of Nobel Prize winners, also encompasses live music and Nordic style.

As well its wonderful culture and landscapes, the local people are welcoming and creative and have a progressive, egalitarian sensibility. Here, midwives are known as ljosmodir, or 'Mothers of Light', which reflects the status that midwives have always held in Iceland, where formal midwifery training first began back in 1761. Although medicalisation has increased since the years when homebirths were around 70% (in the 1950s-60s), it is now steadily increasing again, and breastfeeding rates are among the highest in the world.

Experience the beauty and culture of this remarkable island while gaining insight into its midwifery and maternal services through a wide ranging professional programme, led by Professor Nicky Leap. 

Picture from the Physiotherapy in South Africa - ON REQUEST tour.

South Africa is a spectacularly beautiful country. With its fine wines and superb food, magnificent scenery and distinctive local culture, it has much to offer the visitor. Travel from Cape Town to Tembe Elephant Park and KwaZulu Natal, to Hazyview and finish in Johannesburg.

This tour has been designed to follow on from the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress in Cape Town in 2017. There are a range of professional visits during the tour as well as as many opportunities to learn about South Africa's culture and history and simply enjoy its food, wine and scenery.

Picture from the History of Medicine Cruise in the Mediterranean 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 Dental Cruise Along the Danube tour.

Dental Cruise Along the Danube

7 - 15 September 2017

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.