This Seminar is planned for 12 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CME/CE credits, Certificates of Completion and possible tax deductible guidelines will be provided for registered Professional Seminar attendees Certificates of Attendance will be provided for ALL registered seminar participants
Seminar Overview/Statement of Purpose:
Medical practitioners are currently faced with the challenges of both treating and preventing the ever-increasing incidence of chronic diseases in the US population. In addition, the need to adapt best practice models in the context of emerging healthcare reforms impacting patient care delivery and access to care is an important issue for all healthcare practitioners to address.
France has the highest level of satisfaction with their health care system among all European countries. Physicians have adapted best practices strategies in compliance with the French universal healthcare coverage model. Although cardiovascular disease and obesity related diabetes have become significant global health issues, the incidence of these diseases in the French population is among the lowest in the world. Now, more than ever, it is important for medical professionals to collaborate with colleagues and global counterparts to gain cross-cultural perspectives and updates in the treatment and prevention of disease. By design, this program offers opportunities for medical professionals to compare and contrast current best practices to provide quality patient care and outcomes in their own professional setting and gain a better understanding of emerging healthcare delivery models.
Planned In-Country Healthcare Topics Include:
Joann and Bill Chaney have assisted in the development and implementation of numerous PES CME/CE Educational Travel Seminar programs. They have escorted more than 30 PES groups throughout the world for itineraries that included ocean cruises, river cruises, and custom land programs. Joann is the Founder of Global Tracks and co-owner of the Professional Education Society (PES). Bill is the Educational Development Specialist for the Professional Education Society and an award-winning professor emeritus at Purdue University in plant physiology.
Educational Goals: Our goal is to provide unparalleled CME/CE travel opportunities for healthcare professionals that combine their most passionate destination desires with their educational goals, fostering exceptional learning experiences, friendships and connections with national and international colleagues.
Learning Objectives: Keep abreast of rapid expansion of medical knowledge and current best practice models on multiple topics to facilitate change and thus provide continually excellent patient care.
By design, this program permits medical experts to collaborate with colleagues and international counterparts to realize cross cultural view points and updates within the treatment and prevention of disease and offers opportunities to compare and contrast current best practices to supply quality patient care and outcomes in their own professional setting
Continuing Education Recognition Awards offered for healthcare professionals on this PES Program include:
Physicians: Programs are reviewed by the American Academy of Family Physicians for a minimum of 12 Prescribed Credit Hours. AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) toward the AMA Physician Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
The Professional Education Society designates this activity for a minimum of 12 continuing education credits.
Nurses: The Professional Education Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 5428, for up to 12 contact hours. Although the California Board of Registered Nursing does not approve individual continuing education courses, providers are required by law to be approved by the Board. Reciprocity for continuing education hours for nurses is available in most states. Please check with your regulation board regarding requirements.
For Other Healthcare Professionals: Certificates of Attendance are issued to all participants attending credit sessions and can be submitted for credit approval to their professional board. In order to receive a Certificate of Attendance, registrants must sign-in, attend the programs and complete a program evaluation.
Tax Deduction: This healthcare seminar has been designed to comply with current IRS convention rules and deductibility requirements under Code Section 274(h)(1) as directly related to the conduct of the attendee’s profession and meeting the reasonableness standard of the foreign seminar rules. The formal meetings will be scheduled with lectures and discussions. Seminars in conference rooms, clinics or hospitals will be conducted by in-country speakers as well as distinguished faculty of the Professional Education Society.
Documentation verifying the scheduling dates, locations, hours of attendance, certificate of participation, and appropriate certificate of continuing medical, dental or nursing education will be provided at the completion of the conference. Tax deductible benefits are not guaranteed and we recommend that every attendee should consult with their Tax Consultant about their Individual situation to determine the appropriate amount and reporting of deductible expenses.
7–Night All–Inclusive Rhône and Saône River Cruise Past Medieval Villages & Rolling Vineyards
Join PES and journey through Burgundy & Provence to visit picturesque places adorned with Roman ruins, stroll down enchanting cobblestone alley-ways, and sip fine local wine atop panoramic hills!
River Cruise Itinerary Highlights:
All-Inclusive River Cruise Package:
|Date||Day||Optional 3-Night Pre-Cruise Package: Village Life of Provence|
|July 16–19||Thu–Sun||3 Nights Aix-en-Provence with Tours & Transfers|
|Date||Day||7-Night Cruise Itinerary & Included Excursions|
|July 19||Sun||Avignon: Transfer from Marseille International Airport to the ship|
|July 20||Mon||Arles & Tarascon: Choice of Arles or Tarascon walking discovery tour|
|July 21||Tues||Avignon: Choice of walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes or Pont du Gard or kayak ride on the Gardon River|
|July 22||Wed||Viviers: Exclusive intimate “Village Day” experience with the locals|
|July 23||Thurs||Tournon & Tain-l’Hermitage: Choice of twin villages stroll with wine tasting or guided vineyards hike with wine tasting|
|July 24||Fri||Lyon: Choice of walking tour, silk weavers walking tour, or peninsula biking tour|
|July 25||Sat||Mâcon & Beaune: Choice of Burgundy wine landscapes, Hospices de Beaune with open-air farmers’ market visit or Mâcon walking discovery tour|
|July 26||Sun||Lyon: Disembark and transfer to Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport|
|Date||Day||Optional 2-Night Paris Post-Cruise Package|
|July 26–28||Sun–Tue||Details to be announced!|
Sunday, July 19, 2019 | Avignon
Monday, July 20, 2019 | Arles & Tarascon
Known for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles has existed since the sixth century when it was founded by the ancient Greeks. It was here that the Romans built their first bridge across the Rhône River, creating a vital overland route between Italy and Spain and facilitating the expansion of their empire. Long renowned as one of the region’s most attractive cities, it lured artist Vincent van Gogh, who painted hundreds of works here including “Starry Night.” A short distance from Arles is the ancient and charming town of Tarascon. Its many medieval sites include a 12th-century church and a 15th-century castle. Bask in the warmth of the Provençal sunlight in either of these friendly Mediterranean towns.
A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Included Excursions: Choice of Arles walking discovery tour or Tarascon walking discovery tour
Tuesday, July 21, 2019 | Avignon
The walled city of Avignon, in the heart of Provence, is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France with a host of historic gems to explore. Avignon is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the mighty Palace of the Popes, an equivalent of today’s Vatican where the pope lived in the early 14th century, and Pont du Gard, a 2,000-year-old ancient Roman aqueduct.
Included Excursions: Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes, Avignon walking discovery tour with Pont du Gard, or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” kayak ride on the Gardon River
Wednesday, July 22, 2019 | Viviers
An enchanting village where time seems to have stopped centuries ago, Viviers has a long and storied past that goes back more than 1,600 years and a splendid architectural heritage to match. At one time, Viviers was divided along religious lines – the clergy lived in the upper part of the town, the laity in the lower part. Your exploration of the town will take you through both parts, as you begin at the crest and make your way to the riverbank. Visit the fountain square in Old Town, that combines Roman and medieval influences and stroll down cobblestone lanes so narrow you can stand in the middle and touch the historic houses on either side.
Included Excursion: Exclusive intimate Viviers “Village Day”
Thursday, July 23, 2019 | Tournon & Tain-l’Hermitage
Nestled on opposite sides of the river in the heart of the Côtes du Rhône, the picturesque twin cities of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage are an ideal destination for connoisseurs of fine wine. Whether you opt for a guided walk or a more vigorous vineyard hike, you’ll have a chance to taste the local wines made primarily from Syrah grapes that grow on the steep slopes lining the river.
Included Excursions: Choice of Exclusive Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” Hermitage vineyards hike with wine tasting
Friday, July 24, 2019 | Lyon
At the epicenter of French gastronomy, Lyon is a city of tantalizing contrasts. The city boasts colorful Old-World façades, medieval mansions, and hidden passageways as well as a sophisticated urbanity reminiscent of Paris. Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, and with roots stretching back over 2,000 years to the days of Julius Caesar, Lyon is a place of fascinating dualities. Take a walking tour to learn of the important culinary history of Lyon, explore the city’s historic quarter and learn of its rich history of silk-making, or take a guided bike tour along the banks of the Rhône River.
Included Excursions: Choice of Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon walking tour, Exclusive silk weavers walking tour, or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” Lyon peninsula bicycle tour
Saturday, July 25, 2019 | Mâcon & Beaune
The pace of life is decidedly more relaxed in Burgundy, where endless rows of grapes hang heavy on the vine. The capital of the region’s wine trade, Beaune, is renowned for its history, beauty, and highly prized wine, as well as its medieval-era hospital—the Hospices de Beaune. Located in the southernmost part of Burgundy, Mâcon, a Saône River port, is your gateway to Beaune. Mâcon, also known for its wine, has a distinctly Mediterranean feel and looks to the south for inspiration with its charming pastel-colored buildings.
A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Included Excursions: Choice of Burgundy wine landscapes, Beaune, Hospices de Beaune with open-air farmers’ market visit or Mâcon walking discovery tour
Sunday, July 26, 2019 | Lyon
Disembark the Uniworld S.S. Catherine. You will be transferred with Uniworld to Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport for your flight home.
World’s Best and Most Awarded Luxury River Cruise Line
The meticulously designed Uniworld S.S. Catherine features enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, a stylish restaurant, Serenity River Spa, and a sun deck where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views. Master craftsmen and furniture designers authentically created lavish furnishings for the S.S. Catherine in luxurious fabrics and styles evocative of Europe’s rich heritage, so you can be treated to a beautiful journey both on and off the ship. With one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios of all river cruise lines, Uniworld sets the standard for excellence in luxury river cruising – no request too large, no detail too small.
When dining onboard, you’ll be treated to world-class cuisine made from fresh ingredients, locally sourced from the destinations you visit. Uniworld has a farm-to-table philosophy using the finest foods from regional farms, local farmers’ markets, and artisanal producers to ensure every meal embodies the unique character of summer in southern France. Meals are always paired with an incredible selection of complimentary wines, sparkling wines, and champagne chosen by acclaimed sommeliers.
Every morning of your journey, the wonders of France await right outside your window. Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites are designed to provide an elegant and serene onboard sanctuary. All staterooms feature handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, generous built-in closets, a marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, bathrobes and slippers, flat-screen TV, individual climate-control thermostat, free Internet and Wi-Fi access, and 24-hour room service.
Register Early as Space is Limited.
Save an additional $200 per person if you book by October 31, 2019!
|Classic Window Stateroom | Deck 1 | 162 sq. ft.||$4,099||$5,049|
|French Balcony Stateroom | Deck 2 | 194 sq. ft.||$5,299||$6,549|
|Deluxe Balcony Stateroom | Deck 3 | 194 sq. ft.||$5,899||$8,199|
|Suite with Balcony | Deck 3 | 305 sq. ft. – waitlisted||$8,199||–|
Rates do not include port taxes of $170 per person.
Double pricing is based on double occupancy or two people per stateroom.
Single pricing is based on one person per stateroom and is capacity-controlled by Uniworld and subject to change.
Cruise: $1,500 per person for double occupancy or single occupancy
Seminar: $200 per person
Second Payment: 50% of the remaining invoice balance is due by December 13, 2019
Final Payment Due: April 3, 2020
Airfare is not included. PES will book your air arrangements for a $75 ticketing fee or you may choose to handle your own reservation.
PES offers optional travel insurance. Travel insurance is strongly suggested and will give you the opportunity to recover monies lost through cancellations. We offer Travel Guard insurance as an option. Premiums vary depending on your age and the cost of your trip. Purchase within 14 days of deposit for additional benefits.
All cancellations must be made in writing to Global Tracks. Travel Insurance and Airfare are non-refundable once ticketed. Any payment to Global Tracks constitutes your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions set herein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms. All cancellations are subject to a $200 per person administration fee in addition to the below schedule:
|From time of deposit until December 13, 2019||$250 per guest penalty|
|From December 14, 2019 to April 3, 2020||40% of the total package|
|From April 4, 2020 to May 20, 2020||75% of the total package|
|After May 20, 2020||100% of the total package|
Package Price: $1,975 per person, based on double occupancy, $2,540 single rate
Deposit: $500 per person
Join PES for a three-night pre-cruise package in Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most charming towns. Aix (pronounced like the letter X) was once a Roman spa and the former capital of the Provence region. Today, it is known for its tree-lined, cobblestoned boulevards, stately houses, and art scene. Being a university town, it has a young, upbeat, energetic feel, and is popular with foodies and wine lovers!
Stroll through historic quarters with traces of Roman and medieval architecture, as well as 16th and 17th century fountains and facades, indulge in French delicacies at local artisan markets, visit aromatic lavender blooms, and begin your river cruise refreshed and rejuvenated, with memories of leisurely Provencal village life.
Thursday, July 16, 2020 – Arrive Marseilles, France / Aix-en-Provence
Welcome to France! Upon arriving at the Marseille Provence Airport (MRS), you will be met by a local representative and transferred directly to the Boutique Hôtel Cézanne, approximately a 30-minute drive.
You may also elect to fly into Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and independently take the TGV train to Aix-en-Provence where a local representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel.
Boutique Hôtel Cézanne
The Boutique Hôtel Cézanne was the first boutique hotel to open its doors in Aix-en-Provence. Inspired by its namesake, this 55 room 4-star hotel is housed in an ancient mansion that was renovated in 2008. It has a contemporary design style throughout with modern furniture, an emphasis on color created by designer Charles Montemarco, and features numerous original artworks including a vibrant mural by the Berlin artist Zidan.
The hotel is ideally located near the city’s ancient walls on the site of one of the first Roman cities in the Mediterranean basin and just a 5 minutes’ walk from the prestigious Cours Mirabeau.
Join your PES hosts and fellow travelers this evening for a welcome drink, followed by dinner on your own.
Overnight Boutique Hôtel Cézanne
Friday, July 17, 2020 – Aix-en-Provence / Walking Tour
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Historical and Gourmet Walking Tour
Depart from the hotel with an experienced local guide on a historical and gourmet walking tour to reveal Aix-en-Provence’s rich culture, art, and history.
Discover the bustling boulevard of Cours Mirabeau with its wealth of superb architecture, numerous fountains, and admire the elegant architecture and bourgeois mansions of the Quartier Mazarin, see the Medieval city center, Town Hall Square, and Market Square, and pass the 12th century Saint Savor Cathedral built on the site of a 1st-century Roman forum.
Along the way, learn more about the local gastronomic specialties with a chance to taste the traditional French candy Calisson, plus delicious nougat, green and black tapenade, and locally produced cheese paired with a glass of wine from a local appellation. The tour concludes with lunch at a local restaurant.
The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure, and dinner is on your own. This afternoon you might opt to visit Atelier Cézanne, the studio where Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, born in Aix, worked until he died.
Overnight Boutique Hôtel Cézanne (B, L)
Saturday, July 18, 2020 – Aix-en-Provence / Markets & Lavender
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel.
This morning is free to explore the famous local markets of Aix-en-Provence, just a short walk from the hotel. Browse Southern France’s best selection of local seasonal fruit and vegetables, bread, tapenade, cheese, and oils, as well as fresh meat and fish. You can also find antiques, crafts, clothing, and Provencal textiles.
Lunch is on your own.
Provence Lavender Fields Tour
This afternoon we meet in the hotel lobby for a half-day tour to the Provence lavender fields. Lavender is the symbol of Provence and a “must do” experience! The lavender season is typically late June to early August, with mid to late July being the beginning of the harvest when the blooms are the most vibrant and fragrant. It is also likely to see sunflowers in bloom.
Depart via motor coach from Aix on scenic country roads towards the famous Luberon valley, and its medieval hilltop villages. After exploring some secret spots of hidden lavender fields, stop at the Senanque Abbey in Gordes, where Cistercian monks have grown lavender to produce essential oils for decades. Continue to the village of Sault to visit a family owned lavender farm and distillery.
Please note sites visited might be adjusted to provide the best experience.
Overnight Boutique Hôtel Cézanne (B)
Sunday, July 19, 2020 – Aix-en-Provence / Embark Ship
Enjoy a final leisurely buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Check-out of the hotel and meet in the lobby for a group transfer to the S.S. Catherine, docked in Avignon (approx. 1-hour and 30-minute drive).
Overnight Boutique Hôtel Cézanne (B)
Pricing from $925 per person based on 4-star hotels
Deposit: $250 per person
Extend your trip to France for two nights in the magical city of Paris! France’s cosmopolitan capital is home to masterpieces of art and architecture and a wealth of fine dining and haute couture, as well as cozy bistros and bohemian cafés. One of the most visited destinations in the world, the City of Light glitters brighter than ever.
See the most iconic Paris sites including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Champs Elysees, and Montmartre, and enjoy a river cruise on the Seine while hearing of the historical and architectural sites along the riverbanks. Spend the rest of your time at leisure exploring the world-class museums and ornate cathedrals, shopping the posh boutiques and street markets, or discovering culinary treasures around every corner.
Post-Cruise Package does not include gratuities for local guides, drivers, and porterage.
Note: This post-cruise package will not be hosted by PES escorts; all services will be handled by local representatives. Hotel recommendations will be provided, and your choice of hotel will be confirmed based on availability at time of deposit. Sightseeing can be customized based on your preference.
Sunday, July 26, 2020 – First-Class Train to Paris / Day at Leisure
Following disembarkation, you will be met by a local representative and transferred directly to the Lyon rail station to board the train first-class to Paris.
Upon arrival in Paris, you will be met by your driver and be transferred to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Paris at your own pace. Lunch and dinner are on your own.
Overnight in Paris
Monday, July 27, 2020 – Paris City Tour & Seine River Cruise
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
Paris City Tour & Seine River Cruise
Depart from the hotel by minibus with an experienced local guide for a 4 hour and 30-minute Small Group Paris City Tour & Seine River Cruise. See the city’s most famous monuments while learning of its fascinating history.
Begin your panoramic tour on the right bank of Paris where you will drive past sites including the Place de la Concorde, a main square situated at the end of the Champs Elysees; the ornate opera house Palais Garnier; Napoleon’s Column, a bronze memorial to Napoleon Bonaparte; the Arc de Triomph, one of the most famous monuments in Paris; and the Louvre, the world’s largest art museum and home to the Mona Lisa; along with other historically important sites. Enjoy photo stops at both the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Continue to the left bank to see sights including the lively Latin Quarter; La Sorbonne, a famous university; the Pantheon, a former church and now burial ground of many well-known figures like Victor Hugo and Marie Curie; the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens, and Napoleon’s Tomb at Les Invalides.
Cross over the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, to visit the charming bohemian village of Montmarte. Spend time here to see the iconic Sacre Coeur Basilica and visit the Place du Tertre, where the now famous Modernist artists and painters used to display their works.
Conclude your tour with a one-hour cruise on the River Seine with commentary on the historical and architectural sites along the riverbanks, including a unique view of the monumental Eiffel Tower. The tour ends at the Pont de l’Alma Bridge. Return to the hotel on your own or continue exploring the sights and sounds of Paris as you please.
The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Lunch and dinner are on your own.
Overnight in Paris (B)
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – Depart Paris
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
Check-out of the hotel and meet your driver in the hotel lobby to transfer to the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.
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