Anaesthesia in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia

6 - 15 Sep 2021
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

This new study tour follows on from the 17th WFSA World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in Prague from September 1 to 5, 2021. Take the train from Prague on one of the great railway journeys of the world, on the UNESCO listed Semmering route to Ljubljana via Vienna. Explore this stunning city and the beautiful Slovenian countryside and picturesque Lake Bled. Continue by train to Zagreb in Croatia before continuing by road to Sarajevo. Drive through dramatic mountain landscapes to Mostar and Pocitelj before ending in Dubrovnik. There are a range of enlightening visits reflecting how anaesthesia has developed in these three countries.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Dr Paul Clyburn

Dr Paul Clyburn

Dr Paul Clyburn recently retired as a consultant anaesthetist. During his career at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, Paul had various management and leadership roles including clinical director of anaesthesia and theatre services, and for many years was surgical division lead for quality and safety. Paul has a long-standing interest in education and training: he held positions as college tutor, deputy regional adviser and was a Royal College examiner for the primary and final FRCA examination for 12 years. He was elected to the council and board of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland in 2008, served as honorary treasurer between 2011-14 and was its president between 2016-18. In his past president year, he chaired the Association’s Heritage Committee.

He was an editor of the journal Anaesthesia for 12 years and edited several obstetric anaesthesia textbooks, including the popular Oxford Handbook of Obstetric Anaesthesia, and Obstetric Anaesthesia for Developing Countries. The latter was adopted as the manual for the SAFE Obstetric Anaesthesia course, which has helped train anaesthesia providers in over 30 low and middle income countries worldwide.

In retirement, Paul is enjoying walking his dogs, long cycle rides, listening and playing music, reading fiction and indulging his lifelong passion for history.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Prague/Ljubljana (Mon, 6 Sept) Depart Prague by train to Vienna and change trains to Ljubljana (there is a short change of trains in Villach). Here, you will take the UNESCO listed Semmering route through the mountains
  • Day 2: Ljubljana (Tues, 7 Sept) Visit a stimulation centre before taking a walking tour along the riverbanks of Ljubljana, taking in Preseren Square and the Town Hall. Take the funicular up to a mighty medieval fortress castle to explore and learn about the city's history. Return to the riverside and board a cruise along the river winding through the beautiful Slovenian capital
  • Day 3: Ljubljana (Wed, 8 Sept) Drive into the Slovenian countryside to picturesque Lake Bled. Take a boat out to Bled Island and visit the Church of Mother of God. Return to the mainland and take a guided tour of Bled Castle, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. After lunch at Bled Castle return to Ljubljana and at leisure
  • Day 4: Ljubljana/Zagreb (Thurs, 9 Sept) Take the train to Zagreb through beautiful landscapes, arriving early afternoon. Walking tour of downtown Zagreb, built in the 19th and 20th centuries under the influence of Viennese architecture. Walk down the city's oldest streets of Upper Town and Kaptol and see Jelacic Square, the Cathedral, Dolac Market and St. Marks Church
  • Day 5: Zagreb (Fri, 10 Sept) Visit the Akromion special hospital for orthopaedic surgery in the morning and afternoon at leisure
  • Day 6: Zagreb/Sarajevo (Sat, 11 Sept) Depart Zagreb and head into Bosnia and Herzegovinia to Sarajevo via the town of Banja Luka. Arrive Sarajevo in the late afternoon and settle in at leisure before a short orientation walk to dinner
  • Day 7: Sarajevo (Sun, 12 Sept) Professional visit in the morning followed by a walking and coach tour of historic Sarajevo. Visit the spot of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the catalyst for the start of WW1, and learn about the city's long history. Visit Kazandziluk Street where craftsmen have worked for centuries and visit the Jewish Quarter and see the Cathedral
  • Day 8: Sarajevo/Mostar (Mon, 13 Sept) Depart Sarajevo to the pretty town of Mostar, known for its iconic Stari Most, or Old Bridge. Visit the Biscevica House - a 17th century Ottoman house - and enjoy a walking tour of the mediaeval town before dinner
  • Day 9: Mostar/Pocitelj/Dubrovnik (Tues, 14 Sept) Drive to Dubrovnik via the medieval town of Pocitelj, where you will stop to explore. Arrive Dubrovnik and take a walking tour of the old walled city. Visit the Rector's Palace. Farewell dinner in the evening
  • Day 10: Dubrovnik (Wed, 15 Sept) Depart or extend in Dubrovnik

Tour cost

USD $3,094 per person sharing (excluding international flights and airport transfers)

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